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To become a certified teacher in Alaska, you will need to fulfill these requirements:
Step One: Complete a bachelor's degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program
Step Three: Pass required exams.
Step Four: Submit an Alaska teaching credential application.
Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating CertificationMap.com with new information on a regular basis.
Step One: Alaska Prerequisite Coursework
All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Alaska, however, does not have any undergraduate credit hour requirements.
While involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For scholarships specific to the State of Alaska, visit our Alaska Teacher Scholarships page.
Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.
The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.
Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.
Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements.
The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development offers a Type M Limited Certificate to those who do not have a bachelor’s degree, but who can demonstrate subject matter expertise and teaching competency as verified by the local school district. This limited certificate applies to the specialty areas of Alaska Native language or culture, military science, and vocational or technical. In addition, Alaska participates in the Mountain Pacific Region Troops to Teachers Program, which helps military personnel transition to teaching careers.
The exams listed below meet the basic competency requirements for becoming a certified teacher in the State of Alaska. Examinees must have passing scores from all three sections (reading, writing, and math) on one of the exams. Original score reports must be submitted to the Alaska DEED Teacher Certification Office.
Reading: 156 / Writing: 162/ Math: 150
Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators
74 (average of three sections)
123 (no section lower than 37)
240 per section
220 per section
National Evaluation Series Essential Academic Skills
Reading: 500 / Writing: 490 / Math: 515
Reading: 22 / Writing 8 (2/2005 to 8/2015) or 23 (9/2015) / Math: 22
Reading: 4 / Writing: 3 / Math: 4
Alabama WorkKeys Florida Teacher Certification Exams: General Knowledge Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators
The Alaska DEED requires the submission of an applicant fingerprint card for an employee background check on both a state and federal level. Please view the Alaska DEED’s instructions on fingerprinting.
Alaska Substitute Teacher Requirements
Please view the Certification Map How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Alaska page form more information. There may be additional methods of certification that have not been covered here. Contact your state education department for more information.
The Alaska Teacher Placement system is an online application for all school districts in the State of Alaska. The districts of Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, and Matanuska-Susitna (referred to as “The Big 5”), as well as Kodiak and North Slope, maintain their own job databases, but job listings in those districts can still be accessed through ATP.