Become a Teacher in Alaska

Alaska Highlights

Avg. Elementary Teacher Salary: $77,030
Avg. Secondary Teacher Salary: $85,420
Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

Teacher salaries were provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics  report.

Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics and other information are subject to change. makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 08/09/2018

This page is sponsored by Rossier Online, a master’s level teaching degree program delivered online that enables you to earn a master’s degree and teaching credential. Learn more about how the University of Southern California can help you become a transformative teacher in Alaska.

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 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.

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Master’s Requirements

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.

Learn more about getting your MAT online with our partner USC Rossier School of Education.

Step Two: Alaska Teacher Preparation

Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.

Alternative Certification

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.

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Step Three: Alaska Required Tests

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.

Alaska Required Tests
Passing Score Test
Reading: 156 / Writing: 162/ Math: 150 Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators
174 (average of three sections) Praxis I
123 (no section lower than 37) CBEST
240 per section West-B
220 per section National Evaluation Series Essential Academic Skills
Reading: 27 / Writing: 28 / Math: 530 SAT
Reading: 22 / Writing 8 (2/2005 to 8/2015) now 23 (9/2015) / Math: 22 ACT
Reading: 4 / Writing: 3 / Math: 4 Alabama WorkKeys
Florida Teacher Certification Exams: General Knowledge
Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators
Total score: 240
Reading: 50% correct
Writing: 5/12 correct
Math: 35% correct
Lang. Arts: 50% correct
Illinois Certification Testing System
220 per section Michigan Test for Teacher Certification
240 per section New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Basic Skills
220 NYS Teacher Certification: LAST
240 Oklahoma General Education Test

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Step Four: Alaska Application Requirements


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.

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Alaska Certification Reciprocity

Alaska will recognize teaching credentials from other states, but anyone wishing to teach in Alaska must apply for an Alaska teaching certificate. Contact the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

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Alaska Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Alaska provides no support for teachers teaching in high needs schools or teachers teaching in shortage subject areas.
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Alaska has no induction policies in place.
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $77,030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $85,420, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Alaska makes 161% of the salary of the average worker in Alaska.
  • Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

Teacher salaries were provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

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Alaska Certification Resources & Links

801 West 10th Street, Suite 200 
Juneau, Alaska 99811 
(907) 465-2831

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.

Please visit the Alaska Teacher Placement website to begin your online application.

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