Those who wish to teach in Alaska don’t need to have a bachelor’s degree in education. Alaska offers an alternative teaching certification program that allows prospective teachers who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field to transition into a teaching career. The Alaska Transition to Teaching program is designed primarily to prepare secondary teachers for work in rural Alaska.
Program Name: Alaska Transition to Teaching (AK2T)
Program Mission and Overview:
The Alaska Transition to Teaching program is funded by the United States Department of Education and is a collaborative effort between the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development and the public school districts that use the program.
Eligibility and How to Apply:
To be eligible for the AK2T program, candidates must not have a teaching certificate. They must also pass a background check and go through an interview and screening process. In addition, candidates must meet the following criteria:
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university in an endorsable area.
- A GPA of 2.5 or higher.
- A passing grade on the Praxis I test in writing, reading and math.
Candidates can begin the application process on the Alaska of Department Education website.
The AK2T program is designed to allow individuals to work while completing their training, and costs $2,500 to complete.
- $250 due at Phase II application.
- $250 due in January prior to the interview process.
- $500 due in February for the spring online pre-service training.
- $500 due in May for the summer field experience.
- $500 due in July for the first year.
- $500 due in the following June for the second year.
Candidates are also responsible for paying for lodging, transportation and any other costs during the training period.
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