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Elementary Education

  • B.A., Elementary Education
  • Minor in Elementary Education
  • Elementary K-8 Postbaccalaureate Licensure Program

Secondary Education

  • B.A., Secondary Education
  • Minor in Secondary Education
  • Undergraduate Secondary Postbaccalaureate Licensure Program
  • Graduate Postbaccalaureate Licensure Program and M.Ed. in Secondary Education

Special Programs

  • Art K-12 Licensure program
  • Art K-12 Postbaccalaureate Licensure Program and M.Ed. in Secondary Education
  • B.M. Music Education K-12
  • General Education Minor

Special Education

  • Special education K-12 Postbaccalaureate Certificate of Completion (all credits can be used toward M.Ed.)
  • M.Ed., Special Education

Counseling Program

  •  School Counselor Certification Program

Graduate Degrees

  •    M.Ed. in Counseling
  •    M.Ed in People, Place and Pedagogy
  •    M.Ed in Elementary Education
  •    M.Ed in Secondary Education
  •    M.Ed in Language and Literacy
  •    M.Ed in Online Innovation and Design
  • Special Education
  •    Secondary Postbaccalaureate Licensure Program toward M.Ed., Secondary Education
  •    Art K-12 Postbaccalaureate Licensure Program toward M.Ed., Secondary Education
  •    Interdisciplinary Ph.D.

School of Education


The School of Education prepares professional educators and counselors for Alaska’s unique geographic, cultural and linguistic conditions. Course work and fieldwork in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs are available to students on the Fairbanks campus and by distance delivery to rural areas.


Undergraduate degree programs and postbaccalaureate endorsement programs lead to state of Alaska teaching certificates in elementary and secondary education. A postbaccalaureate K-12 special education program leads to State of Alaska initial teacher certification or an additional endorsement in special education. Our school counseling program leads to a State of Alaska Type C Special Services certificate. Our clinical mental health counseling program provides the course work required to be a licensed professional counselor in Alaska. Graduate degree programs leading to a Master of Education include school or clinical mental health counseling, elementary education, secondary education, special education, language and literacy, people, place and pedagogy, and online innovation and design.

School of Education staff and faculty work closely with colleagues and school districts across the state to prepare well-qualified pre-service educators and to offer professional development opportunities to education and counseling practitioners. Faculty research focuses on issues related to Alaska Native people and communities, indigenous populations, cross-cultural contexts, place-based education, distance education, mental health and rural issues.

The School of Education advising office offers experienced, full-time personnel who provide advice about SOE programs on a drop-in or appointment basis and provide appropriate referrals for financial aid and other information that students and interns need. SOE rural grants, in partnership with rural school districts and UAF community campuses, provide various types of support for rural and Alaska Native students seeking to become teachers, counselors and school leaders.

Programs offered respond to recent standards developed by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, formerly known as the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Alaska Teacher, Student and Cultural Standards and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

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