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Alaska: Teacher Credentialing in Alaska

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To become a teacher in Alaska, individuals must demonstrate their ability to provide top quality educational services to students. If you are hoping to be part of this type of career, there are several aspects that you will need to keep in mind, specifically regarding education and licensing requirements. All individuals in the state who hope to become teachers will need to meet specific, state-issued certification levels.

Prerequisite Courses

The first step to becoming a teacher is to obtain the necessary prerequisite coursework. Teachers must have a minimum level of a bachelor's level degree. Students will be required to obtain the necessary prerequisite educational coursework through an accredited school. Although some states have specific undergraduate credit hour requirements, the state of Alaska does not have any specific requirements.

Preparation

The second step of the process to become an Alaska teacher is to obtain the necessary teacher preparation. Individuals must obtain the necessary teacher education program preparation course. This combines both in service (or student teaching) type of education along with specific curricula requirements. The curricular requirements include obtaining instruction on pedagogy teaching, foundational skills and knowledge education, and more. The students will need to learn how to research, design, and then implement their learning into their specific educational field of student. In most cases, student teaching involves both field observations as well as student teaching. The student teaching is done alongside a licensed teacher who will observe the student throughout their internship, which will include working with students.

In Alaska, if an individual holds a specific degree from an accredited college, he or she may qualify for an alternative certification. These individuals do not have educational degrees, but hold another form. The goal of this alternative program is to allow graduates to become teachers should they choose to do so. Certain restrictions apply.

Once a student has obtained their necessary coursework and has completed all of the necessary training and internships, the next step in the process is to become licensed. Individuals must pass their background and drug screening tests as well. Once you sit for your Basic Skill Test, administered by the State of Alaska Board of Education, you may need to obtain a Subject Area Competence Assessment. Anyone with a specific area of specialization will need to pass these formal tests to obtain licensing within that area.

Once this is complete and you have passed the necessary steps, you can be classified as a licensed teacher. In Alaska, teachers are encouraged to obtain their master's degree over a period of time after they have become a teacher. While the state does not mandate it, it may be a good idea for all of those who wish to elevate to other areas of education.

To become an Alaska teacher, individuals do have to go through a good deal of training and education before they sit for their PPST and the Praxis exams. However, this education helps to ensure that the student is ready for the task of educating the public.

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