Alaska Alternative Teacher Certification Programs

Alaska has been battling teacher shortages for over 10 years, especially in rural areas of the state and in the subjects of math, science and special education. According to the Education Resources Information Center, Alaskan universities have shown a 50 percent decline in secondary teacher graduates since before 2001. In 2010, Alaska created programs to put more teachers in its classrooms.

One way to earn teacher certification in Alaska is to earn a master's degree in education. Otherwise, Alaska has instituted two programs to help qualified individuals earn a teaching certificate. In order to be eligible for either state-approved alternate certification program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Pass content-area tests and a basic competency exam
  • Complete Alaska studies and multicultural courses

Featured Online Programs:

Online programs may not be available in all states

Alaska's two alternate certification programs are Troops to Teachers and the Alaska Transition to Teaching (AKT2) program. Troops to Teachers is a federally funded program created to assist eligible military personnel in making the career change to teaching in high-need schools. Stipends of up to $5,000 are available to reimburse the costs associated with teaching certification, and bonuses of $10,000 are available for those who agree to teach for at least three years in a school with a high population of lower-income students. The AKT2 program seeks college graduates and professionals and prepares them to become teachers in high-need school districts in subjects with teacher shortages. Additionally, a candidate may be able to begin teaching and earning a salary after completing a four-week summer field experience and cultural workshop, thus removing any financial hardship associated with the certification process.

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