Alaska Teacher Education Programs

(found programs from 4 schools)

AK Dept of Education:
http://www.eed.state.ak.us/
Teacher Certification in AK:
Alaska Teacher Certification Info

Follow the links below to find schools offering different types of teacher education programs in Alaska. If you are trying to become a teacher, and you plan on working in Alaska, you should definitely take a look at the Department of Education's website. The individual states make a lot of their own decisions about how teachers need to be prepared.

Also, as a rule, you should contact multiple schools if you are seriously considering going back for a degree or certificate in education. There can sometimes be very significant differences in tuition, admissions requirements, and so on, even between schools that you might think are very similar. So, it's always a good idea to contact a number of schools and do a little comparison shopping.

Overview

Alaska is the largest state, but only has a population of roughly 698,000 people. Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, is home to about half of the population. Alaska’s economy relies predominantly on oil and gas. While the majority of people are employed in this industry and on military bases, tourism is emerging as a lucrative industry as well. The common misconception that Alaska experiences severe cold may put some people off from moving to this state; however, during the summer months, you can expect the temperature to range from 60 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Teacher Education in Alaska

The University of Alaska Scholars Program, the Edward and Anna Range Schmidt Charitable Trust and the Alaska Teacher Education Loans program are great sources of financial aid.

Teaching Careers in Alaska

According to 2010 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual income for teachers in Alaska is $58,330, although it can vary greatly from $31,120 to $103,910. In order to become a teacher, you must first possess a bachelor's degree and then pass Alaska's Basic Competency Examination. If you have qualifying test scores from another state, they may be used as an alternative to the aforementioned examination.

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