College of Education

We prepare educators and support the lifelong learning of professionals to embrace diversity and to be intellectually and ethically strong, resilient, and passionate in their work with Alaska's learners, families, and communities.

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Message from Chancellor Case

University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen has announced that next week he will recommend to the UA Board of Regents that UA establish a single College of Education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His decision to house the administrative functions of the education program at UAF is the outcome of the Strategic Pathways review that has been underway for some time.

It's important to know that several actions must occur before this decision becomes final. The UA Board of Regents must approve this recommendation, a plan must be developed, and the plan must be approved by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, which separately accredits UAA, UAF and UAS.

Please know that even though the proposed single college may be administered by UAF, faculty will continue to be located at UAA and you can continue to take classes at UAA. This is an administrative restructuring and we continue to welcome all students.

Also know that all education majors will be given the opportunity to complete the program in which they are currently enrolled. I encourage you to check with your advisor if you have any questions about your degree plan.

UAA has a history of educating some of the best teachers in Alaska and beyond – just one example: 11 UAA alumni were named 2016 Alaska BP Teachers of Excellence.

We will continue to provide excellent teaching, research and service that supports student success, completion and graduation.

 Chancellor Tom Case


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UAA professor Hattie Harvey co-authors article on interplay between executive function skills and early mathematics

UAA assistant professor Hattie Harvey, Ph.D., co-authored the article, “Executive Function Skills, Early Mathematics, and Vocabulary in Head Start Preschool Children,” published earlier this month in the Journal of Early Education and Development with a colleague from the University of Denver. This article provides evidence of the interplay between developing executive function skills and early mathematics, with the finding that vocabulary skills were a stronger predictor of mathematics ability over and above executive function skills. Read the article at

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  • COE Motto

    Preparing Educators to Transform Lives 

  • COE Mission
    We prepare educators and support the lifelong learning of professionals to embrace diversity and to be intellectually and ethically strong, resilient, and passionate in their work with Alaska's learners, families, and communities.
  • COE Core Values
    • Intellectual Vitality: Professional educators examine diverse perspectives, engage in research and scholarship, contribute to knowledge and practice, and apply innovations in technology.
    • Collaborative Spirit: Professional educators generate, welcome, and support the collaborative relationships and partnerships that enrich peoples' lives.
    • Inclusiveness and Equity: Professional educators create and advocate for learning communities that advance knowledge and ensure the development, support, and inclusion of peoples' abilities, values, ideas, languages, and expressions.
    • Leadership: Professional educators are committed to the highest standards of ethical behavior in their roles, using professional expertise to improve the communities in which they live and work, and demonstrating the ability to translate theories and principles into transformative educational practice. 
  • COE Vision

    We are a community of educators dedicated to improving the quality of education and preparing educators to transform lives. Through innovative teaching, research, service, and leadership, we:

    • provide direction that inspires learning, informs the state's educational policy and research agendas, and addresses the challenges of Alaska;
    • call upon diverse cultural knowledge, values, and ways of learning and viewing the world, especially those of Alaska Natives, in order to promote the intellectual, creative, social, emotional, and physical development of educators, learners, families, and communities;
    • contribute to educators' understanding of development and learning from childhood through maturity and respond to the challenges of providing learning across the lifespan;
    • transform the beliefs and practices of educators, families, and communities in order to address the wide spectrum of human abilities in compassionate and innovative ways;
    • prepare educators with appropriate knowledge, skills, and dispositions in the judicious use of technology to enhance learning;
    • focus relentlessly on student learning; and
    • engage in dynamic partnerships with the university, community groups, and urban and rural educators to improve the quality of education in Alaska.
  • COE Accreditation

    The College of Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.NCATE