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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UAA College of Education 

Our history reaches back to the first University of Alaska post-secondary education courses offered in 1954. COE has nearly 4000 alumni who have completed degrees in the field of Education. Our graduates include educators and other leaders committed to transforming lives.

Did you know?

  • We consistently graduate the largest number of educators in the State of Alaska.
  • We are accredited by NCATE and nationally recognized by eight specialty area educational organizations.
  • We have partnerships with the Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak, and Mat-Su Colleges that allow students to pursue Early Childhood and Elementary Education programs closer to home.
  • The College of Education offers programs on the main campus in Anchorage and through extensive online programs.
  • Over 80% of our graduate programs are available online.

Come learn with us – the outstanding programs in the College of Education offer certificates, bachelors and masters degrees across an array of educational programs.
Join us in engaging in the essential and exhilarating role of shaping the future. Make a difference, teach!


COE Amazing Stories

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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College of Education Amazing Stories

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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

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