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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  • 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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  • UAA Equity and Compliance

    Visit UAA's Equity and Compliance page to learn more about UAA's nondiscrimination policies and Title I, Title IX, Title VI, and Title VII.

    The Alaska Code of Ethics of the Education Profession can be found at Professional Teaching Practices Commission

UAA College of Education 

With the upcoming move to a statewide College of Education, UAA COE will remain committed to you. You will be able to complete the program you started with us. Future students will also be able to complete their programs in Anchorage. The University of Alaska will continue to have education faculty and classes in all current locations.

COE Amazing Stories

M.Ed Teaching and Learning program graduate, Princess Daazhraii Johnson to be published. 

Princess Daazhraii Johnson is graduating this spring from the M.Ed Teaching and Learning program. The program requires students to complete a comprehensive portfolio that includes a research project addressing a relevant problem of practice. Ms. Johnson's met this requirement by exploring ethical youth consumerism in Alaska and implications for transforming Alaskan education--see title, abstract, and biography information below. Dr. Michael Mueller served as faculty advisor on the research project. Ms. Johnson's manuscript will appear in a book to be published in late summer or fall 2017.

Towards Ethical Youth Consumerism in Alaska: The Transformation of Alaskan Education and a Viable Transition Off Fossil Fuels and the Consumer Pipeline

 Princess Daazhraii Johnson 

 Abstract: This chapter explores an educational philosophy that incorporates lessons on ethical youth consumerism and our connections to one another as human beings and to the land and animals where we live. This philosophy is a crucial component in finding the solutions we need so desperately in Alaska and around the world to ensure a healthy planet for future generations. It addresses Alaska’s over-reliance on fossil fuels, rapid changes due to anthropogenic climate change, and our unconscious hyper-consumerism that have created serious social, economic, and environmental issues. Here, I examine the history of damage caused by the assimilationist policies of the United States, the capitalist focus on the individual over the community, and how our own unrecognized oppression might help foster a “just transition” away from fossil fuels. By harnessing the unleashed potential of our youth, we could together find ways of being that are more in line with the traditional Alaska Native values of zero waste and total respect for our ecosystems.


Publication citation:

Johnson, P. (2017). Towards ethical youth consumerism in Alaska: The transformation of Alaskan education and a viable transition off fossil fuels and the consumer pipeline. In G. Reis, M. Mueller, R. Gisewhite, L. Siveres & R. Brito (Eds.)., Sociocultural perspectives on youth ethical consumerism (p. 00-00). Dordrecht: Springer.



COE Amazing Stories

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.

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!

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