University of Alaska Anchorage

  • School 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.


Welcome to the School of Education!

The faculty and staff are excited about a new year and looking forward to welcoming new and continuing students. 

As you know, there have been some changes in the School of Education. The School offers many  opportunities for students. The programs listed below are fully accredited, scheduled and admitting new students. Please contact the Program Lead for advising or additional information on any of our programs.

Early Childhood Education
Associate of Applied Science
Hilary Seitz 907-786-4872

Educational Leadership
Master of Education or Graduate Certificate
Ginger Blackmon 907-786-1645

Teaching & Learning
Master of Education
Tim Jester 907-786-1666

Language Education 
Graduate Certificate
Cathy Coulter 907-786-4457

Special Education
Master of Education or Graduate Certificate
Tara Maltby 907-786-4867

Professional and Continuing Education (PACE)
500-level courses
Jennifer Harty 907-786-1881

During the next year, the faculty will be working on an accreditation review for the Educational Leadership, Special Education and Language Education programs. The self-study for these programs will be submitted to our accrediting body (CAEP) in January of 2021, and the accreditation site visit is scheduled for March 2021. 

One of the biggest changes is that the School of Education at UAA no longer offers any initial licensure programs. See the Initial Licensure Program Information for a list of programs that are no longer offered at UAA.

A second change is the Director's office and program faculty offices have been moved to the University Lake Building. This is literally a change from one end of campus to the other end but the good news is that there are no parking fees required at that location. UAF and UAS education faculty have joined us at the ULB so Anchorage students interested in initial licensure programs will find us all at one location.  

As always, change provides new opportunities and we look forward to sharing an exciting year with our students and with the community.

School of Education Programs

Initial licensure programs are no longer admitting students. Initial licensure opportunities are available to students in UAA's service area through the UAF School of Education and the Alaska College of Education at UAS. 

Initial Licensure Program Information


  • Motto
    Preparing Educators to Transform Lives
  • 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.
  • 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. 

  • 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.
  • Advanced Programs are NCATE Accredited


    UAA is an NCATE accredited provider for advanced educator preparation programs. As part of CAEP's continuous improvement cycle, advanced programs will undergo an accreditation review in 2021.

    View CAEP Annual Measures.

  • CAEP Annual Measures

    The advanced certification/endorsement programs in the School of Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and will be undergoing an accreditation review with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in 2021. In accordance with CAEP requirements, supporting evidence on required performance measures is presented annually to inform the public of program outcomes and program impacts.

    View CAEP Annual Measures.


    The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Early Childhood Development, at the University of Alaska Anchorage, is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, The accreditation term runs from Spring 2018 through Spring 2025. 

    View NAEYC Annual Measures.

  • UAA Equity & Compliance

    UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

    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

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