School of Education
Welcome to the School of Education!
About the School of Education:
The UAA School of Education hosted a CAEP virtual site visit for advanced programs on March 18, 2021. At that time the CAEP review team interviewed UAA leadership, School of Education faculty, the School's CAEP Coordinator and Director, alumni, mentors, and other stakeholders. Support for the School from stakeholder groups was positive as evidenced, in part, by the number of people who made time to participate in the interviews. Prior to the virtual site visit, the School of Education completed a self-study and a self-study addendum. I am pleased to report that UAA's School of Education has received positive comments throughout all steps of the process. A final decision regarding CAEP accreditation for advanced programs is made by the CAEP Accreditation Council which will meet in October 2021.
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 email@example.com 907-786-4872
Master of Education or Graduate Certificate
Ginger Blackmon firstname.lastname@example.org 907-786-1645
Teaching & Learning
Master of Education
Tim Jester email@example.com 907-786-1666
Cathy Coulter firstname.lastname@example.org 907-786-4457
Master of Education or Graduate Certificate
Krista James email@example.com 907-786-4867
Professional and Continuing Education (PACE)
Jennifer Harty firstname.lastname@example.org 907-786-1881
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.
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.
- School of Education MottoPreparing Educators to Transform Lives
- School of Education MissionWe 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.
- School of Education 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.
- School of Education 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.
- Graduate Studies in Education and Leadership Mission
School of Education graduate faculty developed mission and vision statements for graduate studies in the unit. Graduate Studies in Education and Leadership (GSEL) includes the following programs.
- Educational Leadership, M.Ed. and Graduate Certificate
- Language Education, Graduate Certificate
- Teaching and Learning, M.Ed.
- Special Education, M.Ed. and Graduate Certificate
Graduate Studies in Education and Leadership Mission
We prepare scholarly practitioners grounded in purpose and research to address complex problems of practice in the context of Alaska’s Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse setting.
Graduate Studies in Education and Leadership Vision
Faculty and candidates enact the Graduate Studies mission by
- collaborating with key partners (e.g., Alaska Natives; school-based teachers and administrators; community-based leaders and Elders);
- conducting scholarship in teaching and research that address complex problems of practice relevant to Alaska’s context;
- implementing interdisciplinary practices indicative of a holistic, integral approach to graduate studies;
- framing and examining critical questions through inquiry/research;
- engaging in self-reflection;
- examining, analyzing, evaluating, and commenting on education policies and practices; and
- recognizing and respecting multiple perspectives and worldviews.
Alignment of Graduate Studies Vision and SOE Core Values
Graduate Studies in Education and Leadership
School of Education
Collaborating with key partners (e.g., Alaska Natives; school-based teachers and administrators; community-based leaders and Elders)
Conducting scholarship in teaching and research that address complex problems of practice relevant to Alaska’s context
Engaging in self-reflection
Examining, analyzing, evaluating, and commenting on education policies and practices
Inclusiveness and Equity
Framing and examining critical questions through inquiry/research
Implementing interdisciplinary practices indicative of a holistic, integral approach to graduate studies
Recognizing and respecting multiple perspectives and worldviews
Inclusiveness and Equity
- School of Education Specialized Accreditations
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) has continuously accredited the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) since 1974. Most School of Education programs also have specialized accreditations.
- 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, www.naeyc.org. 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.