About the School of Education

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  • Our Motto
    Preparing Educators to Transform Lives
  • Our Mission

    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.

  • Our 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.
  • Our 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. 


All advanced level programs are CAEP accredited. UAA is a CAEP accredited provider for advanced educator preparation programs. As part of CAEP's continuous improvement cycle, advanced programs underwent an accreditation review in 2021 and all programs were re-accredited.

View CAEP Annual Measures.

Beginning in Fall of 2019, we will be participating with our colleagues from Juneau and Fairbanks in a review of all of the Master of Education, Post-baccalaureate, Graduate Certificate, and AAS Early Childhood programs offered at our three campuses. The purpose of this review will be to determine where there is overlap and if there are opportunities to create more efficiency within the UA system. For example, the Special Education Programs at all three campuses are very similar and this allows students more choice in class scheduling.