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.

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  • 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.
  • UAA Equity and 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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UAA School of Education Accreditation 

The SOE scheduled multiple sessions during the week of January 14-18 for students to speak with faculty. 


  • Advanced Programs - 4 pm online in Collaborate Ultra (Dr. Tim Jester)
    571-392-7650 PIN: 704 950 2724
  • Elementary Education - 5 pm PSB 217 (Dr. Ira Ortega)

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) announced in a January 15 press release that its Certification Office will accept recommendations from UAA’s School of Education for students completing their initial licensure during the spring 2019 and summer 2019 semesters. Please see DEED's Facebook page

UAA School of Education administrators will meet with AK DEED officials on January 22, 2019 to begin the process of making a formal request to the State Board of Education and Early Development to allow initial licensure from UAA for future graduates. 

Please view this Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about the School of Education’s accreditation status. 

View the letter and accreditation report CAEP sent to the university on Jan 11, 2019. Accessible letter and report now available.

Here is the latest video from Chancellor Sandeen.

The School of Education has been working diligently to achieve re-accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP). We received notification on Friday, January 11, that CAEP has revoked accreditation of initial licensure programs at the School of Education at UAA. 

Initial Licensure Programs affected by the CAEP decision

  • Early Childhood Bachelor of Arts
  • Early Childhood Post-Baccalaureate Certification
  • Elementary Bachelor of Arts
  • Elementary Post-Baccalaureate Certification
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Certification Program
  • Special Education Initial Certification
  • Early Childhood Special Education Initial Certification

Programs not affected by the CAEP decision

  • Early Childhood Associate of Applied Science
  • Educational Leadership MEd and Grad Certification
  • Master of Education in Teaching & Learning
  • Language Education Grad Certification
  • Speech-Language Pathology Programs
  • Special Education, MEd & Grad Certification--(Special Education track that is not initial certification)
  • Early Childhood Special Education, MEd--(EC Special Education tracks that are not initial certification)
  • PACE 500 level courses
For more information contact
  • Hsing-wen Hu, Department of Teaching and Learning, Department Chair
  • Tim Jester, Department of Graduate Studies in Education and Leadership, Department Chair
  • Jennifer Greene, Professional and Continuing Education,  Enrollment and Operational Services Coordinator 
  • Leah Brown, Coordinator of Assessment and Accreditation
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