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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Self-Study Report Available

The UAA School of Education Self-Study report and other key documents submitted to and received from CAEP as part of the accreditation process are available at the links below. Please note the scope of CAEP’s accreditation review included hundreds of supporting documents. These are available upon request to uaa_news@alaska.edu.

  • 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:
    www.alaska.edu/titleIXcompliance/nondiscrimination

    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

  • Advanced Programs are NCATE accredited

    NCATEUAA 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.

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Guidance for School of Education Students

The Student Assistance Line is now open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM each weekday. School of Education Students in programs impacted by the accreditation situation can call 907-786-6200 as a single point of contact for any questions they have. Staff are available on the Assistance Line to research solutions to continuing difficulties students may be experiencing.

Additional support for SOE students:


At its meeting Feb. 28 - March 1, the UA Board of Regents concluded it requires more information to determine the best path forward for students in initial teacher preparation programs. It directed President Jim Johnsen to conduct an expedited program review and report the findings back to the board at a special BOR meeting on April 8.

You can access President Johnsen’s presentation to the BOR on this page, or via the BOR website.

Memo from UAA Provost: Approval to temporarily suspend admissions to the BA Early Childhood, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Early Childhood Pre-K-Third Grade, BA Elementary Education, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Elementary Education, and MA Teaching (MAT), February 11

Letter to Teacher Education Students from UA President Jim Johnsen, February 5

DEED Press Release, February 5

Letter from Interim Director Claudia Dybdahl including transfer options to UAS and UAF, January 31

Chancellor Sandeen's letter to students and response to CAEP, January 25


The School of Education received notification on Friday, January 11, that the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) has revoked accreditation of initial licensure programs at the School of Education at UAA. Please view these Frequently Asked Questions 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 available.

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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