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School of Education Student Services office is committed to helping students make their experience at UAA a success. Students are always welcome to stop by to see us in the Professional Studies Building, Room 218.
Call 907-786-4401 or email School of Education to make an appointment. Advising hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 am-3:45 pm. Walk-in hours are Tuesdays 2:00 -4:00 pm, Thursdays 9:00-11:00 am.Make an Appointment with an Advisor
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why should I see an advisor?
- When should I see an advisor?
We recommend you see an advisor at least once a semester, early in the month before registration begins for the upcoming semester. We also recommend you meet with an advisor if you experience an academic difficulty with which you need assistance.
- What is the difference between an academic advisor and a faculty advisor?
An academic advisor assists you with entry level questions, orients you to the School of Education and your program, assists with paperwork (academic petitions, program applications, etc), and a variety of other complex issues that arise.
Faculty advisors assist you with specific questions about programs and classes, help you clarify your intentions and define your specific areas of interest. They also act as mentors throughout your final two years.
There is a fair amount of crossover, which can be confusing. Faculty will frequently refer you to us and we will refer you to them as needed. Don’t let that worry you. We work closely together to ensure that you get the best possible care and information.
- What is the best way to contact my advisor? How do I make an appointment?
- How can I find a list of classes for my degree?You can find a list of class for your degree in Degree Works, which is in UAOnline. You can also find a program plan that maps out the order in which you should take those classes on the SOE website, Select your program, and then the Handbook.
- What can I do if I’m having difficulty in a class?
The Learning Commons, located in the Sally Monserud Hall offers student learning support and resources for all UAA students. These services include a Math Lab, Writing Center, Academic Coaching Center and Center for Language Learning.
See your academic advisor or Instructor for additional resources and suggestions.
- Who can I go to if I have questions about courses that I am transferring from another
college or university?Your academic advisor can answer questions about transfer credits and complete academic petitions for courses that could not be transferred in as a specific UAA course. Most education courses taken outside of UAA will need to be petitioned. Your academic advisor will help you with this process.
- The new catalog year has different requirements for my degree. Can I change my catalog
year?Students can request to change their catalog year by contacting Degree Services. First, make an appointment with your academic advisor to review your Degree Works and confirm that changing your catalog year will be beneficial to your graduation plan.
- How do I apply for graduation and when do I do it?
Students apply for graduation through their UAOnline account. Check the Graduation and Degree Services website for application directions, deadlines and a link to RSVP for commencement ceremonies.
- How do I register for classes?
Before registering, you must first be admitted to the university as a certificate-seeking, degree-seeking, or non-degree-seeking student. UAOnline is the central access point for all registration activity. UAA has an online step-by-step registration guide. Academic advisors are available to help you with registration and answer any questions that come up during the process.
- What is the add/drop period?You may add or drop classes through UAOnline during the add/drop period. The Fall add/drop period begins in March, and the Spring and Summer add/drop period begins in November. The last day to drop a class is approximately one week after the first day of classes. To receive a 100% refund, students must drop before the deadline. Add/Drop dates and deadlines can be found on the Dates and Deadlines Calendar.
- How do I withdraw from a class? Do I get my money back?Students may withdraw from a class after the drop period, but they will not receive a refund, and a “W” will appear on their transcript. Withdrawing from classes may affect financial aid eligibility. Withdrawal deadlines can be found on the Dates and Deadlines Calendar.
- Can I get into a closed class?Some courses offer a waitlist option. To add yourself to a waitlist for a closed class, enter the CRN in the Register/Add/drop page and click “Complete Registration Changes.” Then select “Waitlist” from the drop down menu and click “Complete Registration Changes” again. If a seat becomes available in the class and your name is a t the top of the waitlist, you will receive an email in your preferred email account. You will have 48 hours after the e-mail is sent to register for the class. Otherwise, the system will remove you from the list and the next student will be notified. It is your responsibility to check your email regularly and to add yourself when a space opens in the class. Waitlists are active only until the first day of class.
- How do I apply for admission?
Apply for admission to UAA through the UAA website and send academic transcripts to UAA Office of Admissions, 3211 Providence Drive, UC 106, Anchorage, AK 99508-4614.Post-baccalaureate and graduate programs may require Praxis scores and/or additional documents. See the admissions requirements for each program on the Programs and Degrees page in the School of Education website.
- How do I change my major?Students who have been formally admitted to a degree seeking status may submit a Change of Major form. Students must meet with an academic advisor from the new department to complete and sign the form. Changes at the same degree level as the admitted program will be processed with departmental approval. Students wishing to change to a lower degree (i.e. Baccalaureate to Associate) can do so. Students wishing to change from an Associate to Baccalaureate program must apply for admission to the new level even if previously admitted.
- Where can I get information about my financial aid?
After your UAA financial aid award letter is mailed to you, communications regarding your financial aid will come via your UAOnline account and your UAA email account. The UAA Financial Aid Office is located in the University Center at 3901 Old Seward Highway. You can email the Financial Aid Office or call (907) 786-1480.
- What is Praxis? Do I have to take Praxis?The Praxis tests measure teacher candidates’ knowledge and skills. The tests are used for licensing and certification processes. UAA School of Education licensure programs also require passing Praxis scores to take most upper division classes. SOE Student Services offers practice Praxis tests and Praxis workshops. See your academic advisor for more information. Students register for Praxis tests through the ETS website:
- I work for the school district and have completed a background check with them. Why
do I need another background check?The School of Education uses the Department of Health and Social Services background check. This background check allows us to monitor your status and will alert us if you standing changes. The background check with the district will not monitor us if your status changes.
- How often do I need to do the background check?The background check the School of Education requires lasts for five years. You will have to do field placement paperwork each academic year but the background check does not have to be redone each year.
- What happens if I don't pass the background check?If you are concerned please contact the Field Placement Coordinator to review your options. A student may not complete their field placement hours until they have passed the background check.
- I work at a school/daycare, can I do my field placement there?In general, we do not allow students to do their field placement hours where they work. Students may not be paid for the field placement hours and students have reported that it can be difficult to fulfill the field placement requirements because when they are at work they are expected to be helping.
- Can I choose where I am placed?The School of Education selects the schools that students will be placed in.
- I’m in two courses with field placement can I do them at the same school?In many cases you will have two field placements for the two courses. Each courses must be placed in type of school or a grade range. We will do our best to combine the placements when it is appropriate.
- If I have a course with 30 hours of field placement and a course with 15 hours of
field placement can I complete 30 hours and count that for both classes?Students must complete the required field placement hours for each class. In this example 45 field placement hours are required for the semester.
- How do I know how many hours of field placement I’m registering for?Student in the School of Education are required to complete field placements in many of their courses. To plan for this, we recommend making an appointment to talk to an adviser when planning your schedule. They can help identify the number of field hours you are registering for.
- When will I know my placement?Placements are prioritized. Field placements with the most hours, Internships and advanced practicums, are the placed first so that students have time to complete all the hours. Classes with 10-15 hours of placements are typically placed last because they have the lowest number of hours for the students to complete. Placements are made and will be provided to students over the first five weeks of classes.
- I don’t live in Anchorage. How will I do field placements?The Field Placement Coordinator will work with you to find placements where you live.
- Can I do my Internship out of state?Students are required to complete their Internship in the state of Alaska. Please contact the Field Placement Coordinator if you have questions or concerns.