About Us

Welcome to the College of Education at the
 University of Alaska Anchorage!

The College of Education was established in the year 2003. Although the College of Education is still young, our history reaches back to the first post-secondary education courses offered in 1954. COE has nearly 4000 alumni that have completed degrees in the field of Education. Our graduates include educators and other leaders committed to transforming lives.

Did you know ?

  • We consistently graduate the largest number of educators in the State of Alaska.  
  • We are accredited by CAEP and nationally recognized by eight specialty area educational organizations. Please see Accreditation for more information.
  • We have partnerships with Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak, and Mat-Su Colleges that allow students to pursue Early Childhood course work and Elementary Education programs closer to home and via distance delivery. 
  • The College of Education offers programs on the main campus in Anchorage and through extensive online programs.  
  • Nearly all of our programs are available entirely online. 

Come learn with us – the outstanding faculty in the College's programs and departments offer certificates, bachelors, and masters degrees across an array of educational programs. 

Join us in engaging in the essential and exhilarating role of shaping the future. Make a difference, teach!        



Our Motto


Preparing Educators to Transform Lives 


Our 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.


Our Core Values

Our programs emphasize the power of learning to prepare educators to transform the lives of learners. Across the university, faculty members teach professional educators to work in diverse settings, to form and sustain learning partnerships, and to provide learning across the lifespan. We are confident that this preparation will result in educators' significant contributions to society. We believe that learning must be designed, delivered, and evaluated within the contexts of the following core values and program outcomes. Consequently, College of Education faculty members promote the following core values in their collegial interactions to ensure that program graduates exhibit:

  • 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. 



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.