ALASKA: TOP 10 BACHELOR’S PROGRAMS

Despite its small population base, Alaska is home to multiple colleges of education, and every college has options for students at the bachelor’s level.  One thing that all of Alaska’s top education programs share in common is a commitment to training teachers to work in Alaska’s unique school system with its focus on the preservation of Alaskan culture and indigenous languages. While you may simply choose a program close to home, you may want to venture further afield to explore special program offerings. To help you explore which of Alaska’s undergraduate programs in education is the perfect fit for you on your pathway to becoming a licensed Alaska teacher, we’ve compiled descriptions and essential data on all the state’s top schools.

1.Alaska Pacific University

Primarily known as a small liberal arts college, Alaska Pacific University also gets top marks for its post-graduate certificate leading to teacher licensure in Alaska. Known as the Certification Only-Option Program (CO-OP), this graduate certificate is designed for students who have already completed a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree and now seek to obtain their K-8 teaching certificate in Alaska. The program is comprised of 27 credits of training and course work and candidates can complete the program at their own pace while preparing for the Praxis exam. Upon completion, meet all of the Alaska Beginning Teacher Standards and are qualified to obtain teaching jobs at the K-8 level statewide.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 119240
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 25125
  • Average state starting salary$ 44166
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 8 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 2
  • Acceptance Rate Score 10
  • Graduation Rate Score 10
  • ROI/Value Score 2
  • Student to Faculty Score 6.1

2.University of Alaska Fairbanks

U of A Fairbanks is a highly regarded option for aspiring teachers in Alaska. Its School of Education prepares educators to write and pass the Praxis exam and more specifically to work in Alaska’s unique cultural and environmental context. To ensure that students statewide can take advantage of Fairbanks’ programs, courses are offered on campus and via various forms of distance education. The School of Education offers both undergraduate degree programs and postbaccalaureate endorsement programs leading to teacher licensure in the State of Alaska, and students have the option of obtaining teacher licensure at the elementary, middle or high school levels. For practicing teachers, the School of Education also offers advanced degrees in various areas of specialization, including school counseling.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 24736
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 20000
  • Average state starting salary$ 44166
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 8 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 6.1
  • Acceptance Rate Score 0
  • Graduation Rate Score 6.66
  • ROI/Value Score 6.1
  • Student to Faculty Score 6.1

3.University of Alaska Anchorage

Another top destination for aspiring Alaska educators is the College of Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The school offers a bachelor of arts, master of arts in teaching and master of education leading to teacher certification, as well as several graduate-level certificates leading to teacher certification (for details, visit their website). From preparing students to write the Praxis exam to placing them in local classrooms to gain on-the-ground experience, the school has a strong reputation with employers statewide. Located in Anchorage, students pursuing degrees in the program can carry out their teaching practicum in the state’s largest school board or select to do a practicum in a rural or remote community. With a large number of qualified faculty members, including experienced classroom teachers and established educational researchers, the college is a hub of training, research and innovation.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 24316
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 20675
  • Average state starting salary$ 44166
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 11 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 8.1
  • Acceptance Rate Score 0
  • Graduation Rate Score 5.51
  • ROI/Value Score 4
  • Student to Faculty Score 2

4.University of Alaska Southeast

At the University of Alaska Southeast, students have the opportunity to pursue degrees leading to teacher licensure at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The School of Education at U of A Southeast offers a bachelor of arts in elementary education and special education. The school is attentive to all of its students’ needs, including helping them prepare to write and pass the Praxis exam and enter the job market. With experienced faculty and a strong commitment to preparing Alaska’s next generation of teachers to work in the state’s diverse schools, the University of Alaska Southeast School of Education is another top pick for aspiring educators in Alaska.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 25748
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 19437.5
  • Average state starting salary$ 44166
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 9 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 4
  • Acceptance Rate Score 0
  • Graduation Rate Score 2.62
  • ROI/Value Score 8.1
  • Student to Faculty Score 4

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