Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (with Teacher Certification)

The BA in Elementary Education is a professional degree nationally recognized by the Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI). Unique features of the program include an emphasis on culturally responsive teaching in Alaska’s context; a strong liberal studies focus; exposure to a range of teaching and curriculum design approaches, including integration of educational technology; and focused field experiences, developmentally sequenced and in a variety of school/classroom settings. Applicants are encouraged to take EDFN A101 to learn more about the field of education. Elementary Education supports an honors track option. See an advisor for course guidance.

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs. Application forms are available on the Admissions website.

Admission to Upper Division Major Courses

In order to be admitted to the program, students must:

  1. Meet with an academic advisor in the College of Education (COE) Student Services Office.
  2. Complete the tier I basic college-level skills General Education Requirements (GERs).
  3. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  4. Successfully complete the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE). Contact the COE Student Services Office for current passing scores.
  5. Successfully complete the following courses with a grade of C or higher: EDEL A205 and EDSE A212.
  6. Meet current COE background check requirements.

Admission to the Department of Teaching and Learning is competitive. Qualified applicants are accepted on a space-available basis. Admission to the university as an elementary education major does not guarantee admission to the department.

Admission to Field Experiences

Admission to field experiences is separate from admission to the program and may be limited by community partners. See COE Field Placements. Applications for EDEL A495A and elementary internship courses must be submitted the semester before enrolling in EDEL A495A, Elementary Education Practicum II. Qualified applicants are accepted on a space-available basis. Admission to the Elementary Education program does not guarantee admission to the field experiences.

Some courses in the elementary education program require field placements and/or internship placements. COE does not guarantee placements as they are contingent on school district and agency partners. The university offers placements across the state of Alaska. Out-of-state placements will require additional approvals and are not guaranteed. In addition, residents in some states who seek to enroll in University of Alaska (UA) online programs and/or complete an internship in their home state related to UA enrollment need to be aware of special requirements. Please see for details. 

The Elementary Education Programs Admission Committee determines a candidate’s readiness to enroll in all field experiences. The candidate must realize that requirements set forth below constitute minimum preparation, and it may be the judgment of the committee that the candidate needs further work to develop content knowledge or skills to work with children.

Elementary Education Practicum II and Internship Admission Criteria

EDEL A495A increases the time in the classroom and the planning and teaching experiences, with focus on the classroom environment, math and science. The elementary internship courses include a capstone seminar and extensive, supervised teaching experiences in an elementary classroom. Emphasis is placed on meeting the Alaska Beginning Teacher Standards. Criteria include the following:

  1. Meet all the requirements for and be admitted to the elementary education program..
  2. Submit a Practicum II application, by the published deadline. See the COE’s Student Services Office for the application and deadlines.
  3. Participate in a screening interview if requested.
  4. Complete all prerequisite courses.
  5. Successfully complete the Praxis II: Elementary Content Knowledge (0018/5018). Contact the COE Student Services Office for current passing scores.
  6. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  7. Have a GPA of 3.00 in major requirements.
  8. Apply for the Student Teaching Authorization Certificate. This application includes fingerprinting and a criminal background check. Fee required. Contact COE Student Services Office for more information.
  9. Submit internship application by the published deadline. See the COE’s Student Services Office for application and deadlines.
  10. A current Student Teaching Authorization Certificate is necessary for internship.
  11. Complete school district specific application for internship placement. See the COE Student Services Office for more information.
  12. Please see  for more details about the internship policy.

Internship Enrollment and Institutional Recommendation Requirement

The grade of P in the practicum courses (EDEL A395 and EDEL A495A) is required for enrollment in the internship (EDEL A495B). All major requirements, EDSE A212, MATH A211 and MATH A212 must be completed with a grade of C or higher in order to obtain an institutional recommendation for elementary teacher certification.

Graduation Requirements

Foundations Requirements

Complete the following foundation courses. The courses provide content knowledge for elementary education majors. Some of the foundation courses may also be used to meet GERs.

Written Communication
Select two courses from the Written Communications GER list. Most students will need to take WRTG A111 and one additional course. 6
Oral Communications
Select one course from the Oral Communications GER list.3
Mathematical Skills
Select one course from the Quantitative Skills GER list3-4
MATH A211Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I3
MATH A212Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II3
Fine Arts
Select one course from the Fine Arts GER list.3
Natural Science Core
Select courses from different disciplines and at least one science lab from the Natural Sciences GER list10-12
Social Science Core
Select three courses from the Social Sciences GER list from two different disciplines.9
Humanities Core
HIST A131History of United States I3
or HIST A132 History of United States II
or HIST A355 Major Themes in US History
Select two additional courses from the Humanities GER list.6
Total Credits49-52

Major Requirements

It is strongly recommended that students see an advisor to stay on track. Field experiences in public schools are required as part of most courses.

EDEL A205Becoming an Elementary Teacher3
EDEL A206Introduction to Assessment in Elementary Education2
or EDFN A210 Assessment-Based Online Tutoring
EDEC A242Family and Community Partnerships *3
or HNRS A310 Community Service: Theory and Practice
EDFN A101Introduction to Education3
EDFN A300Philosophical and Social Context of American Education3
or EDFN A304 Comparative Education
EDFN A301Foundations of Literacy and Language Development3
EDFN A302Foundations of Educational Technology3
EDFN A478Issues in Alaska Native Education, K-123
EDSE A212Human Development and Learning3
EDSE A482Inclusive Classrooms for All Children3
Methods Courses
EDEC A106Creativity and the Arts in Early Childhood3
EDEL A325Teaching Literacy in Elementary Schools6
EDEL A327Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Schools3
EDEL A426Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Schools3
EDEL A428Teaching Science in Elementary Schools3
PEP A345Incorporating Health and Physical Activity into the Pre-K - 6 Classroom2
Field Experience and Internship
EDEL A395Elementary Education Practicum I: Literacy and Social Studies2
EDEL A492AElementary Education Seminar II: Learning Environment2
EDEL A492BElementary Education Seminar III: Teaching Capstone3
EDEL A495AElementary Education Practicum II: Learning Environment, Mathematics, Science3
Select one of the following:9
Elementary Education Internship
Elementary Education Internship
and Honors Thesis *
Electives **9
Total Credits77

See Honors College option below.


Electives may be used toward a minor which is issued concurrently with a baccalaureate degree. Minors consist of a minimum of 18 credits. Students are encouraged to consult with an advisor about adding a minor.

A minimum of 126 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper division.

BAEL and Honors College Option

Concurrent enrollment in multiple courses is required for this option. See an advisor for details.

HNRS A192Honors Seminar: Enduring Books3
HNRS A292Honors Seminar in Social Science3
HNRS A310Community Service: Theory and Practice3
HNRS A392Honors Thesis Seminar1
HNRS A499Honors Thesis3
Total Credits13

Institutional Recommendation, Elementary Teacher Certification (K-6)

Following are the requirements for an institutional recommendation:

  1. Major requirements completed with a grade of C or higher.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.00 in all major requirements, EDSE A212MATH A211, MATH A212, and the Alaska studies and multicultural courses.
  4. Passing scores on the Praxis I and Praxis II (0018/5018) exams.
  5. Internship satisfactorily completed.
  6. BA in Elementary Education degree conferred.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education will be able to:

  • Construct learning opportunities that support K-6 students’ development, acquisition of knowledge, and motivation.
  • Design and implement curriculum that supports K-6 students’ learning of language arts, science, mathematics, social studies, the arts, health, and physical education.
  • Plan and implement instruction based on knowledge of K-6 students, learning, theory, curriculum, and community.
  • Create appropriate instructional opportunities to address diversity.
  • Use teaching strategies that encourage development of critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Foster active engagement in learning and create supportive learning environments.
  • Use effective communication strategies to foster inquiry and support interaction among K-6 students.
  • Use formal and informal assessments to inform and improve instructional practice.
  • Reflect on practice and engage in professional growth activities.
  • Establish positive collaborative relationships with families, colleagues, and the community.