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 the College of Arts and Sciences School of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning: Elementary Major

Admission to the Department of Teaching and Learning: Elementary Major is required for most upper-division coursework in Elementary Education. In order to be admitted to the program, students must:

  1. Complete the application to the Department of Teaching and Learning: Elementary Major.  Meet with an academic advisor in the School of Education Student Services Office.
  2. Complete the tier I basic college-level skills General Education Requirements (GERs). Transfer credits may be used.
  3. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  4. Successfully complete the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core). Contact the School of Education Student Services Office for current passing scores.
  5. Successfully complete the following courses with a minimum grade of C: EDEL A205 and EDSE A212.
  6. Submit a successful background check with the Alaska Background Check System (ABCS).  Please visit School of Education Field Experiences website for detailed information.

Admission to the university as an elementary education major does not guarantee admission to the Department of Teaching and Learning: Elementary Education program.

Admission to Elementary Education Advanced Practicum

  1. Meet all the requirements for and be admitted to the Department of Teaching and Learning: Elementary Education major.
  2. Submit an application form for admission to Elementary Education Advanced Practicum. Contact the School of Education Student Services office for fall and spring application deadlines at (907) 786-4401.
  3. Participate in a screening interview if requested.
  4. Complete all 300-level and prerequisite courses, including completion of practicum I courses, EDEL A325, EDEL A327, and EDEL A395, with a minimum grade of C.
  5. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  6. Have a minimum GPA of 3.00 in major requirements.
  7. Apply for the Student Teaching Authorization Certificate. This application includes fingerprinting and a criminal background check. Fee required. Contact School of Education Student Services Office for more information.

Admission to Elementary Education Internship (Student Teaching Experience)

  1. A grade of P in the practicum courses EDEL A395 and  EDEL A495A and a minimum grade of C in practicum courses EDEL A325, EDEL A327, EDEL A492A, EDEL A426, and EDEL A428.
  2. Successfully complete the Praxis II: Elementary Content Knowledge (5018) or Praxis II: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (5017). Contact the School of Education Student Services Office for current passing scores. Note: when taking the exam, please select UAA as a receiving institution.
  3. Submit an application form for admission to Elementary Education Internship.  Contact the School of Education Student Services office for fall and spring application deadlines at (907) 786-4401.
  4. Maintain a current Student Teaching Authorization Certificate.
  5. Complete school district specific application for internship placement. See the School of Education Student Services Office for more information.

Placement in Field Experiences

Placement in field experiences is separate from admission to the program and may be limited by community partners. See School of Education Field Placement website. Applications for EDEL A495A and elementary internship courses must be submitted the semester before enrolling in EDEL A495A, Elementary Education Practicum II, and elementary internship, respectively. 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. School of Education 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 www.uaa.alaska.edu/elearning 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 in field placements.

Graduation Requirements

Foundations Requirements

Complete the following foundation requirements. While students may choose any course from the approved General Education Requirements (GERs) course lists, the following courses listed are highly recommended choices to provide content knowledge for elementary education majors. Some of the foundation courses may also be used to meet GERs.

Written Communication Skills GER
Select two GER courses. The following courses are highly recommended:6
Writing Across Contexts
Writing and the Humanities
Writing and the Professions
Oral Communication Skills GER
Select one GER course. The following courses are highly recommended:3
Fundamentals of Oral Communication
Small Group Communication
Public Speaking
Quantitative Skills GER
Select one GER course. The following courses are highly recommended:3-4
College Algebra for Managerial and Social Sciences
College Algebra for Calculus
Elementary Statistics
Fine Arts GER
Select one GER course. The following courses are highly recommended:3
Art Appreciation
Music Appreciation
Theatre Appreciation
Natural Sciences GER
Select three GER courses from different disciplines and at least one science lab from the Natural Sciences GER list. The following courses are highly recommended:10-12
Solar System Astronomy
Solar System Astronomy Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Introductory Biology Laboratory
Environmental Science: Systems and Processes
Environmental Science: Systems and Processes Laboratory
Social Sciences GER
Select three GER courses. The following courses are highly recommended:9
The Rise of Civilization
Lifespan Development
Introduction to Civic Engagement
Humanities GER
Select one of the following GER courses:3
History of the United States I
History of the United States II
Major Themes in US History
Select two additional GER courses. The following courses are highly recommended (Note: languages may be used to satisfy this requirement):6
Introduction to Humanities I
Introduction to Literature
Masterpieces of World Literature I
Quantitative Reasoning6
Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I
Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II
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. All courses in the major must be completed with a minimum grade of C.

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
EDEL A495BElementary Education Internship9
Electives *9
Total Credits77
*

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

Visit the University Honors College catalog page. See an advisor for details. 

State Approved Verification Form, Elementary Teacher Certification (K-6)

Students completing this degree are eligible for an institutional recommendation for teacher certification K-6th grade from the Alaska Department of Education. Following are the requirements for a State Approved Verification Form:

  1. Major requirements completed with a minimum grade of C.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  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  exams.
  5. Internship satisfactorily completed.
  6. BA in Elementary Education degree conferred.

Students planning to seek a professional license or certificate in a state other than Alaska are required to contact the UAA offering department before enrolling to determine if the program meets the licensing/certification requirements of the state in which they wish to practice.

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.