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Alaska Teacher Certification Requirements

To become a teacher in Alaska, you must complete the follow steps:

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

  • Alaska teachers must hold at least a bachelor’s degree to qualify for certification.
  • The state accepts bachelor’s degrees in any major from an accredited institution.

Complete Trainings

  • Teachers must complete an approved educator preparation program.
  • Teachers must complete 4 mandatory trainings (Sexual abuse awareness and prevention, Alcohol or drug-related disabilities, Dating violence awareness and prevention, and Suicide awareness and prevention).

Student Teaching Experience

  • Alaska does not set a minimum number of hours of supervised experience.
  • Instead, candidates complete an educator preparation program that includes student teaching. Approved teacher training programs in Alaska meet this licensure requirement.

Pass Required Exams

  • In Alaska, educators must pass a basic competency exam and a content area exam.
  • Alaska accepts the ACT or SAT, the GRE, and several state teacher competency tests for the basic competency requirement, and Praxis II subject tests for the content area exams.

Apply for Certification

  • Alaska grants different certifications depending on the teacher’s circumstances. For example, after completing certification exams and an educator preparation program, new teachers apply for an initial teacher certificate.
  • The Department of Education and Early Development typically reviews applications within 2-6 weeks.

Apply for Teaching Jobs

  • Once you have your teacher certification you can now start applying for jobs.
  • You can use job boards and search engines like Google to find open teacher positions in your area.

Most popular Alaska Teacher Certification Exams

Teachers in Alaska must pass the required Praxis exams and in some instances the Foundations of Reading exam to become a certified teacher.

Praxis®️ Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests

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Praxis®️ Early Childhood Education

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Official Praxis®️ Early Childhood Education study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Pearson Foundations of Reading

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Official Foundations of Reading (190) study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Praxis®️ Principles of Learning and Teaching: K-6

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Official Praxis®️ PLT: K-6 study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Praxis®️ Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects

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Official Praxis®️ Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Alaska Alternative Teacher Certification

Suppose you don’t meet the requirements for a traditional teacher certification in Alaska. In that case, you have the option to apply for a District-Sponsored Certificate. At the same time, you can work toward your traditional teacher certificate.

Alaska offers a variety of district-sponsored certificates:

Emergency Teacher Certificate 

The certificate is for anyone who hasn’t completed the requirements for an Initial Teaching Certificate and is only valid during the school year it was issued.

The Emergency Teacher application must be completed and submitted with supporting documents, including the District Request and Assurance Form completed by the sponsoring Alaska School District, the four mandatory training certificates, and official transcripts.

Emergency Administrator Certificate

The certificate is for anyone who has yet to complete the Initial Type B Administrative Certificate requirements and is only valid during the school year it was issued.

The Emergency Administrator certificate is for anyone who has not completed an approved preparation program, received a master’s degree, or has not had three years of teaching experience.

Limited Type M Certificate

If you possess subject matter expertise and teaching competency which has been verified by the local school district, but are unable to obtain a bachelor’s degree due to the unavailability of such a program, then you may be eligible to obtain a Limited Certificate in your area of specialization. This certificate is designed to provide you with an opportunity to teach in a specialty area where you have demonstrated your expertise and competency

Alaska offers three variations of the Limited Type M certificate:

Limited Type M: Language & Culture

For a Limited Certificate in Alaska Native language or culture, you must submit a resume demonstrating competency in an Alaska Native language or at least four years’ experience involving an Alaska Native culture, as determined by the school district. Two letters of recommendation are also required.

Limited Type M: Military Sciences

For a Limited Certificate in military science, you must meet the United States Department of Defense criteria to be a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps instructor, as verified by the local school district. In addition, you must submit a resume demonstrating competency in the military science area. Two letters of recommendation are also required.

Limited Type M: Career-Technical

For a Limited Certificate in a vocational trade or technical specialty, you must have completed four (4) or more years of full-time work experience in a trade or vocational pursuit, no more than two (2) years of which is formal training in a trade school or technical institute. Two letters of recommendation are also required.

How to Register for Exams

After prospective teachers have determined which Praxis exams they need for certification in Alaska, they must sign up for the Praxis exam. Registration can be completed in several different ways with one of the most convenient ways being online. Online registration can be completed through one’s Praxis account and requires teachers to print their admissions ticket for the exam if they choose to test at a test center. At the time of registration, prospective teachers select the Praxis test dates and locations, as well as pay the required fee.

How To Study for Your Alaska Teacher Certification Exam

To become a certified teacher in Alaska you must pass your Praxis exam(s). Luckily, we offer a wide variety of Praxis study guides to help you pass your exam and get closer to getting that teacher certificate in Alaska. Our study guides offer practice questions, video lessons, quizzes and full length practice tests to ensure you are ready come test day!

Our curriculum team studies all of the standards and competencies for the Praxis exams and cross-references them with the current and previous questions released by the official testing company. We then work with content and teaching experts to distill down what test-takers need to know. No matter where you are in the study guide, you can always see how the concept you are learning is aligned to the test standards.

Best Education Schools in Alaska

University of Alaska–Fairbanks

Alaska Pacific University

University of Alaska–Anchorage

University of Alaska–Southeast

Ilisagvik College

Alaska Teacher Salary Information

As of Feb 21, 2024, the average annual pay for a Teacher in Alaska is $52,647 a year.

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Alaska Teacher Certification FAQs

How long does it take to become a teacher in Alaska?

A traditional license will take 4 years to complete

Does Alaska have reciprocity for teachers?

Yes. If you were employed as a teacher in another state prior to seeking teaching certification in Alaska, you will need to provide a copy of the teaching certification from that state with your application for a Professional Teaching Certification in Alaska.

Is it worth it to teach in Alaska?

Working as a teacher in Alaska – particularly rural and remote Alaska – is nothing like teaching in the Lower 48. It can be incredibly rewarding. Alaska has opportunities, and challenges you won’t find elsewhere.

Is there a teacher shortage in Alaska?

Yes. Districts are facing teacher shortages and, in some cases, multimillion-dollar deficits.

What is the teacher bonus in Alaska?

Alaska has a program incentivizing teachers to move and work there. The $10,000 tier is targeted toward rural schools that, despite their remoteness, are sufficiently linked to Alaska’s urban networks to allow for more regular access to goods and services. The $5,000 tier is focused on incentivizing teachers in Alaska’s most urbanized areas.

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