|The undergraduate general university requirements provide an integrated course of study. An effective K-8 teacher needs strong oral and written communication skills and quantitative literacy, as well as a broad liberal studies and content area background. Inquiry, analysis, critical thinking, creativity and leadership are the foundation of an effective teacher for the 21stcentury.Your program of study is a combination of general university requirements and education courses with real life K-8 classroom practicum experiences. As you proceed through your course of study, you are expected to achieve the Alaska Beginning Teacher Standards that are reflected in the following competencies:Philosophy and Approach (PA): Describe personal research-based philosophy of education and apply it in the classroom with consistent teaching strategies and practices.
Developmental Stages (DS): Understand how students learn and develop and apply that knowledge to individuals and groups in classroom practice.
Diverse Cultures and Needs (DCN): Teach students with respect for their individual and cultural characteristics to promote learning and communication.
Content Knowledge and Strategies (CKS): Knows the teacher’s content areas and how to teach them using age appropriate strategies to develop student knowledge, skills, and understandings applicable to real world situations; this includes accurate information, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and use of technology.
Assessment Guides Instruction (AGI): Facilitates, monitors, and assesses student learning to inform students and families of progress and needs; encourages student self-assessment; uses individual and group performance to guide instruction (formative and summative assessment); and maintains accurate records.
Positive Learning Environment (PLE): Creates and maintains a positive learning environment that is physically, emotionally, and intellectually safe in which all students can learn, and are actively engaged, contributing members.
Partnerships and Real-life Connections (PRC):Works as a partner with parents, families, and the community.
Professionalism, Ethics, and Growth (PEG): Participates in and contributes to the teaching profession, complies with standards, laws and Code of Ethics, and engages in continuous professional growth.
General University Requirements
* Not required if used to satisfy requirements for acceptance into the Teacher Preparation Program; may also satisfy GUR’s.
** Junior Practicum Courses.
*** Prior to Student Teaching, the Praxis II Elementary Education Test: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment OR the Praxis II Elementary Education Test: Content Knowledge must meet State score requirements to become “highly qualified” as defined by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.
† Credits are satisfied by Major Requirements.
A GPA of 3.00 in professional education courses (ED prefix) and 2.75 overall is required for admittance to student teaching. Students must complete all methods courses with a grade of “C” or better to be recommended for Alaska Teacher Certification. Methods courses are not taught as independent studies or by correspondence.