The Certification Only-Option Program for teachers (CO-OP) has been designed for those individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree and wish to obtain their K-8 teaching certificate in the state of Alaska. The program allows one to complete the 27 credits of training and course work at his/her own pace to become licensure eligible. Candidates gain valuable practical experience by completing structured and supervised practicums in elementary and middle school classrooms and environments.
The Certification Only-Option Program (CO-OP) leads to teacher licensure. Students completing the program 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.