This degree option combines classes from the Outdoor Studies and Education Departments to give students a thorough preparation for teaching in public and charter schools with an emphasis in environmental and outdoor education.

The first year of the 45-credit program consists of classes conducted primarily at APU’s Kellogg Farm Campus in Palmer, Alaska, utilizing an experiential approach while maintaining our standards of academic rigor. The second year is spent at APU’s Anchorage Campus preparing for and completing student teaching. Classes will include Outdoor Education LiteracyTeaching MethodsPower of PlaceResearch Methods, and Curriculum/Instruction/Evaluation.

This career path enables students the flexibility of picking from jobs in public, charter, or private schools; interpretive and education specialist jobs in land management agencies such as the National Park Service or State Parks; and positions in a variety of non-governmental organizations and businesses such as conservation organizations and camps.


Cliff Hartman Teaching Scholarship

Student of scholarly merit with a strong interest in teaching, teacher education or educational mythology

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Barney and Rachel Gottstein Scholarship

Alaska Native students who intend to teach in rural Alaska

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Andrew J. Crow and Cora C. Crow Memorial Scholarship

Full-time students nominated by a Methodist church who has graduated within three years prior to admission from a high school within the Panhandle of Texas, or female students pursuing a degree in business or education

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Anchorage Amateur Radio Club Scholarship

Full-time students showing promise in science, mathematics, communications, radio, electronics, or astronomy

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Teaching in Alaska. Preparing at APU.

There is no better place than APU, where teacher candidates can prepare to teach K-8 students in elementary or middle school. At APU, the graduate Certification Only-Option Program (CO-OP) provides you early on in the program with experiential, hands-on learning that will prepare you to achieve Alaska state licensure and reach your professional career goals as an educator. Challenging opportunities for K-8 certificated teachers abound throughout Alaska in a variety of natural settings, areas, and cultures. APU’s Education Department has a solid reputation and a proven success rate with graduates who are now teaching in their own classrooms across the State. We stress APU’s commitment to Alaska’s multicultural, intercultural and international heritage and communities.

Education Department

Get paid doing what you love.

The Outdoor Studies Department at APU prepares students for meaningful lives and careers working with people in the outdoors through expedition and classroom-based learning. Students earn either a BA in Outdoor Studies or a MS in Outdoor and Environmental Education. With Alaska’s millions of acres of wilderness right at our doorstep, OS classes provide you with an educational experience unlike any other.

Outdoor Studies Department