School of Education 

The School of Education (SOE) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks faculty and staff strive to model, in their interactions with candidates at both the preservice and graduate levels, the three critical characteristics that our candidates embody when they leave the program: professional, culturally responsive, and effective. These characteristics form the basis for our graduates’ continued professional development and the formation of healthy and respectful relationships with their students, families and communities in which they live and work.

In this spirit, the School of Education is committed to preparing and retaining the best possible K-12 educators for this far north, geographically, culturally and linguistically diverse state.

View video testimonials of students who have graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Education.

UAF School of Education in the News

UAF School of Education recognized by national organization

The National Council on Teacher Quality has ranked the elementary education program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks among the best in the United States.

The Washington D.C.-based think tank ranked UAF in the 99th percentile among undergraduate programs that prepare elementary teachers, weighing factors such as admissions, content knowledge and quality of practice opportunities. The NCTQ looked at more than 800 undergraduate programs were reviewed, with an average of 28 hours spent reviewing each program.

More details about the rankings are available at http://www.nctq.org/teacherPrep/2016/findings/home.do.

 

Alaska Native People

“Our people used to come to this hill to pick troth. They would paddle up the creek, Troth Yeddha’ No’, and camp by the lake, Troth Yeddha’ Mene’. Troth Yeddha’ was an important meeting place. The grandfathers used to come to talk and advise one another. When they learned this place would be used for a school, the university, they came here one last time. They decided that the school would be good and would carry on a similar traditional use of the hill. The hill would continue being a place where thinking and working together would happen.”
—   Chief Peter John of Minto, 1994 Rural Student Summit, UAF

From a high point on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, visitors see a panorama of the central Tanana River valley and Alaska Range. Athabascan residents of Interior Alaska enjoyed that panorama for many millennia. The ridge called Troth Yeddha’ served as a place to meet and survey the inspiring place in which they lived.That legacy continues in modern times as the university brings people together and inspires them to follow pathways to knowledge.


The founding of a College:
In 1935, the Alaska Legislature passed a bill that officially changed the name of the college to the University of Alaska. When William R. Wood became the university’s president in 1960, he divided the academic departments of the university into six select colleges: Arts and Letters; Behavioral Sciences and Education; Biological Sciences and Renewable Resources; Business, Economics, and Government; Earth Sciences and Mineral Industry; and Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering. From that point on, both the university’s student population and research mission grew tremendously. Then, with the appointment of Chancellor Howard A. Cutler in 1975, the University of Alaska became the University of Alaska Fairbanks; it was, and still is, the primary research unit of the statewide university system.
Cole, Terrence (1994, p. 55, 206 - 208) The Cornerstone on College Hill: an Illustrated History of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Fairbanks, Alaska: University of Alaska Press.

Contact Us
Physical Address: UAF School of Education, 7th Floor Gruening Building, 314 Cooper Dr., Fairbanks, AK 99775
Mailing Address: UAF School of Education, Box 756480, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6480
Department Email: uaf-soe-school@alaska.edu Fairbanks Tel: 907-474-7341, Department Fax: 907-474-5451
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