Master’s Degree Program (M.Ed.)
Earn your master’s in elementary education from anywhere in Alaska. You can also become a certified elementary teacher in one year and continue working on your master's degree while you are employed in your own classroom. This program gives you maximum flexibility, and specialized training to teach in rural and urban Alaska.
Our master’s in elementary education (with K-8 teacher certification) is grounded in local knowledge and experience. That means you’ll gain a deeper understanding of who your students are and where they live, growing your skills as a teacher in the process. You’ll also have a variety of opportunities to apply your learning in the classroom, through fieldwork experiences and an internship guided by a mentor teacher.
Requirements for the Master’s Degree in Elementary Education
The elementary education master’s degree includes post-bachelor teacher licensure. When you apply to the postbaccalaureate program you can also apply for the master’s degree. Or, you can complete your licensure and then pursue your master’s degree when you’re ready.
Completing your postbaccalaureate certification gives you 15 graduate-level credits toward the master’s in elementary education. Designed with working teachers in mind, you have up to six years to complete the master’s degree.
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Why Earn Your Master’s in Elementary Education at UAF?
Earning your elementary education master’s degree is a great way to advance your professional skills and your earning potential. Read on to find out why the University of Alaska Fairbanks offers one of the best elementary education master’s programs in the state.
The UAF School of Education provided me with the highest level and standards of learning. I was encouraged to achieve more than I thought possible. Throughout my time at UAF I had the opportunity to be an in-person student and a distance student, no matter where I was learning from I felt supported and connected. The professors in this program were invested in me as I became a professional and as I grew as a person.Samantha Hesterman, UAF education major
What Can You Do With a Master’s in Elementary Education?
Our graduates are kindergarten and elementary school teachers in rural and urban school districts across Alaska. Some find jobs in other parts of the country, or in international schools. Many of our graduates are offered positions through our internship and fieldwork opportunities.
In addition to developing your teaching skills and potentially boosting your salary, earning your master’s degree opens up additional opportunities for school leadership, career advancement and community engagement.
What Classes Are Required for Elementary Education Majors?
The master’s in elementary education explores methods for teaching mathematics, language arts, science and social studies. You’ll also learn about research and data gathering techniques, with a special emphasis on Alaska and indigenous knowledge. Fieldwork is integrated throughout the curriculum, and you have the option to complete the degree with a thesis or research project.
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