Alaska Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

This guide to Alaska teacher preparation programs is meant to provide aspiring teachers with the most relevant options for pursuing teaching degrees in Alaska. There are quite a few well-known colleges and universities in the state that offer programs focused on preparing new teachers for a long career in the educational sector. For more information, scroll down to find a list of accredited teacher preparation programs as well student reviews. Whether you’re fresh out of college or looking to change your current career, our guide to teaching schools in Alaska can help you find a program that fits your individual needs and personal career goals.

School Facts

  • There are five colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Alaska.1
  • Four colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
  • Highest graduation rate*: Alaska Pacific University, 52%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Alaska Pacific University, 32%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Alaska Pacific University, $31,3971
  • Lowest net price per year*: University of Alaska Southeast, $8,827.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for teaching degree programs in Alaska*: $18,176-$$29,810.2
  • Two schools ranked in US News Regional Universities (West) Rankings in 2013 (top 100): University of Alaska-Anchorage (58) and Alaska Pacific University (66).
  • Two schools ranked in Forbes Top Colleges List (top 500): University of Alaska Fairbanks (291) and University of Alaska Anchorage (493).
  • Four teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP (see below).*

*For 4-year colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

University of Alaska Fairbanks: The University of Alaska Fairbanks is home to the School of Education which confers degrees across the entire postsecondary spectrum including bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The School categorizes its degrees into five categories; Elementary, Secondary, Graduate, Counseling and Special Education. UAF has also recently offered an online iteration of their Special Education graduate degree completely online. The Master of Education in Special Education is an accredited degree consisting of 36 credits that are available 100% via the internet and is open to students regardless of where they live. UAF School of Education continues to strive to prepare educators that are effective professionals ready to teach within the culturally diverse state of Alaska and beyond. Many of their graduates stay within Alaska’s borders so the programs take on a distinctive Alaska flair due to the uniqueness of the state.

University of Alaska Anchorage: The University of Alaska Anchorage is the state’s flagship university and has been educating the state’s future teachers, counselors and administrators since 1954. The College of Education is one of the largest school’s on campus as Education is the second most popular major behind nursing. The University of Alaska Anchorage is unique in that it offers extended pathways to degrees by offering two-year associate’s degrees not typically offered at most universities. The most popular education degree continues to be Elementary Education which prepares students to be classroom instructors at the K-8 levels. Other majors available at UAA include undergraduate and graduate offerings in postsecondary education (including specialty areas such as reading, history, math, science, etc.), counseling, administration, special education and school psychology.

Top-Rated Teacher Preparation Programs

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) evaluated 1,100 college programs that prepare teachers for the classroom (Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report). No programs in Alaska made the “honor roll” of 3 stars or higher. Read more about the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report.

The following teacher preparation programs in Alaska received the highest ratings by the National Council on Teacher Quality:

University of Alaska Anchorage (Graduate Secondary)
University of Alaska Fairbanks (Undergraduate Elementary)

The following reviewed schools were cited as problematic (no stars):

University of Alaska Anchorage (Undergraduate Elementary) 0stars
University of Alaska Anchorage (Graduate Special Education) 0stars
University of Alaska Fairbanks (Graduate Secondary) 0stars

Teacher Preparation Programs Accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP

  • Alaska Pacific University
  • University of Alaska Anchorage
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • University of Alaska Southeast

Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies.

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Alaska

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Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Alaska

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Alaska Pacific University
4101 University Dr
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 561-1266

University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 786-1800

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Signers Hall
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7480
(907) 474-7211

University of Alaska Southeast
11120 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK 99801-8697
(877) 465-4827

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges/