Initial/Two Year, Three Year (AK)

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Initial/Two Year, Three Year (AK)

Description
The Initial/Two Year, Three Year Certificate is the Initial Teaching Certificate in Alaska. It authorizes the holder to teach the specific subjects listed on the document.
Certificate Valid for 2 – 3 Years
Employment: Not Required

Reciprocity
The following states may accept this route:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

State Information
State: Alaska
Contact Name: Sondra Meredith
Contact Phone: 907-465-8663
Contact Email: sondra.meredith@alaska.gov
For more information please visit the state website: http://education.alaska.gov/teachercertification/initial.html

Notes
Alaska is a NASDTEC member, however all out of state applications will be carefully reviewed. Additional courses/documentation may be required.

If Alaska Studies and Alaska Multicultural Studies Coursework is completed at time of application the 3 Year Initial Certificate will be issued. The American Indian Languages Credential authorizes the holder to teach the specific American Indian language listed on the document in departmentalized classrooms in preschool, grades kindergarten through 12, and in classes organized primarily for adults.

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + Enrolled in State Approved Teacher Education Program
BA Degree + Completed State Approved Teacher Education Program

Prior Certification: Must NOT have Current (STATE) Certification

Basic Skills
In most states, teachers must verify basic skills in English (Reading and Writing) and Mathematics through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

English:
Exam(s): One exam is required. See Notes.

Math:
Exam(s): One exam is required. See Notes.

Notes
Alaska accepts the following state Basic Skills Exams:
Alabama Work Keys Exam
Florida Teacher Certification Exams – General Knowledge,
Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators,
Illinois Certification Testing System,
Michigan Test for Teacher Certification,
New Mexico Assessment of Teacher Basic Skills,
New York State Teacher Certification Liberal Arts and Science Test,
Oklahoma General Test

Applicants missing Praxis I PPST who hold a current and valid out of state teaching certificate (US only), may qualify for a 1-year Initial Teaching Certificate.
For more information, e-mail the Teacher Certification Office at tcwebmail@alaska.gov

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:
State Approved Teacher Education Program

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:

Exam(s): Exams are language specific.

Accept Scores from Out of State

Notes:
Alaska does not accept transcript analysis or testing to meet teacher program requirements.

Praxis II is required for French, German, Spanish.

ACTFL For Chinese, Japanese, and Russian only.

ACTFL OPI Passing Score:
–Advanced Mid

ACTFL WPT Passing Score:
–Advanced Low

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Form at: http://education.alaska.gov/teachercertification/forms/initial.pdf
Form Mailing Address:
Department of Education & Early Development, Teacher Education and Certification 801 West 10th Street, Suite 200, PO Box 110500 Juneau, AK 998811-0500

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required
URL: http://langcred.org/resources/transcript-evaluation/?fwp_agency_accepted_by_states=alaska

Background Check
Required

Renewal: Renewable
The Initial/Two Year teacher certificate is Nonrenewable. Teachers must request a 1-Year extension.

Requirements for 1-Year extension:
Official transcripts showing:
3 semester hours of approved Alaska studies (AK) coursework AND
3 semester hours of approved Alaska (MC) multicultural coursework.

Official transcripts must be received before Initial Certificate expires.

Notes:
Fingerprint fee $60.00.

Please submit the following to Teacher Certification:

Applicant with Completed University Teacher Program:
Submit: Institutional Recommendation

OR

Applicant with Completed (Non-university) Alternative Teacher Program:
Submit: State Recommendation

OR
Applicant Enrolled in University or Alternative Teacher Program:
Submit: Proof of Program Enrollment

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Published On: 3/31/2017 4:43:32 PM


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