Basic Steps for Initial Alaska Teacher Certification:
Initial teacher certification in Alaska lasts for three years and is nonrenewable. You must have a bachelor's degree, complete or be currently enrolled in an approved teacher preparation program, pass the approved basic competency tests, and pass a criminal background check. While the certificate is valid for three years, you must complete the Alaska studies and Alaska multicultural requirement and submit two video performance reviews within two years of the issuance of the initial certificate.
Information for Teachers Certified Elsewhere:
If you are certified in another state and move to the state of Alaska, you will be issued a one-year certificate until you meet the testing requirements as outlined by the state Department of Education.
Information for Professional Teacher Certification:
To continue to teach in the state of Alaska after the initial period of certification, you must attain the Professional or Master Teacher Certification level. Professional Teacher Certification requires completing all requirements for the Initial Teacher Certification, six semester hours of coursework within the past five years, and passing scores on a content area exam. This certification lasts five years and is renewable.
Information for Master Teacher Certification:
A Master Certificate requires that a teacher currently holds either the Initial or Professional Certification, meets all qualifications for Professional Certification, and is either National Board Certified or has scored at the advanced level on two performance reviews. This certificate is valid for 10 years and is renewable.
Teaching Position Outlook for Alaska:
As with many states across the nation, Alaska has shortages in many subjects. Their greatest shortages exist in math, science, and special education. The average teacher salary is over $47,602 and a beginning teacher makes over $38,657.
Additional Information for Alaska Teacher Certification:
Want more information? Visit the Alaska Department of Education.