Become a High School Teacher in Alaska

In the state of Alaska, prospective educators may become certified by completing an approved program and passing the necessary assessments required by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. Schools offering Teaching - K-12 degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Overview of High School Teacher Certification Requirements in Alaska

Persons who are interested in becoming high school teachers in Alaska will need to meet the requirements for an Initial Teacher Certificate. The general requirements for this certificate are summarized in the table below.

Education/Experience Required Bachelor's degree
Exam Requirements Praxis Core or
Praxis I or
CBEST or
WEST-B or
NES
and Praxis II
Certification Renewal Period Initial certificate cannot be renewed
Requirements for Renewal Initial certificate cannot be renewed
Mean Salary (2018)$77,920 (high school teachers in AK)*
Estimated Job Growth (2018-2028) 4% (high school teachers nationally)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

General Academic Requirements

In order to qualify for an Initial Teacher Certificate, the candidate will have to complete a bachelor's degree program and an approved teacher preparation program that concentrates on secondary education. The program must be from an accredited college or university in order to be considered.

Assessment Requirements

Prospective educators will need to pass a basic skill examination that covers the areas of reading, writing and mathematics from either the Praxis Core Assessments, Praxis I, CBEST, WEST-B or NES. Persons who're interested in becoming high school teachers will also need to pass the relevant Praxis II content assessment for the subject they would like to teach. For example, Praxis offers assessments in chemistry, biology, algebra and health education among others at the secondary level. Candidates are encouraged to request that test results be sent to the Teacher Certification Office division of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.

Mandatory Training Requirements

Before applying for certification, candidates must undergo training in the following areas:

  • Sexual abuse awareness and prevention
  • Alcohol or drug-related disabilities
  • Dating violence awareness and prevention
  • Suicide awareness and prevention

Candidates should check with the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development for a list of providers that are approved to offer these training exercises.

Background Clearance

Background clearance is a requirement for persons who are interested in becoming teachers in Alaska. If needed, a fingerprint card can be requested from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development and then the applicant's fingerprints must be collected by a trained technician. The fingerprints will be analyzed by the Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in order to produce the applicant's criminal history.

Application Process

The candidate can apply for the Initial Teacher Certificate by sending a complete application package to the Teacher Certification Office division of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. The application form can be downloaded from the department's website. The application package must include the completed application form, the completed fingerprint card, a check or money order for the $200 application fee and the official transcripts. If the application fee is paid through the department's online payment system, then the confirmation receipt will need to be included in the application package. If the candidate can get their official transcripts by email from the college or university, he/she can also send them to tcwebmail@alaska.gov.

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