If you’d like to become a teacher in Alaska, you must have completed a baccalaureate degree or higher and fulfill the requirements for an approved teacher education program. This can be achieved with an Alaskan program or through various other means. In addition to education, you’ll also have to pass Alaska’s Basic Competency Examination, or present qualifying test scores from outside of Alaska.
To become certified in Alaska, you can follow a number of different options. Most teachers without previous experience will need to take an Alaska-approved teacher education program. If you’ve been certified in another state, your education may transfer over to Alaska. Generally, certification will transfer from states that accept accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). If you lack this type of certification, but have previous teaching experience, you can still become an Alaskan teacher without additional education through the "Highly Qualified" program, which verifies that your education and experience are commensurate with Alaska’s teaching standards. Teachers educated overseas may be granted Alaskan certification through evaluation of their foreign program.
Alaska has more than 130,000 students in 506 schools, which are operated by the state’s 53 school districts as well as the Department of Education. Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, also makes up the largest school district, with more than 49,000 students. You should also be sure to look at Fairbanks and Juneau. Alaska does not have a central hiring administration, so you will have to contact each district individually for employment. Alternatively, you can visit Alaska Teacher Placement to find employment in the specialty and district that you’d like to be in.
Once you’ve been awarded your Initial Tier 1 certification for teaching in Alaska, you’ll need to be promoted to a renewable Professional Teacher Certification. To get this certification, you’ll need to complete a teacher preparation program, pass two performance reviews, complete a variety of coursework, and pass a Praxis II exam. You can qualify for a Master Teacher Certification if you hold a National Board certification issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) or score at an advanced level for your two performance reviews.