Aug 16, 2018
Admission to program has been suspended until further notice
The Certification Only-Option Program (CO-OP) is a graduate certificate designed for those individuals who have completed a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree and wish to obtain their K-8 teaching certificate in the state of Alaska. The program allows one to complete the 27 credits of training and course work at his/her own pace to become licensure eligible. Candidates gain valuable practical experience by completing structured and supervised practicums in elementary and middle school classroom environments.
The Certification Only-Option Program (CO-OP) leads to teacher licensure. Students completing the program are expected to achieve the Alaska Beginning Teacher Standards that are reflected in the following Professional Competencies:
- Philosophy and Approach (PA) : Describe personal research-based philosophy of education and apply it in the classroom with consistent teaching strategies and practices.
- Developmental Stages (DS) : Understand how students learn and develop and apply that knowledge to individuals and groups in classroom practice.
- Diverse Cultures and Needs (DCN) : Teach students with respect for their individual and cultural characteristics to promote learning and communication.
- Content Knowledge and Strategies (CKS) : Knows the teacher’s content areas and how to teach them using age appropriate strategies to develop student knowledge, skills, and understandings applicable to real world situations; this includes accurate information, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and use of technology.
- Assessment Guides Instruction (AGI) : Facilitates, monitors, and assesses student learning to inform students and families of progress and needs; encourages student self-assessment; uses individual and group performance to guide instruction (formative and summative assessment); and maintains accurate records.
- Positive Learning Environment (PLE) : Creates and maintains a positive learning environment that is physically, emotionally, and intellectually safe in which all students can learn, and are actively engaged, contributing members.
- Partnerships and Real-life Connections (PRC) :Works as a partner with parents, families, and the community.
- Professionalism, Ethics, and Growth (PEG): Participates in and contributes to the teaching profession, complies with standards, laws and Code of Ethics, and engages in continuous professional growth.
- General admissions requirements may be found in the Admissions section of this catalog. Applicants seeking to enroll in the K-8 Teaching Certificate program must also complete the following as part of an application for admission:
- Pass the PRAXIS CASE or CORE (Core Academic Skills for Educators) or other state approved qualifying exam with scores at or above the Alaska requirements
- Provide three (3) letters of recommendation from education professionals. Letters should be dated within the past twelve months.
- Review of Bachelor’s level degree/transcript for required knowledge background for CO-OP.
Those candidates who satisfy the admissions requirements noted above, and who ultimately receive an offer for admission, will be required to provide authorization for a background check so as to allow participation in required coursework that involves close interaction with a vulnerable population (minors). The CO-OP program admits students to the Fall semester only.
CO-OP Required Courses (27 credits)
State of Alaska Required Courses (6)
These classes may be taken at APU or elsewhere. See Alaska Department of Education & Early Development Office of Teacher Education and Certification for APPROVED COURSES in:
- Alaska Studies (3)
- Multicultural Education (3)
- Prior to Student Teaching a student must take the Praxis II Elementary Education Test: Content Knowledge and must meet State score requirements to become “highly qualified” as defined by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If student teaching in middle school a teacher candidate must also meet the Alaska scores on at least one Middle School Praxis II content area test no later than the semester before student teaching.
Total Required Credits for Certificate: 33
APU’s Master of Arts (MAP) is available for students seeking a master’s degree. K-8 Teacher Certification courses with a “B” or better may be applied to the MAP degree. See Master of Arts, M.A. for application information.