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2011-2012 Catalog 
2011-2012 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certification Only-Option Program

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Program Description

The Certification Only-Option Program for teachers (CO-OP) has been designed for those individuals who have completed a 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 classrooms and 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 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.


  1. Complete the Alaska Pacific University Graduate Program application
  2. Include transcripts from all universities attended
  3. Pass the PRAXIS I or other state approved qualifying exam with scores at or above the Alaska requirements
  4. Provide a copy of an Alaska State Troopers Background Check to the Education Department
  5. Provide references from three (3) education professionals; at least one must be a school Principal


Total Credit Hours: 27

  • Alaska Studies: State requirement for certification (3)
  • Multicultural Education: State required courses must be completed before student teaching (3)

Examination Requirement:

Meet Alaska scores on the Elementary PRAXIS II (either exam) and/or on at least one Middle School content area  PRAXIS II the semester before student teaching

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