April 16, 2018

Alaska Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $53,553
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $46,730

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in Alaska schools. There are no special undergraduate coursework requirements in individual subject areas for Alaska teacher certification. You will, however, need to complete an Alaska-approved teacher preparation program. A list of approved programs, download the following PDF file:
Alaska Directory of Approved Teacher Education Programs
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.


For teacher certification in Alaska, you’ll need to take the following test for basic teaching skills:
PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test) Official Site | Praxis Core Test
You’ll also need to take one or more of the following tests in specific subject areas:
Praxis 2 Exams Official Site | Praxis 2 Test

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Alaska has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about Alaska Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Alaska for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development about teacher certification about teacher certification at this address:
Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
ATTN: Teacher Certification
801 West 10th Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 110500
Juneau, AK 99811-0500

Or you can call (907) 465-2831.
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Alaska teacher teacher certification process:

Alaska Department of Education
Alaska Teacher Certification