Become a Teacher in Alaska

1990 to 2000 was a very tough, yet informative decade for Public Education in Alaska. A 16.9% decline in inflation adjusted income for Alaska teachers spoke like a blow horn to those who felt the tightening of their economic waistlines. Many disheartened teachers left to seek out opportunity in other professions. While this may frighten some, their are still many teachers and administrators in Alaska who have taken advantage of increasing opportunities for career advancement within the Alaskan educational system.

Future Alaska Teachers: Take your excitement and drive toward your burgeoning career and give it direction. So many young or beginning teachers unnecessarily lose the motivation and hope they were initially driven by. We see this most often in education simply because it is so sad and unfortunate that those within the field of education find themselves giving up on their hope for change. However, this does not have to be their fate. Obviously there are still many who stick it out and finish their careers strongly. The difference between these two types of people is a combination of realizing in what direction they should direct their energies, realizing their own value and demanding recognition for their efforts. One such avenue that is a must for our new generation of teachers is a higher level of education. A Master's degree or PhD give new teachers two important tools: one, the education to help them understand what steps need to be taken in order to be successful teachers, and two, the increased salary that allows hardworking people to feel their efforts are appreciated.

Current Alaska Teachers and Administrators: You are the heart and soul of public education in Alaska. In a state that has decided to drastically underfund education, leadership is mandatory for establishing an environment fertile for change. Motivated and enlightened teachers and administrators need to shove themselves into positions of authority so they can spread their knowledge and direct future efforts of reform. First, these educators must further their own education to give their words weight and their careers mobility. So motivate, earn your Master's degree, PhD and Administrative Credentials. Take the first step in making your educational career successful.

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Grand Canyon University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • B.S. in Early Childhood (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - English (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - Math (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Special Education with Credential (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - Science (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Secondary Education - English (Online)
  • B.S. in Secondary Education - Math (Online)
  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - K-12 Leadership (Online)
  • B.S. in Educational Studies (Does Not Lead to Teacher Licensure) (Online)
  • B.A. in Christian Studies (Online)
  • B.A. in Christian Studies - Biblical Studies (Online)
  • B.A. in Christian Studies - Youth Ministry (Online)
  • M.A. in Christian Studies - Christian Leadership (Online)
  • M.A. in Christian Studies - Pastoral Ministry (Online)
  • M.A. in Christian Studies - Urban Ministry (Online)
  • M.A. in Christian Studies - Youth Ministry (Online)
  • M.Div. in Global Ministry (Online)
  • M.Div. in Worship Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Divinity (M.Div.) (Online)
  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - Special Education (Online)
  • Ed.S. in K-12 Leadership (Online)

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Kaplan University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MS in Higher Education - Educational Assessment and Evaluation
  • BS in Early Childhood Development
  • BSPY - Child Development
  • BS in Liberal Studies
  • MA in Teaching (for Aspiring Teachers Grades 5-12)
  • MS in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)
  • MS in Higher Education - College Administration and Leadership
  • MS in Higher Education - College Teaching and Learning
  • MS in Higher Education - Online College Teaching
  • MS in Higher Education - Student Affairs
  • MSE in Instructional Technology (K-12)
  • MSE in Instructional Technology - Adult Learning/Higher Ed
  • MSE in Instructional Technology - Adult Learning/Organizations
  • Master of Science in Health Education

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Full Sail University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology

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Post University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Education - TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) (Online)
  • Master of Education - Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Master of Education - Teaching and Learning (Online)

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Argosy University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • EdD in Higher and Postsecondary Education

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Antioch University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts - Humanities
  • Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Studies: Individualized Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Studies: Literature and Creative Writing Concentration

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Ashford University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts - Child Development (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Early Childhood Education - Infant and Toddler Care (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Early Childhood Education Administration (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Early Childhood Education Administration - Infant and Toddler Care (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Education Studies (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - English Language Learner Studies (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Instructional Design (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Library Science and Media (Online)

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South University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Doctor of Ministry (Online)

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Saint Joseph's University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Graduate Certificate Instructional Technology Specialist (Online)
  • MS in Education of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing w/PA Hearing Impaired K-12 (Online)
  • Master of Science in Special Education (Online)
  • Master of Science in Special Education (with Wilson Reading Certification) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Special Education with Autism spectrum Disorders' Endorsement (Online)
  • Online Accelerated Teacher Certification (Online)
  • Pennsylvania Hearing Impaired K-12 Certification (Online)
  • Special Education Certification (Online)

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Concordia University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Ed.D in Educational Administration (Online)
  • Ed.D in Higher Education (Online)
  • Ed.D in Teacher Leadership (Online)

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"I decided to go to graduate school and earn my Master of Arts in Education because I am inspired by new knowledge. I feel in order to perform my job to the best of my ability, I need to keep up with current practices and trends in the field of education."
- Sara Marvez -- 6th grade science teacher

"Gaining my Master's degree has earned me respect from administrators and colleagues. Also, my salary has benefited greatly. The cost of graduate school was paid off in only a couple years."
- Thomas Bjornson -- high school English teacher

"Postgraduate study was a personal goal of mine, and completing my Master's degree has given me a great sense of personal satisfaction. It has also increased my efficiency in the classroom and my marketability in the job market."
- Janet O'Reilly -- 8th grade social studies teacher

"I found my online courses efficient and friendly. I had a desire to go to graduate school, but I didn't want to go through the nonsense of another undergraduate degree, bumping shoulders with students a third my age who have very little understanding of real life or the benefits of real knowledge. A friend recommended online education and I haven't looked back since.

At the age of 53, I love my job more than ever. I get so much satisfaction knowing that many of my students respect me for what I do as a teacher.

I am able to face any sort of situation that arises in my classroom with complete confidence."
- Jonathan Lloyd -- high school chemistry teacher



*Teacher Salary Information For 2014—2015

Median Elementary School Teacher Salary: $53,090 Median Middle School Teacher Salary: $53,430 Median High School Teacher Salary: $55,050 Average Administrator Salary: $87,760 Median Elementary, Middle and High School Principals: $87,760
On average, teachers with masters degrees will earn $8,000 to $10,000 more each year than those with only a bachelors degree.

Consequently, in order to attain a position as an administrator, a masters, PhD or Ed D. is required.

On average, Administrators will earn around $30,000 more each year than their hard working, teacher cohorts!

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook