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Professional Licensure by State - Alaska

The Initial Out-of-State teacher certificate is for educators who are currently certified in another state to teach, and who would like to begin teaching in Alaska. To qualify for an Initial Out-of-State teacher certificate an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Has never held an Alaska teacher certificate
  • Holds a current, valid out-of-state teacher certificate (out-of-country certificate will not be accepted), that will be current and valid at the time the applicant’s contract for instructional services begins in an Alaska public school district.

An Initial/Out-of-State teacher certificate will be valid for one year, but may be reissued twice for a total of two (2) one-year extensions.

For the first one-year extension, the following items must be received by the Teacher Certification office prior to the expiration of the Initial/Out-of-State certificate:

  • Official/Original score report showing passing scores on an approved basic competency exam (BCE)

For the second one-year extension, official transcripts must be received by the Teacher Certification office prior to the expiration date of the Initial/Out-of-State certificate:

  • Official transcripts showing completion of:
    • 3 semester hours of approved Alaska studies coursework
    • 3 semester hours of approved Alaska multicultural coursework

Endorsements placed on an Initial/Out-of-State teacher certificate will reflect the endorsements on the applicant’s out-of-state certificate. If an applicant holds more than one valid, out-of-state certificate, the applicant must choose which out-of-state certificate to submit with the Initial application.

An Initial/Out-of-State teacher certificate is not renewable.

Approval Status

Pima Community College’s Post Baccalaureate Teacher Education Program meets the academic requirements for initial certification.

State Website

Alaska Licensure Website

Contact Information

Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
PO Box 110500
Juneau, AK 99811-0500

Phone: (907) 465-2800

Fax: (907) 465-4156


E-mail: [email protected]

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