How to Become a Teacher in Alaska: Teacher Certification

This is a general guide to the steps a person looking to become a teacher might take to become certified to teach in the state of Alaska. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

To learn more about the average salary of Alaskan teachers, see here.

Traditional Approach for the Alaska Teacher Certification

  1. You must have a bachelor's degree or higher to receive the Alaska Teacher Certification. Keep in mind that it is recommended you earn your master’s degree.
  2. Teacher Preparations: This will include teacher prep courses, student teaching, and other types of internships. In order to receive an Alaska Teacher Certification, you must have some experience in teaching, even if it’s unpaid.
  3. Complete the Praxis I, CBEST or West B tests. Click here to learn more about passing scores.
  4. Call (907) 465-2441 for fingerprint cards and a background check.
  5. Submit the following:
    • Completed Application
    • $125 check/money order payable to Alaska State Department of Education & Early Development (EED).
    • Official transcripts, degrees, and school credits
    • Fingerprint cards
    • $66 fingerprint fee
    • Also, include copies of your test scores
    • Mail To:
      Department of Education & Early Development Teacher Education & Certificate
      810 West 10th Street, Suite 200
      P.O. Box 110500
      Juneau, AK 99811-0500
      (907) 465-2831
  6. Do you want to renew your Alaska Teacher Certification?


  1. Educational Testing Service, https://www.ets.org/
  2. Basic Competency Examination Requirement, Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, https://education.alaska.gov/teachercertification/praxis
  3. EED, Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, https://education.alaska.gov/teachercertification/app02
  4. Applications for Teaching Certificates, Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, https://education.alaska.gov/teachercertification/teach02

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