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Alaska Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification



Meet the minimum requirements to teach in this state.

If you can demonstrate subject matter expertise and teaching competency as verified by the local school district, but do not have a bachelor’s degree because such a program is not sufficiently available, you may be eligible for a Limited Certificate in one of these specialty areas:

1. Alaska Native language or culture
2. military science
3. vocational or technical course.

The Limited Certificate must be requested by the local school board, through its chief school administrator. The request must be accompanied by two letters of recommendation verifying the applicant’s length of experience and competency in the specialty field.

Please note: A Limited Certificate is valid only in the requesting district. The holder of a Limited Certificate may teach only in the area(s) of endorsement, as indicated on the Limited Certificate.

Alaska Native Language or Culture

For a Limited Certificate in Alaska Native language or culture, you must submit a resume demonstrating competency in an Alaska Native language or a minimum of four year’s experience involving an Alaska Native culture, as determined by the school district.

Military Science

For a Limited Certificate in military science, you must meet the criteria of the United States Department of Defense to be a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps instructor, as verified by the local school district. In addition, you must submit a resume demonstrating competency in the military science area.


For a Limited Certificate in a vocational trade or technical specialty, you must have completed four (4) or more years of full-time work experience in a trade or vocational pursuit, no more than two (2) years of which is formal training in a trade school or technical institute.

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