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Alaska Teacher Certification

In Alaska, responsibility for the certification of teachers and other school professionals is assigned to the Teacher Education and Certification office within the Department of Education & Early Development (DEED).

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Check your certification status

Your teaching certificate is only valid for 5 years and it is imperative that you do not let this expire. The State of Alaska WILL NOT notify you when your certificate is up for renewal. However, you can search online and learn exactly when your certificate expires. The earliest you may submit an application packet for renewal is one year prior to the expiration date on the certificate you are renewing.

If you currently hold or have held an Alaska certificate, you may check the status of recent document submissions, application or view your certificate record.

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For more information about Renewal/Reinstatement of Certificates, visit: education.alaska.gov/teachercertification/forms/ReneworReinstateCertificates.pdf

For online renewal, visit: education.alaska.gov/TeacherCertification/OnlineRenewal

If you are new to the state, please email the Teacher Certification Office at tcwebmail@alaska.gov to check the status of your application.

National Board Certification

Strengthening the profession that shapes America’s future, National Board Certified Teachers are at the vanguard of excellence in teaching today. See National Board Certified Teachers in Alaska. National Board Certification is recognized as a national standard of quality professional achievement. Teachers who have achieved Board Certification in Alaska enjoy a ten year period between certification renewals. Local school districts and professional organizations frequently recognize NBC through local agreements. The following local school district agreements are known to offer NBCT stipends: Anchorage, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Kenai and Matanuska-Susitna.

National Board Certification is a rigorous process through which educators describe, analyze and reflect upon their practice. NBC candidates are also assessed on their knowledge of the subjects they teach.

The NBC assessment was revised in 2016-2017. The revised assessment requires successful completion of four components. Candidates can attempt one, two, three or four components in a single year, but must complete all four to certify. Please visit boardcertifiedteachers.org for more information on the NBC process.

To learn more about National Board Certification and how you can become a National Board Certified Teacher:

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Each summer, NEA-Alaska hosts Jump Start, a 4-day workshop that provides support for educators planning to pursue National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Jump Start is designed to familiarize participants with National Board Certification and better prepare them for the assessment process. Taught by board certified teachers who understand the candidate process, Jump Start is proven to increase first-time success rate of testing and provides an advantage to candidates taking the exam. This workshop is open to NEA-Alaska members.

For more information on Jump Start or to answer any questions, please contact Susie Smythe: susie.smythe@neaalaska.org

The Alaska State Contact for National Board Certification

Sondra Meredith

Alaska Department of Education
Dept. of Education & Early Development
Teacher Certification

801 W. 10th Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 110500
Juneau, AK 99811-0500
Phone: (907) 465-8863
Fax: (907) 465-2441



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