Alaska Transition to Teaching (AKT2)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. I do not currently live in Alaska. Will I be able to participate in the program?
  2. Am I eligible for the program if I currently have a teaching certificate or if I have ever held a teaching certificate in any state before?
  3. What are the benefits of the AKT2 program compared to a traditional teacher preparation program?
  4. Are there any loans available to me to assist in completing the AKT2 program?
  5. How much does the program cost?
  6. What type of degree fulfills the prerequisite of the program?
  7. What is the Praxis series?
  8. What should I do if you have not received my Praxis scores?
  9. When is the application due and what are the important dates to remember?
  10. What is the time commitment for the program?
  11. I want to work in a particular school district. Can I choose a specific town?
  12. Does the AKT2 program guarantee that I will find a teaching position?
  13. What can I do to expedite the processing of my Phase II Application?
  14. Can other basic competency exams (such as CBEST) be substituted for the Praxis I?
  15. Are there any brochures about the AKT2 program that I can download?

  1. I do not currently live in Alaska. Will I be able to participate in the program?
    Yes! Many AKT2 participants are from outside Alaska. The program is designed to be convenient and allows for distance communication during the Online Spring Pre-service Learning. The Phase II portion of the program will require travel to Alaska for the interview process. You also must also be present in Alaska during the six-week intensive Summer Field Experience portion of the program. Although it is nomandatory, we encourage applicants to attend the Alaska Teacher Placement Job Fair in Anchorage, in April. Obviously, you would move to Alaska to begin your teaching position.

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  1. Am I eligible for the program if I currently have a teaching certificate or if I have ever held a teaching certificate in any state before?
    No. The Alaska Transition to Teaching program is a teacher preparation program that leads to an Initial Teacher Certificate. If you wish to inquire about how to transfer a current teaching certificate from another state to Alaska or how to obtain an Alaska teaching certificate if yours has expired, please refer to the state of Alaska teacher certification website at www.eed.state.ak.us/TeacherCertification/

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  1. What are the benefits of the AKT2 program compared to a traditional teacher preparation program?
    Many traditional certification pathways take up to a year or more and often are designed so that the student is unable to work during their teacher preparation. As an alternative certification program, AKT2 distinguishes itself from traditional certification programs by offering selected candidates the opportunity to find employment as a secondary teacher in a rural setting and earn a salary after completing a facilitated online pre-service course in the spring and a six-week summer field experience and cultural workshop. AKT2 candidates are able to transition into teaching without the hardship and expense of leaving the paid workforce.

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  1. Are there any loans available to me to assist in completing the AKT2 program?
    There are currently no loans offered through the Alaska Department of Education. This program has been designed to be very affordable and most participants will find that a personal loan is not necessary, especially since the program allows for you to continue drawing a salary from your existing job during the pre-service training.

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  1. How much does the program cost?
    The AKT2 program is a very affordable teacher preparation program. Total program costs for candidates accepted into the program this year are expected to be $2,500. Please remember that these costs do not include travel, housing, or personal expenses

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  1. What type of degree fulfills the prerequisite of the program?
    The minimum program requirement is a bachelor's degree. When reviewing your application we look for an area you can be endorsed in and what subject you might be highly qualified in. We take into account all university level education when reviewing your application.

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  1. What is the Praxis series?

Praxis I
The Praxis I tests (PPST or Pre-Professional Skills Tests) measure basic academic skills. The State of Alaska requires that all applicants for an Alaska Teacher Certificate must pass the Praxis I tests of basic skills (reading, writing, and math). You may either complete a paper or computerized version of the test. If you have been selected to receive the Phase II application, you are encouraged to register for the Praxis I tests as soon as possible, since scores may take 6-8 weeks to arrive. We must receive your passing Praxis I scores before the mid-January Invitational Screening and Interview. Please refer to the ETS website (http://www.ets.org/praxis/register/) for information regarding testing locations and dates.

Praxis II
The Praxis II tests measure content-specific knowledge in core academic areas. Praxis II tests can be taken as a means to establishing a Highly Qualified designation. For example, by passing the Praxis II test #20245, Chemistry: Content Knowledge, you may become Highly Qualified in the Chemistry content area. Before participation in Phase IV, Summer Field and Cultural Experience, a candidate must successfully pass a Praxis II test in a core content area. Please refer to the list of available content area exams (only middle school and secondary examinations apply to this program).

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  1. What should I do if you haven't received my Praxis scores?
    Praxis scores should be mailed by ETS to the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development Teacher Certification department by using the code 7027 when completing the ETS Praxis assessment. If we do not receive your Praxis scores, you may mail your original Praxis I scores (the green and white document that opens like a book) to fulfill the requirements of your Phase II Application Package. Please make sure to send the original—copies and facsimiles will not be accepted. State regulations require that this document will become part of your file and will not be returned. Due to time constraints, you are encouraged to send in your scores via express mail. Please refer to the ETS website for further information about Praxis tests.

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  1. When is the application due and what are the important dates to remember?
    The online AKT2 Pre-application is ongoing and can be submitted at any time. Once you have been selected as a possible candidate, a Phase II Application will be emailed to you. The Phase II Application Form along with all supporting documents must be submitted no later than November 16, 2012. After candidates are selected from the Phase II applicant pool, interviews will be held in Anchorage, Alaska. Praxis II scores and completion of the Spring Pre-service Learning requirements must be received by the end of May.

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  1. What is the time commitment for the program?
    Participants will be responsible for completing 80 hours of facilitated online pre-service coursework, online assessments, associated webinars, and ten classroom observations. AKT2 participants will also be responsible for attending the six-week intensive Summer Field Experience and Cultural Workshop. After becoming a Teacher of Record and beginning work in a school district, participants will be responsible for submitting evidence supporting their Individual Teacher Plan. AKT2 is a standards-based program. Participants must sign a two-year Memorandum of Agreement to work in a partner school district for at least two years.

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  1. I want to work in a particular school district. Can I choose a specific town?
    The Alaska Transition to Teaching program works with 15 partner districts across Alaska: Bering Strait, Hydaburg, Iditarod, Kake, Kashunamiut, Klawock, Kuspuk, Lower Kuskokwim, Lower Yukon, Northwest Arctic, Saint Mary's, Southeast Island, Yukon Flats, Yukon-Koyukuk, Yupiit. The AKT2 program does not work with the school districts of Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau.

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  1. Does the AKT2 program guarantee that I will find a teaching position?
    Neither the AKT2 program nor the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development guarantees a position, and it does not hire or place candidates. Finding employment will be facilitated by the program but will be dependent on openings within the 15 partner districts and your initiative. If you are unable to secure a position, you may apply to school districts for the following school year and will not be required to reapply to the AKT2 program.

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  1. What can I do to expedite the processing of my Phase II Application Package?
    Please make sure you have thoroughly read the instructions you received via email. Review the checklist included in the Phase II Application to make sure you have filled in the form completely and accurately and have included all necessary documents.

A few key items to remember:

  1. Remember to include one fingerprint card (FORM FD-258). Please follow the instructions included with your Phase II Application. If you need fingerprint cards please contact teacher certification or the AKT2 Program Assistant via email.
  2. If you answered yes to any of questions 2-5 in section G of the Phase II application, please provide a detailed statement on a separate sheet, and sign the statement. It is not necessary to provide awritten explanation of a minor traffic violation. It is necessary to provide written explanation of any DUIs/DWIs.
  3. Include all transcripts for post-secondary education. The more detailed information you can provide about your educational background, the more thoroughly we can prepare you for becoming a teacher.

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  1. Can other basic competency exams (such as CBEST) be substituted for the Praxis I?
    No. The AKT2 program requires all applicants to take and pass the Praxis I basic competency exam in reading, writing, and mathematics.

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