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University of Alaska launches new education website for prospective teachers

Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 5:09 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - To help encourage more Alaskans to join the education workforce, the University of Alaska has launched a new website to help prospective students find education programs that can suit their career goals.

Between University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks and University of Alaska Southeast, this new system offers 41 different programs, each linked to teacher education.

Dr. Paul Layer, vice President for Academics Students and Research at the University of Alaska System Office detailed some of the educational offerings of this new site. “To provide access for people who want to become teachers, we created a new website, TeachAlaska.org, and that will be a place that potential students can go to look for opportunities and programs that will fit their needs in order to become a teacher. We have over 41 discrete academic programs, degree programs, that meet needs for teachers, counselors, for education leaders, throughout our system - from Pre-K all the way up through secondary education teachers - and there’s opportunities for students to come in associate programs, or to come back to the university if they already have a degree in some other field, to get an advanced degree or a teacher license through our master programs.”

According to a workforce report conducted by the University of Alaska in Dec. 2020, nearly 90 percent of graduates find themselves working in education within a year of finishing their degrees.

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