Find Alaska Teacher Salary and Career Information

Learn About Becoming a Teacher in Alaska

teaching-usa-alaska-teacherAlaska has a public education system that’s second to none. This is why Alaska students outperform students from most other states.

Whether you want to teach in Anchorage, with its lively downtown, or in smaller cities and towns across the state, we think you’ll agree that there’s no place quite like Alaska. It’s no wonder that so many people love being Alaska teachers. Keep reading to learn about teaching in Alaska, and get information on teacher certification and salaries.

Alaska Teacher Certification

Alaskans value education, so they’re serious about teacher certification. To become a teacher in Alaska, you’ll need to satisfy the following requirements:

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree
  • Pass a basic competency exam
  • Pass content-area tests
  • Take and pass Alaska studies and multicultural courses
  • Send transcripts, recommendations, fingerprint cards and applicable fees to the Alaska Board of Education

Contact the Board of Education for more information on Alaska teacher certification.

Alternate Teaching Certification

Alaska is always looking for highly qualified teachers. That’s why it has created the Alaska Transition to Teaching (AKT2) program. This is an alternative teacher certification program to find college graduates, career professionals, paraprofessionals with a bachelor’s degree and military personnel who want to become teachers.

This alternate teacher certification prepares candidates to become teachers for high-need schools or in subjects with teacher shortages. If you are in one of these categories and think you’d like to become an Alaska teacher, contact the Board of Education and ask them about AKT2.

Elementary Teacher Salaries

Teachers are well-paid in Alaska, and they work in our cities and in rural communities across the state.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ current Occupational Outlook Handbook, secondary school teachers in Alaska make a median salary of $79,400, making it the fourth highest-paid state for teachers.

In addition to that, you can take advantage of other teacher perks such as the Alaska Teacher Housing Program, which helps develop housing for teachers in rural Alaska. And if you’re worried about paying off your student loans, you’ll be excited about the Student Loan Forgiveness Program.

If you’d like to share your passion and contribute to the success of kids of every age, teaching might be a great career choice.


*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.



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