State Profile

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

State Profile - Alaska

April 2018


The data included in this 50-state comparison is specific to school leader preparation program and certification requirements. There may be additional requirements that are not indicated. For additional information, questions or comments, please contact Deven Scott at

Has the state adopted leadership standards? Yes. Alaska has adopted state content and performance standards for administrators. Alaska Admin. Code tit. 4, § 04.200
Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs? Alaska State Board of Education and Early Development Alaska Admin. Code tit. 4, § 12.308
Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted standards? Education administration preparation programs must align with CAEP standards. No state policy was found for additional state requirements. Alaska Admin. Code tit. 4, § 12.308
Does state policy require field experience as part of school leader preparation programs? No state policy found. However, CAEP standards require advanced preparation programs to include varied and developmental clinical settings that allow opportunities for candidates to practice applications of content knowledge and skills. Source
Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental preparation programs? No state policy found.
Certification and Licensure
What are the initial school leader certification requirements? To qualify for an Administrative Certificate (Type B), a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree or higher, which includes three semester hours in Alaska studies and three semester hours in multicultural education or cross-cultural communications, and receive institutional recommendation
  • Complete an accepted school administration program
  • Complete training in alcohol- and drug-related disabilities, sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention, dating violence awareness and prevention and youth suicide awareness and prevention
  • Have three years of satisfactory employment as a teacher or special services provider in an elementary/secondary program with an Alaska Teacher Certificate, Special Services Certificate (Type C) or comparable certificate issued by another state.

Note: Candidates must earn at least six semester hours of credit within the five years preceding application.
Alaska Admin. Code tit. 4, § 12.345
What are the requirements for school leaders licensed out-of-state? Out-of-state applicants are held to the same requirements as in-state candidates. Alaska Admin. Code tit. 4, § 12.345
Is there an alternative route to initial certification? No state policy found. However, the commissioner may issue a non-renewable, Provisional Administrative Certificate (Type B) to an in-state or out-of-state applicant who has completed all necessary requirements, except for coursework requirements. A candidate with a provisional certificate may receive a full administrative certification upon completing the required coursework within two years. Alaska Admin. Code tit. 4, § 12.345

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