Relocating to Anchorage

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Relocating to Anchorage

Postby jayo98 » Sat Mar 13, 2021 10:22 am

Hello all,

My wife just accepted a job in Anchorage and we're moving late June/early July to Alaska. I'm a special education teacher in San Diego, California. I have teaching credentials in special education and general education. In California, it's called the Education Specialist-Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Credentials, Single Subject and Multiple Subject credentials. I'm state certified in California in all those areas with about 6 years of teaching experience. I think Alaska has similar credentials but they're called something different. It looks like I can obtain an initial out of state Alaska teaching credential. What are the job prospects for special education teachers in the Anchorage Area, maybe even Mat-Su/Eagle River if that's close to Anchorage? I would have to live in the Anchorage area since my wife will be working in downtown Anchorage. Is living in Anchorage and teaching in Matsu-Eagle River a reasonable commute? Thanks, all!
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Re: Relocating to Anchorage

Postby Johncn » Mon Mar 15, 2021 4:29 am

What are the job prospects for special education teachers in the Anchorage Area, maybe even Mat-Su/Eagle River if that's close to Anchorage? I would have to live in the Anchorage area since my wife will be working in downtown Anchorage. Is living in Anchorage and teaching in Matsu-Eagle River a reasonable commute?

There are really three parts to your question:

1) Clarifying that the credentialing system will allow you to get an Initial Special Ed / Gen Ed teaching certification in Alaska: Yes, more than likely, as the terms used by California are well understood and accepted with Alaska Teacher Certification....which is the state office in Juneau that handles licensure. ATP is only a job matching service for education jobs, not the state agency, and is run out of the University of Alaska Statewide offices in Fairbanks. All candidates should rely on the helpful and efficient advice that Sondra Meredith and her staff provide at Alaska Teacher Certification (https://education.alaska.gov/teachercertification) to evaluation YOUR specific circumstances. Should not be a problem, unless there is some unknown barrier.

2) Is there a demand for Special Education jobs in Anchorage and/or Mat Su school districts: We just hosted a Virtual Job Fair last week with Mat Su, and their Recruiting & Hiring Coordinator said they are actively recruiting for Special Ed positions....so, I'd say "Yes". ;-) Best thing to do is watch the recording on the ATP Virtual Job Fair with Mat Su on the ATP Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AlaskaTeacher), learn about the district, and contact her directly. Anchorage is signed up for the March 27 ATP Virtual Job Fair, and you can register for that event here: http://www.alaskateacher.org/alaska_job_fairs.php When I go to the ATP Job Bank (which shows jobs from all Alaska school districts), I find that Anchorage has multiple Special Ed openings posted. So, you can dig around on that page of the ATP site (http://www.alaskateacher.org/jobs/), and if you are registered with ATP's Applitrack system, apply to Anchorage jobs simply by importing your core details to any district in Alaska (https://www.alaskateacher.org/downloads/atp_big_six.pdf). Data that is unique to any district's application database will still need to be entered, however.

3) Is it realistic for you work in Mat Su, and your wife to work in Anchorage?: I think it depends how far away the two jobs are compared to where you live. I do know that many people commute from Mat Su to Anchorage...But, it's Alaska, and implies frequent travel on snow covered roads. With moose. ;-) I don't know what your comfort level with that is, nor have I ever lived in either community. I think that OTHERS who read this forum would be better suited to answer that question. :o

Hope this helps.

Regards,

John
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Re: Relocating to Anchorage

Postby jayo98 » Mon Mar 15, 2021 6:23 pm

Thanks, John. I found some special ed postings in Anchorage as well. Thanks for the advice!
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