Student Teaching in NW Arctic

Information Required for Observations, Practicums, Internships, and Student Teaching in the NWABSD

  • Applications for Fall placement will be accepted February 1- March 30 Berry
  • Applications for Spring placement will be accepted September 1- October 30

Student teacher/intern placements in the Northwest Arctic Borough School District (individuals enrolled in a teacher preparation program who are attempting to secure their culminating field experience) are required to submit a NWABSD online application. To complete a practicum or observations, please contact Jeff Alexander in Human Resources at [email protected]

NWABSD online student teacher applications are approved for placement consideration in the order in which they are received. Make sure your online application is accurate and showcases your strengths. Follow all the directions carefully so you do not slow down the approval process. Due to the increased numbers of student teacher applications, NWABSD cannot guarantee a placement. 

IMPORTANT! You must complete both Part 1 and Part 2 below to student teach/intern in the NWABSD

Part 1: Northwest Arctic Borough School District online application

  • Apply with NWABSD online
  • Fall student teachers must apply by March 30 and spring student teachers by October 30.
  • The NWABSD online application is a separate application from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Teacher Authorization form (see Part 2 below). Your NWABSD online application can be submitted, approved, and a conditional student teacher placement made while you wait for your DEED Student Teacher Authorization form to be processed.

Part 2: Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) Student Teacher Authorization Form

  • Complete the State of Alaska Student Teacher Authorization and mail all of the required documents to Juneau for processing.
  • Apply well in advance of your expected start date. It can take three to four months for your authorization to be issued.
  • You must hold a Student Teacher Authorization or an initial teaching certificate in order to student teach in the NWABSD.
  • Contact DEED directly if you have questions regarding the Student Teacher Authorization form.

Some Alaska universities have their own Student Teacher authorization procedures. Check with your university.

Follow these steps to complete the NWABSD application:

University prerequisites: Ensure you have met all of your university requirements before applying for a student teacher/intern placement with the NWABSD.

  • Online application: The approval process begins with the submission of your online application. It takes about 20 minutes to complete the application. 
  • Click on the red "Apply" button NWABSD’s online site at Alaska Teacher Placement
  • Click on "Start – begin the process" or "Login – to existing account". Do not be concerned that this is an employment link. All applications are housed here including the one for student teachers/interns.
  • If you are already a substitute with NWABSD, you can continue/modify your application in order to add on the student teacher portion.
  • Use the "Navigation" menu on the left of the page to help keep track of where you are in the application.
  • When you reach Step 4: "Vacancy Desired," Click the box under the Student Teacher header, labeled "JobID: ST001-099 Student Teacher." (This box may already be checked for you).
  • When you reach Step 5: "Position Desired," skip this page by clicking the "Next Page" button. You should not be applying for any jobs since you are a student teacher/intern.
  • It is highly recommended to upload a current resume to your online application.
  • You are required to upload your university transcripts.
  • You are required to upload a brief syllabus or description of your program/student teaching requirements
  • Complete the rest of the application using the "Next Page" button. When you are done, click "Finish and Submit."
  • NWABSD requires a current tuberculosis (TB) test prior to placement in a classroom (Please check with your personal health care provider or call Public Health to arrange TB testing). TB test must be within one year of your start date in the classroom. Please send via US Postal Service or email to [email protected]

Please do not contact schools, principals or teachers about student teaching placements on your own. Failure to follow that direction could result in your application not being approved.

Next Steps

The Student Teaching Placement Coordinator will organize all efforts between your university and the NWABSD to approve your application and determine a specific student teaching placement.


  • You should not contact schools, principals, or teachers about student teaching.
  • Respond promptly to any communication you receive from the district.
  • Always keep your email contact information current.

For more information on student teaching, contact Janice Hadley in Human Resources at [email protected]