Some will be able to get a license after UAA's education program loses its national accreditation

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — University of Alaska Anchorage students within the education department will be able to graduate this spring and summer with a teaching licenses after an announcement from the Department of Education and Early Development.

That comes after news broke that the program is losing its national accreditation.

In an email from the university, a spokesperson wrote, "The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) just announced its Certification Office will accept recommendations from UAA's School of Education for students completing their initial licensure during the spring 2019 and summer 2019 semesters."

"Students who are graduating after 2019 who are not part of this group that's been approved by DEED, we will continue to work with the department on what position we have for them," Chancellor Cathy Sandeen said Wednesday afternoon, "and we're hopeful it is possible that DEED will decide 'yes we will continue to license you UAA grads during this revocation period.' That's what we're hoping."

But, there is still no news about what happens to students who don't fall within that category.

"I think it's great they're starting to figure that stuff out, but that also leaves a lot of us who are not graduating this semester or the next or the summer, but those of us who have a few more semesters left to go, that leaves us uncertain as to what to do," said Katrina Phillipps who has gone to UAA for three years. "I think there's still a lot UAA has to figure out."

The chancellor says DEED will meet again on Feb. 4th.