Welcome from Dr. Roger Kueter, Interim Department Head
The Department of Teaching at the University of Northern Iowa provides premier preparation of new teachers, including powerful clinical courses; intensive and extensive experiences in partner schools across the state, nation, and world; and a collaborative model of joint inquiry, supervision and support by outstanding mentor teachers and UNI faculty. In addition, the Department provides courses, workshops, professional development, and other outreach to practicing teachers and participates in the learning communities of schools whenever possible.
The Department of Teaching values the art, science and craft of teaching. Our department includes more than forty faculty, the vast majority of whom are tenured/tenure-track faculty, who:
teach clinical courses and associated early field experiences in a university-wide teacher education program
teach student teaching seminars and provide supervision in ten student teaching centers across the state of Iowa as well as an out-of-state/international center
teach the Human Relations course required by the teacher education program
teach graduate courses and workshops offered as professional development for teachers
collaborate with mentor teachers, site coordinators, administrators and other school leaders to build mutually-beneficial school-university partnerships
study and advance the scholarship of teaching and learning and strive to improve PreK-12 student achievement
Teacher Education has a rich future. The Iowa 2013 legislative session approved new reforms for Iowa schools. Governor Branstad said regarding the legislation: “This is a challenge that Iowa must take up. It’s clear that no single reform by itself is enough, but there’s broad agreement that great teaching is essential.” New programs and technological strategy, are all part of the legislative intent to assure the citizens of Iowa our young children and young adult will be the best educated in the world.
The Department of Teaching faculty are constantly reading, experimenting, and interacting with state and national education experts at conferences, seminars and are themselves attending and presenting at these workshops and forms to keep current and be on the “cutting edge” of the best strategies and techniques to be sure University of Northern Iowa Teacher Education graduates are the best educated and experienced individuals upon graduation and ready to take positions in school settings in Iowa and around the US and in some cases International schools. Our graduate have distinguished themselves by becoming “Teacher Leaders” in schools, where in addition to being the classroom instructors they are mentoring other teachers in the profession of teaching and learning.
I have returned to campus after a two year absence where I was involved in the training and preparation of community leaders for leadership position and I can confidentially assure you, nowhere will you find a more dedicated, devoted, passionate and intelligent group of education professionals than you will at the University of Northern Iowa. I personally invite you to come to campus, bring your children, grandchildren, relatives or come alone to campus and see for yourself. You owe it to yourself to experience what I have said about the faculty of UNI. Have a conversation with any of our faculty, attend one of their classes and interact with their students and you can experience first hand the passion and preparation of master teachers. Dialogue with faculty about the current trends in teaching and learning. Invite them to speak to your pre K-12 faculty, to your community service clubs or other community events. You will be pleased and your audiences will be satisfied and convinced our present and future classrooms are in the best hands possible with a UNI Teacher Education graduate. If your visit would coincide with an athletic or cultural event on campus, experience that element of Iowa’s comprehensive University. The next move is yours. We at the University of Northern Iowa await your response.
Roger Kueter Ed.D
319-273-2202 (Department Office)
Interim Head, Department of Teaching