Department of Teaching

Welcome from Greg Reed, 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

The Legacy of the Laboratory School, the Vision of Professional Development Schools

The current and future work of the Department of Teaching is rooted in the foundation of the mission of the university's laboratory school, which was closed in 2012.  A laboratory school has been associated with the university since 1883 under different names and in different locations on campus.  Chapter 265 of the Iowa Code defines a laboratory school as "a school operated by an educational institution for the purpose of instructing students, training teachers, and advancing teaching methods." For 129 years, the laboratory school faculty and administrators provided outstanding PreK-12 education, served as a clinical experience and demonstration site for preservice teacher education and innovated new curricula, teaching strategies, and programs to advance teaching methods.  You can read more about the history and legacy of the laboratory school at Rod Library Special Collections and

Today, the department continues to be integrally engaged in teaching, teacher education, outreach and professional development, research and service in partnership with PreK-12 schools.  A formal Professional Development School partnership with Cedar Falls and Waterloo schools and a network of other partnerships and ongoing relationships with schools across the state, nation and world are now the foundation of the department’s work and impact. 

Department of Teaching Head Search

With my impending retirement, the department has launched a national, external search for a new department head.  Contact search chair Becky Hawbaker (, 319-273-7664 with any questions.  The job description can be found here and applications can be submitted at Jobs@UNI.

Greg Reed
Head, Department of Teaching