Programs of Study

Division of Athletic Training

Undergraduate Major (B.A.)

Athletic Training - The Athletic Training major requires a minimum of 120 hours to graduate.  The major is designed to prepare students to become athletic training professionals.  It prepares students for the National Athletic Training Board of Certification Examination as well as eligibility for an Athletic Training License in the State of Iowa.  Curriculum is based upon cognitive and psychomotor learning experiences.  The athletic training education program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Graduate Major (M.S.)

Athletic Training - The Master of Science in Athletic Training degree is designed for post-professionals that hold the BOC credential ho wish to further develop their scholarly clinician knowledge and skills. 

 

 

Division of Health Promotion and Education

Undergraduate Major (B.A.)

Health Promotion - The Health Promotion major  requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. Public health education promotes the health of the general public using a wide variety of methods in a wide variety of settings. This major helps students acquire the skills and abilities to develop, implement, and evaluate health education programs. Our curriculum is tailored to meet national competencies for health educators. A degree in health promotion prepares students to sit for the National Certified Health Education Specialist exam (CHES).

Minors

Health Education-Teaching

Health Promotion

Graduate Major (M.A.)

Health Education - This degree program provides graduate level training designed to prepare public health and health promotion professionals to design, implement, and evaluate interventions working in a wide range of health, public health and health promotion areas. The post-graduate training program enhances the leadership and research skills of public health workers, preparing them for positions of progressive responsibility within their chosen career.

Program Certificates

The University of Northern Iowa makes available, in addition to traditional programs, the opportunity for students to earn program certificates. Program certificates provide an alternative to programs leading to a degree, a major, or a minor; they certify that an individual has completed a program approved by the university.

Environmental Health Certificate

Certificate in Global Health and Health Disparities

 

Division of Physical Education

Undergraduate Majors (B.A.)

Movement and Exercise Science - The Movement and Exercise Science major requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. Completion of this program prepares students for careers or further study in movement and exercise science or related areas but not for endorsement in K-12 school settings.  To be admitted to this major a student must file an approved program of study with her/his advisor and have a C- or better in  Anatomy and Physiology of Human Movement .  The student must maintain a cumulative 2.50 GPA in the major.

Physical Education-Teaching - The Physical Education-Teaching major requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. Completion of this program qualifies the student to be recommended for endorsements for Physical Education K-8 and Physical Education 5-12. Student teachers must have current First Aid and CPR certification.

Minors

Coaching - Students who complete this program will qualify for the Department of Education coaching endorsement. The coaching endorsement is for grades K-12. However, this program does not qualify students to teach physical education at any level. 

Students who complete this program and are not teaching majors will qualify for the Department of Education coaching authorization.

Physical Education-Elementary Teaching - This Physical Education minor is designed for students who are elementary majors receiving K-6 endorsement. Students are encouraged to seek advisement from the elementary physical education staff prior to scheduling.

Graduate Major (M.A.)

Physical Education

 

Division of Leisure, Youth and Human Services

Undergraduate Major (B.A.)

Leisure, Youth and Human Services - The Leisure, Youth and Human Services major requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. The Leisure, Youth and Human Services major prepares students to deliver programs and manage facilities designed to meet human, community, and social needs in public, governmental, and nonprofit community agencies. Graduates may find employment in agencies that serve people of all ages from diverse backgrounds in areas such as municipal parks and recreation, commercial recreation, tourism, outdoor recreation, therapeutic recreation (clinical and community-based settings), the nonprofit and youth serving agencies, armed forces recreation, campus recreation, and other leisure service delivery sectors. The major focuses on direct service programming with an emphasis on supervisory and managerial skills. The Leisure, Youth and Human Services program is accredited by NRPA/AALR.

Minors

Leisure, Youth and Human Services

Graduate Major (M.A.)

Leisure, Youth and Human Services - This major is designed to foster preparation for professional leadership roles in the administration of leisure, youth and human services agencies. The program offers the student the opportunity to take an active role in determining personal learning objectives and developing individual programs of study. The program supports professional development through the utilization of relevant philosophy, content, and skills in order to provide management and leadership for effective and efficient delivery of leisure, youth and human services. Students are encouraged to focus on study that has direct relevance to professional practice.  Students can design programs of study for work in campus recreation, nonprofit settings, community recreation, tourism organizations, sports administration, and outdoor resource management.

Program Certificates

The University of Northern Iowa makes available, in addition to traditional programs, the opportunity for students to earn program certificates. Program certificates provide an alternative to programs leading to a degree, a major, or a minor; they certify that an individual has completed a program approved by the university.

Aquatics Specialization Certificate - The purpose of this certificate is to develop and produce quality graduates who have the appropriate skills and certifications to obtain employment in the aquatic profession. Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to teach Lifeguarding, Water Safety, and be certified as a pool operator through national certifications.

Nonprofit Management Certificate - This certificate provides knowledge, skill-building and professional experience for students interested in working in the nonprofit sector. Earning this certificate at UNI also enables students to earn a national certificate in Nonprofit Management from Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

Outdoor Recreation Certificate - The Outdoor Recreation Certificate program is designed to train students for professional employment in the varied and growing field of outdoor recreation and adventure education. This program offers students the opportunity to develop skills in a variety of outdoor recreation activities while studying the theories, trends and issues involved in working with groups, facilitating adventure education, and managing the impacts of recreation on our natural environment. The Certificate in Outdoor Recreation is available to students in all majors.

School-Age Care Leadership Certificate - This certificate is designed to provide students participating in the Camp Adventure Youth Services program an opportunity to receive credit for their application of youth development principles to school-age children (ages 5-12) in global settings.

Tourism Certificate

 

More detailed information on the above programs can be found in the UNI Course Catalog.