Driver Education Endorsement
Program specific information
Driver and Traffic Safety I and II are taught primarily via interactive video conferencing (including the Iowa Communications Network) to sites around the state where clusters of students are located. In conjunction with Driver and Traffic Safety I and II, students also enroll in Experience is Safety Education. Students who complete UNI’s approved program are recommended by UNI to the Board of Educational Examiners for the DE endorsement.
After you have successfully completed the required endorsement courses, you may add the endorsement to your Iowa teaching license. Obtain the Application to Add an Endorsement from the Board of Educational Examiners. Print off the application, complete Section I, attach the required fee (made payable to the Board of Educational Examiners) and mail the form and fee to:
Office of the Registrar
115 Gilchrist Hall
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0006
Upon receipt of your application, the Record Analyst will complete the institutional section and forward the form and fee to the Board of Educational Examiners in Des Moines for processing. The Board of Educational Examiners will send the updated license directly to you at the address listed on your application.
If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Humke, Record Analyst, at 319-273-2245 or Cathy.Humke@uni.edu.
For licensed secondary teachers, completion of the courses qualifies individuals to teach both the classroom and behind-the-wheel components of driver education. If preparation for the initial teaching license was at the elementary level, completion of student teaching in driver education at the secondary level is also required. However, for licensed elementary teachers who have at least two years of teaching experience, the secondary student teaching requirement may be met by completing the Experience in Safety Education course and providing a letter that documents the number of years of classroom experience.
See the "Next Steps" tab above for information. If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator(s) and/or enrollment contact to the right or contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at ContinuingEd@uni.edu.
The program is planned so that students move through the sequence of courses as a cohort group. The first course forms a foundation for the program and includes an induction unit describing the program goals, sequence of courses, standards, rubrics and academic expectations. For that reason, it is important that you enroll and complete the courses in the same sequence. Program faculty expect that students have a growing knowledge of concepts built upon a prescribed sequence of courses. In addition, program faculty work to build an online community as students move through the course sequence together.
While it is often possible to make up courses that are missed, our commitment is to deliver the courses as outlined in the cohort schedule. This is not designed as a program in which students come and go. Rather, the cohort model requires that students take the prescribed sequence in unison. Should you need to miss a course, you should consult with your program advisor for options.
For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.
Cost and financial aid
All students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of location, making it an affordable option for all students.
Tuition for the 2014-15 academic year is $441 per unit of graduate credit or $278 per unit of undergraduate credit. An additional technology fee per course may apply. Tuition and fees are expected to rise each May, typically announced by the Iowa Board of Regents in March.
Distance education students may qualify for financial aid with the following eligibility requirements:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Be admitted to UNI and enrolled in a degree-seeking program
- Be enrolled for a minimum number of credits per semester or summer session
- Be in compliance with satisfactory academic progress standards
Services and support
Since its establishment in 1876 as the Iowa State Normal School, the University of Northern Iowa has maintained its affirmed commitment to the support of excellence in teacher education. That commitment remains strong as the university continues to prepare students to become teachers, as well as provide opportunities for career advancement in the field of education. In addition to a commitment to teaching, our faculty members are engaged in research, writing and professional development. View UNI's national rankings and honors.
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The University of Northern Iowa is committed to providing comprehensive support services for distance education students. The Office of Continuing and Distance Education serves as your primary point of contact in accessing distance education support services, including enrollment services, technical support for online course tools and more. You are also given access to the UNI Rod Library’s print and electronic collections for your convenience. View a complete list of services and support resources.
Please contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at 319-273-5970, 800-648-3864 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. If we don’t have the answer, we will do our best to find it.
You will work with the program coordinator when communicating about the program of study. Once participating in the program, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will work with you one-on-one regarding your progress in the program.