Home

Program specific information

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.

Research findings demonstrate that students of all types of learning styles can succeed in a distance environment. View our tips for being a successful distance learner.

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 ContinuingEd@uni.edu 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.

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:

Specific questions about financial aid should be directed to the Office of Student Financial Aid at 800-772-2736 or fin-aid@uni.edu

Program information
2+2 Elementary Education (BA)

If you’re thinking about changing jobs or careers, you can make a change AND stay in your home community. The UNI 2+2 program is for students who have family priorities and fixed job schedules. UNI partners with community colleges across Iowa to help educate students where they live. Upon completion, 2+2 students earn a UNI bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. 

Students who have completed a community college associate's degree are eligible for the UNI 2+2 program.

 2+2 students take classes at their local community college and the equivalent of two years of UNI courses taught by UNI faculty at the community college campus, online, or via interactive video technologies.

Adding the PK-12 Principal/PK-12 Supervisor of Special Education endorsement to an existing Elementary or Secondary Administrative Endorsement

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.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Advanced Studies Certificate in Superintendency

The University of Northern Iowa's Superintendent Advanced Studies Certificate program is a performance-based program unique in that it minimizes student class time and maximizes on-site skill development while working with a lead mentor and mentors with special expertise. While this program requires a considerable amount of time in internship experience, the feedback from graduates becoming superintendents is the UNI program prepared them well for the superintendency. We recognize that multiple career and personal obligations, as well as travel limitations, may make it difficult to complete a program entirely through on-campus study. The UNI program is offered via interactive video conferencing technologies and online programming. Some summer seminars do include on-campus attendance. The majority of the hours required in this program will also apply towards a doctoral program. Most importantly - upon completion - students are prepared to take on central office responsibilities, AEA administrative responsibilities and school superintendent responsibilities.

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.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree Program (BLS)
  • A convenient and flexible program to complete a bachelor's degree
  • A broad-based liberal arts degree to prepare you for graduate school
  • An effective career advancement tool in today's competitive workplace
  • A unique, tailored degree program to meet your interests and goals

Students may apply for admission at any time throughout the year. The program is available to all who qualify.

Qualifications include:

  • 60 semester hours of acceptable college credit acceptable toward graduation 
  • a cumulative 2.0 grade point average or above

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 BLS degree program does not have a traditional major. Rather than having a single area of focus as you would with a traditional major, BLS students choose courses in three of the five distribution areas.

To satisfy a distribution area, you must complete 12 semester hours with at least 6 of the hours designated as upper-level. The five distribution areas are:

  • Humanities 
  • Communications & Arts
  • Natural Sciences & Math 
  • Social Sciences 
  • Professional Fields

All of UNI's Guided Independent Study courses fit into one of the five distribution areas. View a list of all upcoming courses that apply to the BLS degree

The flexibility of the BLS program allows you to balance the important things in your life while earning your degree. There is no time limit to finish your BLS degree, so the time it takes to graduate depends on how many units of credit you must complete as well as the number of classes you enroll in at any given time.

You determine the pace that's right for you. As you complete a course or two as a BLS student, you'll discover the stride that fits your lifestyle.

  • 120 units of credit total from all sources with 
  • 45 units of credit in upper-level coursework from UNI and/or another four-year institution and 
  • 30 units of credit earned from UNI during junior and/or senior years
Career and Technical Education Professional Development

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.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

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.

Driver Education Endorsement

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.

Early Childhood Education (MAE)

Designed for licensed early childhood classroom teachers holding one of the Iowa Early Childhood Endorsements. Students will deepen their understanding of the teaching and learning process and develop professionally in four major areas: Application of Knowledge, Understanding Theory and Practice, Leadership and Scholarship.

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.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

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.

No. This program is designed for graduate students who hold a recognized teaching license. There is no licensure attached to this graduate degree.

However, additional coursework is available to attain Iowa unified teaching license in Endorsement 100, birth through third grade with Special Education.

Education of the Gifted Endorsement

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.

Strongly recommended skills

  • Persistence, perseverance and a desire to learn more about gifted students and to advocate for their needs.
  • Ability to think complexly, intellectually and to integrate several different skill areas/components into one product.
  • Capacity for creative thinking; enjoyment of word play, humor and appreciation of creative products.

Required technology skills
Access to Microsoft PowerPoint (ability to make, format presentations and use basic drawing/shape tools); Microsoft Word (ability to make/alter a table and perform basic formatting); access to a digital camera; ability to insert photos or images, crop, adjust size/brightness/contrast of an image.

Only under special circumstances as the courses generally form a sequence. The best sequence of courses for the endorsement begins with the introductory course, The Gifted and Talented (ELEMECML 6254), then the curriculum course, Educational Strategies for the Gifted and Talented (ELEMECML 6255), followed by the administrative course, Coordinating Programs for the Gifted and Talented (ELEMECML 6257), with the practicum, Practicum for the Gifted and Talented (ELEMECML 6297), at the end.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

No. You will need to wait until you receive your teaching certificate to begin the sequence of courses leading to the endorsement. The gifted education endorsement coursework builds on teaching skills already learned in an initial certification program.

Yes, you may take the courses, but you will not be endorsed to teach in Iowa. As long as you understand this and do have a valid teaching degree from your own country, you can take the courses.

You will still need to take the practicum course. The practicum is the last course in UNI's four-course sequence for the endorsement. During the practicum you will apply the concepts learned during the three previous courses. You will also participate in other new activities and apply these to your teaching. Although your prior experiences with gifted students will undoubtedly assist you during the practicum, these cannot substitute for it, as you will need to demonstrate your new learning from the first three courses during the practicum.

Yes, in most cases, you will be able to complete your practicum at your school.

Yes, in most cases, you will be able to complete your practicum at your school or with gifted students in your district. Many of the practicum activities can be completed with a broader regular classroom population or a group of higher-achieving students in your class. However, you may need to make some arrangements to work specifically with students identified as gifted. Usually, teachers can work this out so that they can meet with a group of gifted students when students from their own classroom are attending a "special." You may need to negotiate an occasional substitute teacher or some release time with your administrator to support your practicum requirement. We will make every effort to accommodate your needs concerning the practicum, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the graduate student to fulfill the practicum requirements.

If you have a degree and past certification in teacher education, you can enroll in the gifted education endorsement program. You will need to contact the Iowa State Department of Education to determine more details about renewing your teaching license. There are answers to frequently asked questions at their website at: http://www.boee.iowa.gov/FAQRenew.html#d. This website states: "Renewal of the Standard License requires six Area Education Agency renewal credits or six college credits from a regionally accredited college or university in any combination. All credits must be relevant to your educational career, and must have been earned after the issue date of the license. You will also need to submit a Mandatory Reporter of Child Abuse Training certificate no older than five years. (Note that if the license has expired, no credit may be older than five years.)."

It depends. We have a seven-year limit on the completion of coursework for the gifted education endorsement. The seven year time span starts with the first course that you take that is part of the endorsement and ends with the last course – the practicum experience. All coursework must be completed within seven years. Courses older than seven years become outdated and you will need to retake those courses. If the previous course from UNI is one of the courses that is part of the endorsement and you took that course recently enough for you to complete all coursework within the seven-year limit, then it will probably work.

It depends. Courses from other regionally accredited institutions will be evaluated to determine possible equivalent courses at UNI. Professional development workshops and Area Education Agency courses/workshops cannot be substituted. However, courses that typically count for graduate credit toward a master's degree at UNI may transfer if the course content can be matched to one of the gifted education endorsement courses. Please provide the institution and course number. The course description and the syllabus may be necessary for us to determine eligibility for substitution. You may have to ask your institution to complete a Graduate Transfer Evaluation Form. No transfer courses may be substituted for the practicum, which capstones our endorsement program and applies learning from the other courses. Substitution of transfer credits can be for a maximum of one of UNI's courses for the gifted education 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 information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Educational Leadership - Principalship (MAE/ASC)

Although the program is especially aimed at developing the skills, knowledge and dispositions needed for effective school leadership, our graduates routinely and consistently say their experiences in the program have made them better teachers. Students completing the program enter the principalship, as well as assuming roles as lead teachers, School Administration Managers (SAM's), and other opportunities. In addition to professional advancement, benefits include developing a balcony view of schools and leadership, sharpening one's philosophy around what schools are and should become, and developing an engaging, widespread professional network of mentors, colleagues, and resources.

Students who have previously earned a master's degree in education often choose the ASC over a second master's degree if they are considering applying to the UNI Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program upon completion of the ASC. Doing so allows the credit hours (units) earned for the ASC to be counted toward the Principalship Intensive Study Area in the doctoral program.

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.

Yes, teacher licensure is required for admission. If you do not have a teaching license, you must complete teacher education coursework before beginning this graduate program.

If you are a post-BA student and have been in the workforce for several years, you may wish to explore an alternative licensure program - the Iowa Intern License Pathway.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

Elementary Education (MAE)

Designed for elementary classroom teachers who wish to deepen their understanding of the teaching and learning process, this program helps you develop professionally in four major areas: Application of Knowledge, Understanding Theory and Practice, Leadership and Scholarship.

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.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

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.

There are no entrance exams required for this program; however, students from countries where the native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Instructional Technology (MA)

This program prepares professionals to be leaders in Instructional Technology in the classroom, district and beyond. Our students focus on integrating technology into the classroom and our graduates focus on bringing progressive change to Iowa and beyond.

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.

No. Teacher licensure is not required for admission. 

Please note: This program does not fulfill all of the requirements for state licensure. Learn more about Iowa teacher licensure requirements and programs.

Because state licensure requirements vary, we always suggest that you contact your state Department of Education with specific questions.

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Iowa Reading K-8 Endorsement

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.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Iowa Secondary School Health Education Teaching Endorsement

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.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Literacy Education (MAE)

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Master of Arts in Education (MAE) - for teacher leaders in American International Schools

This program is designed to improve an individual's teaching skills, as well as prepare educators for possible positions in school leadership.

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.

To enroll in this program, students must be teaching in an American International School and hold a bachelor's degree in teaching from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or equivalent.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

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.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

No. This program is designed for graduate students who hold a recognized teaching license. There is no licensure attached to this graduate degree.

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

Master of Science (MS) in Technology

According the 2010 Census, only 7% of Americans possess a master’s degree or higher. More manufacturing and educational institutions are requiring a master’s degree in management or leadership positions.

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

The minimum undergraduate GPA requirement is 3.0 GPA.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

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.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

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 committee will review each application in its entirety. Four criteria have been identified as useful determinants in predicting successful completion of the program. Weigh have been applied to the four criteria in the following manner:

 Assessment area Weight
 Experience 35%
 Grade Point Average 35%
 Personal Statement 20%
 References 10%

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Mathematics for the Middle Grades (4-8) (MA)

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.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Mathematics: Community College Teaching Emphasis (MA)

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.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Mathematics: Secondary Teaching Emphasis (MA)

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.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Music Education (MM)

The Master of Music in Music Education program helps you develop leadership skills as an accomplished teacher, enhances your teaching credentials, advances your pay scale, provides access to current educational trends and issues and broadens your perspectives on music education.

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.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

Students interested in earning the MM degree are required to take the Departmental Diagnostic Examination. The purpose of this examination is to identify your strengths and weaknesses in music history and music theory. The diagnostic examination is used as a formative assessment to help guide your course of study. It is not used as a criteria for admissions decisions.

The exam for the 2013 cohort will be administered in April 2014. Those who do not pass this examination will be required to take Music History Survey for Graduates (MUS HIST 5800) in May 2014 and Theory Survey for Graduates (MUS THEO 5800) in June 2014.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development (MA)

The primary goal of this program is to develop and enhance professional skills and knowledge in philanthropy (e.g., cause marketing, strategic planning) and the nonprofit sectors. A unique feature of this master's degree is that the course sequence allows students to complete their research papers while simultaneously completing course assignments. The program is truly a graduate program focused on a student-centered model.

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.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Physical Education: Teaching/Coaching (MA)

This program will assist in refining your knowledge base, skills and dispositions that are directly connected to best practice. Your professional development will be enhanced by the educational strategies that can assist with program accountability while encouraging student learning and engagement. The pedagogical foundations can be beneficial in creating and delivering physical education curricula in effective and efficient techniques.

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.

No. Teacher licensure is not required for admission. 

Please note: This program does not fulfill all of the requirements for state licensure. Learn more about Iowa teacher licensure requirements and programs.

Because state licensure requirements vary, we always suggest that you contact your state Department of Education with specific questions.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Professional Development for Teachers (MAE)

This program is specially designed to fulfill the professional development needs for classroom teachers and other teaching professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of the teaching and learning process. This helps you develop professionally in four major areas: Application of Knowledge, Understanding Theory and Practice, Leadership and Scholarship.

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.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

No. This program is designed for graduate students who have state licensure to teach. Learn more about Iowa teacher licensure requirements and programs.

Because state licensure requirements vary, we always suggest that you contact your state Department of Education with specific questions.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

School Library Studies (MA)

The School Library Studies program offers a master's degree for those who wish to become teacher librarians and qualify for the K-12 teacher librarian endorsement in Iowa.

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.

Yes, teacher licensure is required for admission. If you do not have a teaching license, you must complete teacher education coursework before beginning this graduate program.

If you are a post-BA student and have been in the workforce for several years, you may wish to explore an alternative licensure program - the Iowa Intern License Pathway.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

The GRE is not required.

Successful performance on a writing test is required. Please contact Alisa Weeks at Alisa.Weeks@uni.edu or 319-273-2050 to make arrangements. The exam is to be administered by local proctors as arranged by the applicant. Instructions for arranging proctors

Yes. The School Library Studies MA degree (along with a valid Iowa teaching license) meets the state of Iowa requirements for the K-12 teacher librarian endorsement #174. For more information, see the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners website.

Students may choose to accelerate their progress; some students may prefer a slower pace. Such adjustments require referring to the schedule each semester to determine availability of courses.

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. Should you need to miss a course, you should consult with your program advisor for options.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Science Education (MA)

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.

No. Teacher licensure is not required for admission. However, students without a current teaching license are strongly encouraged to complete the requirements for licensure concurrently with their degree.

Please note: This program does not fulfill all of the requirements for state licensure. Learn more about Iowa teacher licensure requirements and programs.

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.

While it is preferred that you have started or completed the application process, you are not required to be fully admitted into the graduate program prior to enrolling in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, it is expected that you be admitted to the program. The Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

Social Science for Teachers Grades 6-12 (MA)

Designed especially for secondary (6–12) social studies classroom teachers who wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the social sciences, this program is designed to affect secondary student learning of social studies in the classroom. Some teachers may also work on additional endorsements to expand their areas of certification.

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.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

No. This program is designed to help students add hours toward completing additional endorsements in the social studies. It does not fulfill all the requirements for the Iowa All-Social Studies Endorsement. Further questions can be directed to the program advisor or via the Iowa BOEE website.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.
  • Transfer credits will not be accepted that are based in education theory, pedagogy and/or practice. They must be social science content.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Special Education - Early Childhood (MAE)

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.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Teaching English in Secondary Schools (TESS) (MA)

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.

Yes, teacher licensure is required for admission. If you do not have a teaching license, you must complete teacher education coursework before beginning this graduate program.

If you are a post-BA student and have been in the workforce for several years, you may wish to explore an alternative licensure program - the Iowa Intern License Pathway.

Yes, prior undergraduate work in each of the following areas is required: 

  • Advanced Writing or Teaching of Writing
  • American Literature
  • Modern or Ethnic Literature
  • Young Adult Literature
  • Teaching of English

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exams required for this program; however, students from countries where the native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MA)

The TESOL MA degree is designed primarily for individuals who wish to teach overseas, at community colleges and intensive English programs, and for K-12 teachers wishing to upgrade their skills and employability. The TESOL instructor not only provides an invaluable service, but also gains a richer understanding of both language in general and the many different languages and cultures of our world. Perhaps no other academic program offers such a direct opportunity for multicultural and international experiences, as well as service to the community.

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.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exams required for this program; however, students from countries where the native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Technology Management (BA)

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

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.

Waterloo Teacher Leader Program - Professional Development for Teachers (MAE)

The program is designed to increase the pool of available persons interested in leadership positions. The content of the program is shaped by three strands:

  • Leadership (Knowledge, skills and dispositions)
  • Assessment (Data-driven instruction)
  • Curriculum (Science, math and reading)

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.

To enroll in the Waterloo Teacher Leaders - Professional Development for Teachers MAE Program, you must work in the Waterloo Community School District and you must have state licensure to teach.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

No. This program is designed for graduate students who have state licensure to teach. Learn more about Iowa teacher licensure requirements and programs.

Because state licensure requirements vary, we always suggest that you contact your state Department of Education with specific questions.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

2+2 Elementary Education (BA)

If you’re thinking about changing jobs or careers, you can make a change AND stay in your home community. The UNI 2+2 program is for students who have family priorities and fixed job schedules. UNI partners with community colleges across Iowa to help educate students where they live. Upon completion, 2+2 students earn a UNI bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. 

Students who have completed a community college associate's degree are eligible for the UNI 2+2 program.

 2+2 students take classes at their local community college and the equivalent of two years of UNI courses taught by UNI faculty at the community college campus, online, or via interactive video technologies.

Adding the PK-12 Principal/PK-12 Supervisor of Special Education endorsement to an existing Elementary or Secondary Administrative Endorsement

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.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Advanced Studies Certificate in Superintendency

The University of Northern Iowa's Superintendent Advanced Studies Certificate program is a performance-based program unique in that it minimizes student class time and maximizes on-site skill development while working with a lead mentor and mentors with special expertise. While this program requires a considerable amount of time in internship experience, the feedback from graduates becoming superintendents is the UNI program prepared them well for the superintendency. We recognize that multiple career and personal obligations, as well as travel limitations, may make it difficult to complete a program entirely through on-campus study. The UNI program is offered via interactive video conferencing technologies and online programming. Some summer seminars do include on-campus attendance. The majority of the hours required in this program will also apply towards a doctoral program. Most importantly - upon completion - students are prepared to take on central office responsibilities, AEA administrative responsibilities and school superintendent responsibilities.

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.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree Program (BLS)
  • A convenient and flexible program to complete a bachelor's degree
  • A broad-based liberal arts degree to prepare you for graduate school
  • An effective career advancement tool in today's competitive workplace
  • A unique, tailored degree program to meet your interests and goals

Students may apply for admission at any time throughout the year. The program is available to all who qualify.

Qualifications include:

  • 60 semester hours of acceptable college credit acceptable toward graduation 
  • a cumulative 2.0 grade point average or above

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 BLS degree program does not have a traditional major. Rather than having a single area of focus as you would with a traditional major, BLS students choose courses in three of the five distribution areas.

To satisfy a distribution area, you must complete 12 semester hours with at least 6 of the hours designated as upper-level. The five distribution areas are:

  • Humanities 
  • Communications & Arts
  • Natural Sciences & Math 
  • Social Sciences 
  • Professional Fields

All of UNI's Guided Independent Study courses fit into one of the five distribution areas. View a list of all upcoming courses that apply to the BLS degree

The flexibility of the BLS program allows you to balance the important things in your life while earning your degree. There is no time limit to finish your BLS degree, so the time it takes to graduate depends on how many units of credit you must complete as well as the number of classes you enroll in at any given time.

You determine the pace that's right for you. As you complete a course or two as a BLS student, you'll discover the stride that fits your lifestyle.

  • 120 units of credit total from all sources with 
  • 45 units of credit in upper-level coursework from UNI and/or another four-year institution and 
  • 30 units of credit earned from UNI during junior and/or senior years
Career and Technical Education Professional Development

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.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

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.

Driver Education Endorsement

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.

Early Childhood Education (MAE)

Designed for licensed early childhood classroom teachers holding one of the Iowa Early Childhood Endorsements. Students will deepen their understanding of the teaching and learning process and develop professionally in four major areas: Application of Knowledge, Understanding Theory and Practice, Leadership and Scholarship.

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.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

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.

No. This program is designed for graduate students who hold a recognized teaching license. There is no licensure attached to this graduate degree.

However, additional coursework is available to attain Iowa unified teaching license in Endorsement 100, birth through third grade with Special Education.

Education of the Gifted Endorsement

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.

Strongly recommended skills

  • Persistence, perseverance and a desire to learn more about gifted students and to advocate for their needs.
  • Ability to think complexly, intellectually and to integrate several different skill areas/components into one product.
  • Capacity for creative thinking; enjoyment of word play, humor and appreciation of creative products.

Required technology skills
Access to Microsoft PowerPoint (ability to make, format presentations and use basic drawing/shape tools); Microsoft Word (ability to make/alter a table and perform basic formatting); access to a digital camera; ability to insert photos or images, crop, adjust size/brightness/contrast of an image.

Only under special circumstances as the courses generally form a sequence. The best sequence of courses for the endorsement begins with the introductory course, The Gifted and Talented (ELEMECML 6254), then the curriculum course, Educational Strategies for the Gifted and Talented (ELEMECML 6255), followed by the administrative course, Coordinating Programs for the Gifted and Talented (ELEMECML 6257), with the practicum, Practicum for the Gifted and Talented (ELEMECML 6297), at the end.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

No. You will need to wait until you receive your teaching certificate to begin the sequence of courses leading to the endorsement. The gifted education endorsement coursework builds on teaching skills already learned in an initial certification program.

Yes, you may take the courses, but you will not be endorsed to teach in Iowa. As long as you understand this and do have a valid teaching degree from your own country, you can take the courses.

You will still need to take the practicum course. The practicum is the last course in UNI's four-course sequence for the endorsement. During the practicum you will apply the concepts learned during the three previous courses. You will also participate in other new activities and apply these to your teaching. Although your prior experiences with gifted students will undoubtedly assist you during the practicum, these cannot substitute for it, as you will need to demonstrate your new learning from the first three courses during the practicum.

Yes, in most cases, you will be able to complete your practicum at your school.

Yes, in most cases, you will be able to complete your practicum at your school or with gifted students in your district. Many of the practicum activities can be completed with a broader regular classroom population or a group of higher-achieving students in your class. However, you may need to make some arrangements to work specifically with students identified as gifted. Usually, teachers can work this out so that they can meet with a group of gifted students when students from their own classroom are attending a "special." You may need to negotiate an occasional substitute teacher or some release time with your administrator to support your practicum requirement. We will make every effort to accommodate your needs concerning the practicum, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the graduate student to fulfill the practicum requirements.

If you have a degree and past certification in teacher education, you can enroll in the gifted education endorsement program. You will need to contact the Iowa State Department of Education to determine more details about renewing your teaching license. There are answers to frequently asked questions at their website at: http://www.boee.iowa.gov/FAQRenew.html#d. This website states: "Renewal of the Standard License requires six Area Education Agency renewal credits or six college credits from a regionally accredited college or university in any combination. All credits must be relevant to your educational career, and must have been earned after the issue date of the license. You will also need to submit a Mandatory Reporter of Child Abuse Training certificate no older than five years. (Note that if the license has expired, no credit may be older than five years.)."

It depends. We have a seven-year limit on the completion of coursework for the gifted education endorsement. The seven year time span starts with the first course that you take that is part of the endorsement and ends with the last course – the practicum experience. All coursework must be completed within seven years. Courses older than seven years become outdated and you will need to retake those courses. If the previous course from UNI is one of the courses that is part of the endorsement and you took that course recently enough for you to complete all coursework within the seven-year limit, then it will probably work.

It depends. Courses from other regionally accredited institutions will be evaluated to determine possible equivalent courses at UNI. Professional development workshops and Area Education Agency courses/workshops cannot be substituted. However, courses that typically count for graduate credit toward a master's degree at UNI may transfer if the course content can be matched to one of the gifted education endorsement courses. Please provide the institution and course number. The course description and the syllabus may be necessary for us to determine eligibility for substitution. You may have to ask your institution to complete a Graduate Transfer Evaluation Form. No transfer courses may be substituted for the practicum, which capstones our endorsement program and applies learning from the other courses. Substitution of transfer credits can be for a maximum of one of UNI's courses for the gifted education 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 information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Educational Leadership - Principalship (MAE/ASC)

Although the program is especially aimed at developing the skills, knowledge and dispositions needed for effective school leadership, our graduates routinely and consistently say their experiences in the program have made them better teachers. Students completing the program enter the principalship, as well as assuming roles as lead teachers, School Administration Managers (SAM's), and other opportunities. In addition to professional advancement, benefits include developing a balcony view of schools and leadership, sharpening one's philosophy around what schools are and should become, and developing an engaging, widespread professional network of mentors, colleagues, and resources.

Students who have previously earned a master's degree in education often choose the ASC over a second master's degree if they are considering applying to the UNI Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program upon completion of the ASC. Doing so allows the credit hours (units) earned for the ASC to be counted toward the Principalship Intensive Study Area in the doctoral program.

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.

Yes, teacher licensure is required for admission. If you do not have a teaching license, you must complete teacher education coursework before beginning this graduate program.

If you are a post-BA student and have been in the workforce for several years, you may wish to explore an alternative licensure program - the Iowa Intern License Pathway.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

Elementary Education (MAE)

Designed for elementary classroom teachers who wish to deepen their understanding of the teaching and learning process, this program helps you develop professionally in four major areas: Application of Knowledge, Understanding Theory and Practice, Leadership and Scholarship.

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.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

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.

There are no entrance exams required for this program; however, students from countries where the native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Instructional Technology (MA)

This program prepares professionals to be leaders in Instructional Technology in the classroom, district and beyond. Our students focus on integrating technology into the classroom and our graduates focus on bringing progressive change to Iowa and beyond.

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.

No. Teacher licensure is not required for admission. 

Please note: This program does not fulfill all of the requirements for state licensure. Learn more about Iowa teacher licensure requirements and programs.

Because state licensure requirements vary, we always suggest that you contact your state Department of Education with specific questions.

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Iowa Reading K-8 Endorsement

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.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Iowa Secondary School Health Education Teaching Endorsement

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.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Literacy Education (MAE)

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Master of Arts in Education (MAE) - for teacher leaders in American International Schools

This program is designed to improve an individual's teaching skills, as well as prepare educators for possible positions in school leadership.

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.

To enroll in this program, students must be teaching in an American International School and hold a bachelor's degree in teaching from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or equivalent.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

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.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

No. This program is designed for graduate students who hold a recognized teaching license. There is no licensure attached to this graduate degree.

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

Master of Science (MS) in Technology

According the 2010 Census, only 7% of Americans possess a master’s degree or higher. More manufacturing and educational institutions are requiring a master’s degree in management or leadership positions.

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

The minimum undergraduate GPA requirement is 3.0 GPA.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

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.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

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 committee will review each application in its entirety. Four criteria have been identified as useful determinants in predicting successful completion of the program. Weigh have been applied to the four criteria in the following manner:

 Assessment area Weight
 Experience 35%
 Grade Point Average 35%
 Personal Statement 20%
 References 10%

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Mathematics for the Middle Grades (4-8) (MA)

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.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Mathematics: Community College Teaching Emphasis (MA)

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.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Mathematics: Secondary Teaching Emphasis (MA)

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.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Music Education (MM)

The Master of Music in Music Education program helps you develop leadership skills as an accomplished teacher, enhances your teaching credentials, advances your pay scale, provides access to current educational trends and issues and broadens your perspectives on music education.

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.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

Students interested in earning the MM degree are required to take the Departmental Diagnostic Examination. The purpose of this examination is to identify your strengths and weaknesses in music history and music theory. The diagnostic examination is used as a formative assessment to help guide your course of study. It is not used as a criteria for admissions decisions.

The exam for the 2013 cohort will be administered in April 2014. Those who do not pass this examination will be required to take Music History Survey for Graduates (MUS HIST 5800) in May 2014 and Theory Survey for Graduates (MUS THEO 5800) in June 2014.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development (MA)

The primary goal of this program is to develop and enhance professional skills and knowledge in philanthropy (e.g., cause marketing, strategic planning) and the nonprofit sectors. A unique feature of this master's degree is that the course sequence allows students to complete their research papers while simultaneously completing course assignments. The program is truly a graduate program focused on a student-centered model.

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.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Physical Education: Teaching/Coaching (MA)

This program will assist in refining your knowledge base, skills and dispositions that are directly connected to best practice. Your professional development will be enhanced by the educational strategies that can assist with program accountability while encouraging student learning and engagement. The pedagogical foundations can be beneficial in creating and delivering physical education curricula in effective and efficient techniques.

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.

No. Teacher licensure is not required for admission. 

Please note: This program does not fulfill all of the requirements for state licensure. Learn more about Iowa teacher licensure requirements and programs.

Because state licensure requirements vary, we always suggest that you contact your state Department of Education with specific questions.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Professional Development for Teachers (MAE)

This program is specially designed to fulfill the professional development needs for classroom teachers and other teaching professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of the teaching and learning process. This helps you develop professionally in four major areas: Application of Knowledge, Understanding Theory and Practice, Leadership and Scholarship.

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.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

No. This program is designed for graduate students who have state licensure to teach. Learn more about Iowa teacher licensure requirements and programs.

Because state licensure requirements vary, we always suggest that you contact your state Department of Education with specific questions.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

School Library Studies (MA)

The School Library Studies program offers a master's degree for those who wish to become teacher librarians and qualify for the K-12 teacher librarian endorsement in Iowa.

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.

Yes, teacher licensure is required for admission. If you do not have a teaching license, you must complete teacher education coursework before beginning this graduate program.

If you are a post-BA student and have been in the workforce for several years, you may wish to explore an alternative licensure program - the Iowa Intern License Pathway.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

The GRE is not required.

Successful performance on a writing test is required. Please contact Alisa Weeks at Alisa.Weeks@uni.edu or 319-273-2050 to make arrangements. The exam is to be administered by local proctors as arranged by the applicant. Instructions for arranging proctors

Yes. The School Library Studies MA degree (along with a valid Iowa teaching license) meets the state of Iowa requirements for the K-12 teacher librarian endorsement #174. For more information, see the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners website.

Students may choose to accelerate their progress; some students may prefer a slower pace. Such adjustments require referring to the schedule each semester to determine availability of courses.

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. Should you need to miss a course, you should consult with your program advisor for options.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Science Education (MA)

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.

No. Teacher licensure is not required for admission. However, students without a current teaching license are strongly encouraged to complete the requirements for licensure concurrently with their degree.

Please note: This program does not fulfill all of the requirements for state licensure. Learn more about Iowa teacher licensure requirements and programs.

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.

While it is preferred that you have started or completed the application process, you are not required to be fully admitted into the graduate program prior to enrolling in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, it is expected that you be admitted to the program. The Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

Social Science for Teachers Grades 6-12 (MA)

Designed especially for secondary (6–12) social studies classroom teachers who wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the social sciences, this program is designed to affect secondary student learning of social studies in the classroom. Some teachers may also work on additional endorsements to expand their areas of certification.

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.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

No. This program is designed to help students add hours toward completing additional endorsements in the social studies. It does not fulfill all the requirements for the Iowa All-Social Studies Endorsement. Further questions can be directed to the program advisor or via the Iowa BOEE website.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.
  • Transfer credits will not be accepted that are based in education theory, pedagogy and/or practice. They must be social science content.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Special Education - Early Childhood (MAE)

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.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Teaching English in Secondary Schools (TESS) (MA)

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.

Yes, teacher licensure is required for admission. If you do not have a teaching license, you must complete teacher education coursework before beginning this graduate program.

If you are a post-BA student and have been in the workforce for several years, you may wish to explore an alternative licensure program - the Iowa Intern License Pathway.

Yes, prior undergraduate work in each of the following areas is required: 

  • Advanced Writing or Teaching of Writing
  • American Literature
  • Modern or Ethnic Literature
  • Young Adult Literature
  • Teaching of English

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exams required for this program; however, students from countries where the native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MA)

The TESOL MA degree is designed primarily for individuals who wish to teach overseas, at community colleges and intensive English programs, and for K-12 teachers wishing to upgrade their skills and employability. The TESOL instructor not only provides an invaluable service, but also gains a richer understanding of both language in general and the many different languages and cultures of our world. Perhaps no other academic program offers such a direct opportunity for multicultural and international experiences, as well as service to the community.

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.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exams required for this program; however, students from countries where the native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Technology Management (BA)

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

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.

Waterloo Teacher Leader Program - Professional Development for Teachers (MAE)

The program is designed to increase the pool of available persons interested in leadership positions. The content of the program is shaped by three strands:

  • Leadership (Knowledge, skills and dispositions)
  • Assessment (Data-driven instruction)
  • Curriculum (Science, math and reading)

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.

To enroll in the Waterloo Teacher Leaders - Professional Development for Teachers MAE Program, you must work in the Waterloo Community School District and you must have state licensure to teach.

 Undergraduate GPA Admission consideration
 3.0 and above May be considered for full admission
 2.75-2.99 May be considered for provisional admission
 Less than 2.75 May be denied admission

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

No. This program is designed for graduate students who have state licensure to teach. Learn more about Iowa teacher licensure requirements and programs.

Because state licensure requirements vary, we always suggest that you contact your state Department of Education with specific questions.

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.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:

  • Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
  • Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
  • Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
  • Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
  • Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
  • Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.

Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.

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:

Specific questions about financial aid should be directed to the Office of Student Financial Aid at 800-772-2736 or fin-aid@uni.edu

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.

Research findings demonstrate that students of all types of learning styles can succeed in a distance environment. View our tips for being a successful distance learner.

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 ContinuingEd@uni.edu 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.