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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, and are typically announced by the Iowa Board of Regents each 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.