Teaching Program Overview
At present, the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) is a large, comprehensive, doctoral granting institution that offers more than 110 undergraduate majors, more than 40 master’s degree programs, and two doctoral degree programs. The university is organized into five academic colleges (Business Administration; Education; Humanities and Fine Arts; Natural Sciences; and Social and Behavioral Sciences). As an institution, UNI is unique within Iowa. It is the third largest not-for-profit institution of higher education, has its own distinct mission, and is one of only three public universities in the state.
The University of Northern Iowa was founded in 1876 as Iowa State Normal School for the purpose of providing “a school for the special instruction and training of teachers for the common schools of the state.” (1999 and 2003 Institutional Reports). Prior to its founding, the grounds on which UNI stands served as a home for the orphans of Civil War soldiers in Iowa. In 1909, the school became Iowa State Teachers College, and in 1961, it became the State College of Iowa. Throughout this period, the central purpose of the institution was the preparation of teachers for Iowa schools. In 1967, the Iowa Legislature acted to change UNI’s status to that of a university with its present name.
Organization of Teacher Education
The main governing structure for Teacher Education at the University of Northern Iowa consists of an Executive Council, two Senates (one Elementary and one Secondary) , and two Coordinators of Teacher Education (one
Elementary and one Secondary). Here is graphic representation of our structure: Governance.
UNI students participate in a minimum of four different experiences while bridging theory and content and applied in PreK-12 classrooms.
Level I Courses (Taken before admission to the Teacher Education Program)
Level II Courses (Must be fully admitted to Teacher Education to register)
Level III Courses (Methods)
Elementary, Middle Level, Social Science/History and English majors do a 40-hour, immersive full-week experience. Other majors the format varies.
SOCFOUND 3119 Schools in American Society
Relationship of schools and American society from sociological, historical, philosophical, political, and economic perspectives. Focus on central characteristics of the educational system and influence of these on teachers as professionals and teaching as a profession.
TEACHING 4170 Human Relations can be taken after admission to Teacher Education.
Development of awareness of various societal subgroups, recognizing and dealing with dehumanizing biases, and learning to relate effective to various groups in order to foster respect for human diversity. Emphasis on self-awareness in human relations issues and how this awareness can be translated into positive relationships with others and integrated into one's professional responsibilities
Level IV (Student Teaching)
Provides the student the opportunity to experience, in depth, the full role and meaning of teaching in a school setting. Experiences include planning and organizing for instruction, developing classroom teaching competencies and skills, evaluating pupil progress, participating in extra-class activities, working with special school personnel, and utilizing school and community resources in the instructional program. 16 weeks, full time; Two different placements; Out of state and overseas placements possible. More information can be found at this website: Student Teaching