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The 2+2 Elementary Education BA program first began as a partnership between UNI and Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). The two institutions came together to provide a pathway for placebound students to earn education degrees and begin teaching in Iowa. Since 1995, more than 300 teachers have graduated from the program. Today, UNI & DMACC have expanded the partnership to offer additional online degree completion programs.
This program provides a flexible online pathway for non-traditional students who wish to earn an Elementary Education teaching degree.
Aligned with Iowa teaching license requirements, this program designed for those who have earned or will earn an AA or hold a bachelor's degree and:
UNI courses are offered online using Blackboard, a learning management system and Zoom. In addition to the online courses, some optional in-person meeting times may be available at a central location. Additionally, some courses require a field experience component.
After being in the human services field for 8 years, I felt that I needed to go a different route with my career. The 2+2 program really appealed to me as it was a perfect opportunity to go back to school and get another degree.
At the age of 48, I decided to return to school to earn a second bachelor’s degree. This was the best decision I have ever made, and UNI’s 2+2 Elementary Education program made it possible. I was able to work towards my goal while living 100 miles away.
The 2+2 program was a lifesaver for me. Because of the layout of the program, I was able to work two part-time jobs while in school. I'll forever be grateful that I was able to make an income while taking classes.
I have always wanted to be a teacher growing up. This program was great for me because the travelling was very minimal. The online courses allowed me to be successful as I was working while beginning to start a family.
Tentative course scheduleClick on a course title to view the course description (if available).
Optional face-to-face meetings may be available for this course. Central meeting location, dates, times TBD.
Students pursuing the Early Childhood Education minor for the Iowa PK-K Classroom endorsement should also take:
Students double majoring in Elementary and Middle School Education should also take:
Students will need to be available for a 25-hour Field Experience during K-8 school hours.
Optional face-to-face Saturday meetings may be available for this course. Central meeting location, dates, times TBD.
*Only Elementary Education majors
Face-to-face meetings may be available for this course. Central meeting location, dates, times TBD.
Students must be available to work during teacher-contracted hours for the entire semester.
*Elementary Education majors will enroll in 12 units. Dual majors will enroll in 6 units.
All students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of location, making it an affordable option for all students.
Tuition for the 2021-22 academic year is $517 per unit of graduate credit or $325 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 Financial Aid & Scholarships at 319-273-2700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, students enrolled in the Fall 2021 semester may be eligible for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III funding. This funding will be distributed to our students with exceptional need, which will be identified by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information, visit finaid.uni.edu/HEERF-III.
Since its establishment in 1876 as the Iowa State Normal School, the University of Northern Iowa has maintained its affirmed commitment to the support of excellence in teacher education. That commitment remains strong as the university continues to prepare students to become teachers, as well as provide opportunities for career advancement in the field of education. In addition to a commitment to teaching, our faculty members are engaged in research, writing and professional development. View UNI's national rankings and honors.
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The University of Northern Iowa is committed to providing comprehensive support services for distance education students. The Office of Continuing and Distance Education serves as your primary point of contact in accessing distance education support services, including enrollment services, technical support for online course tools and more. You are also given access to the UNI Rod Library’s print and electronic collections for your convenience. View a complete list of services and support resources.
Please contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at 319-273-7206, 800-648-3864 or email@example.com 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.
See the "Next Steps" tab above for information. If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator(s) and/or enrollment contact below or contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at ContinuingEd@uni.edu.
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 introduction 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.
For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" tab above.
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 helps educate students where they live. Upon completion, 2+2 students earn a UNI bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.
Students who have earned or will earn an Associate's of Arts degree from an Iowa community college or those with a BA degree are eligible for the UNI 2+2 program
First, students should apply for admission to the University of Northern Iowa. After admitted, students are also required to apply to the Teacher Education Program at UNI. Students must have all requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program completed by May 1 following their first term.
Please complete the online interest form to the right to express your interest in joining a 2+2 Elementary Education BA cohort. The next cohort is scheduled to begin Spring 2022.
Please note: 2+2 students are expected to complete an Associate of Arts (AA) degree at a local community college to satisfy UNI Liberal Art Core requirements.
Step two: Apply for admission
We encourage you to apply for admission to the University of Northern Iowa as soon as possible. We are currently accepting applications for students wishing to join the new cohort beginning Spring 2022.
Need help with your UNI application?
Contact us at 800-648-3864 or Distance@uni.edu for assistance.
Within one week of submitting your complete application, you will be notified by UNI Admissions staff of your official acceptance and you may be invited to sign up for an orientation session. Please note that as a distance education student, you will not attend this on-campus orientation. Instead, you will complete an online process for requesting enrollment in your courses. We will contact you with specific details and enrollment information.
After you have been admitted to the 2+2 Elementary Education BA program, you will need to complete a Declaration of Curriculum form. Mail the completed form to:
Marc Renning906 N. Grand Rd.Carroll, IA 51401
All students must have all requirements for admission to the teacher education program completed by May 1, 2022.
Delivery of the program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program.