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Career & Technical Initial Authorization, Secondary Level
This authorization allows individuals with industry experience but no teaching the opportunity to teach at the secondary level with a limited license. Many of the listed courses are required for endorsement in career and technical education at the high school level.
Content areas that may apply*
The Iowa BOEE also requires an Ethics Training course. This can be completed online through your AEA and is free to Iowa school district employees.
See the program schedule for upcoming offerings.*Check with the Board of Educational Examiners to ensure applicability of courses toward your desired credential.
This endorsement is designed for those who supervise students in on-the-job situations such as cooperative education programs and school-to-work programs.
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See the program schedule for upcoming offerings. Check out the Board of Educational Examiners list of requirements here.
New! UNI is offering a seminar series that provide up-to-date training and information on how to use Work-Based Learning (WBL) in Career and Technical Education (CTE) and non-CTE classrooms.
Both seminars are available in a self-paced, online format using Blackboard. Students can take up to 4 weeks to complete the seminar.
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These courses are designed for both arts and sciences and career and technical faculty and may be integrated with your college’s quality faculty plan.
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See the program schedule for upcoming offerings. *Check with your college to fit within your personal professional development plan.
All courses listed work well for updating teacher skills. Focus is on relevant information as well as practical activities and material development that can be useful in the classroom and a variety of educational settings.
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Tentative course scheduleClick on a course title to view the course description (if available).
INDIVSTU 4159/5159 Methods for Career and Technical Education - 2 units
INDIVSTU 4159/5159 Foundations of Career and Technical Education - 2 units
INDIVSTU 4159/5159 Assessment and Evaluation in Career and Technical Education - 2 units
INDIVSTU 4159/5159 Curriculum Design for Career and Technical Education - 2 units
INDIVSTU 4159/5159 Implementation of Work-Based Learning Programs - 2 units
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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.
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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.
For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" tab above.
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.
After you have successfully completed the required endorsement courses, you may add the endorsement to your Iowa teaching license. Students will work directly with the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners and instructions for adding the endorsement to your teaching license can be found at https://boee.iowa.gov/endorsements/add-endorsement-license.
Note: When completing the form, send UNI verification requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Rundel, Record Analyst, at 319-273-2241 or Danielle.Rundel@uni.edu.
An application for admission is not required for this program. Please submit an enrollment form at distance.uni.edu/enroll to be registered for coursework.
All students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of location, making it an affordable option for all students.
Tuition is $257 per unit, plus a $10 non-refundable enrollment fee per course -- regardless of location or graduate-level status. A technology fee also applies to online courses. UNI students, tuition for GIS courses is in addition to full-time, on-campus rates -- please see important financial aid information.
An additional technology fee per course may apply. Tuition and fees are expected to rise each May and are subject to raises throughout the academic year as approved by the Iowa Board of Regents.
To be notified about new Career and Technical Education Professional Development course offerings, please complete the online interest form to the right and we will contact you as information becomes available. Students may begin courses at any time.
If you hold an Iowa teaching license, the best way to get started is to work with the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners to determine the courses you need to take. Please contact Dave Wempen at David.Wempen@Iowa.gov or by phone at 515-281-3605 for assistance. Upon receipt of the evaluation, proceed to step three.
The next step is to enroll in a course. Visit the Guided Independent Studies enrollment page and select any of the INDIVSTU 4159/5159 courses available on the GIS course list.
Questions about enrollment can be directed to Jamie.Anderson@uni.edu 319-273-7206 or 800-772-1746.
Upon successful completion of the required courses, you may add the endorsement to your Iowa teaching license by completing the Application to Add an Endorsement from the Board of Educational Examiners.
If you have completed all of the required endorsement courses through UNI, follow option 1 on the Add an Endorsement to a License page. This allows you to apply to an endorsement through UNI. The BOEE does charge a fee to add the endorsement.
If you have any questions, please contact the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners: boee.iowa.gov/contact-us/staff-directory
Delivery of the program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program.