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Entirely Online | 57 Credits | 2.5 Years
  • Designed for those with an AA from an Iowa community college or a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Build a lifelong network of teachers and study with the same group of adult learners throughout the program
  • Options to add a double major in Elementary & Middle Level Education or add an Early Childhood Education minor, leading to an Iowa Pre-K-K classroom endorsement (#103)

Admission Requirements

To be admitted, students must: 

  • complete the UNI application for admission
  • send official transcripts to the Office of Admissions
  • have an Associate of Arts degree from an Iowa Community College or a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

Upon admittance, students are required to apply to the Teacher Education Program at UNI by May 1 of their first term. 

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A flexible online pathway for non-traditional students 

​Designed for those who are:

  • Seeking an elementary or middle-level teaching degree
  • Looking to change jobs or careers and may wish to stay in their home community
  • Ready to build upon current roles, such as paraeducators or child care workers
  • Need flexibility due to family/work obligations or other life circumstances
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Delivered entirely online

Courses are offered entirely online using a combination of Zoom video conferencing and Blackboard, a learning management system that will enhance your learning experience and provide a sense of community with fellow classmates. In addition to the online courses, some optional in-person classes may be available at a central location.

In-school field experiences and student teaching are required.

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Individualized support services

Throughout every step of your program, you'll have a dedicated team of support staff ready to assist you. You'll also have access to UNI services such as:

  • Personalized academic advising
  • Support from Financial Aid, Career Services and Rod Library staff
  • Academic support and tutoring opportunities from the Learning Center
  • Access to student accessibility services and staff
  • Technical support assistance
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Job openings in Iowa

According to Future Ready Iowa, more than 425 elementary education teaching jobs are available in the state each year.


Median salary

of elementary school teachers in central Iowa, according to Future Ready Iowa.


years of history

Since 1995, more than 300 teachers have graduated from our program and have excelled in their teaching careers.

Our Staff & Featured Faculty

As a UNI Online & Distance Education student, you’ll have a dedicated Enrollment Contact and Program Coordinator to assist you with registering for classes, navigating the course sequence and billing process, preparing for graduation, and much more. Additionally, your classes will be taught by the same distinguished, full-time faculty who teach on campus.

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Marc Renning

Program Coordinator

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Erin Conlan

Advisor & Student Support Specialist

Next Steps

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To be admitted, students must:

  • have an Associate of Arts (AA) degree from an Iowa community college or a bachelor's degree
  • submit official transcripts, sent directly to the Office of Admissions

Upon admittance to UNI, students are required to apply to the Teacher Education Program by May 1 of their first term.

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Contact Us

Our team of support staff is available to help you throughout your UNI journey.

Contact us at 319-273-7206 or for assistance!

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Delivery of the program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program.


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