Which elementary education pathway is right for me?

Based on your responses, the 2+2 Elementary Education program may be a good fit to meet your educational goals! Learn more about the 2+2 Elementary Education program.

Based on your responses, we would encourage you to explore one of our on-campus programs, or please check back after earning your associate's degree to join one of our degree completion programs. Learn more about on-campus programs.

Based on your responses, the Purple Pathway for Paraeducators may be a good fit to meet your educational goals! Learn more about the Purple Pathway for Paraeducators program.

Based on your responses, the Regents Alternative Pathway to Iowa Licensure (RAPIL) program may be a good online option to earn your teaching license. Learn more about the RAPIL program.

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Entirely Online | 51 Credits | 2 Years
  • Designed for those pursuing and/or have an AA or AS degree 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 a minor in Early Childhood Education, Literacy Education, or Social and Emotional Learning

Admission Requirements

To be admitted, students must: 

  • complete the UNI application for admission
  • send official transcripts to the Office of Admissions
  • have (or completing) an Associate of Arts (AA) degree OR an Associate of Science (AS) degree

*AAS graduates can also apply and will need to work with a 2+2 advisor to determine their remaining general education requirements.

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

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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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‌Spring 2022 course sequence

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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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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:

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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


Erin Conlan

Erin Conlan

Advisor & Student Support Specialist


Next Steps

Express Interest

Complete our online information request form. We'll send program updates, important information and application deadlines directly to your inbox!

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To be admitted, students must:

  • have an Associate of Arts (AA)  or an Associate of Science (AS) degree or a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • submit unofficial 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 online@uni.edu for assistance!

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

This program meets the licensure requirements for the state of Iowa. UNI has not determined if the program meets the licensure requirements in any other state. For further information about whether or not this program meets the licensing requirements in your state, please contact your state board (a list of state agencies can be found at https://publish.smartsheet.com/4dfcb6a0284545ee895980a8c8b71432). 

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