Purple Pathway for Paraeducators
Earn a teaching degree through our accelerated, online, practice-based program for paraprofessionals who are interested in becoming a licensed elementary education teacher in Iowa.
- Courses begin August 2022
- Currently accepting applications - Apply Now!
Which elementary education pathway is right for me?
Entirely Online | 2 years to complete
- A flexible option for placebound, paraeducators currently working in schools
- Courses offered entirely online, allowing you to maintain professional and personal commitments while earning your degree
- Build a lifelong network by studying with the same group of paraeducators throughout the program
- Earn Iowa endorsements in Elementary K-6 and Strategist I
- Utilize support from a trained mentor at your worksite
To be admitted, students must:
- be an employed paraeducator in a K-6 building
- have support from building/district administrator and mentor teacher(s)
- have an Associate of Arts degree, Associate of Science degree, or higher
- be able to commit to the synchronous online meetings
- complete the UNI application for admission and send official transcripts to the Office of Admissions
Upon admittance, students will work with their advisor on admission to the Teacher Education Program at UNI.
A flexible online pathway for paraeducators
Designed for those who are:
- Seeking an elementary teaching degree
- Looking to advance their careers in education and become a licensed elementary teacher in Iowa
- Needing flexibility due to family/work commitments
Delivered entirely online
Courses are offered entirely only using Zoom video conferencing and Blackboard, a learning management system. Classes will meet online a set day each week for three hours. There will be one 6-hour Saturday meeting per month (with options for attending in-person on the UNI campus or online). Coursework and assignments are application and practice-based, allow you to draw on your daily experiences and roles within your current school. Note: In-school field experiences and student teaching are required.
Course sequence pending - check back soon!
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
Our Staff & Featured Faculty
As a online student, you’ll have a dedicated Advisor in the UNI College of Education, and an Enrollment Contact through Online & Distance Education 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.
Complete our online information request form. We'll send program updates, important information and application deadlines directly to your inbox!
Accepting Applications June 1
To be admitted, students must:
- have an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree, or higher
- submit official transcripts, sent directly to the Office of Admissions
Within the application, you will apply as an undergraduate student. Students with an AA or AS will apply as a Transfer Student and students with a bachelor's degree will apply as a Post Baccalaureate student applying to pursue an additional bachelor's degree.
Delivery of the program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program.