College of Education
Excellence in Education
If teaching is your passion, and your focus is early childhood, elementary or middle level education, then the University of Northern Iowa College of Education is for you. Here you add to the legacy of the largest teacher education program in Iowa.
Diversity of choice and careers awaits our undergrad recreation and community services students, who go on to excel in fulfilling professions with degrees reflecting a variety of disciplines in recreation, tourism and nonprofit leadership.
No matter your choice, whether you're undergraduate or graduate, you'll find — in the people and expertise of the College of Education — a commitment to lead, teach, serve and engage. Most importantly, to prepare you for a future beyond expectations.
SPECIAL NOTE: As of July 1, programs in kinesiology and exercise science, physical education teaching, public health, athletic training/athletic training and rehabilitation studies joined the new College of Social & Behavioral Sciences' School of Health and Human Sciences.
As part of UNI’s leading major, you’ll learn through active involvement in your education. Hands-on experiences allow you to gain confidence while learning best teaching practices. You’ll be immersed in PreK-12 classrooms from the beginning up through student teaching.
Recreation, Tourism & Nonprofit Leadership
Often, you’ll discover this major as you realize all the possibilities it offers. Here your interests in educating and interacting with others in the community merge as you prepare for careers in community parks and recreation, youth services, tourism, nonprofit leadership, campus recreation and therapeutic recreation.
Early Childhood Education
Be prepared to teach infants through third graders in inclusive, diverse classrooms in general education and special education. Hands-on experiences get you ready for roles like child care center director to special education teacher for young children.
1 in 10 students choose elementary education, the largest major at UNI.
98% of recent College of Education graduates are employed or continuing their education.
725+ Hours Hands-On
That's for our teaching majors; our recreation, tourism and nonprofit leadership majors get hands-on, too, through internships.