Welcome from Dean Mulholland

Welcome to the College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa! 

Whether you hope to lead a classroom or a community center … work with athletes, students or community youth … or take a health-focused approach to improving people’s lives, now is the time. And the UNI College of Education is the place to achieve more than you ever imagined. 

Dean Colleen MulhollandI know, because I hear stories regularly that tell me what’s possible. From a first generation teacher proudly walking the platform at graduation in the McLeod Center to future educators who represent a long line of UNI teaching graduates within their families. From a student who found a passion in nonprofit leadership who now travels regularly to Africa for her work with an Iowa-based nonprofit. Or a movement and exercise science student from small town Iowa who now serves as a strength and conditioning coach for an urban Iowa high school. 

We’re proud to say that nobody prepares more teachers for Iowa than UNI. We’re home to one of the largest elementary education programs in the nation and a major anchor of the UNI Teacher Education Program. 

We’re just as proud of programs in areas like movement and exercise science and athletic training and rehabilitation, whose graduates routinely achieve high acceptance rates into graduate school. Across the board, our students do well and they do so in this unique not-too-big, not-too-small place we call home in Cedar Falls. 

Here you can count on learning beyond the classroom. Our students do observe and lead classrooms. They also conduct assessments with patients. Plan programming within a community. Join in -- as undergraduates -- on research teams studying, for example, how exercise impacts the brain after a stroke. 

All of this happens through the dedication of an exemplary faculty who bring both experience and expertise to their teaching. They are passionate mentors and listeners. Simply, they’re here for you. 

This is an important time in the world and in higher education. We’re all focused on doing better. How can we continue to adapt our curriculum to both student and employer needs, and make it more accessible? How can we better support our various community and educational partners? How do we ensure all facets of the college promote inclusivity in a way that ensures everyone -- students, faculty and staff -- can thrive? 

Tough questions, but such challenges keep us focused. While we continue to push forward, I invite you to explore all that the UNI College of Education has to offer. Enjoy your journey! 


Colleen S. Mulholland, Ed.D. 

Dean, College of Education