Curriculum & Instruction

Welcome to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction! 

Robin Dada

We are the academic home to elementary education, early childhood education, middle level education, instructional technology, literacy education and school library studies. We offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Department Head Dr. Robin Dada  

Robin Dada has served as our department head since mid-2018. Dada has a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and previously served as the College of Education dean at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates.

Name tag orders

Student name tags for field experiences or student teaching can be ordered through a Google form. The name tags are created by the Student Association of Middle Level Educators (SAMLE), one of our active student organizations.  See name tag directions for more information.  Completed name tags can be picked up in the Curriculum and Instruction office, Schindler 613.  

Recent events

UNI student unpacking items at the food bank

Early childhood education students reached out to serve the Cedar Valley, including the Northeast Iowa Food Bank this spring. When the pandemic hit, they continued volunteer work remotely.  

Dr. Meacham smiling in front of a microphone

Shuaib Meacham, associate professor of literacy, shared his poetry in a special performance by the the Cánticum Nóvum Choir in honor of Black History Month. The concert, "In Celebration of the Word," featured choral music chosen by conductor Ben Owen to fit with Meacham's original compositions and was broadcast on Iowa Public Radio Classical on Feb. 28 and 29. Meacham also organizes the Hip Hop Literacy project with local K-12 students.

Dr. Kirkland-Holmes smiling

Retiring professor Gloria Kirkland-Holmes has built a legacy of community outreach and service.  An associate professor of early childhood education, Kirkland-Holmes has taught at UNI for 41 years and is the founder of UNI's annual African-American Read-In and African-American Children and Families Conference which will be held on Feb. 27 and 28. 

For more recent events, visit News and Accolades.