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Curriculum & Instruction

Welcome from Dr. Deborah Tidwell, Department Head  

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is the home of elementary education, early childhood education and middle level education majors, and literacy education and instructional technology minors or endorsements. The department also offers endorsements in education of the gifted and school library studies for practicing teachers, master’s degrees in all divisions and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program.

We prepare caring and effective professional educators for diverse settings by linking theory, scholarship and democratic practices. Feedback from program graduates, as well as those who hire them, indicates UNI teaching majors are world-class educators.

The department serves approximately 1,400 undergraduate majors and nearly 150 graduate students. Faculty design and deliver courses that prepare our undergraduates to become some of the best teachers in the field, with multiple field experiences and challenging opportunities for hands-on practice with teaching methods in real classrooms. What’s more, our graduate programs help prepare master teachers and leaders in the field of education through both theory and practice.

I invite you to explore the various divisions and opportunities within the department that can help prepare you for exciting positions in a variety of areas. For more information, please call 319-273-2167 or use the contact form.

Dr. Deborah Tidwell
Head, Department of Curriculum and Instruction


W. Au and S. Meacham recording podcast
Pallischeck speaker

Visiting Pallischeck Professor Wayne Au from the University of Washington Bothell is pictured with associate professor Shuaib Meacham as they record a podcast.  Learn more about Wayne Au's October visit.









Upcoming events

12th Annual African American Read-In
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 9:30 am-1:30 pm
Over 500 first graders from the Cedar Valley will be visiting campus for the read-in.

Pre-Conference - African American Children and Families
Thursday, February 22, 2018  5-9pm
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Daniel Spikes, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Organizations and Policy at Iowa State University, who has a research focus on racial disparities in educational outcomes.

7th Annual Conference on African American Children and Families
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 8:00am- 4:00pm
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Gail Thompson, who is world renowned for her work on how educators can help close the achievement gaps among African Americans and other students.  The conference and read-in are coordinated by Dr. Gloria Kirkland-Holmes, associate professor of early childhood education.

50th Annual Elementary Literacy Conference
Friday, April 13, 2018
Keynote speakers will be Eric Litwin, author of Pete the Cat, and teacher librarian and blogger John Schumacher.  The conference chair is Denise Tallakson, instructor in elementary education.