The following centers are closely linked to the work of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction faculty, both past and present.

Child Development Center

The CDC is a child care center and instruction resource for the students, faculty, and staff of UNI. The mission of the CDC is to provide a nurturing and safe environment to support learning for the families and students of the University. The center is part of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and serves as an on-campus field experience site for early childhood education teaching majors. The program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education (RCEDE)

RCEDE was established in 1988 as a statewide center to promote best practices in early education (birth-grade 8) that address local, state, and national needs through advocacy, research, professional and curriculum development, dissemination, and outreach. RCEDE is the only center in the state with a holistic focus on research-based developmentally appropriate educational experiences for children birth-grade 3. The center aims to contribute to a more literate citizenry in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by laying the foundation for math and science in the early years, promoting the development of positive attitudes toward math and science, and combating the math and science phobia that prevails among students and early childhood and elementary teachers. The Center for Early Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (CEESTEM) was created within the RCEDE to focus on professional learning and curriculum in regard to early STEM education. The Director of RCEDE is a member of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction faculty. The center collaborates with curriculum and instruction faculty, as well as faculty from across campus and at the other state universities in Iowa, on research, curriculum development, and professional development.

Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy

The Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy was established by Mr. Jacobson in November 2010 with a gift of $11 million. Its mission is to promote comprehensive literacy of all learners by transforming literacy education through expanding preservice and inservice teachers' knowledge and instructional expertise in professional learning communities. The objectives of the  Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy are to form collaborative partnerships with districts across the state for the development of effective literacy programs that impact student learning and progress, to support professional development based on effective literacy instruction practices and current reading research, to assist teachers to collaborate in planning to meet the instructional needs of all students, and to involve preservice teachers in authentic teaching and learning experiences in the school setting, including shared professional development opportunities with in-service teachers.


For more research and outreach programs of the College of Education visit Centers and Programs.