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Educational Psychology, Foundations and Leadership Studies
Educational Psychology, Foundations and Leadership Studies (EPFLS)

Educational Psychology, Foundations and Leadership Studies (EPFLS)

Here to help you learn. And lead.

Are you just beginning your journey toward teaching at the early childhood, elementary, middle school or high school levels? Or are you an experienced educator, looking to advance toward principalship or superintendency? Perhaps you want to fill the critical need for school psychologists or have a specific interest in leading and guiding in the world of student affairs. 

As the Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations, and Leadership Studies (EPFLS), we’re here to help you fulfill your goals. 

At the graduate level, award-winning faculty who have led and practiced in the field are now your teachers and mentors as you seek to advance in your administrative career or find your niche in areas such as school psychology or student affairs. 

At the undergraduate level, student-centered faculty support all teacher education students in the professional core education sequence. 

In addition, faculty members conduct a broad array of research and many participate in scholarly activities at the local, national and international levels. 

The EPFLS scope is broad, encompassing these areas of emphasis: 

Educational Leadership

A premier array of programs leads to master’s, advanced certifications or doctoral degrees in special education administration, international leadership, principalship and superintendency. In addition, principals, superintendents and school boards continue to refine skills and knowledge through the Institute for Educational Leadership. The Minorities in Leadership of Education (MILE) program works to increase the presence of persons of color and traditionally underrepresented groups in school leadership positions. 

Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs 

Our master’s degree in postsecondary education: student affairs focuses you on co-curricula--everything that happens on campus outside the classroom--and prepares you to provide critical support for student growth and development. 

School Psychology 

Iowa’s only active, accredited graduate program in School Psychology prepares students for diverse, challenging careers. With current needs in schools and other education-related agencies and centers, 100 percent of UNI graduates find positions upon completion. 

Foundations for Education

EPFLS faculty help you create the foundation for future success with core undergraduate coursework, including assessment, human development, learning and motivation and social foundations. 

Why UNI?

EPFLS offers you: 

  • Hands-on, student-centered faculty who have taught, led and are regularly evaluated highly for their guidance and mentorship of students.
  • Faculty who see the big picture in education and whose expertise influences the educators and administrators of today and tomorrow 
  • A department with impact; for example, nearly 40 percent of Iowa’s school administrators are alumni of our educational leadership programs
  • Access to flexible, quality online and hybrid learning options for principalship, international teacher leadership and superintendency as part of UNI at a Distance programs,  ranked as best in Iowa for 2018 by Best Value Schools.  
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The Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations and Leadership Studies is delighted that you’re considering advancing your education and career with one of the degree or certificate options we offer. I invite you to explore the EPFLS site thoroughly to learn more about our department and how we can best serve you.

 - Dr. Benjamin Forsyth, Ph.D. , Department Head