Within an extraordinary year, an additional 167 students satisfied requirements for admission to the University of Northern Iowa Teacher Education Program this spring. This includes students preparing to teach at all preK-12 levels: early childhood, elementary, middle level and high school.
The UNI Teacher Education Program is the largest teacher preparation program in Iowa, graduating more than 450 students each year.
With event restrictions due to COVID-19 remaining in place, the Teacher Education Induction Convocation was not held. However, students have been recognized with formal notification of admission and have been encouraged to pick up their honorary UNI teacher education lapel pin when on campus.
“We are so pleased to welcome another talented and dedicated group of students into the UNI Teacher Education program,” said Colleen Mulholland, dean of the College of Education and chair of the educator preparation program’s executive council. “We know it’s been a trying year and yet our students preparing for careers from early childhood teaching up through high school have stayed focused.”
The UNI College of Education anchors teacher education at UNI. It confers degrees for early childhood, elementary, middle level dual and physical education teaching, provides professional core courses and coordinates the majority of student field experiences and student teaching. The Colleges of Business Administration; Humanities, Arts and Sciences; and Social and Behavioral Sciences award degrees for teaching at the secondary level in 21 subject areas.
For more information on teacher education options at UNI, go to teach.uni.edu.