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Undergraduate Overview:

Undergraduate programs involve courses of study to qualify the prospective educator to be able to meet the needs of students with a variety of learning and behavioral challenges.

A career as a teacher for children at risk and those with special needs allows you to help students learn and develop to their greatest potential. If you enjoy helping others learn new ideas and skills, a career in education may be for you.

The undergraduate programs offered in the Department of Special Education at the University of Northern Iowa provide teacher candidates with the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and attitudes, and learn the best practices necessary for becoming effective teachers responsive to the needs of individuals with disabilities and their families. The curriculum is a carefully planned sequence of classroom and practical experiences.


Unique Program Feature's:

  • Outstanding faculty who have won many teaching and research awards, and are known nationally and internationally for their scholarly contributions to the field.
  • Integrated methods courses.
  • Development of a student portfolio.
  • More than 100 hours of field experience prior to student teaching including 18 weeks of half-day, week-long teaching in public classroom settings.
  • A variety of student teaching sites in Iowa as well as opportunities in other states and countries.
  • Nationally recognized Minorities in Teaching program, designed to encourage minority students as young as 6th grade to pursue teaching as a career.
  • Yearly teacher education induction convocation to honor students admitted to teacher education.
  • Kappa Delta Pi education honorary for students with cumulative grade point averages above 3.25.
  • Membership in Student Council for Exceptional Children
  • All-Iowa Teacher Recruiting Fair and the UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair, regarded worldwide as one of the foremost teacher recruiting events.

Program Emphasis Requirements: