Schools in the Cedar Valley Region include diversity of race, culture, socio-economic status, and school types. Cedar Valley student teachers are also diverse - some are traditional UNI students while others are non-traditional students entering second careers with children of their own. These school districts have supportive, professional cooperating teachers who readily collaborate with each other and with UNI.
Student teachers in area urban and rural school districts experience diversity in socio-economic status, English as a Second Language students, and a true middle school program.
This center offers a unique mix of urban and rural student teaching opportunities with a number of schools featuring strong minority education and dual language programs including ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. A number of master teachers serve at the building level to help student teachers bridge the gap between the theory in their UNI classes and the practice of teaching. Student teachers in the Southwest Iowa/Omaha Center will also network and participate in practice interviews with area administrators, have a number of professional development opportunities and complete student teaching with a firm grasp of what it takes to be a successful educator in any school setting.
Student teachers in Davenport and surrounding school districts work with diverse students in three types of public schools where almost any academic major can be placed. The public schools include suburban, inner-city, and rural agricultural.
Student teachers experience school districts with a range of diversities that include inner-urban, suburban and rural school settings.
School districts in this center provide a student teaching experience that includes rural and urban settings with a variety of school organizational patterns and programs. Although each district varies in the amount of cultural, socio-economic, and religious diversity, they all have a commitment to children's academic success.
Support from cooperating teachers and principals make student teaching in this Center a positive experience. Placements are made in over 20 school districts primarily in rural settings with student enrollments of about 1,000. The seminars are conducted in person and also via the ICN.
Student teachers in this Center teach in schools from 17 school districts. Their classrooms have socio-economic and ethnic diversity, including growing Latino and Southeast Asian populations.