University of Northern Iowa Teacher Education Program
Teacher Education Program majors:
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
- Middle Level Dual Major
- Secondary Education
- Minor in Special Education
- Physical Education
- Health Education
The following requirements are subject to change without notice. Please work with an advisor at UNI and Hawkeye for verification of courses.
Admission and Program Requirements
To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and to begin level two classes at UNI, you must meet the following requirements:
Complete at least 24 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
Satisfactory completion of the following equivalencies:
- Completion of the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators [Praxis Core].
Test scores need to be submitted before admission can be processed, so make sure to take the test early in your second year at Hawkeye.
In order to be fully admitted, you need to have acceptable PRAXIS Core scores. The test consists of three subsets, each with a cut off score based on a scale of 100–200 and a total score requirement:
- Reading: test #5712 cut off score 138
- Writing: test #5722 cut off score 142
- Mathematics: test #5732 cut off score 115
- Total score requirement: 448 or higher
- Test code for combined test: #5751 (all three sections)
You can take the PRAXIS Core test at UNI or another testing center and have your score report sent to UNI. Prior to getting teaching license you will have to take Praxis II (covers both Pedagogy and Content) and score above the 25th percentile.
Consult the ETS testing site for registration information. The PRAXIS Core is ONLY available in the computer-delivered format.
Completion of the Application for Admission to Teacher Education form. The application needs to be error proof. Make sure to have other people proof it for you. You should begin working on this when you start the general UNI application.
Declare a teaching major via the Declaration of Curriculum Form.
Typically, it takes education major four and a half to five years for student to graduate.
Academic Service Learning Experience (EDU-901) can be taken during any semester for 1 credit hour. It is not recommended to complete this course at the same time as Field Experience.
Students wishing to complete a degree for Secondary Education will also need to be admitted to the specific department and take the necessary classes for the major/subject they plan to teach.
Students wishing to coach can also complete the coaching authorization courses through Hawkeye.
Students should not take Field Experience one while still in high school.
All students will be subject to a background check prior to the issuance of their teaching license. Minor offenses can delay licensure. Major offenses can prohibit licensure. It is important to be truthful about this information on your UNI application because omissions or false information can be grounds for denial of licensure from the state of Iowa. Check with the State of Iowa Department of Education for further questions.
Major Specific Courses
Students should also complete the following dependent upon what the student would like to teach:
Science Course Recommended:
- BIO-105 Introduction to Biology
- PHS-120 Exploring Physical Science
- PHS-152 Astronomy
Other Recommended Courses:
- POL-111 American National Government
- GEO-121 World Regional Geography
- ART-101 Art Appreciation