Areas of Concentration

  • Iowa Department of Education - licensure
    Provides information on requirements for State of Iowa for all endorsements and licensures
  • Maintain a 2.5 (or higher) overall GPA and a cumulative UNI GPA of 2.5 (or
    higher).
  • Satisfactory completion of the required Praxis II Test [PPST] prior to graduation
  • Completion of and acceptance of the UNI Teacher Ed application.
  • Complete ENG 105, 106 and SPC 101 or 126 with a "C" or higher.

Complete the Department of Criminal Investigation background check before entering any field experience.

  • Go to www.uni.edu/teached, "Information for Students," click on "DCI Criminal History..." for forms and directions on how to complete the background check.
  • If you have complete a background check within the past year for any other agency or at your community college, your documentation will be valid for the UNI licensure program.
  • Be sure to carry these documents with you during field experiences.

Courses to choose from (note ones designated as Required)


English/Language Arts Endorsement 2+2 Course Options

AcronymTitleCredits
Written Communication:
ENG 105 Composition I (Required) 3
ENG 106 Composition II 3
ENG 221 Creative Writing 3
Oral Communication:
SPC 101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (Required)3
SPC 126 Interpersonal & Small Group Communication ** 3
Language Development:
Will need to be completed through UNI Office of Continuing Education and Special Programs or from another institution.
Reading:
LITED 2115(UNI) Methods of Teaching Early Literacy (required)3
LITED 3116(UNI) Methods of Teaching Content Literacy in the
Intermediate Grades (required)
3
Children's Literature:
LIT 105 Children's Literature (Required) 3
Creative Drama:
ELEMECML 4123 (UNI) Methods of Teaching Visual and Performing Arts Integration in the Elementary Classroom (required)3
American Literature:
LIT 110 Major American Writers I (required)3
LIT 111 Major American Writers II *3
Other Courses that can be used to total the 24 hours required:
LIT 101 Introduction to Literature3
LIT 142 Major British Writers 3
LIT 185 Contemporary Literature 3
LIT 166 Science Fiction3
LIT 190 Women Writers 3

Printable DMACC/UNI English/Language Arts Checklist[PDF]

* May be used in place of LIT 110
** may be used in place of SPC 101

English/Language Arts K-8 endorsement - Completion of twenty-four semester hours in English and language arts to include course work in oral communication, written communication, language development, reading, children's literature, creative drama or oral interpretation of literature, and American literature. (IA Board of Educational Examiners)

UNI's LITED 2115 and LITED 3116 satisfy an endorsement criteria and the Reading methods course.

Courses not listed MUST be checked with the Advising Office at DMACC Carroll/UNI Registrar's Office prior to enrollment to insure that it will meet requirements.

These credits from DMACC will also apply toward completion of the AA degree.


Social Studies Endorsement 2+2 Course Options

AcronymTitleCredits
ECN 120 Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECN 130Principles of Microeconomics3
GEO 111 Introduction to Geography 3
HIS 112 Western Civilization I4
HIS 113 Western Civilization II4
HIS 150U.S. History 1492 - 1877 4
HIS 153 U.S. History 1877 - Present4
HIS 201Iowa History 3
POL 111 American National Government3
PSY 111 General Psychology 3
PSY 121 Developmental Psychology 3
PSY 241Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 291 Principles of Behavior Modification 3
PSY 172 Stress & Stress Management 3
PSY 140 Exploring Mental Health3
PSY 251 Social Psychology3
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 120Marriage and Family 3
SOC 200 Minority Group Relations 3
SOC 230Juvenile Delinquency3
SOC 240 Criminology3
Required Methods Courses:
ELEMECML 3164(UNI) Teaching Elementary School Social Studies3

Printable DMACC/UNI Social Studies Checklist[PDF]

Social Studies K-8 endorsement - Completion of twenty-four semester hours in social studies, to include course work from at least three of these areas: history, sociology, economics, American government, psychology, and geography. (IA Board of Educational Examiners)

Courses not listed MUST be checked with the Advising Office at DMACC Carroll/UNI Registrar's Office prior to enrollment to insure that it will meet requirements.

Endorsement credits will also apply to completion of the AA degree.


Science Endorsement 2+2 Course Options

AcronymTitleCredits
Biological Sciences (6 credits):
BIO 156 Human Biology3
BIO 732 Health Science Microbiology 4
BIO 733 Health Science Anatomy 3
BIO 734 Health Science Physiology3
BIO 104 Introductory Bio w/lab3
Physical Sciences (12 credits):
CHM 105 Survey of Chemistry 3
CHM 122 Intro to General Chemistry4
PHY 106 Survey of Physics4
PHY 160General Physics I5
PHY 161General Physics II5
PHY 213 Classical Physics I6
PHY 223 Classical Physics II6
Earth Space Science (6 credits):
ENV 115 Enviromental Conservation3
ENV 116 Enviromental Conservation Lab1
PHS 152 Astronomy4
PHS 166 Meteorology/Weather & Climate4
Required Methods Courses:
ELEMECML 3161(UNI) Teaching Elementary School Science3

Printable DMACC/UNI Science Checklist [PDF]

Science—Basic K-8 endorsement - Completion of twenty-four semester hours in science to include course work in biological and physical sciences. 12 hours in physical sciences, 6 hours in biology, and 6 hours in earth/space sciences. (IA Board of Educational Examiners)

Courses not listed MUST be checked with the Advising Office at DMACC Carroll/UNI Registrar's Office prior to enrollment to insure that it will meet requirements.

Endorsement credits will also apply to the AA degree.


Math Endorsement 2+2 Course Options

AcronymTitleCredits
Algebra:
MAT 121 College Algebra*4
MAT 129 Precalculus*5
Geometry, Number Theory, Measurement:
MATH 3202(UNI) Mathematical Reasoning for Teaching II3
Computer Programming:
CIS 125 Programming Logic*3
Probability and Statistics:
MAT 157 Statistics*4
Other courses that can be used to total the 24 hours required:
MAT 110Math for Liberal Arts3
MAT 141Finite Math 4
MAT 114 Math for Elementary Educators*3
MAT 116*Explorations in Elem Math Educ3
MAT 130 Trigonometry3
MAT 211 Calculus I*5
MAT 217 Calculus II**5
Required Methods Courses:
MATH 3203(UNI) Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School*3

Printable DMACC/UNI Math Checklist [PDF]

* required class
** or take MAT211 and MAT 217

Mathematics K-8 endorsement - Completion of twenty-four semester hours in mathematics to include course work in algebra, geometry, number theory, measurement, computer programming, and probability and statistics. (IA Board of Educational Examiners)


Coaching Authorization 2+2 Course Requirements

Per the Iowa Department of Education
  1. One semester credit hour or 10 contact hours in a course relating to knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the human body in relation to physical activity.

    SELECT ONE:

    • BIO 733 Health Science Anatomy 3cr
    • BIO 734 Health Science Physiology 3 cr
    • This is also available as a CEU course from the AEA
  2. One semester credit hour or 10 contact hours in a course relating to knowledge and understanding of human growth and development of children in youth in relation to physical activity.

    • PSY 121 Developmental Psychology 3cr
    • This is also available as a CEU course from the AEA
  3. Two semester credit hour or 20 contact hours in a course relating to knowledge and understanding of the prevention and care of athletic injuries and medical and safety problems relating to physical activity.

    • PET 110 Introduction to Athletic Training 2cr
    • This is also available as a CEU course from the AEA
  4. Semester credit hour or fifteen contact hours relating to knowledge and understanding of the techniques and theory of coaching interscholastic athletics. At least 5 hours of this course must deal with professional ethics in coaching.

    • PEC 110 Coaching Ethics, Tech, & Theory 1cr
    • This is also available as a CEU course from the AEA

    In order to obtain the ENDORSEMENT rather than the authorization, you MUST take the college credit courses and not the CEU classes.