Elementary Education - Teaching K-6

Elementary Education - Teaching K-6

If you are passionate about supporting the educational needs and interests of children, UNI’s elementary education program (K-6) is the right fit for you. Be part of UNI’s tradition of preparing the best teachers in Iowa. UNI elementary educators are recruited by school districts from all over the nation and the world through the UNI Teacher Fair and the UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair. Ninety-five percent of elementary education majors are employed in schools or attending graduate school one year after their graduation, with 87 percent of teacher education graduates employed in Iowa.

Gain real-world experiences through hands-on learning both inside and outside the classroom. The methods courses give you solid preparation in teaching all areas of the curriculum, including reading, math, science and social studies. For further preparation, you could add a literacy minor through UNI’s strong literacy program. One-fourth of elementary education majors add a literacy minor and earn a reading endorsement.

Begin your first field experience as early as the spring of your freshman year. Some students participate during their sophomore and junior years in Professional Development School partnerships in which methods courses are held in an elementary school and combined with field experience teaching. In one of these partnerships, UNI students use iPads to support elementary students learning in a 1:1 setting.

One third of Iowa pre-K through 12 public school teachers are UNI graduates


Transfer students who complete some teacher education courses at a community college and earn an AA degree may be able to complete an elementary education major in two and half years. To get on the right path, join the UNI Admissions Partnership Program during your first semester of community college. The program provides advising on which community college courses to take to prepare for your UNI major as well as other resources.


Elementary Education - Teaching K-6

Join a student organization such as America Reads, Student Literacy Association, Hip Hop Literacy or Student Elementary and Early Childhood Association (SEECA). 


Elementary Education - Teaching K-6

A hallmark of preparing teachers at UNI is the series of professional field experience opportunities beginning as early as your first year and continuing through student teaching. As a teaching major, you complete more than 100 hours of live classroom experience before student teaching, with multiple opportunities in diverse settings. With each experience you assume greater responsibility in the classroom, receiving timely feedback based on observations conducted by a UNI faculty supervisor and a mentor teacher. This lets you apply theory to practice, receive feedback, reflect on your experience and have ownership in your growth.

Elementary Education - Teaching K-6

There is always something going on at UNI! Learn from nationally known speakers for free at on-campus education conferences such as the African-American Children and Families Conference, the Bill and Linda Tubbs Teaching Connections or Carlton-Mellichamp Lecture in Education.



96% of last year's graduates are either continuing their education or employed


Teacher (schools, homebound, hospitals)


School psychologist


Instructional coach

Teacher leader

Curriculum design

School librarian

Assessment specialist

Informal education specialist (museums, historical sites, etc.)

Afterschool programs





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Dr. Mason Kuhn
Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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