The Iowa Board of Education Examiners approved a Graduate Early Childhood Endorsement Program proposed by UNI's Early Childhood Division of Curriculum & Instruction. The endorsement program was designed for infant through Grade 3 teachers current holding an Iowa teaching license in elementary education.
Students attain the ED100 unified endorsement, Prek-3rd Grade with Special Education after completing the 16 credit hours and practicum experiences. Courses prepare these teachers to teach in the new statewide voluntary preschool classrooms which are inclusive settings. Classes began in May of 2009 and are taught online, via the Iowa Communications Network, or a combination of the two delivery formats.
Currently, there are no plans to offer this program again. It was designed to meet an emergency need as the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Programs began in October 2007, and for the most part that need seems to have been filled.