Undergraduate Majors

Curriculum and Instruction is home to three bachelor's degree programs:


Elementary Education

For well over a century, UNI has provided an exemplary teacher education program promoting reflective classroom practices. Within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, undergraduate students majoring in Elementary Education complete a course sequence designed to prepare them for effective instruction in the broad subject fields of the elementary curriculum.

This carefully planned sequence of courses, built upon a developmental understanding of children and learning, includes no fewer than 100 hours of field experience prior to student teaching. In addition, most students choose a minor in one of the following areas: art, basic science, communication-theatre, educational technology, English/language arts, health education, history, library media specialist, literacy education, math, modern languages, physical education, social studies, or special education.

While completing this unique program students participate in supervised instruction at Malcolm Price Laboratory School in addition to many other classroom settings both in and outside the metro area. They also explore and apply current models of classroom management and prepare instructional units that integrate technology with best instructional practices. Finally, students complete a professional portfolio tied to state and national performance standards that documents their progress as a professional. More Info >>

UNI/DMACC 2+2 Program

The Elementary Education program is also offered in Carroll, Iowa, through a collaboration with Des Moines Area Community College, Carroll Campus. Students can complete their general education requirements through DMACC courses, and then their Elementary Education major, both on the Carroll campus. More Info >>


Early Childhood Education

This field of study focuses on educating young children between the ages of birth to nine years. Graduates in this major might consider careers as teachers in a nursery school or kindergarten, directors for day care, or hospital child life specialists.

The Early Childhood Education major takes advantage of several resources on the UNI campus including the Regents Center for Early Childhood Education, internationally known for its work in early childhood education; the UNI Child Development Center for infants, toddlers and preschoolers; and the Malcolm Price Laboratory School where undergraduate students can observe and participate in field experiences and student teaching.

Some students decide on a double major in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. This program lets graduates expand their employment options. More Info>>


Middle Level Education

If you enjoy collaborating with others, designing creative ways to learn, and helping young adolescents make the transition from childhood to young adulthood, then middle level education may be for you. By completing the Middle Level Education major, you will learn about effective teaching strategies, organizational patterns, developmentally appropriate programs and practices, and the characteristics of young adolescents in middle level schools.

In addition to majoring in middle level education, UNI students also enroll as elementary education or secondary education majors. Middle level students complete five courses specifically designed for middle level education. More Info>>