UNI's Undergraduate Middle Level Education program prepares teachers who are able to design instruction for young adolescents in grades 5-8, enjoy an ever-changing group of students and school setting, and provide leadership in best programs and practices. A division of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, the Middle Level Education program increases job prospects for graduates who learn to teach, work with, and understand the characteristics of young adolescents. Since 1938, UNI has provided Iowa with over 1,700 teachers specifically educated to teach young adolescents.
IOWA MIDDLE SCHOOL ENDORSEMENT COURSES:
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction's Middle Level Education Division offers an Iowa Middle School Endorsement-only option. Collaboration between the Departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Psychology and Foundations allows UNI to offer a Middle School Endorsement. The endorsement allows teachers to become more marketable my adding additional 5-8 teaching credentials for a minimun two core subject areas.
MASTER'S DEGREES: The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is currently not enrolling new students into Master's programs in Education of the Gifted and Middle Level Education . However, students who are currently in progress in these programs will be able to complete their degrees. Current budget constraints require faculty who usually teach in these master's programs to teach in other programs to replace faculty lost through retirement. Hopefully, this restriction is temporary and we will again be able to offer these Master's programs in the future as the budget situation improves.
Choose Subject Areas
Middle Level Dual Education Majors prepare for content specialization in at least two subject areas, chosen from mathematics, science, social studies, or language arts. Additionally, the ML Dual Education Majors earn a teaching license at the elementary, secondary, or K-12 level. Students develop electronic portfolios to document their knowledge of subject matter and teaching abilities.
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Out of Class Opportunities
The Student Association of Middle Level Educators (SAMLE) provides a forum for UNI students interested in teaching young adolescents. At the bi-monthly meetings, UNI students interact with their peers as well as professional educators from the metropolitan and surrounding area. SAMLE members have helped with an annual literacy conference and the Special Olympics.
UNI-SAMLE plans and implements the annual leadership conference for 8th grade students, entitled E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One. The Northeast Iowa Community Foundation has provided a grant in support of the conference. Engergizer Carl Olson serves as keynote speaker and is in charge of one of the breakout sessions.
Excellence in faculty
Faculty in the program have published articles in nationally leading journals; earned awards for their teaching, service, and research; and served in leadership positions in national, state, and local professional organizations. The faculty members are well-prepared to support students to excel in middle level education.