Curt Nielsen

Field Experience Coordinator

area of specialty: Elementary

(319) 273-2608
Office Location: 

LIB 317


B.A., B.A., M.A., Ed.D., University of Northern Iowa

Research Interests 

Teacher Education practices
Lab School v. Public School Field Experiences
Geospatial Technology in K-12 Education
Spatial Thinking in K-12 Education

Courses Taught 

Field Experience: Teacher as a Change Agent
Elementary Curriculum
EDPSYCH 6214 Foundations of Instructional Psychology (Educational Leadership Graduate Course)

Honors & Awards 

National Council for Geographic Education Best Article for Geographic Program Development 2012. – Implementing a High School Level Geospatial Technology and Spatial Thinking Course

Apple Polisher Award, 2008, Selected as one of 50 university employees that are influential in the lives of UNI students. Given by the Student Admissions Ambassadors UNI

Gold Star For Outstanding Teaching, 1999

Selected Publications 

Nielsen, C. P. (2012). Learning transfer of geospatial technologies in secondary science and mathematics core areas. (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from (Publication number 3535654)

Nielsen, C., Oberle, A, and Sugumaran, R. (2011). Implementing a high school level geospatial technologies and spatial thinking course. Journal of Geography, 110(2) 60-69.

Nielsen, C.P. (2011). Using the 5E instructional model to view geospatial technology use in K-12 classrooms. Meridian: Kindergarten Through High School Information and Communication Technologies Journal, 13(2),

Nielsen, C.P. (2008). The case for spatial literacy and geospatial technologies in the core k-12 social studies curriculum. Iowa Council for the Social Studies, 21 (1), 23-28.

Henning, J.E., DeBruin-Parecki, A., Hawbaker, B.W., Nielsen, C.P., Joram, E., and Gabriele, A.J. (2005). The teacher work sample: A tool for scaffolding and assessing preservice teachers’ early field experiences. The Teacher Educator, 40(3), 188-207.