The University of Northern Iowa Department of Special Education offers a master's degree in four emphasis areas: Field Specialization, Consultation, Career/Vocational Programming and Transition, and Visual Impairments. All M.Ed. programs require a minimum of 30 semester hours. Students are required to complete either a thesis or research paper. Individual degree plans are developed with an academic advisor based on the student's past academic experiences and future career goals. Students may elect to complete an Iowa teaching endorsement as part of their degree program.
Special Education Endorsements
- Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate, K-8
- Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate, 5-12
- Instructional Strategist II: Mental Disabilities, K-12
- Early Childhood Special Education
- Visual Impairments, Birth-21
The Ed.D. program is intended to provide practicing educators the opportunity to earn the terminal professional degree in their field. The Ed.D. degree requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit beyond the master's degree. There are three components to the program: 24 semester hours in a Professional Common Core of work in educational foundations, fundamentals, and research; 29 semester hours of Advanced Professional Study in one of three areas of intensive study and a related area; and a dissertation of 7 semester hours.
The UNI Department of Special Education, in cooperation with the Department of Educational Leadership and the School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services, offers an innovative doctoral program specifically designed to prepare educational leaders for one of three career tracks: (a) administration in K-12 settings, (b) personnel preparation, or (c) inclusive leisure services programs. This program centers on preparing leaders who will be able to promote new meanings about diversity, develop inclusive school cultures and instructional programs, and forge productive relationships between schools and their communities.