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UNI educational communications/instructional technology programs meet national standards<br>

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Sharon Smaldino, professor of curriculum and instruction, (319) 273-3250
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's master's programs in educational technology have met national standards set by the Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). These programs will be considered nationally recognized programs upon accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Sharon Smaldino, professor of curriculum and instruction, said meeting these professional standards is an indicator of a quality program that prepares graduates for future professional positions.

Only about 30 such programs nationwide have achieved this distinction, and UNI's will be the first in Iowa to do so under the new standards. The program will be recognized during the AECT international convention in Dallas later this month.

Smaldino said a NCATE team will be on campus during fall 2003 to evaluate UNI's teacher education programs.