Teacher Education

Contacts and Resources

Academics: Individual Instruction Opportunities
Resources are available if you wish to strengthen your reading, writing, and lea Services, (273-6023), http://www.uni.edu/unialc/read_learn/index.html offers both short, informal courses and individual instruction to help in the development of efficient reading and learning skills. The Center for Academic Achievement, (273-2346), offers individual instruction to help in the improvement of writing and mathematics skills. See http://www.uni.edu/writingcenter/.

English Language Assistance

If you are joining UNI from another culture and have limited English proficiency, contact the Office of International Programs and investigate the Culture and Intensive English Program. Once you have been through this program, you may then consider receiving further academic assistance for speed-reading, mathematics, writing, or even preparation for the PPST.

Praxis I (PPST)
The State of Iowa Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE) requires that you pass a basic skills test to be admitted to the teacher education program. UNI has chosen the PPST as its assessment tool.

To pass:

  1. You must score at least 170 on each individual test, AND
  2. All three scores must total at least 522.

You will be required to retake deficient tests, and you cannot be admitted to the Teacher Education Program or register for or take any courses that require admission to Teacher Education.

Test Locations and Dates:

  • UNI campus and other locations nationwide.
  • Test dates are available from the Office of Teacher Education (159A Schindler Education Center), the College of Education Advising Center (189 Schindler Education Center), and Academic Services, or go to http://www.ets.org/praxis.


Hints to save time and money:

  • Prepare for the Praxis I (PPST), no matter how confident you are of your skills! Students are generally successful on the Praxis I (PPST) if their ACT composite scores are 25 or above, but familiarity with each of the three tests can boost your confidence and success. For assistance, here are some resources:
    • At UNI, the Academic Learning Center (273-6023) can provide extensive support and is free of charge. Math and Science Services, the Reading and Learning Center, and the Writing Center can all be reached at 273-2361. Short Praxis I (PPST) preparation courses are also available.
    • Useful materials are available from ETS. Some of these materials are free and others may be purchased:
    • Preparation books are available through online sources like Amazon or Barnes and Noble, and may be available in local book stores as well.
  • Take the Praxis I (PPST) as early as possible.
    • DO NOT wait until you have completed Level I of the professional education program or until you have turned in an application to the Teacher Education program. Waiting may delay your entire admission process and prevent you from making any progress in the Teacher Education Program and delaying your graduation.
    • You do not have the 2.50 cumulative GPA in order to take these tests.
    • Passing the Praxis I (PPST) is only one step in the admission to Teacher Education process. However, you must fulfill this requirement in order to enroll in Level II coursework. There are no exceptions possible if you have not yet met this particular requirement, and this is true for ALL students.

Office of Career Services (273-6875)

  • Individual Placement Counseling
  • UNI CareerLink Registration System
  • Recruiting Fairs
  • Self-managed Credential File System for Education majors

College of Education Advising Center (elementary and early childhood majors)
Schindler Education Center, Room 189

Department of Teaching (Student Teaching & Level I and II Field Experiences)
Dr. Greg Reed, Interim Head
SEC 509

Coordinator of Student Teaching
Dr. Lyn Countryman
SEC 505

Coordinator of Field Experiences
Becky Hawbaker
SEC 515

Placement Secretary
Tami Powers
SEC 509


Teacher Licensure Contacts


Office of Teacher Education
159A Schindler Education Center


Coordinator, Elementary Education
Dr. James Cryer
Schindler Education Center, Room 159A

Coordinator, Secondary Education
Chad Christopher
Seerley Hall, Room 328

Records Analyst
Barb Hill
Schindler Education Center, Room 159A

Secretary II
Lori Wurtz
McCollum Science Hall, Room 153