Continuing & Distance Education

Continuing and Distance Education receives more than 13,000 enrollments annually via video conferencing technologies, online courses and on-site workshops. Learn about our distance delivery methods.

Courses and workshops

Online courses, video conferencing courses, off-campus courses, on-campus workshops, Guided Independent Study courses

Degrees, endorsements and certificates

Graduate and undergraduate degree, certificate and endorsement programs via distance learning

Enrollment information

Online enrollment forms, tuition information, graduate credit information

Services and support for students

Technical support, tutorials, library services, program advising, financial aid and more

Services and support for faculty and staff

Faculty development opportunities, policies and procedures for distance education programs, courses and workshops

National rankings and honors

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Ranking among the top midwest public universities, the University of Northern Iowa has been recognized for its many achievements in preparing graduates to embrace challenge, engage in critical inquiry and creative thought and contribute to society.

The University of Northern Iowa has been ranked No. 1 among Iowa universities by for an exceptional collection of high-quality, flexible distance learning options at a very affordable price. ranks UNI 13th in the nation for Best Online Master's in Education Degrees for offering master's in education programs with award-winning faculty, great resources and flexibility that students require.

UNI Continuing and Distance Education's instructional development team received the The Iowa Distance Learning Association (IDLA) 2013 Innovators Award for innovative contributions to distance learning through outstanding teaching, program design and development, as well as innovations in methods, technique, technology and advocacy.

UNI is ranked 17th in the nation for Best Online Master's in Education Programs by BestColleges.comThe University of Northern Iowa ranked in the nation's top 100 "Best-Value Public Colleges" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine.

UNI is ranked second in the Best Regional Universities (Midwest) category for public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2015 "America's Best Colleges" guidebook.

The Washington Monthly College Guide ranks UNI 48th in the nation out of 671 colleges and universities, and 38th on their list of master's universities that are the Best Bang for the Buck, and in the top 100 for all universities.

The University of Northern Iowa was designated for the fifth time by G.I. Jobs Magazine as a Military Friendly School for 2015, an honor placing the university in the top 20 percent of school nationwide doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students.

UNI has also been selected as a Military-Friendly University in Military Advanced Eduction's (MAE) 2015 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges & Universities, as well as being named a "Best for Vets" 2015 college by the Military Times.

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