Secondary Education – University of Northern Iowa

Sample Schedule (2 year plan)

First Semester

ENG-105 Composition I 3 s.h.
MAT-110b OR MAT-156 OR MAT-134 OR MAT-128 OR MAT-210 3-4 s.h.
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology OR
SOC-110 Intro to Sociology
3 s.h.
EDU-216a Intro to Teaching 3 s.h.
EDU-219a Field Experience and Seminar 1 s.h.
PHS-142 Principles of Astronomy 3 s.h.
SDV-199 College Essentials 1 s.h.
Total 17-18 s.h.
Second Semester
ENG-106a Composition II 3 s.h.
BIO-102 & BIO-103 Intro to Biology & Lab OR
*Life Science see list below
4 s.h.
MUS-100 OR ART-101 OR DRA-119 3 s.h.
PSY-223 Child/Adolescent Psychology 3 s.h.
HIS-112 OR 113 OR
HIS-151 OR 152
3-4 s.h.
Total 16-17 s.h.
Third Semester
EDU-250a, c Educ. Technology/Design 3 s.h.
PSY-281a Educational Psychology 3 s.h.
Physical Science**
(See list below)
4 s.h.
HIS-254 OR HIS-260 Non-West Culture 3 s.h.
Take courses in planned teaching major 3 s.h.
Total 16 s.h.
Fourth Semester
EDU-246a Including Diverse Learners 3 s.h.
POL-111 OR 121 (Political Science) 3 s.h.
General Education Elective-see below 3 s.h.
LIT (Literature) OR PHI (Philosophy) 3 s.h.
Take courses in planned teaching major 3 s.h.
SPC-112 Public Speaking 3 s.h.
Total 18 s.h.

a Courses needing a C- or better
b Required math ACT/Compass scores needed to be enrolled
c EDU-250 is only needed for Social Science Teaching, English or Languages Teaching or Theatre/Communications Teaching Majors. All other Teaching Majors take courses in their Major.

  • The Iowa Dept. of Education is requiring changes in the Teacher Education programs. Keep abreast of these changes at UNI’s Teacher Ed. website  go to “Information for Students”
  • A minimum 2.5 GPA is required for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.
  • Foreign language requirement of two years of high school or one year of college level.
  •  go to “Information for Students” choose “PRAXIS I”
  • Helpful site for Praxis:

NOTE: AA degree meets the requirements for general education at UNI.  If a student does not have an AA then LAC will be met on a course-by-course basis. UNI Contacts:  Telephone #: 1-800-772-2037

Recommended Electives:

    • SDV-113 Strategies for Academic Success
    • GEO-131 Physical Geography (needed for middle school endorsement)
    • HIS-254 or HIS0260 (as UNI Non-Western Culture requirement)
    • FLS- Foreign Language
    • Economics, History, Sociology, Geography preferred
    • Coaching classes
    • Courses in Endorsement Minor (3 or more)

Courses that will satisfy *Life Science or **Physical Science – See below
***Earth/Space Science – PHS-142 Principles of Astronomy will fulfill this (Fa only)

*Life Science

  • BIO-102 Introductory Biology
  • BIO-123 Inquiry into Life Science (Elem Ed only)
  • BIO-206 Anatomy & Physiology I

**Physical Science

  • CHM-151 College Chemistry I (Fa only)
  • CHM-166 General Chemistry I (Fa only)
  • PHS-125 Physical Science (Fa only)
  • PHY-106 Survey of Physics (spr. only)

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