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Additional Teaching Endorsements

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 It is to your advantage to enter the job market certified to teach at least three or four social science areas. You can earn other endorsements by either passing 15 hours of coursework in specific Social Science areas or by completing the All-Social Studies Endorsement (a total of 51 hours). Minimum standards endorsements areas are set by the State of Iowa. Endorsements are added to Iowa teaching licenses on the recommendation of the appropriate Records Analyst in the UNI Office of the Registrar. If you are completing extra endorsement areas beyond declared majors and minors prior to graduation, you must request recommendation for these endorsements on your Application for Graduation, on the line asking for certifications other than your majors and minors. If you complete the requirements for further endorsements after you have graduated, you will need to contact the appropriate Records Analyst in UNI's Office of the Registrar. Iowa minimum standards may or may not be recognized by other states. You will need to contact specific states to determine their  requirements.

In practice, any courses taught at UNI (or other accredited colleges and universities) in the specific content areas required for an endorsement will count. At UNI, for example, any course numbered ECON counts towards Economics, GEOG towards Geography, etc. Note that American Government is more narrowly defined by the State than the others, meaning in practice that only Political Science courses mainly concerned with the United States count, whereas those more focused on international or philosophical areas do not. [See the handout on the American Government endorsement for details.]

  1. You may pursue state endorsements separately. If you take 15 hours in American Government, American History, Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, or World History, the State of Iowa will certify you to teach that area.
  2. The All-Social Studies Endorsement (5-12) requires you to complete 51 hours spread across 7 different areas, all of which you would be certified to teach:  American Government (9 hours), American History (9 hours), World History (9 hours), Economics (6 hours), Geography (6 hours), Psychology (6 hours), and Sociology (6 hours). If you plan your Liberal Arts Core carefully, you can use 3-4 hours in Category 4 and 9 hours in Category 5 to fulfill 12 more hours towards this broad certification.

Iowa All-Social Studies Endorsement/Grades 5-12 (51 hours)

  • American Government (9 hours)                                                                                                  
  • American History (9 hours)
  • World History (9 hours)
  • Economics (6 hours)
  • Geography (6 hours)
  • Psychology (6 hours)
  • Sociology (6 hours)

Teaching Endorsements and the Revised (2004) Liberal Arts Core

A few courses from Liberal Arts Core can be used towards state endorsements (Students entering Fall 2004 and after). It is highly recommended you consider taking some of the courses listed below as part of your Liberal Arts Core  program, and to build hours towards certification in whatever areas you choose. Approximately 12 hours of Liberal Arts Core can be counted toward the All-Social Studies Certification by carefully choosing courses in categories 4 and 5.

Category 4: Natural Sciences and Technology* 

  • Group B:  Physical Sciences GEOG 1210 Physical Geography [Geography]

*Note that one course in Category 4 must have a lab.

 Category 5: Social Science

  • Group A:  Sociocultural and Historical Perspectives

                                GEOG 1110 Human Geography [Geography]*
                                GEOG 1120 World Geography [Geography]*

* You cannot count both courses, GEOG 1110 & GEOG 1120, towards this Liberal Arts Core category.

                                 SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology [Sociology]

  • Group B:  Individual and Institutional Perspectives

                                 PSYCH 1001 Introduction to Psychology [Psychology]
                                 ECON 1031 Introduction to Economics  [Economics]* 

*ECON 1041 & ECON 1051 Micro/Macro Economics may count here if BOTH are taken.]

                                 POL AMER 1014 Introduction to American Politics

  • Group C:  Topical Perspectives

                                SOC 1045 American Racial and Ethnic Minorities [Sociology]
                                SOC 1060 Social Problems [Sociology]

Iowa's American Government Teaching Endorsement

The State of Iowa requires 15 hours of course work in American Government to grant an endorsement to teach in this field at the middle or secondary level. There is no endorsement area in Political Science, only in American Government. The UNI American Government courses acceptable to the State for a teaching endorsement in American Government should be chosen in conjunction with the History and Social Studies Education Advisor. The bulk of the course's content must be clearly related to American Government. Please contact the Record Analyst (227 Gilchrist) for Social and Behavioral Sciences (319 273-2241) with questions concerning applicable courses. Be prepared to bring along a course syllabus and description for evaluation.  For courses transferred from other colleges and universities, bring the same evidence to the Records Analyst for evaluation. You are encouraged to check before taking the transfer course, if possible, to see if it will count for this endorsement. After taking a course at another college, an official transcript must be sent to the Records Analyst, Office of the Registrar.

Iowa's Sociology Teaching Endorsement

The State of Iowa requires 15 hours of course work in Sociology to grant an endorsement to teach in this field at the middle or secondary level. The UNI Sociology courses acceptable to the State for a teaching endorsement in Sociology should be chosen in conjunction with the History and Social Studies Education Advisor. The bulk of the course's content must be clearly related to Sociology. Please your advisor with questions concerning applicable courses. Be prepared to bring along a course syllabus and description for evaluation.  For courses transferred from other colleges and universities, bring the same evidence to the Department Head of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology for evaluation. You are encouraged to check before taking the transfer course, if possible, to see if it will count for this endorsement. After taking a course at another college, an official transcript must be sent to the Records Analyst, Office of the Registrar.

Iowa's Geography Teaching Endorsement

The State of Iowa requires 15 hours of course work in Geography to grant an endorsement to teach in this field at the middle or secondary level. The UNI Geography courses acceptable to the State for a teaching endorsement in Geography should be chosen in conjunction with the History and Social Studies Education Advisor. The bulk of the course's content must be clearly related to Geography. Please your advisor with questions concerning applicable courses. Be prepared to bring along a course syllabus and description for evaluation. For courses transferred from other colleges and universities, bring the same evidence to the Department Head of Geography for evaluation. You are encouraged to check before taking the transfer course, if possible, to see if it will count for this endorsement. After taking a course at another college, an official transcript must be sent to the Records Analyst, Office of the Registrar.

All Readings and Independent Study courses must have Department Head approval.