Students majoring in history - teaching take a wide range of courses covering countries or regions around the world from ancient times to the present. Students gain historical knowledge as well as valuable skills in writing, public speaking and information analysis that makes them sought-after candidates in a variety of professions. The department specializes in preparation for teaching and public history, with innovative programs offering hands-on training through internships and field experiences, and providing strong foundations for those who wish to do graduate work in history or pursue other professional careers.

This major leads to endorsements in Iowa for American History and World History in grades 5-12.

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Small classroom sizes, dedicated faculty and ample support.

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Chad Christopher
Advisor, History and Social Science Teaching
Seerley 328
Department of History
Phone: 319-273-3157
Email: chad.christopher@uni.edu

Jennifer McNabb
Department Head & Professor
Department of History
Phone: 319-273-2097
Email: jennifer.mcnabb@uni.edu

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Students are prepared to become teachers through four graduated field experiences:

LEVEL 1 (SOPHOMORE YEAR)

30 hours – The purpose of the field experience is to help the students familiarize themselves with the roles, responsibilities and professional relationships of teachers.

LEVEL 2 (JUNIOR YEAR)

25 hours – Students will teach multiple lessons under the supervision of a classroom teacher and UNI field experience faculty member.

LEVEL 3 (SENIOR YEAR)

35 hours – Students will spend a whole week shadowing a practicing teacher. During this week students will practice the skills necessary to teach a full day.

STUDENT TEACHING (SENIOR YEAR)

16 weeks of full-time teaching – If at one of the in-state centers students will do two separate placements. One eight-weeks will be spend in a middle school/junior high setting and the other eight-weeks will be in a high school setting.