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Early Childhood Education MAE to be offered online through UNI

December 2, 2016

Melissa Heston, associate professor, UNI Curriculum and Instruction, 319-273-2236,

Jacie Dahlstrom, communications specialist, Continuing and Distance Education, 319-273-5970,

Blake Ruane, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Early Childhood Education MAE degree program that begins Summer 2017. This program is designed for classroom teachers who hold licensure in one of the Iowa Early Childhood Endorsements (100, 103, 106, 262) and who are teaching children from birth through third grade. Students will learn the theory and practice to become leaders in the field of Early Childhood Education with a focus on curricula, issues, trends, teaching methods, research and leadership roles.

Program coordinator Melissa Heston said, “For many students, our program provides a unique opportunity to meet and share experiences, skills and knowledge with other early childhood and primary grade classroom teachers from across the state. We also have built in opportunities for elective courses or seminars based on a group of students’ particular interests.”

Courses are held on Monday evenings via interactive desktop video conferencing (Adobe Connect), with additional coursework offered online via eLearning. Fall and spring courses are taught in eight-week sessions.

The program uses a cohort model in which a group of students moves through the course sequence together. To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit

For information about additional offerings available through UNI Continuing and Distance Education, visit or call 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864.