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Department of Technology

Technology and Engineering Education

Technology and Engineering Education student complete a project.Known as the only Technology and Engineering Education program of any of the Iowa Regents institutions, and is the largest program of its type in the state of Iowa, the Technology and Engineering Education program at UNI provides students with teaching certification and prepares students to become middle school and high school teachers.  The curriculum includes instruction in the areas of construction, communications, manufacturing, power and energy, transportation and engineering.  Students also learn to effectively plan curriculum, apply suitable teaching strategies and methods, and manage both traditional and contemporary instructional laboratories.  

The teaching focus of this program at UNI is to experience problem solving through design, innovation and practical abilities needed for working and living in our technological world.  In addition, the growing emphasis of STEM-based learning in public schools, coupled with a critical shortage of educators around the nation, make graduates of this program highly sought after.

Graduates of this program are eligible for Iowa teacher certification in Technology Education and have the ability to be Project Lead the Way (PLTW) certified.  Students that have already completed PLTW courses may be eligible for college credit towards the program.

There is a critical shortage of technology education/industrial technology teachers in Iowa and throughout the country. 100% of the graduates of the Technology and Engineering Education program find jobs within a year of their graduation if they chose to teach.  Secondary school administrators and teachers from around Iowa and surrounding states consistently request graduates of UNI’s Technology and Engineering Education program.