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Experience the UIU difference. The UIU Master of Education (M.Ed.) is tailored to the needs of classroom teachers and accommodates the tight schedules of working adults. The accelerated eight week course rotation allows you to proceed at a pace that serves your needs. UIU courses are taught by professors with extensive experience in Pre-K-12 schools who are tuned in to the challenges of today’s classroom. Whether you are looking to give yourself greater job opportunities or job security by adding endorsements or are seeking to enhance your classroom practice and teacher leadership skills, UIU has the program for you. 

Within the M.Ed. strands, we offer advanced coursework that targets the needs of those seeking endorsements in Special Education, Reading, Early Childhood Education and ESL as well as an emphasis on Teacher Leadership. Endorsements are also available separate from the M.Ed. based on student preference.

  • Early Childhood
    • Early Childhood (PreK-3, PreK-K)
    • Early Childhood Unified (PreK-3)
  • English as a Second Language
    • English as a Second Language K-12
  • Instructional Strategist
    • Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate (K-8 and/or 5-12)
    • Instructional Strategist II: Behavior Disorders/Learning Disabilities K-12
    • Instructional Strategist II: Intellectual Disabilities K-12
  • Reading  (available on campus and online)
    • Reading (K-8 and/or 5-12)
    • Reading Specialist
  • Teacher Leadership (available on campus and online)
  • UIU Certificates
    • Literacy Coach
    • Teacher Leadership

An additional emphasis area is Higher Education with two concentrations:

  • Leadership
  • Student Affairs

The Master of Education is offered at four locations: Des Moines Center, Quad Cities Center, Waterloo Center, and Fayette Campus. In addition, the Teacher Leadership, Reading, and Higher Education programs are currently available online and we plan on having most of the emphases online by the start of the 2016-17 school year.

Interested students should complete the application form and submit it online. There is no cost when you apply online.

Tuition Costs for 2015-16.  Ask about our special discounts for non-degree seeking students. Financial aid is available for students enrolled in the M.Ed. In addition to student loans, qualified applicants can receive up to $4000 a year in TEACH grants.


Dr. Billie Cowley
Acting Chair, Master of Education Program


Last Updated 9/15/15