Upper Iowa University is committed to providing excellent educational opportunities across a broad, seamless array of learning modalities and continually enhancing the quality of its academic programs. This commitment is addressed in our mission, vision, strategic plan, and Academic Quality Improvement Program. We are committed to preparing our students for success in their careers and for helping them develop into responsible global citizens, lifelong learners, and leaders in their communities.
Focusing on the quality of Upper Iowa academics is the responsibility of the Chief Academic Officer, the Dean of Faculty, and the chairs of the four educational divisions. Our academic divisions include:
Andres School of Education
Offers programs in early childhood, elementary, secondary and middle school education, instructional strategist I: mild/moderate, instructional strategist II: LD/BD, English as a second language (ESL), physical education, health, athletic training, coaching, and exercise and sport studies with emphases in sports administration, fitness and wellness, recreation, and sports studies. Graduate programs are available: a Master’s in Education (MEd) and a Master’s of Higher Education Administration (MHEA), with emphases in community and technical college administration or leadership. Teaching licensure is available in American government, American history, art, economics, English/language arts, journalism, psychology, reading, social studies, sociology, Spanish, speech communications, business, marketing/management, earth science, economics, biology, chemistry, general science, mathematics and physical science. Graduates can be certified to teach at pre-K-K; special education, elementary, middle and secondary levels. Through a unique partnership with Northeast Iowa Community College, Upper Iowa offers a program which can lead to a teaching career in secondary industrial technology. The School of Education is also the contact for coaching certification.. For details, see information about each major online and in the current catalog.
Andres School of Education Faculty Profiles
School of Business
Offers undergraduate degree programs in accounting, agricultural business, business administration, financial management, health care administration, management, marketing, and management information systems. Minors are offered in some of these program as well as in human resources management. There is also a special teaching major in general business. This major is designed for those who are pursuing teacher licensure in business and/ or management through the Andres School of Education; it is not intended for those planning careers in business or public administration. For details, see information about each major online and in the current catalog.
School of Business Faculty Profiles
School of Liberal Arts
Offers you majors in art, communications, criminology, English, graphic design, human services, psychology, social science, and sociology. Minors are offered in history, journalism, political science, psychology, sociology and Spanish. An associate of arts degree is offered in liberal arts as well. . For details, see information about each major online and in the current catalog.
School of Liberal Arts Faculty Profiles
School of Science and Mathematics
Includes courses in biology, chemistry, earth science, mathematics and physics. Each of these provides you with experiences that develop your powers of observation, logical reasoning, problem solving and application to everyday living. For a full list of majors, minors, course descriptions and degree requirements, see the current catalog.
School of Science and Mathematics Faculty Profiles
P-Cock Tales (newsletter of Division of Science and Mathematics)
Through our Academic Extension programs, Upper Iowa gives students the flexibility to study beyond the traditional campus setting at one of our education centers, or through online or independent study courses. Students may earn undergraduate degrees in accounting, business administration, criminal justice, emergency and disaster management, financial management, health services administration, human resources management, human services, interdisciplinary studies, management, marketing, management information systems, psychology, public administration (with fire science or law enforcement emphasis) and social science. In addition to baccalaureate degrees, the AE program offers certificate programs in emergency and disaster management, human resources management, marketing, organizational communication and organizational leadership. Associate of Arts degrees are available in liberal arts and general business. The RN-BSN major is available at the Des Moines and Cedar Rapids centers in Iowa, and Elementary and Secondary Education can be pursued at the Des Moines and Waterloo, Iowa, centers. Three master’s degrees are available including the Master of Business Administration (with emphasis in accounting, corporate financial management, global business, human resources management, organizational development or quality management); the Master of Higher Education Administration and the Master of Public Administration (with emphasis in Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Justice Administration, and Public Personnel Management).
All students are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisor to set up an individual plan of study that includes substantial cross-disciplinary study. Some students may want to consider an interdisciplinary major that allows them to design an academic program that best meets their educational and professional goals.