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COVID-19: Updates for UNI Teacher Education Program
New guidelines coming for Praxis Core testing
In light of new at home testing options and some testing centers re-opening, new guidelines for Praxis Core and next steps for admission to UNI teacher education will be forthcoming. Watch for additional details.
Praxis II Testing Information Update (As of May 15, 2020)
Educational Testing Services (ETS) has partnered with a company called ProctorU to create Praxis testing At Home. These At Home tests will allow students to take (or retake) the Praxis II tests they need in order to complete their academic program and to be eligible for an initial teaching license.
Requirements for the Praxis At Home testing option:
This testing option has specific requirements that you need to be aware of prior to registering for the tests. For example, your computer equipment and the room you are testing in must meet certain conditions in order for you to test at home. Information about these specific requirements is available on slides 18-22 of the ETS powerpoint.
Another specific requirement that you must agree to before you register for At Home Praxis testing is to allow ProctorU to use artificial intelligence, such as facial recognition, gaze tracking and video recording the entire testing session, to ensure security before and during testing. More information about security measures are on slides 28-33 of the ETS powerpoint mentioned above.
How do I register for At Home Praxis II testing?
Registration for most At Home Praxis II Content assessments begins Friday, May 15, and will be available on a continuous basis after that. Log in to your Praxis account, and select the At Home testing option. After you register and pay for your test, ProctorU will email you with instructions on how to set up a testing date and time. ETS powerpoint slides 23-27 contain more information on registering for and scheduling your test.
Note that not all Praxis II Content assessments will be available for registration on May 15. ETS is releasing Praxis II At Home Content tests in phases, some in May and some in June. Here is a list of the tests and their release dates.
Beginning June 1, ETS will release the Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) tests for registration. ETS also will make more Praxis II Content tests available. Registration and scheduling procedures for these tests will be the same as for the tests released during the first wave in May.
Please visit ETS’ website for the latest information about how it is adapting its testing and test-taker support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also, contact ETS if you have unanswered questions about the Praxis At Home testing option.
Statement from the UNI Executive Council of Teacher Education
On March 25, 2020, the UNI Executive Council of Teacher Education affirmed the following guidance:
To operationalize Section 11 of the Governor's emergency proclamation issued March 16, 2020 providing a temporary suspension of Iowa Code to the extent that they require a minimum number of hours of field experience.
- With our P12 school partners facing unknown challenges on a daily basis as they work with their own students, families, and collaborative teams, we must provide the grace and space they need at this time. This means all school-based clinical/field experience will end no later than Friday, March 27, 2020. However, even though the field-based component of classes is not available at this time, classes are to continue with instructors providing alternate learning experiences in creative, novel ways to best meet the requirements of these classes online.
- Student teaching: Student teachers should work directly with their UNI student teaching coordinator on expectations for the remainder of the semester. Student teaching coordinators will continue to assess, individualize and further support student teachers toward completion of student teaching requirements. The last day of student teaching will be Friday, May 1, 2020.
- Field experience (Level 3): Students enrolled in Level 3 methods courses should work directly with their methods instructor on expectations for the remainder of the semester. Instructors will continue to assess, individualize and further support students toward the completion of Level 3 methods course requirements.
- Field experience (Level 1 and 2): Students enrolled in Level 1 and Level 2 field experience should work directly with their UNI field experience coordinator on expectations for the remainder of the semester. Field experience coordinators will continue to assess, individualize and further support students toward the completion of Level 1 or Level 2 course requirements.
To continue to support UNI students toward degree and career goals of becoming a teacher, the following outlines allowance for Admission to Teacher Education:
- Effective immediately and until further notice, requirements for UNI Admission to Teacher Education are suspended. Students are strongly encouraged to work with their academic advisor on the details specific to their individual plan of study. Students should not encounter registration holds related to Admission to Teacher Education for the upcoming Summer and Fall 2020 course registration. Students should contact their academic advisor with questions.
In accordance with university guidelines related to COVID-19, the spring 2020 Teacher Education Convocation Induction Ceremony has been cancelled. We hope to see many of our 223 inductees at our fall ceremony.
Praxis exams suspended
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, UNI Exam Services has suspended giving exams. According to ETS, which administers and scores the Praxis exams, it will waive fees for test rescheduling, if necessary. ETS notes you will be able to reschedule tests. Turnaround time for score reports and service levels in its call center may be impacted.
You can find information on test center closures, when centers will re-open and how to reschedule on the ETS Praxis information page.
How will this affect my registration for summer and fall classes at UNI? Recommendation for licensure or graduation?
We are currently working through the process to ensure a smooth registration and pathway to graduation and licensure.
If you have additional concerns or questions, please contact the Office of Teacher Education at email@example.com.
Iowa's Premier Teacher Education Program
The University of Northern Iowa is highly respected as a premier teacher education program. For more than 140 years, UNI has been a leader in pre-K through 12 education. UNI graduates more than 450 teacher education students each year -- joining the 17,000 plus UNI alumni educators throughout the world. UNI's teacher education program includes early childhood, elementary, middle and high school school programs, with a variety of majors including mathematics, science, English, art and music to name a few.
One of the key strengths of UNI's teacher education program is the hands-on learning students experience in real world classrooms, giving students diverse opportunities in both urban and rural schools. UNI professors lead and partner with many state and national education programs addressing teacher effectiveness and student learning, allowing our students an opportunity to engage in innovative research and teaching practices.
E-mail the Office of Teacher Education
Elementary Education Program Coordinator - JD.Cryer@uni.edu
Record Analyst for the Teacher Education Program - Julie.Johnson@uni.edu
Secretary III for the Teacher Education Program - Lori.Wurtz@uni.edu