Required Trainings for the UNI Teacher Education Program
High Risk Behaviors and Substance Abuse - The UNI Teacher Education Program offers this training each semester to its students. This training is offered on campus in a classroom setting. The High Risk Behaviors and Substance Abuse training is an initial licensure requirement, so each student needs to complete it before UNI can recommend a student for license. The training will be good for 5 years.
You must complete this training before you student teach. All students who have declared a teacher education major have access to this training on eLearning, under the heading "Teacher Education Trainings". The training includes handouts, a 2.5 hour video, and an assessment that must be successfully completed before you will be issued a "Certificate of Completion". The Office of Teacher Education issues these certificates on a monthly (not daily) basis, so plan accordingly.
- It is recommended you complete this during Level 2
Recommended Trainings for the UNI Teacher Education Program
OSHA - The UNI Teacher Education Program asks all teaching majors to complete this training one time before they begin their first field experience at UNI. The UNI Athletic Training Program asks their students to complete this training every year. OSHA training is NOT a licensure requirement, it is a field experience requirement. This training will be good for 5 years. Once students graduate and are employed by an Iowa school district, they will be required to complete OSHA training every year.
- It is recommended you complete this during Level 1
Child Abuse Awareness Training- The UNI Teacher Education Program offers this training once each semester to its students. This training is offered on campus in a classroom setting. Each student needs to complete this training before being admitted to student teaching.
- It is recommended you complete this during Level 3
It is important to note that although it is not a requirement for licensure, there is a requirement that individuals seeking employment in Iowa School Districts must also complete a Mandatory Reporter of Child Abuse Training. Since passage of a law in 2001, licensing boards require a person who regularly examines, attends, counsels, or treats dependent adults or children in Iowa to accurately document compliance with training requirements on abuse education and/or dependent adult abuse, upon issuance of licensure.
- It is recommended you complete this during Level 4
Required Certificates for the UNI Teacher Education Program
SING Background Check- The UNI Teacher Education Program requires MOST students to complete this background check one time during their program of study. The SING Background Check needs be completed before students begin their first field experience at UNI. The exception is Early Childhood Majors who must complete a SING Background Check every two years.
FBI background check - Only for Early Childhood Education Majors. This additional background check is required by the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS). This background check is valid for four (4) years. No other majors need to complete this special background check.
After your certificates have been completed, you can print out copies of the documentation when you need them from MyUNIverse:
Sign in: My UNIverse
Go to: My Page
Find: Teacher Education
Click on: Certificate Viewer
The Certificate Viewer is the location to find the certificates that are *completed at UNI:
1) SING Background Check
2) OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Training
3) High Risk Behaviors and Substance Abuse Training
4) Mandatory Reporter of Child Abuse Training
*If a student completed a background check or training at another location other than UNI, we are unable to place this information on Certificate Viewer.
Please contact the Office of Teacher Education if you have questions related to background checks or trainings completed at another location other than UNI.