University of Northern Iowa
College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences
Department of Technology
Industrial Technology Center 25
2900 Campus Street
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0178
Tel: 319.273.2563Fax: 319.273.5818
Scott Greenhalgh, Technology and Engineering Education Program Coordinator
The Technology and Engineering Education program at UNI prepares students to become middle school, junior high and high school teachers of Industrial Technology, Technology Education, and K12 Engineering in Iowa, as well as other places around the country. The teaching focus of the program is the nature of technology and its effects on society, to experience problem solving through design, innovation, and practical abilities needed for working and living in our technological world. Students also learn to integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through coursework.
The coursework specifically focuses on engineering design and sciences, construction, communication, energy and power, manufacturing, and transportation. Students who complete the program can automatically receive national Project Lead the Way (PLTW) certification upon graduation to teach the following PLTW courses: Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, and Digital Electronics. The program also includes exploration of careers associated with these broad areas. Technology and engineering teacher candidates learn to plan their curriculum, apply suitable teaching strategies and methods, and manage both traditional and contemporary instructional laboratories.
William Penn University
Industrial Technology Department
201 Trueblood Avenue
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
Tel: 641.673.1107Fax: 641.673.1396
Jim Hoeksema, Chair
William Penn University is a small private institution located in Oskaloosa, Iowa. We have a low student to teacher ratio and a high percentage of students involved in extracurricular activities and sports. Teacher Education students who major in Industrial Technology will be certified to teach all areas of Industrial Technology in Iowa schools, grades 7-12. State requirements make this a highly structured major with few electives. To graduate in four years, it is best to declare this major as a freshman. There will be three opportunities to spend time observing and teaching in the public schools in addition to classes at Penn. This helps ensure that these students really do want to become teachers. Teaching salaries are typically lower than industry jobs, but having June/July/August off makes up for it. Teachers often minor in Coaching or Driver’s Education to supplement their salary. Iowa has a forgivable student loan incentive for shortage areas, which includes Industrial Technology. Students may be able to take advantage of this. There is currently a high demand for Industrial Technology teachers.