Why 2+2?

Your UNI degree will help you gain respect in the career marketplace and help make you an effective community citizen. Here are a few reasons why UNI's 2+2 program is receiving national recognition.

  • UNI 2+2 receives 2006 Best Practice Award for Collaboration with Community Colleges from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • "By expanding rural Iowan's access to higher education and training teacher for rural Iowa's classrooms, the 2+2 program will continue to play an important part in ensuring that all Iowans receive a first-rate education." Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA). (Waterloo Courier, Aug. 15, 2005.)
  • One Iowa Department of Education goal reads, "Iowan's will pursue higher education that results in an improved quality of life supported by better economic opportunities through high skills employment." (Retrieved Oct. 21, 2005, from www.state.ia.us/educate/ecese/asis/sci/sv/comp_sitevisit_slides_06.ppt#2)
  • To prepare all learners for the 21st century 'means a post secondary credential - diploma, college degree, license, or certificate of employability - for all learners." (The Institute for Tomorrow's Workforce, An Iowa Nonprofit Educational Foundation, 2005. Cochairs: Marvin Pomerantz & Robert Koob, President, UNI.)
  • Four out of ten teachers complete some math and science course at community colleges. (Mary Kay Kickels, President, National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs). (Retrieved Nov. 4, 2005, from www.conferences.icohere.com/aacte)
  • 2+2 is a University-wide project consistent with UNI's Strategic Plan, Goal 3 "to expand the involvement of the University in addressing critical local, state, national, and global needs that also enrich the educational experiences offered by the University."
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks UNI in the top two among public comprehensive universities in the Midwest.
  • The Education Trust names UNI first among peer institutions nationally for overall high performance in graduation rates.


Q: Does an AA degree from DMACC satisfy ALL my general education requirements for UNI?

A: UNI and DMACC have a written agreement that establishes the AA degree as satisfying most of the UNI general education requirements. Students in the 2+2 program will be offered the opportunity to take the required UNI course in non-western cultures at DMACC.

Q: Does admission to UNI automatically admit me to the UNI Teacher Education program?

A: NO! The UNI College of Education has additional requirements, including Praxis Core minimum test scores, application for admission, satisfactory completion of courses in college writing and oral communication, and a minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average.

Q: Will I be able to take all my UNI courses at DMACC?

A: YES! The complete UNI program is offered at the DMACC Ankeny, Boone & Carroll Campuses with some courses taught from UNI utilizing Adobe Connect, Blackboard, or on-site instruction.

Q: Who provides UNI instruction?

A: The entire sequence is taught by regular UNI faculty.

Q: What support services are available to students?

A: All the typical student services are available in this program, including: advising, scholarships, financial aid, library and library resources, student activities and a separate UNI student study area.

​Q: What areas of study are available?

A: The current program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Elementary Education or Elementary Education-Middle Level, with endorsement options in Social Studies, English/Language Arts, Math or Science.