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    How much better would it be to get a teaching degree at Uni than Iowa state or does it not make that big a difference.


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    I'm not so sure it will matter at all. The only thing I can say is the Iowa State University Teacher Education Program is a cluster**** and I'm guessing UNI's teacher ed program is much better organized and probably has better faculty.



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    Last years National Teacher of the Year was an ISU grad.



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    It won't make much of a difference unless you're getting some sort of specialty degree.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Clone5 View Post
    I'm not so sure it will matter at all. The only thing I can say is the Iowa State University Teacher Education Program is a cluster**** and I'm guessing UNI's teacher ed program is much better organized and probably has better faculty.
    How so?

    My girlfriend is currently in the ISU teacher ed program, she really likes it. I don't think it matters at all anymore, my experience with both programs when I was looking into it was that they were almost identical. It will matter more of you and how good your portfolio/resume are.



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    Quote Originally Posted by wxman1 View Post
    How so?

    My girlfriend is currently in the ISU teacher ed program, she really likes it. I don't think it matters at all anymore, my experience with both programs when I was looking into it was that they were almost identical. It will matter more of you and how good your portfolio/resume are.
    There is a lot of turnover right now in terms of faculty coordinators and there are also a lot of changing requirements. There has just been a lot of problems within my area that I doubt UNI struggles with. I'm sure some areas are better than others.



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    According to my wife ISU's teacher eduction program is slowly getting better. It also matter a lot on what you want to teach. Early education (elementary) - UNI has the edge Secondary Ed ISu probably has the edge.

    My wife has a degree in earth/physical science education from ISU. I think her actual science background is probably better because she went to ISU. She also had a couple of method classes that she really loved.



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    I am an ISU grad and I work with UNI grads. I can't say I notice a difference on either side being more prepared/better teachers. Some teachers suck and it doesn't matter where they went to college.



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    Quote Originally Posted by wxman1 View Post
    It will matter more of you and how good your portfolio/resume are.
    This applies in nearly any field. Unless you get a specialty degree, undergrad work doesn't mean much, they just want to know you have a diploma. If you have a solid resume, it will go further for you than anything.



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    I think UNI's program probably has better connections with the different schools, but I don't think it is a huge thing.

    I have a sister who went to UNI to teach math. Another sister is currently at Iowa State for music ed and she picked Iowa State over Wartburg and UNI because she liked the music staff a lot better at Iowa State.



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    I got my teaching degree at ISU. I honestly don't think it makes any difference. I was happy with the program. I know MANY teachers who went to ISU or UNI. They want to see how well you can relate with and help children learn. Not necessarily where you received your degree. PM me if you have any specific questions.


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    As a teacher right now, I've heard from many colleagues and administration alike, that when hiring time roles around, the applications of UNI grads find their way to the top. UNI teachers are better prepared and are MORE prepared than any other teacher. Iowa Core...primarily constructed by UNI graduates...that probably means nothing considering the Core isnt worth **** now that Iowa has given in and adapted National Standards.



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    I graduated from ISU in El Ed and had no problems getting interviews/offers...I have also taught in teams with 8 ISU grads and 1 UNI grad in 2 different districts so it doesn't seem like they are looking to hire UNI grads over ISU grads (of course I teach fairly close to Ames so that may skew things a little)



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cybyassociation View Post
    As a teacher right now, I've heard from many colleagues and administration alike, that when hiring time roles around, the applications of UNI grads find their way to the top. UNI teachers are better prepared and are MORE prepared than any other teacher. Iowa Core...primarily constructed by UNI graduates...that probably means nothing considering the Core isnt worth **** now that Iowa has given in and adapted National Standards.
    I'm calling complete BS on the better prepared and more prepared. That comes down to the teacher, not the curriculum they're taught in college. Most teachers know what they should and shouldn't be doing, the difference is whether they do it, not where they got their degree. I guarantee if I put you in a room and have a bunch of different teachers teach something, you'll have no idea where they taught, but you'll be able to pick the good ones from the ****** ones.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Clone5 View Post
    There is a lot of turnover right now in terms of faculty coordinators and there are also a lot of changing requirements. There has just been a lot of problems within my area that I doubt UNI struggles with. I'm sure some areas are better than others.
    Can you elaborate?


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