The Education Learning Community (ELC) provides first-year education majors a residential learning community that supports academic, social, and educational development. ELC participants will have the opportunity to live with other pre-education majors in Innovation House residence hall, and share two of the same classes: EDN 203 Psychological Foundations of Teaching and UNI 101 First-Year Seminar. In addition, students in the ELC will attend seminars together, connect with Watson faculty and staff, and participate in education field experiences prior to being admitted into the Watson College of Education. Students will engage in various activities on and off campus exploring cultural diversity, educational growth, and establish lifelong friendships.

*There is no additional cost associated with the Watson College of Education Learning Community beyond the standard room and board rates. The ELC will be housed in the Tri-House for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Program Goals

  • Provide additional support to students as they transition to college life.
  • Provide academically and culturally enriched experiences that extend beyond the regular college program.
  • Provide opportunities for building an understanding of education's place in a greater social context.
  • Instill a greater awareness of the values and complexity of the teaching profession.

Watson College of Education Learning Community (ELC) provides students with

  • Assistance with the transition to college life
  • Individual support and attention
  • A collaborative culture
  • Educational field experiences during freshman year
  • An environment conducive to academic achievement and social engagement

Fall Semester:

  • Students participate in a common course (UNI- first-year seminar)
  • Students are assigned a peer mentor
  • Students attend extracurricular activities and workshops

Spring Semester:

  • Students participate in a one-credit ELC seminar
  • Students participate in field experience working one-on-one with PreK-12 students
  • Students attend extracurricular activities and workshops