In addition to the ongoing need for K-12 teachers, there is a growing need for trained education and human relations professionals.
The field of education provides abundant career opportunities. In addition to the ongoing demand for K-12 teachers, there is a growing need for trained education and human relations professionals.
The College of Education offers the following undergraduate programs:
A degree in Elementary Education prepares students for licensure to teach Kindergarten through Grade 6 and includes opportunities to specialize in additional teaching areas (added endorsements) for Kindergarten through Grade 8.
Students who plan to teach at the secondary level must complete requirements for two bachelor degrees: a bachelor of arts from the College of Education and a bachelor degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a major in the primary subject they want to teach. Majors offered are:
- Art Education (K-12)
- English Education
- Mathematics Education
- Music Education (K-12)
- Science Education
- Social Studies Education
- World Language Education
Elementary and secondary options for specialization (added endorsements) include reading, mathematics, physical education, Social Sciences (5-12), and special education, as well as programs for athletic coach (K-12), English as a second language (K-12), middle school (5-8), and talented and gifted (PK-12). Additional education or content area courses and/or field experiences may be required.
Science Studies majors gain substantial knowledge in two or more science subjects: biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science. Courses provide experience in the application of scientific knowledge to education and society, and students learn about cultural, historical, and philosophical perspectives on science. Teacher Education Program admission is not required.
This multidisciplinary major prepares students who do not wish to pursue K-12 classroom teaching for a career in education or counseling-related fields. The program provides strong academic preparation, including critical-thinking and interpersonal communication skills, for a wide variety of education-related careers or graduate study.
Course work for elementary education and secondary-level majors includes one semester of student teaching as well as pre-student teaching field experiences in schools.
All Education students must satisfy the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE Core general education requirements.
View the minor in educational psychology (Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations) and the minor in human relations (Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education) in the UI General Catalog to learn more.
First-year students must meet the admission requirements of a College of Education major, and the admission requirements of the College of Education (the same high school course and Regent Admission Index (RAI) requirements that are required for College of Liberal Arts and Sciences).
First-year students are admitted to the Elementary Education major if they meet the admission requirements of the College of Education. Requirements for progression into the Teacher Education Program are embedded into Elementary Education courses.
First-year students who would like to teach in secondary schools (grades 5-12 or K-12) apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for a major in the main subject they would like to teach (for example, Biology, or Spanish) and "secondary education interest" as a second major. Students may apply to the Teacher Education Program and education major (for example, Science Education, or World Language Education) when they have earned 30 semester hours of credit and completed prerequisite courses.
Direct Admission to Music Education: First-year students who want to become music teachers apply to "music interest" as their first major, and "secondary education interest" as a second major. They complete a supplemental application and audition for the School of Music. Students who are admitted and who have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher may be offered early admission to Music Education. Students who are offered early admission apply to the Teacher Education Program -- requiring 10 hours of pre-admission school field experience and an essay -- in their first semester. Students who do not gain early admission may apply to the TEP later, as described under Secondary Education.
Education Studies and Human Relations
First-year students with ACT composite score of 21 or higher (waived for students entering Fall 2022) and a final high school GPA of at least 3.00 are eligible for Direct Admission to Education Studies and Human Relations. First-year students who do not meet requirements for admission to the major may declare Education Studies and Human Relations Interest in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and later apply for Regular Admission to the major.
Regular Admission is available to students who have completed a minimum of 12 s.h. of graded course work at the University of Iowa and who have a UI Cumulative GPA of at least 2.50.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.