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:

Elementary Education BA

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. 

Secondary Education

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, 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 BS

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. 

Education Studies and Human Relations BA

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

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. 

Minors

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.

Why Study at Iowa

With a 10:1 student to faculty ratio, Iowa students enjoy a Big Ten university experience with a small-college feel. Faculty are on a first-name basis with students and our program provides an enriched learning environment that celebrates diversity. 

The College of Education ranks 47th nationally among all public and private colleges and is the 34th best public college of education, according to the U.S. News & World Report's 2021 edition of Best Graduate Schools. 

We are Iowa's STEM leader. Our teachers graduate with a degree in their subject area, making them content experts. We offer a 4+1 program that allows students to graduate in five years with both a bachelor degree in mathematics, biology, chemistry, earth and environmental science, geoscience, physics, or other science major, and the Master of Arts in Teaching.

Because Iowa is home to the world-renowned Iowa Testing Programs, the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education, and the Iowa Reading Research Center, our students have hands-on experience with and learn to excel in assessment, giftedness, and reading literacy.

The Baker Teacher Leader Center provides professional development in high-need areas such as special education instruction, English language learning, social emotional learning, global education and student development, measurement and testing, and teaching. 

Our graduates go on to become world-class leaders, scholars, and innovators in many different facets of education and the helping professions, from teaching to design of learning technologies and educational solutions, educational administration, counseling, higher education and student development, and measurement and testing.

Admission Requirements

Elementary EducationFirst-year students apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and declare Elementary Education Interest as their major. 

Secondary EducationFirst-year students apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and indicate a major in the field they would like to teach.

The elementary education, music education, and education studies and human relations programs offer direct admission to high school students who meet grade and test-score criteria.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Students must first complete 30 semester hours of course work at Iowa or another institution before applying to the program.

Admission also requires completion of 10 hours of pre-admission field experience in a K-12 classroom, submission of an essay, a resume, two letters of recommendation, and agreeing to a criminal history check.

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Student Opportunities

In addition to more than 500 Student Organizations, Iowa students choose from multiple Study Abroad Programs and Undergraduate Research Opportunities.

Careers

Overall, 96 percent of our teacher education graduates are professionally employed. Our science and math teachers are 100 percent professionally employed after graduation. Teaching is one of the few professions offering substantial choices in terms of job location, subject area, schedule, and school type. Salaries vary by region and by school district.

Teacher Education Program and Education Studies and Human Relations BA courses are taught by practicing professionals and scholars who are experts in their fields and who offer students real-world perspective and guidance on careers. 

Our Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs. 

Scholarships

The College of Education, Office of Admissions, and the Office of Student Financial Aid are great resources for students seeking scholarships.

Application Process

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Elementary education
Apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and indicate an interest in elementary education. After admission to the university, you will apply to the Teacher Education Program.

Secondary education
Apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and indicate a major in the field you would like to teach. After admission to the university, you will apply to the Teacher Education Program.

Information

Major(s)
Elementary Education (BA)
Art Education (BA)
English Education (BA)
Mathematics Education (BA)
Music Education (BA)
Science Education (BA)
Social Studies Education (BA)
World Language Education (BA)
Education Studies and Human Relations (BA)
Science Studies (BS)
Minor(s)
Educational Psychology
Human Relations
Teaching Licensure
Elementary, Secondary Levels
Honors Courses
Competitive Admission

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