The College of Education offers majors with the Teacher Education Program for students seeking licensure to teach in elementary and secondary schools, as well as a non-licensusre major. 

Application Process for Majors with the Teacher Education Program

Admission to these majors requires admission to the Teacher Education Program

Elementary Education

First-year students interested in majoring in elementary Education should first apply for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and indicate an interest in elementary education. Some first-year students qualify for Direct Admission to the elementary education major; others may apply to the Teacher Education Program when they have earned 30 semester hours of credit. 

Direct Admission to Elementary Education

First-year students who present an ACT composite score of 27 or higher and a high school GPA of 3.8 or higher are offered Direct Admission to the elementary education major. These students complete a 10-hour pre-admission field experience in an elementary classroom, typically in their first semester at Iowa, for admission to the Teacher Education Program. 

Majors for Secondary School Teaching

First-year students interested in majors for secondary school teaching (Art Education, English Education, Mathematics Education, Music Education, Science Education, Social Studies Education, or World Language Education) apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) with a major in the subject they would like to teach, along with Secondary Education Interest. 

Students may apply to the Teacher Education Program when they have earned 30 semester hours of credit and meet other requirements. See Additional Program Area Requirements on the College of Education website. Some first-year students in the School of Music qualify for Direct Admission to Music Education. 

Direct Admission to Music Education

First-year students with a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher who have been accepted into a music studio for a Bachelor of Music performance major in the School of Music and who indicate Secondary Education Interest are offered Direct Admission to Music Education. These students complete a 10-hour pre-admission field experience in an elementary classroom, typically in their first semester at Iowa, for admission to the Teacher Education Program. 

Regular Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Applications to the Teacher Education Program are submitted online through the College of Education. Admission to the Teacher Education Program is competitive.

Students who are not offered Direct Admission to elementary education or music education must earn 30 semester hours of credit before applying to the Teacher Education Program. Some program areas have additional requirements or prerequisites.

Minimum requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program incude admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with an appropriate subject area major and documented completion of a 10-hour pre-admission school field experience. Cumulative GPA is considered and reviewed on an individual basis. 

Selection of candidates for admission is based on a holistic review of students' applications, which include transcripts and cumulative GPA, the 10-hour Pre-Admission School Field Experience Verification Form, two recommendation, an essay, and a resume.

Visit the Application to the Teacher Education Program on the College of Education website for application requirements and procedures. 

Application Process for Non-Licensure Majors

Education Studies and Human Relations

Education Studies and Human Relations is a non-licensure program for students who have goals in a helping profession or in education but do not wish to pursue licensure for classroom teaching. 

First-year students who wish to pursue the Education Studies and Human Relations major follow the First-Year Student Appliation Process and select that major.

Direct Admission to Education Studies and Human Relations

First-year students who present an ACT composite score of 21 or higher and a final high school GPA of at least 3.00 are eligible for Direct Admission to the Education Studies and Human Relations major. Interested students who do not meet the criteria for Direct Admission are encouraged to pursue Regular Admission.

Regular Admission to Education Studies and Human Relations

Students who have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of graded course work at the University of Iowa or another regionally accredited university, college, or community college with a minimum 2.50 GPA are eligible for Regular Admission to the Education Studies and Human Relations major.