Iowa offers excellent teacher education programs that prepare students to seek licensure to teach at the secondary level (grades 5-12) in art, English, mathematics, music, science, social studies, or a world language.



Iowa offers excellent teacher education programs that prepare students to seek licensure to teach at the secondary level (grades 5-12) in art, English, mathematics, music, science, social science, or a world language.

Why Iowa?

Iowa’s College of Education is well known for offering a high-quality curriculum that provides solid preparation for teaching careers. The college ranks 47th nationally among all public and private colleges and 34th best public college of education, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 edition of Best Graduate Schools. 

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

Through the Baker Teacher Leader Center, Iowa's education students complete additional professional development that sets them apart. Students complete a one-of-a-kind certificate program that provides additional training and skill development in high-need areas such as special education instruction, English language learning, social emotional learning, global education, anti-racist education, research development, and gifted and talented education. 

Iowa also offers undergraduate programs in:

  • Elementary Education (K-6 or K-8)
  • Education Studies and Human Relations (for students interested in a helping profession but who do not wish to pursue classroom teaching)
  • Science Studies (for students considering jobs in informal learning settings such as park naturalist or museum educator, or who want a broad foundation of science knowledge for science teaching)
Admission Requirements

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.

 Information

Major(s)
Art Education
BA
English Education
BA
Mathematics Education
BA
Music Education
BA
Science Education
BA
Social Studies Education
BA
World Language Education
BA
  Teaching Licensure
for teaching grades 5-12
  Competitive Admission
Careers and Outcomes

Overall, 97 percent of our secondary education program graduates are professionally employed after graduation.

Teaching is one of the few professions offering substantial choices in terms of job location. Iowa graduates can be found teaching a variety of subjects in 26 different states and overseas. Salaries vary by region and by school district.

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

Student Opportunities

In addition to more than 500 Student Organizations, Iowa students choose from more than 100 Study Abroad Programs and multiple Undergraduate Research Opportunities.

The College of Education's Teacher Leader Center hosts a variety of workshops to help with student learning.

  Scholarships

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. 

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

Course Work

Students who want to teach at the secondary school level must complete two bachelor degrees: a BA from the College of Education and a bachelor degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) in the primary subject they want to teach.

Iowa provides secondary school teacher preparation programs in seven majors. The following course work is required:

Art Education - Take 48 s.h. from the College of Education and complete CLAS requirements for a BA or a BFA in art.

English Education - Take 41 s.h. from the College of Education and complete CLAS requirements for a BA in English or English and creative writing.

Mathematics Education - Take 42 s.h. from the College of Education and complete CLAS requirements for a BA or a BS in mathematics. 

Music Education - Take a minimum of 44 s.h. from the College of Education and complete CLAS requirements for a BM in music with a performance subprogram of brass/woodwind, jazz, percussion, organ, piano, piano with teacher education, string, or voice. 

Science Education - Take 44 s.h. from the College of Education and complete CLAS requirements for a BA or BS in biology; a BA or BS in chemistry; a BA or BS in environmental sciences; a BA or BS in geoscience; a BA or BS in physics; or a BS in science studies. 

Social Studies Education - Take 39 s.h. from the College of Education and complete CLAS requirements for a BA or BS in anthropology; a BA or BS in economics; a BA or BS in geography; a BA in history; a BA or BS in political science; a BA or BS in psychology; or a BA or BS in sociology, plus 15 s.h. in an additional social studies area.

World Language Education - Take 48 s.h. from the College of Education and complete CLAS requirements for a BA degree in one of the following: Asian languages and literature with a Chinese or Japanese subprogram, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, or classical languages with a Latin language emphasis. 

Course work includes one semester of student teaching and pre-student teaching field experiences in schools. 

Student must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences CLAS Core general education program requirements. 

See Teaching and Learning in the UI General Catalog for detailed information on required course work.