To teach elementary students, major in elementary education. To teach in secondary schools, major in the field you would like to teach (English, Spanish, math, etc.) and complete the Teacher Education Program in that area to earn licensure.

  • Elementary Education—Students interested in majoring in elementary education should apply to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and indicate an interest in elementary education.
  • Secondary Education—Students interested in secondary education should apply to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and indicate a major in the field they would like to teach.

Admission Requirements

Admission to teacher education programs is competitive. Transfer student admission requirements may vary by program and are based on demand and faculty availability. To be considered for admission to a teacher education program, an undergraduate student must have met the following criteria:

  • Been admitted to the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts & Sciences with the appropriate subject area major
  • Attained sophomore standing (completed at least 30 semester hours) prior to the semester during which application for admission to the Teacher Education Program is made
  • For undergraduate and post-baccalaureate admission, a cumulative grade-point average of 2.50 or higher is recommended, but not mandatory, on all college course work as well as on course work completed at the University of Iowa (some secondary teaching programs may have higher admission GPA and semester-hour standards).Completed the Application for Admission to a Teacher Education Program, and submitted all of the required materials
  • Completed the Application for Admission to a Teacher Education Program, and submitted all of the required materials
  • Completed a 10-hour volunteer experience and submitted the signed verification form before the deadline
  • Submitted a cumulative score of at least 522 on the reading, writing, and mathematics portions of the Praxis I exam (an average score of 174 on each component), with a minimum score of 170 for each component, by the application deadline. Sufficient scores on the GRE are accepted as an alternative to taking the Praxis I; see Praxis I or GRE
  • Applicants who have been enrolled in education courses with a field-experience component at another institution must submit the Student Consent for Release of Records form, authorizing the College of Education to communicate with the other institution about the applicant's academic performance and professional behaviors. 

English Proficiency Requirement

Applicants whose first language is not English also must meet the university's English Proficiency Requirements.

Application Process

All students must apply and be admitted to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences to be eligible to apply to the Teacher Education Program.

Application Deadlines

Deadlines to apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:

  • April 1—for Fall Semester
  • October 15—for Spring Semester (October 1 for international applicants)
  • April 1—for Summer Session

Deadlines to apply to the Teacher Education Program:

  • October 1—for spring
  • March 1—for summer or fall

Degree Audit

When you are admitted, a Degree Audit will become part of your Admissions Profile in MyUI. The audit:

  • specifies which General Education Program Requirements you still need to fulfill,
  • indicates (for pre-business, pre-nursing, and pre-pharmacy students) which prerequisite courses necessary for applying to the respective colleges need to be fulfilled, and
  • monitors other degree requirements including semester hours, GPA, residency requirement, and college-specific regulations.

Credit Evaluation

The Office of Admissions evaluates transfer courses on General Education Program requirements, as well as a number of courses applicable to the requirements of your major. Your major department makes decisions about how the rest of your transfer courses apply toward the requirements for your major.

Course Equivalency Guide

Search the Transfer Equivalency Guide for commonly transferred courses offered at other Iowa institutions and our major out-of-state transfer colleges. The system is designed for prospective students who want to know how courses will transfer to Iowa and for UI students who plan to take courses at other institutions in the summer or at other times.