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-licensure major. 

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.

Transfer students who have earned 30 semester hours of credit may apply to the Teacher Education Program and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the same time. Some program areas have additional requirements or prerequisites. 

Minimum requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program include admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with an appropriate subject area major and documented completion of a 10-hour pre-admission K-12 field experience. Cumulative grade-point average (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 recommendations, an essay, and a resume. 

Applicants who have been enrolled in education courses with a field-experience component at another institution must also provide 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. 

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

English Proficiency Requirement

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

Application Process for Majors with the Teacher Education Program

Admission to these majors requires admission to the Teacher Education Program. Transfer students follow the Transfer Student Application Process and apply for admission to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.​

Elementary Education: Transfer students interested in the Elementary Education major should first apply for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and indicate the Elementary Education Interest major. 

Majors for secondary school teaching: Transfer students interested in a major 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) and indicate a major in the subject they would like to teach along with Secondary Education Interest. 

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

Visit Teacher Education Program Application and Admission for deadlines to apply to the Teacher Education Program. 

Application Process for Non-Licensure Majors

Education Studies and Human Relations is a non-licensure major for students who have goals in a helping profession or in education but do not wish to pursue licensure for classroom teaching. Transfer students interested in this major follow the Transfer Student Application Process and apply for 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. 

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
  • 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.