The College of Education offers degree and licensure programs for students interested in teaching at the elementary (grades K–6) and secondary (grades 7–12) levels. With a variety of certification areas at the undergraduate, we have the right program for you.

Degree Audit

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

  • specifies which General Education Requirements and requirements for your major you still need to fulfill,
  • indicates which prerequisite courses need to be fulfilled, and
  • monitors other degree requirements including semester hours, GPA, residency requirement, and college-specific regulations.

Transfer Admission to Education Programs

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 and 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.
  • 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 a 10-hour volunteer experience and submitted the signed verification form before the deadline.
  • 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. 

Select your education program

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

Transfer Credit Evaluation

The Office of Admissions evaluates 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.

  • Review our Transfer Policies to find out about calculating your transfer GPA, Iowa's course-repeat policy, and other Iowa transfer policies.
  • 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.
  • Some programs have developed transfer plans for students planning to transfer from select colleges. Review our Transfer Planning Resources for more information. 

Application Deadlines

October 1

Spring Semester


March 1

Fall Semester or Summer Session