The Elementary Education B.A. program is committed to preparing outstanding K-6 teachers who will truly realize the capabilities of every learner in their future classrooms.

The Elementary Education program emphasizes learning as a human right, and nurtures creative, responsive, and reflective practitioners who challenge their students to become global citizens in a diverse, ever-changing world.


Students can pursue added endorsements to teach these subjects in grades K-8:

  • Art
  • Language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Social science (history or social science)
  • Speech communication/theater
  • Special education

K-12 Athletic Coach, PK-12 Talented and Gifted, 5-8 Middle School, and K-12 English as a Second Language are available as additional approval areas. Please see Elementary Endorsements for more information or contact your advisor.

Program Requirements

Your academic advisor will help guide you through the requirements for degree completion. For a complete list of requirements and courses, please visit the General Catalog here:



Field Experiences

Field experience (broadly defined) is supervised practice in K-12 classroom settings where you apply your knowledge in working with students. In the Teacher Education Program (TEP), these experiences fall into two main categories:

  • Practicum and pre-student teaching experiences include 80-100+ hours (10 hours before admission) in a variety of settings. Most of these curated experiences are associated with required courses and give you experience in a wide range of subject areas. These practicum are completed prior to student teaching.
  • Student Teaching is an immersive, all day, full-semester placement in a school setting for a minimum of 16 weeks. You will be paired with a supportive, cooperating teacher to help you gain real-world experience in classroom management, lesson planning, and teaching. Student teaching is completed during your final semester in the TEP program.

Teacher Leader Certificate

The Teacher Leader Certificate is a professional development program required of all teacher education students prior to student teaching. You’ll complete six workshops (in-person or online) 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. The certificate also includes a community-based volunteer experience. The certificate’s goal is to train teachers that schools need: technology savvy sincere collaborators, with a vested interest in student achievement.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Students must first complete 30 semester hours of course work at Iowa or another institution before applying to the program. Admission also requires completion of 10 hours of Pre-Admission School Field Experience in a K-12 classroom, submission of an essay, resume, two letters of recommendation, and agreeing to a criminal history check.

UPDATE: The 10-hour pre-admission in-school field experience has been suspended for the Spring 2021 admission cycle. 

Plan ahead. Some steps in the application process may take several weeks to complete. Please allow at least 6 weeks to complete and submit your application.

Submit everything by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the faculty. Admission is selective and meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Meeting the priority deadline is highly recommended.

To be admitted for Spring 2021: Priority deadline of October 1, 2020. Final cutoff: December 1, 2020.

To be admitted for Summer or Fall 2021: Priority deadline of March 1, 2021. Final cutoff: May 1, 2021.

Full instructions are available here:

ADmission and application requirements

Iowa’s tuition and fees are among the lowest in the Big Ten. These are the estimated 2020-21 costs of attending the University of Iowa for an undergraduate student enrolled full time (12 or more semester hours) for the fall and spring semesters. These figures include a one-time University Records and Document Fee of $225 for new students.

  • Iowa Residents: $9,830
  • Nonresidents: $31,793

Tuition and fees vary for international students. Tuition and fees for part-time and online students (enrolled for fewer than 12 semester hours per semester) are assessed based on the number of semester hours.

For more information on associated costs of living, please visit the Admissions' finance page. 

There are additional costs for Teacher Education students. Please contact your advisor for information.

Please visit the university's scholarships page for information on scholarships. Numerous college-specific scholarships are available on our college scholarships page.

After completing the TEP course work, students file a student teaching application and professional progress is reviewed to verify readiness for a student teaching experience. Students seeking elementary teaching licensure in Iowa must complete a semester of student teaching and receive a passing score on the edTPA Program Completion Assessment.