Admission Requirements

There are three paths to admission to the Elementary Teacher Education Program: regular, direct, and special consideration.

Regular (Traditional) Admission

  • As a University of Iowa student, once you have completed the following requirements you can apply to the Teacher Education Program in the College of Education.
  • Completion of 30 semester hours of earned college credit.
  • UI cumulative and overall cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • Required test scores of Praxis I, Praxis Core, or G.R.E.
  • Completion of 10 hours of qualifying volunteer experience

Direct Admission

  • The College of Education also offers direct admission into the Elementary Teacher Education Program. This means you can start your program as a first-year student. First-year student who present an ACT composite score of 27 or higher and a high school GPA of 3.8 or higher are eligible for the direct admission track into the Elementary Teacher Education Program.

Teacher Education Program (TEP) Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: March 1 (priority deadline). Applications accepted on a rolling basis until July 1.
  • Spring Semester: October 1 (priority deadline). Applications accepted on a rolling basis until December 1.

Admission Requirements and Application Process

Please allow at least 6 weeks to complete your application materials.

Review of Applications and Admission Decisions

  • Applications are reviewed twice each year: following deadlines of March 1 for summer or fall admission and October 1 for spring admission.
  • Admission to Teacher Education programs is competitive. Meeting the minimum criteria does not ensure program admission.
  • Faculty of the Elementary Education Program review applicants to their program.
  • Selection is determined by academic achievement as reflected in grade-point averages and test scores, aptitude as reflected by recommendations and personal statements and the ability of the given program area to provide quality instruction and clinical and field experiences.
  • Applicants are notified of admission decisions by email approximately four weeks after the application deadline.