Is The University of Iowa accredited?
Yes. The University of Iowa is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Can I apply if my GPA is less than 3.0?
Yes, however you will be asked for additional information for your application to be considered as an exception to the University of Iowa Graduate College standard.

Will my degree indicate that I completed course work online?
No, the expectations of graduates from this program are no different than any other graduate from the University of Iowa. The only difference is in the method of program delivery.

Does this program offer licensure in Iowa or any other state?
No, this program does not offer licensure in Iowa or any other state. Graduates of this program can complete most of the necessary coursework to obtain the Iowa K-12 STEM Education Specialist endorsement (see program requirements). Candidates seeking the endorsement will need to complete additional coursework before applying to the Iowa BOEE. The Iowa K-12 STEM Education Specialist endorsement is a State of Iowa Endorsement only.

What can I do with this degree?
Teachers, instructional leaders, and curriculum developers will gain new skills in the specific context of STEM education that they can apply directly within their classroom, building, and district. This program is also appropriate for professionals who need advanced STEM educational training such as professionals in community programs, content creation and publishing, and education advocacy.

Is the GRE or any other examination required?
No, the GRE or other test scores are not required.

I have a bachelor’s degree, but did not complete a teacher education program as an undergraduate. Will this program qualify me for licensure, or how do I get licensure?
This program does not lead to teacher licensure. In order to obtain initial teaching licensure, you need to complete a state-approved Educator Preparation Program.

Can I take the courses out of sequence or start at a later date?
This program is designed to allow maximum flexibility. All students will begin the program in the STEM Research & Leadership seminar to build a strong foundation, then students will choose which courses they want to take based on interest and availability. Sessions start five times each year allowing students to step out for life events if needed. The capstone course will be the final course.

How will I enroll in the courses?
Upon acceptance you will receive specific instructions about online registration, and your Enrollment Specialist or Academic Advisor will be available to walk you through the process so that you can focus on preparing for the course work.

Can transfer credits from another college/university apply toward program requirements?
Yes, up to 12 semester credit hours of graduate course work can be transferred if approved by the program director in conjunction with the faculty lead for the course being substituted. Candidates seeking transfer credits must provide a syllabus for the course completed to be used for the course review process. Official transcripts will also be required for any institution where transfer credits were earned.

How are the courses delivered?
All courses are delivered entirely online through Canvas.

How much will this program cost?
The program cost includes tuition and a technology fee. The tuition is $522. The technology fee is assessed based on the number of credit hours a student is enrolled each semester, and is approximately $248.50 for students taking 9+ credit hours (total, not per credit hour); $186.50 for students taking 4-8 credit hours, and $124.25 for students taking 1-3 credit hours in a semester. Tuition and technology fees are reviewed each year and may change during the time a student is enrolled in the program. The university also assesses a one-time $225 documents and records fee for all students on the first bill.

Do I qualify for financial aid?
Students who want to apply for financial aid should complete and submit the FAFSA as early as possible. The University of Iowa Office of Student Financial Aid will work with students to determine options for funding university coursework based on FAFSA results.

What services and support do I have access to as an online student?
Students admitted and enrolled in program course work are supported through program advisement and financial aid services, and have access to the University of Iowa Library Services and IT support services.

Library services include:

  • Remote access to UI Libraries’ subscription databases and research collections
  • Research assistance by phone, email, or online meeting
  • Book delivery (within US)
  • Scanning and delivery of articles and book chapters
  • Resource guides and recommendations for research tools

What are the technology requirements?
Online students have access to free software and technical assistance to ensure they meet the minimum system and connection requirements. Please visit the Distance and Online Education Technical Support page for more information.