The application process varies depending on your desired academic path. Please use the options below to apply. 

I want to be a teacher

The Elementary Education program will prepare you to be an outstanding K-6 teacher who will truly realize the capabilities of every learner in your future classroom.

Admission requirements and application instructions are on the BA Elementary Education Program webpage

  1. Apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

    If you're pursuing licensure in an area other than elementary education, you'll begin your time at Iowa as a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) student. To be admitted, you'll need to meet the CLAS admissions requirements* and follow the standard first-year admissions process

  2. Complete 30 s.h. of credit

    Be sure to check and complete the required courses for admission to your desired Teacher Education Program area.

  3. Complete 10 hours of pre-admission field experience

    Field experience will be required for students applying for the Fall 2022 term.

  4. Apply to the Teacher Education Program

    To submit your application, go to and click the "Admissions" tab below the login fields to create your account. Prepare the following documents to submit with your application:

    • Completed verification of 10-hour field experience form
    • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Two recommendations (using Recommendation Form)
    • An essay of no more than 500 words on the following topic: Why, personally and professionally, do you want to be a teacher in the area to which you're applying?
    • An updated resume of paid and/or volunteer work experience

*Additional admissions requirements will apply for students from outside the U.S. or whose native language is not English. 

Application Deadlines

Prepare early. Apply early. Admission is selective. This means we may receive more applications than we have available spots in some programs. The earlier you submit your complete application, the earlier you'll receive your admissions decision.

TEP Application deadline dates
Semester START applications open final deadline
Spring Sep. 1 - Dec. 1 Dec. 1
Summer/Fall Feb. 1  - May 1 May 1

For licensure only and alternative licensure (RAPIL) information, please visit Continuing Education.


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I want to pursue a bachelor's degree but not teaching licensure

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Minor in Educational Psychology

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Minor in Human relations

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I want to earn a graduate degree

Each graduate program has distinct admissions requirements.

Find your area of study and contact your program of interest to find specific application information. In most cases, you will submit your application directly to the Graduate College. 

If you're applying to a graduate program with teacher licensure (MAT), you will also need to complete the 10-hour field experience and course requirements listed above. 

Graduate College Application

View general graduate admissions requirements and start the application process.

Need help?

Please contact us:

Office of Student Services
N201 Lindquist Center