The Licensure Only program is open to students who have completed their undergraduate degree and want to pursue licensure to teach English in secondary schools but don’t want to pursue a master’s degree. Generally, students take coursework at the graduate level if they anticipate pursuing a future degree and want to transfer the graduate credit earned in the Licensure Only program.

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.


Admissions and Application

  • Admission to the University of Iowa as an Undergraduate Non-Degree Student
  • Completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours of earned college credit before submitting your application. (Some areas have additional prerequisites.)
  • Documented completion of 10‐hour Pre‐admission School Field Experience. The 10-hour Pre-Admission School Field Experience WILL be required for those applying for Spring 2022 program start. It is our understanding that the state expects these hours to be completed in person in the classroom and not virtually.
  • Transcripts from all colleges attended with evidence of courses taken and grades earned. Please upload UI grade report and transcripts from any other institutions if courses and grades do not show on UI grade report.
  • Two recommendations. Ask recommendation writers to complete the recommendation form. Writers may return the completed forms to you for upload, or send the them directly to the Office of Student Services for attaching to your application. (Some areas have additional requirements.)
  • An essay (doc, docx, pdf) of no more than 500 words, on the topic: Please describe on a personal and professional level why you want to be a teacher, and specifically in the particular program area to which you are applying.
  • A resume (doc, docx, pdf) of paid and/or volunteer work experience, including jobs, employers and dates of employment
  • For undergraduate and post‐baccalaureate admission, cumulative grade-point average is considered and reviewed on an individual basis.