Undergraduates can obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in a science/engineering program and combine it with our MAT program. This pathway is our U2G pathway, allowing you to obtain a bachelor’s and master’s in a total of five years by awarding dual credit during your fourth year of study.
The College of Education, in partnership with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, offers students the opportunity to earn their BA in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or Environmental Science plus an MAT in Education in as little as five years (it usually takes six years to achieve both). Through careful planning, many of the courses required by the MAT program can be taken during the undergraduate years, creating an opportunity to focus the fifth year of study on the comprehensive and student teaching requirements.
The 4+1 program is currently available in Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Environmental Science. As the program progresses, other department areas will be added.
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.
Our Teacher Education Program provides diverse experiences with supportive mentors to effectively prepare you for your future classroom.
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Admissions and Application
A student is eligible to apply to the program during their sophomore or junior year if they have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or meet special considerations). Application must include:
- Completed application to the Teacher Education Program
- Two recommendations from University of Iowa faculty.
- A career plan describing how this program will enhance the student's scholarly and or career goals.
- An unofficial transcript of student's prior work.
Students who submit completed applications will be notified within 30 days if they have been accepted in the program. The program accepts a limited number of students each year on a competitive basis. Once accepted into the program the student meets with an advisor to select an advisory committee to plan a course of study.
During the 6th semester, a student in the program who has completed 80 s.h. of undergraduate work and maintained a 3.0 minimum GPA must apply to the Graduate College. The application to the Graduate College must include:
- Letter of application/statement of purpose.
- One additional letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the science major.
- GRE and TOEFL (international student) scores.
Students will be granted cross-credit during the 7th semester and begin paying graduate tuition during the 8th semester until completion of the program. The baccalaureate degree must be conferred at the end of the 8th semester (year 4).