The BA program in Social Studies Education prepares students to teach history and the social sciences in grades 5 through 12. Course offerings examine global perspectives, multicultural education, education for democratic citizenship, and social justice issues.

Students earn two degrees: a bachelor of arts from the College of Education, and a bachelor's degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Your academic advisor will help guide you through the requirements for degree completion.


For a complete list of requirements and courses:

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Admissions and Application

Students interested in the Social Studies Education program typically apply to the College of Education during the second semester of their sophomore year.

  • Admission to the University of Iowa
  • 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. 
    1. The Iowa City Community School District has indicated they will allow students to do in-person observations for the 10 hour pre-admission observations during the Fall 2021 semester.  This is a change in policy from earlier, so if you previously contacted the ICCSD and were told you could not observe in-person, you can check again.
    2. Your observation hours can be done virtually.  You can contact the ICCSD Online school by emailing Principal Luke Dillon ( if you would like to try and set up online observation hours with the ICCSD Online school.
    3. Your observation hours could be completed in your hometown school or another school you are familiar with either in-person or virtually.  It may be easier to set up an observation with a teacher you already know. 
    4. There are several school districts within driving distance of Iowa City you could also check with to set up an in-person or virtual observation.

    Please keep in mind, you must do the observation hours in an accredited school district and at the grade level you intend to study to teach.  If you have questions, please contact the Office of Student Services at

  • 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
  • 9 s.h. in content-area courses with a minimum GPA of 3.00, as follows:
    • 3 s.h. coursework with prefix HIST
    •  6 s.h. of additional coursework with prefixes ANTH, ECON, GEOG, HIST, POLI, PSY, or SOC.

To submit your application, go to the TK20 application portal and follow the provided directions. We recommend using Google Chrome, so please check your current browser information.

Create your account:

  • Click to open the “Admissions” tab at bottom. Then click on “Click here to create your account” at very bottom. DO NOT enter “username” and “password” if this is your first visit to the site.
  • Provide the required information in “Create Applicant Account” using your UI email, then click “Submit.”

After you've created your account (or signed in):

  • Click on “Applications” in the left side menu.
  • From the drop-down menu at top of page, select the appropriate application for your program and click “Next”
  • Complete the application
  • If you need to stop before your application is complete, click “Save” at the bottom of the form and then click “Close.” DO NOT SUBMIT until your application is complete.
  • When the application is complete, click the green “SUBMIT” button at the bottom of the form. You cannot make any changes to the application once you SUBMIT the application.

After you submit your application you will receive a notification from the Office of Student Services that either:

  • Your application is complete and will be reviewed by the admissions committee, or
  • Your application is incomplete. Please submit the following items.

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Please review the requirements and supplemental documents above before starting.

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