Graduate Assistantships and Grants

Undergraduate Students should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid

A limited number of scholarships and awards are available through the College of Education Scholarships and Awards program.

Teach Grant

An MA or MAT student in Developmental Reading, Foreign Language/ESL Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education or Special Education is eligible to apply for a TEACH grant.  The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $4,000 per year ($8,000 total) in grants for graduate students in exchange for four years of teaching in a low-income school.  Last year there were 965 schools in Iowa that qualified as low-income schools.  Should you apply for and receive TEACH grant monies and fail to complete four years of teaching in a designated school, your grant money converts to an unsubsidized federal direct loan with interest from the date of disbursement.

If you are interested in additional information, visit the Federal Student Aid TEACH Grant Program website or contact The University of Iowa Office of Student Financial Aid, 208 Calvin Hall, 

Graduate Assistantships

A variety of graduate teaching and research assistantships are awarded in the College of Education each year.  Most appointments are for nine months beginning with the start of the academic year.  Some appointments are for summer sessions only.  Appointments are usually made in late spring for the coming academic year.  Applicants should request application information to the contact below for each individual assistantship position.

Applicants should check directly with individual programs or departments for positions that may not be advertised below.  All open assistantship opportunities must also be advertised on the Graduate Assistantship Bulletin Board.

Living-Learning Community

Applicants should 1) be a graduate student in the Department of Teaching and Learning, 2) possess strong organization skills and creativity, and 3) be motivated to assist students who have an interest in education.

The College of Education supports a living-learning community (LLC) for first and second year students who have indicated an interest in the elementary major or a secondary-level teaching endorsement program. Incoming students will have the advantage of living in a community that supports their career aspirations and academic/social transition to campus life. Experience gained in the living-learning community can help the student determine goals, interests and commitment to careers in teaching. Admittance to the LLC does not secure admittance to the Teacher Education Program. There will be a limit of 50 students admitted to this living-learning community.

Graduate students interested in this assistantship may obtain an application in N258 Lindquist Center.

The Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development

Graduate assistantships at the Belin-Blank Center include:

  • Research
  • Professional Development
  • Program development for pre-college students
  • Assessment and counseling

In addition to assistantships for the academic year, the Belin-Blank Center provides a number of assistantships for summer sessions. 

Rehabilitation and Counselor Education

The Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education offers half-time and quarter-time graduate, teaching and research assistantships in:

  • Counselor Education
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • School Counseling
  • Student Development Program in Postsecondary Education 

Education Technology Center

Graduate assistants in the Education Technology Center:

  • Teach "Technology in the Classroom" and other basic technology courses
  • Provide user assistance in computer labs
  • Work on technology projects for the College of Education

Half-time, quarter-time and one-eighth time assisantships are available.

Educational Policy and Leadership Studies

Graduate assistantships in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies include:

  • Research and clinical assistance in EPLS Research Lab
  • Research assistantships in higher education, social foundations and educational administration
  • Teaching assistantships for the course "Human Relations for the classroom Teacher" 

Iowa Testing Programs

Graduate assistantships with the Iowa Basic Skills Testing Program and the Iowa High School Testing Program within Iowa Testing Programs include:

  • Assisting the directors of the programs in test development, reliability and validity studies
  • Data analysis
  • Occasional consulting with teachers in schools that participate in these testing programs

Preference is given to Ph.D. students in Measurement and Statistics

Psychological and Quantitative Foundations

The Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations offers teaching and research assistantships in:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Measurement & Statistics
  • Counseling Psychology
  • School Psychology 

Student Field Experiences

Student Field Experiences has assistantships to:

  • Supervise elementary student teachers

Applicants need to have completed a certification program in the United States and have at least 3 years of appropriate teaching experience.

Teaching and Learning

Most graduate assistantships in the Department of Teaching and Learning require prior completion of a teacher certification program and appropriate related experience.  Graduate assistantships in Teaching and Learning programs involve:

  • Teaching sections of undergraduate courses under supervision of faculty
  • Supervising student teachers and conducting student teaching seminars
  • Supervising practicum students
  • Assisting in preparation of instructional materials
  • Assisting in faculty research and grant activities

Programs in Teaching and Learning include Elementary Education, Art Education, English Education, Developmental Reading, Foreign Language Education, Foundations, Language, Literacy and Culture, Mathematics Education, Music Education, Science Education, Social Studies Education and Special Education. 

Special Graduate Assistantships (SGA)

Recipients assist the College of Education faculty in research and other scholarly activity in a field related to the student's interests.  Students from all education program areas may apply.  Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. Special Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Diversity Scholarship

Graduate College

One year fellowships administered by the Graduate College for entering minority graduate students.  Nominations are made by graduate programs.


Information regarding current rates of pay for assistantships

Graduate Assistantship Policies