The Office of Student Services coordinates the procedures for admission to programs in the College of Education at both the Undergraduate and Graduate levels. Either the College of Liberal Arts or the Graduate College governs all programs. The application process, therefore, involves application to the College of Liberal Arts or Graduate College in addition to the College of Education. The Office of Admissions can provide information on admissions procedures.


Teacher Education Program Admission Requirements and Application Procedure

Office of Student Services



PDF iconRecommendation form for Applicant to a Teacher Education Program (PDF)

PDF iconStudent Consent for Release of Records for transfer students (PDF)


Under the direction of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, the University of Iowa requires that applicants to the Teacher Education Program meet minimum scores on an approved test in order to be admitted into the program. Undergraduate and post‐baccalaureate undergraduate applicants may submit qualifying scores on either the Praxis Core or Graduate Record Examination. (Applicants who took the old Praxis I test may submit qualifying scores provided they can still be officially reported.) Graduate program applicants must submit qualifying scores on the Graduate Record Examination.

Plan Ahead

For computer-delivered testing allow at least one month from test date for score reports to reach score recipients. Appointments for computer-delivered testing should be made well in advance -- a month or more -- of the desired testing date.

Free Test Prep Available for Praxis Core

The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators program is collaborating with Khan Academy to make a new, free, online prep resource available that focuses on building the content skills teacher candidates need to succeed in the educator preparation and licensure process. Khan Academy Official Praxis Core Prep helps teacher candidates identify their strengths and weaknesses, as well as remediate their skill gaps. They can also create study plans to fit their busy schedules. This resource is completely free for anyone.

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Test Sites

Tests may be taken wherever they are offered in the United States or around the world.

The computer-delivered testing site nearest to The University of Iowa campus is:

 Prometric Testing Center #3305
1089 Longfellow Dr.
Hiawatha, IA 52233.

Reporting Scores

At registration, be sure to select score recipients. Search Iowa score recipients and select:

  • Praxis: "Univ of Iowa Education," score recipient code 6681;
  • GRE: "Univ Iowa," score recipient code 6681. For the Department code, use any code in Education or use Education-other.

Score reports ordered after testing cost an additional fee.

Registration and Other Information

Visit Educational Testing Service (E.T.S.) for:

  • Online registration
  • Test Preparation
  • Disability Accommodation
  • Fees, Fee Waivers, Fee Reduction
  • Test Rescheduling or Cancellation
  • Policies on Re-taking Tests
  • Test formats

Test Selection and Required Scores

Praxis Core

Praxis Core (Reading, Writing and Mathematics) Combined Test, Test Code 5751: Minimum Scores Required: Reading, 156; Writing, 162; Mathematics, 150.

Note: Tests may also be taken separately (Core Academic Skills for Educators Reading, Test Code 5712; Core Academic Skills for Educators Writing, Test Code 5722; Core Academic Skills for Educators Mathematics, Test Code 5732).

Praxis I

Applicants who took the Praxis I test before it was discontinued in 2013 may still submit those scores provided they can be verified by the Office of Student Services (contact us for more information). Minimum required scores are a 522 cumulative score and no score below 170 on Reading, Writing and Mathematics tests.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

GRE General Test or GRE Revised General Test: Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning composite of at least 1080 (General Test) or 300 (Revised General Test), with minimum of 3.0 on the Analytical Writing section.

Under the direction of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, the University of Iowa requires that applicants to the Teacher Education Program complete, document and submit a qualifying 10‐hour school field experience prior to consideration of their application. The field experience may be completed in any school district, including districts near the University of Iowa, as well as those in other communities and other states. Due to the large number of student‐teaching and practicum placements in the local area, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete this field experience outside of the immediate area.

The experience must fit the following parameters:

  • Completed in a classroom setting in the grade range and subject area of the program to which you are applying (K‐6 or 5‐12)
  • Completed in a state‐approved school and under the supervision of a licensed teacher
  • Completed during regular in‐session hours of the school’s standard school year
  • Completed following the applicant’s high‐school graduation

(Experiences that do NOT qualify include work in preschools, day cares, Sunday school, before‐ and after‐school programs, extracurricular activities and tutoring. However, work in the school for which an applicant was paid – such as paraprofessional work – may qualify so long as it meets the other criteria.)

Applicants are responsible for identifying a school district in which to complete this experience, contacting the district and following the protocol of the district for volunteers. The University of Iowa College of Education cannot set up this experience for you or provide any documentation to the school district beyond the verification form. International applicants are encouraged to complete this experience in a school with a U.S. curriculum.

The PDF icon10‐Hour Pre‐Admission School Field Experience Verification Form must be used to document this experience; applicants are welcome to submit more than one verification sheet but must fill out all required information on each sheet submitted.

Art Education (K‐8 and 5‐12)

  • Completion of 12 semester hours of art and art‐history courses with a minimum GPA of 3.00

Elementary Education (K-6)

  • At least one recommendation from a college/university instructor

Foreign Language (5‐12)

  • Completion of 12 semester hours of course in language of program

Mathematics Education (5‐12)

  • Completion of Calculus I and II with a minimum GPA of 2.50

Music Education (K‐8 and 5‐12)

  • Admission to the School of Music
  • Completion of 12 semester hours of music courses with a minimum GPA of 3.00 in music courses

English Education (5‐12)

  • At least one recommendation from an English professor, preferably from the University of Iowa
  • Completion of or in the process of completing the following courses:
    • English Majors
      • ENGL:2010:Foundations of the English Major
      • ENGL:201*: Reading and Writing About … (Novel, Short Stories, Drama, Essay, Poetry)
      • A course in American Lit (ENGL 24**/34**/4001/4005)
      • A course in British Lit (ENGL 23**/33**/4002/4006)
    • English and Creative Writing Majors
      • ENGL:2010 Foundations of the English Major
      • ENGL:2020 Foundations of Creative Writing
      • A course in American Lit (ENGL 24**, 34**/4001/4005)
      • A course in British Lit (ENGL 23**/33**/4002/4006).


Complete information about requirements and course content of Teacher Education Program areas can be found in our Program Guides.

In addition to the other requirements of the application to the Teacher Education Program, applicants who have been enrolled in education courses with a field‐experience component at another institution must submit the PDF iconStudent Consent for Release of Records form, authorizing the College of Education to communicate with the other institution about the applicant’s academic performance and professional behaviors.

Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree may have undergraduate‐level or graduate‐level options to pursue a Teacher Education Program. In addition to submission of the Teacher Education Program application materials, students submit an online application through the University of Iowa Office of Admissions.  

All Teacher Education Programs may be completed for undergraduate credit as a non‐degree student. For admission to the University of Iowa, applicants for this submit the Undergraduate Non‐Degree Student Application.

Some secondary Teacher Education Programs may have graduate degree‐seeking (M.A.T.) or non‐degree program options. For admission to graduate degree programs, applicants visit UI Graduate Admissions. Applicants who wish to complete a secondary Teacher Education Program for graduate credit, but without a degree submit the Graduate Non‐Degree Student Application

Teacher Education Programs of the University of Iowa are approved preparation programs for teaching in the state of Iowa and provide good preparation for teaching elsewhere in the United States. Successful applicants will have strong oral English‐language competency and demonstrate knowledge of or ability to adapt to the culture of U.S. schools. For non‐native speakers of English, TOEFL is required for consideration of an application if the applicant has not completed a degree at a college or university where English is the language of instruction. International applicants are encouraged to complete the 10‐Hour Pre‐Admission School Field Experience in a school that offers a U.S. curriculum. International applicants must meet the stated minimum scores on the admission test.

The Elementary Teacher Education Program and the Music Teacher Education Program currently offer a Direct Admission path for qualified applicants upon graduation from high school. Direct Admission candidates must meet certain high‐school GPA and ACT score requirements in order to be identified for this path. Once identified, Direct Admission candidates must submit qualifying Praxis Core scores and qualifying 10‐Hour Pre‐Admission School Field Experience verification by a date to be established, and must meet other requirements of the program area.

Applicants who are not admitted may reapply no more than twice (total of three applications) and to reapply must have substantive change in application (such as a higher grade‐point average, new recommendations or more hours of volunteer experience). This applies only to applicants whose application files have been reviewed by the faculty of a program; incomplete applications are not counted toward the three attempts. Applicants who have previously been denied by the faculty are encouraged to consult with the program area coordinator about their plans to reapply.