This policy applies only to undergraduate TEP students in the Elementary Education Program at the College of Education.

  

Adding courses

You may add courses after the semester has begun, but only until the deadline for adding courses. Please see the Registrar’s Academic Calendar for the final day for undergraduates to add courses each semester; this deadline is usually the first Monday of the second week of the semester. Summer and winter sessions have other deadlines.

If a course has not yet begun, you may simply add the course on MyUI.

For the first 5 days of classes for a fall or spring semester, students are able to add or change sections or semester hours for semester-length courses on MyUI.

To add a course after the 5th day of the semester, or to add on or after the start date for an off-cycle, summer, or winter session course, print a Change of Registration Form, and have both your academic advisor and the instructor of the course sign it. See the Academic Advising Center website at https://advisingcenter.uiowa.edu/how-adddrop-classes for more information about obtaining the instructor signature. Then submit the signed form to the Registrar’s Service Center, 17 Calvin Hall before the add deadline.

"Off-cycle" courses that start or end at times other than the beginning and end of the semester have add deadlines different from those of semester-long courses. Deadlines for individual courses, including off-cycle courses, may be found at the Registrar's Course Deadlines look-up.

Adding courses after the deadline

The Office of Student Services may grant permission to add a course after the deadline. Students may not register or add individual courses retroactively.

To add a course after the published deadline:

  • Print a Change of Registration Form.
  • Have both your academic advisor and the instructor of the course sign it. 
  • Visit Office of Student Services, N310 Lindquist Center, to request the Associate Dean's signature.
  • Return the completed form to the Registrar’s Service Center, 17 Calvin Hall.

Requesting Excess Hours

Students enrolled in the College of Education Teacher Education Program who are in good academic standing may request permission from Office of Student Services, N310 Lindquist Center, to register for more hours than the maximum allowed. Permission to take excess hours is not guaranteed. Read the guidelines below carefully.

During Early Registration:
You may register for a maximum of 18 semester hours for a spring or fall semester. If you will become eligible to graduate at the close of the following semester or session by adding additional hours, you may meet with the Coordinator of Academic Advising, N310 Lindquist Center to request an exception to the 18 semester hour maximum.

After current semester grades post in MyUI:
You may register for a maximum of 18 semester hours for a spring or fall semester. You may meet with the Coordinator of Academic Advising, N310 Lindquist Center, or email tep-advising@uiowa.edu from your UI email account (include your University ID number and number of hours you are requesting), to request an exception to exceed the 18 semester hour maximum.

Beginning the 6th day of the semester:
If you want to register for more than 18 semester hours, you must bring an add form with advisor and instructor signatures to N310 Lindquist Center to request to exceed the 18 semester hour maximum.

Criteria for granting excess hours

Professional staff in the Office of Student Services may approve excess semester hours based on the following UI and total cumulative grade point average guidelines, however approval for excess hours is not guaranteed.

Permission for 19 hours (fall or spring) requires:

  • 2.0 minimum GPA (academic good standing)
  • Evidence of previous substantial (15+ graded hours) and successful semesters

Permission for 20 hours (fall or spring) requires:

  • 2.5 minimum GPA
  • Evidence of previous substantial (15+ graded hours) and successful semesters

Permission for 21 hours (fall or spring) requires:

  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Evidence of previous substantial (15+ graded hours) and successful semesters

Students may petition for permission to take 22 semester hours or more but such permission is granted rarely and only in very special circumstances.

Students on academic probation will not be given permission for excess hours.

Permission for excess hours is a privilege. If you perform poorly or drop any of your courses, then permission for excess hours may not be granted in a future semester.

Dropping courses

Please note that different deadlines exist for students wishing to drop individual courses or withdraw from an entire semester. Visit the Registrar's Course Deadlines calendar for the exact dates of these deadlines each semester.

For the first 5 days of classes of a fall or spring semester, students (except student athletes and international students) will be able to drop semester-length courses on MyUI. However, students will not be able to drop their only (last) course on MyUI, as that is a Withdrawal of Registration.

To drop a course after the 5th day of the semester, or to drop on or after the start date for an off-cycle, summer, or winter session course, a student may indicate the desire to drop a course from the schedule page on MyUI. The student is then responsible for contacting their academic advisor to obtain authorization to drop the course. The academic advisor will not be notified automatically of the drop request. Instructor permission is not required to drop courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Please note, all authorizations must be obtained by 4:30 pm on the course deadline date. After the required authorizations have been obtained, the student is notified and must log in to MyUI to complete the drop process by 11:59 pm on the deadline to drop the course.

  • Alternatively, a student may print a paper Change of Registration Form, have it signed by their academic advisor, then submit the signed form to the Registrar’s Service Center, 17 Calvin Hall, by 4:30 pm on the deadline to drop the course. Paper forms are encouraged for situations in which adding and dropping should be completed simultaneously.

Students who fail to attend a class are NOT, in most cases, dropped from the course automatically. All students wishing to drop a course must obtain the necessary authorizations as described above. Only under special conditions may an instructor drop a student from a course.

Instructor's option to drop for nonattendance. In rare cases, the instructor may drop any student who has not attended the class during the first eight calendar days of the fall or spring semester (or during the first two calendar days of the winter session, or during the first four days of the four-week, six-week, eight-week, or twelve week summer sessions)—unless the student has offered acceptable reasons for beginning the course late. Students dropped for nonattendance do not receive a “W." The Registrar’s Service Center notifies each student dropped from a course, along with the student's advisor. Students should not assume that they have been dropped automatically from a course because they have not attended it.

Dropping a course without a “W”
You may drop courses after the semester has begun; the first drop deadline generally occurs by the first Monday of the second week of classes for semester-length courses. This deadline is labeled as “Last day for undergraduates to add courses or drop courses without a W”, or "Last day to drop without a 'W'". Courses dropped by this deadline will not be visible on your transcript.

Dropping a course with a “W”
The second deadline to drop a course, listed as “Last day to drop without dean’s approval, undergraduate”, or "Last day for undergraduates to drop individual semester-length courses" is usually on the Monday of the tenth week of the semester for semester-length courses. Courses dropped during this period remain on your transcript with a mark of W, indicating that you have dropped the course. This is the final drop deadline.

Dropping an “off-cycle” course
Off-cycle courses, courses that start or end at times other than the beginning and end of the semester, have drop deadlines different from those of semester-length courses. Deadlines for individual courses, including off-cycle courses, may be found at the Registrar's Course Deadlines look-up.

Requesting to drop a course after the deadline
For a College of Education course, you should meet with the Coordinator of Academic Advising, N310 Lindquist Center, to discuss your request. Approval to drop College of Education courses after the final drop deadline (listed as the “last day to drop without dean’s approval, undergraduate” or "last day for undergraduates to drop individual semester-length courses") may be granted only with documentation of extenuating circumstances (such as a serious illness or a crisis beyond the student's control).