Application - Teacher Education Program (TEP)

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.

Application Forms and Submission

Forms

Submission of Application

M.A.T. or M.A.(b) degree program applicants submit these forms online through the Office of Admissions as part of their graduate application

Undergraduate applicants and graduate non-degree applicants submit these forms directly to:
Office of Student Services
The University of Iowa
N310 Lindquist Center
Iowa City, IA 52242-1529


Application Deadlines

Application Requirements & Components

Additional Program Area Application Requirements

Additional Requirement for Certain Transfer Students

Applicants with Bachelor's Degree

Review of Applications and Admission Decisions

Limited Number of Applications Allowed

Graduate Admission Grade Point

Criminal Background Check

Praxis Core, Praxis I or GRE: How to register

International Applicants

Teacher Education Program Policies

Teacher Leader Certificate

Nondiscrimination Statement

Pre-Admission School Field Experience: How to set up

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: March 1 (priority deadline). Applications accepted on a rolling basis until July 1.
  • Spring Semester: October 1 (priority deadline). Applications accepted on a rolling basis until December 1.

Priority Deadline

Students must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program to be able to register for certain courses, to participate in field experiences/practicums and to student teach. The ideal time to apply is at the priority deadline, so that students who are admitted to the program can be cleared for advising and registration in a timely manner.

Applications will only be considered by the faculty when all requirements (including test score minimums) are complete. Faculty of each program area review applicants to their program. Some program areas may reach capacity for acceptance before the final deadlines. Applicants are notified of admission decisions by email following faculty review.

Application Requirements & Components

Teacher Education Program admission is selective and is based on a faculty review of all application components. Meeting the minimum criteria does not ensure program admission. Selection is determined by academic achievement as reflected in grade-point average and test scores, aptitude as reflected by recommendations and personal statements and the ability of the given program area to provide quality instruction and clinical and field experiences.

The following components are required in order to have an application reviewed:

  • Admission to the University of Iowa.
  • Completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours of earned college credit.
  • Grade point average.
    • For undergraduate and post-baccalaureate admission, a cumulative grade-point average of 2.50 is recommended, but not mandatory. (*Grade-point averages of those admitted in October 2016 ranged from 3.97 to 2.55 in the Elementary Teacher Education Program. In secondary programs, grade-point averages of those admitted in October 2016 ranged as follows: Art TEP, 4.04 to 3.00; English TEP, 3.89 to 3.09; Foreign Language TEP, not applicable; Mathematics TEP, 3.48 to 2.92; Music TEP, 3.85 to 2.98; Science TEP, 3.72 to 3.01; Social Studies TEP, 3.64 to 2.58.)
    • For graduate admission, a grade-point average of 3.00 (cumulative on all post-secondary courses or on at least 12 semester hours of graduate courses) is required. (See Graduate Admission Grade Point).
  • Test Scores of Praxis Core, Praxis I or G.R.E. (G.R.E. is required for application to all College of Education graduate degree programs.)
    • Praxis Core Test Designated Institution Score Report with minimum scores: Reading 156, Writing 162 and Mathematics 150; or
    • Praxis I (C-PPST) Designated Institution Score Report with minimum scores: 522 cumulative (an average of 174) and no score below 170 on Reading, Writing and Mathematics tests; or
    • G.R.E. General Test or G.R.E. revised General Test Graduate Institution Report of Scores with minimum scores: Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning composite of 1080 (General Test) or 300 (revised General Test), with 3.0 on the Analytical Writing section.
  • Completion of 10 hours of qualifying school field experience, verified on form, Verification of 10-Hour Pre-Admission School Field Experience. Criteria for the experience and additional information are available on the School Field Experience Verification form. (See Additional information for international applicants.)
  • Transcripts from all colleges attended with evidence of college-level courses taken and grades earned. Submitting transcripts to the UI Office of Admissions is not sufficient. It is not necessary to provide a University of Iowa transcript.
  • Two recommendations.
  • An essay, typewritten on a separate sheet, 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 (Elementary Education, Art Education, English Education, Foreign Language Education, Mathematics Education, Music Education, Science Education, Social Studies Education).
  • A resume, typewritten on a separate sheet, of paid and/or volunteer work experience: include jobs, employers and dates of employment.

Additional Program Area Application Requirements

  • Art Education (K-8 and 5-12):  Twelve semester hours of art and art-history courses completed with a minimum GPA of 3.00.
  • Mathematics Education (5-12):  Successful completion of Calculus I and II with a GPA of 2.5.
  • Music Education (K-8 and 5-12):  Admission to the School of Music, 12 semester hours of music courses completed 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, and 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)
  • Foreign Language (5-12):  Completion of 12 semester hours of courses in language of program.

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

Additional Requirement for Certain Transfer Students

In addition to the other requirements of the application to the Teacher Education Program, applicants who have been enrolled in an education methods course or field experience at another institution are required to submit an additional

Media Folder: 
PDF iconStudent Consent for Release of Records authorizing the College of Education to communicate with the other institution about the applicant's academic performance and professional behaviors.

Applicants with Bachelor's Degree

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 (T.E.P.) Application for Admission, students submit an online application through the Office of Admissions.

  • Undergraduate-level: Most of the teacher education programs of The University of Iowa may be completed for undergraduate credit as a non-degree student. For admission to The University of Iowa, these students submit the undergraduate Nondegree Student application.
  • Graduate-level: Depending on the program, students may have degree-seeking or non-degree program options.
    • Degree-Seeking: Graduate degree programs that include preparation courses for initial teaching licensure are Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) programs in English Education, Foreign Language Education, Mathematics Education, and Science Education; and Master of Arts (M.A.) in Social Studies Education (Program B). For admission to graduate degree programs of The University of Iowa, see Iowa Graduate Admissions.
    • Non-Degree: Students who have not previously been enrolled in a graduate program of The University of Iowa, who would like to complete the teacher education program for graduate credit, but without a degree, submit the Nondegree Graduate Student application.
    • Other Degree Program: Students who are -- or have been previously -- enrolled in another graduate degree program of The University of Iowa should contact Office of Student Services staff for application instructions.

Review of Applications and Admission Decisions

  • Applications are reviewed twice each year: following deadlines of March 1 for summer or fall admission and October 1 for spring admission.
  • Admission to Teacher Education programs is competitive. Meeting the minimum criteria does not ensure program admission.
  • Faculty of each program area (elementary, art, English, foreign language, mathematics, music, social studies, science) review applicants to their program
  • Selection is determined by academic achievement as reflected in grade-point averages and test scores, aptitude as reflected by recommendations and personal statements and the ability of the given program area to provide quality instruction and clinical and field experiences.
  • Applicants are notified of admission decisions by email approximately four weeks after the application deadline.

Limited Number of Applications Allowed

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). Applicants who previously have not been admitted are encouraged to consult with program faculty about their plans to reapply.

Graduate Admission Grade Point

Graduate applications with grade-point average between 2.50 and 3.00 will be considered by program faculty. Program faculty may elect to petition the Graduate College to admit applicants with grade-point averages below 3.00 who demonstrate exceptional promise for graduate study and teaching.

Criminal Background Check

As part of standard admission and field-experience placement procedure, the College of Education requires criminal record checks for students admitted to the Teacher Education Program. The practice of requiring record checks for all students enrolled in the Teacher Education Program developed in response to requirements in the professional practice environment to provide the results of such checks to third parties, schools and other educational agencies, prior to placement in a required field placement, that is, for internship, practicum or student teaching.

Criminal record checks are required only for admitted applicants. Further information and instructions will be sent to admitted applicants with their admission letters. Students admitted to the Teacher Education Program are required – by a set deadline to be announced in the admission letter and at the student's expense -- to initiate a national criminal record check with a third party. While in the Teacher Education Program, typically as a part of application for admission to the student-teaching semester, students will be required to complete a supplemental (second) record check.

At the request of school-district administrators, prior to placement in a required field placement, a student may be directed to provide results of record checks to the school-district administrators who are making a determination whether the student will be accepted for field placement, internship, practicum or student teaching. The student may submit accompanying explanatory material.

Results of record checks do not affect a student's status in the Teacher Education Program. College of Education faculty and staff will review results of record checks to verify completion and for advisory purposes. Students are required to make results available and provide consent for the review.

Anyone convicted of a felony cannot be licensed to teach in the State of Iowa unless the conviction has been successfully appealed.

Praxis Core, Praxis I or GRE: How to register

There are three options for satisfying the testing requirement that is part of the application to the Teacher Education Program: Any of the three tests can satisfy the testing requirement, except that G.R.E. is required for application to all College of Education graduate degree (M.A.T., M.A., and other) programs. Options are:

  • Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Tests (Reading, Writing and Mathematics), Combined Test, Test Code 5750; or
  • Praxis Core (Reading, Writing and Mathematics), Combined Test, Test Code 5751; or
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) revised General Test.

See Application Minimum Requirements for minimum score requirements.

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.

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 located in Coralville, Iowa, at 1303 5th St., Suite 102.

Report 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.

Individual Test Options

Praxis I and Praxis Core tests in reading, writing, and mathematics also may be taken separately:

Praxis I
  • Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test: Reading, Test Code 5710
  • Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test: Writing, Test Code 5720
  • Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test: Mathematics, Test Code 5730
Praxis Core
  • 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

International Applicants

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 and students 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.

Teacher Education Program Policies

Review Teacher Education Program (TEP) policies. TEP policies are subject to change; students are encouraged to maintain regular contact with their TEP advisor.

Teacher Leader Certificate

Students admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) in March 2011 and after are required to complete the requirements of the Teacher Leader Certificate to be eligible for program completion and recommendation for licensure. Requirements of the Teacher Leader Certificate supplement TEP course requirements with: professional learning opportunities, including intensive workshops in key areas of assessment, technology and diversity; other workshops; and a service component. Completion of these requirements does not lead to teaching licensure or endorsement. Requirements of the Teacher Leader Certificate must be completed prior to student teaching. 

Nondiscrimination Statement

The University of Iowa prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual. The university also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to university facilities. For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, the University of Iowa, 202 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA, 52242-1316, 319-335-0705 (voice), 319-335-0697 (TDD), diversity@uiowa.edu.

Pre-Admission School Field Experience: How to set up

Criteria

Applicants to the Teacher Education Program are required to complete a 10‐hour school field experience or its equivalent (which could be paid work), prior to consideration of their application. The experience should meet the following three criteria:

  • in a regular classroom setting in the K‐12 grade range;
  • under the supervision of a licensed teacher; and
  • during the school day.

International applicants are encouraged to complete this experience in a school with a U.S. curriculum.

Where to complete

This field experience may be completed in any school district, including districts near the University of Iowa campus, 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, which is heavily used for other field placements. Information on districts near the University of Iowa campus can be found at on the web at:
http://www.aea10.k12.ia.us/aeadist/index.html.

How to set up

  • Identify a district, look up their phone number, call them and ask how to go about observing/assiting in one of their schools. Some districts may require a criminal background check or have other procedures for approval. Districts near the University of Iowa campus include:
  • Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD): Submit an “Application for Field Experience Placement” to the CRCSD Volunteer Services Office, which will find a placement for you. Contact the Office of Student Services, N310 Lindquist Center, for the CRCSD volunteer application.
  • Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD),(319) 688‐1000: Download the volunteer application on the school district's web page at: http://www.edline.net/pages/ICCSD/Community/Volunteer_Information and submit as directed, and contact a school where you would like to volunteer.
  • Solon Community School District: Visit www.solon.k12.ia.us and search for volunteer information.

Form provided

Please use the form,

Media Folder: 
PDF iconVerification of 10-Hour Pre-Admission School Field Experience to document where, when and with whom the experience was completed.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all materials (including transcripts, test scores and recommendations) are received by the Office of Education Services, N310 Lindquist Center, by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The University of Iowa requests this information for the purpose of processing your application. Persons outside the University are not routinely provided this information except for directory information, such as name and local address. All items are required for consideration of your application.