Both the undergraduate and graduate Teacher Education Programs are committed to attracting the very strongest candidates for teaching. To meet the needs of our teacher candidates, we have developed a rich and coherent curriculum in teacher preparation that combines academically challenging course work with a range of carefully selected professional field experiences. Students will work hard once they enter the program, and our expectations concerning students' academic performance and professional growth are quite high. Therefore we have developed the following requirements for Teacher Education Program students.

Academic Policies

Teacher Education Program Policies and Reminders:

Every student admitted to the Teacher Education Program is responsible for reading and understanding program policies. Teacher Education Program policies are subject to change; candidates are encouraged to maintain regular contact with their TEP advisor. For Teacher Education Program policy questions, contact the Office of Student Services, N310 Lindquist Center, 319-335-5359.

Once admitted, candidates should be sure their primary University of Iowa major reflects their Teacher Education Program major or they may not be able to register for restricted courses.

Any student admitted to the Teacher Education Program who does not validate their UI admission within one year or any student who begins classes and is not enrolled for 12 months consecutively will need to reapply to the Teacher Education Program and meet any new application requirements, and may be required to repeat certain course work and field experiences. Those who do not start their Teacher Education Program in the semester following the admission notice must contact Stacy Ervin, N310 Lindquist Center, 319-335-6251, stacy-ervin@uiowa.edu. It is possible that students would be asked to reapply if there is a two-semester delay to starting the program.

Course Requirements, Progression, and Expiration

Program Faculty may deny registration for Teacher Education Program (TEP) Core Courses to students who receive a grade below "C-," or a grade of "I" "Incomplete," in a TEP Core Course until the grade is raised or the course work completed for a grade of "C-" or above.

Following admission to the Teacher Education Program students must complete the licensure components of their coursework -- including student teaching -- within a five-year period.  (For example, a student admitted for Fall 2009 must student teach no later than Spring, 2014.)  Should the student’s enrollment extend beyond the five-year window, a committee will review the student’s situation on a case by case basis to decide whether:

  1. course work that is five years old needs to be updated by re-enrollment, or
  2. course work that is five years old needs to be updated by enrolling in another parallel course, or
  3. the student will be notified in writing that they have one semester left to finish the program including student teaching.

For students admitted to the Teacher Education Program March, 2004 or after: Students will not be allowed to register and take education courses from another institution once they have entered The University of Iowa Teacher Education Program. After students have been admitted to a program, all education courses (course requirements listed or cross-listed under department numbers: 01E, 07B, 07C, 07E, 07P, 07S, 07U, ARTE, EDTL, EPLS, PSQF, or RCE) must be taken at The University of Iowa.

Academic Standards and Conditions/Course Requirements, Progression and Expiration:

Certain courses must be completed by candidates in certain programs in the first semester in the program. Candidates will not be allowed to register and take education courses from another institution once they have entered the University of Iowa Teacher Education Program. After candidates have been admitted to a program, all education courses must be taken at the University of Iowa.

Candidates must maintain a Teacher Education Program grade-point average of at least 2.70. The TEP GPA is the cumulative of all college courses taken from the time of TEP admission. Candidates must also earn at least a C- in all TEP Core Courses. Candidates must also provide consistent evidence of appropriate professional behavior in all Teacher Education Program classes, including field experiences, and in all other interactions with faculty, staff, fellow teacher candidates and students while in the program.

Candidates who do not meet standards for TEP GPA, core courses and/or Professional Dispositional Qualities will be required to participate in a Support Plan Meeting with faculty of their specific program to determine strategies and goals for improvement. If a candidate’s inability to show sufficient improvement in, and meet, these standards is repeated, the candidate could be removed from the program, denied admission to student teaching or other field experiences or denied progression in the program.

Program faculty may deny registration for Teacher Education Program Core Courses to students who receive a grade below C- or a grade of “Incomplete” in a TEP Core Course until the grade is raised or the course work completed for a grade of C- or above.

Following admission to the Teacher Education Program, candidates must complete the licensure components of their course work – including student teaching – within a five-year period. Should the candidate’s enrollment extend beyond the five-year window, a committee will review the candidate’s situation on a case-by-case basis to decide whether course work that is five years old needs to be updated by re-enrollment or by enrolling in another parallel course.

The Electronic Portfolio

Students in the Teacher Education Program at The University of Iowa document their achievement on professional standards through a web-based portfolio or ePortfolio where they collect instructional artifacts and performances assigned in all of their courses. Students take a course on Technology in the Classroom in their first semester in teacher education where they are given web-space and training in managing the ePortfolio. From that point on, they will upload materials from their courses to the ePortfolio on a regular basis.

Students are asked to upload to their ePortfolios only those materials that have received a grade of C- or higher. Instructors will audit students' ePortfolios at the end of each semester, and if all of the materials for the course are not uploaded appropriately, students will be given an Incomplete for the course until the corrections are made. A final audit of every student's ePortfolio will take place in the week after the completion of student teaching.

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.

Course Fees

Course fees are assessed for many of the professional education courses.  Course fees defray costs of professional services for College of Education students including technology support services provided by the Education Technology Center and the ETC Support Center.  Additionally, certain fees fund Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation background checks for students in field experiences.  Student teaching fees defray supervision and materials expenses specific to the student teaching experience.

Student Teaching

For all teacher education programs which include initial teacher licensure, students must complete all Teacher Education Program course work and degree course work prior to student teaching.  Student teaching must be the final semester of their Teacher Education Program.

When they apply for student teaching, students must submit a completed plan of study outlining how all program and licensure requirements are being met. A program guide sheet showing course completion, including transfer courses, must be submitted with the advisor's signature. All other courses for teaching licensure or terminal degree must be completed before the student begins student teaching. Student teaching placements, even if made, are conditional on all course requirements being successfully completed. Students will not be able to apply for student teaching if they are on academic probation.

In general, students on academic probation will not be permitted to student teach.  All students who are not permitted to student teach will be reviewed by faculty committee. 

If Teacher Education Program students earn less than a 2.70 gpa, or if their UI or cum gpa drops below a 2.70, in the semester just prior to their student teaching semester, a faculty committee will meet to determine if the student will be cleared to student teach. TEP students who earn less than a C- in a TEP Core Course the semester prior to their student teaching, will not be able to student teach until they retake the course and earn a C- or better. 

Criminal Background Checks

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. Students admitted to the Teacher Education Program are required -- within 2 weeks of the date of 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 or 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 or 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 to 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.

Appeals Process

Teacher Education Program applicants and candidates have the right to appeal Teacher Education Program policies or practices.

Teacher Education Program applicants and candidates need to follow the Appeal Process and complete the Appeal Form.

Teacher Education Program applicants and candidates wishing to appeal a Teacher Education Program policy or practice will complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the applicant/candidate portion of the Appeal Form.
  2. Print out and attach a recent grade report.
  3. Meet with the Program Area Coordinator for the respective program area to discuss the extenuating circumstances necessitating the appeal.
  4. Have the Program Area Coordinator sign and submit the Appeal Form.

The completed Appeal Form needs to be submitted to the Office of Student Services, N310 Lindquist Center. Submission of the Appeal Form to the Office of Student Services initiates the scheduling of a subcommittee of the Teacher Education Committee to review the appeal.

All appeals for spring semester must be submitted to the Office of Student Services by the Monday of the final week of classes of the fall semester. All appeals for fall semester to be considered prior to summer must be submitted to the Office of Student Services by the Monday of the final week of classes for the spring semester. All appeals following summer term for fall semester must be submitted to the Office of Student Services by the Monday before the first day of fall semester.

Applicants/candidates may expect a decision on their appeal within two weeks of initiating the appeal. For additional questions, please contact the Office of Students Services, N310 Lindquist Center.

November 2017

Teacher Education Program application