College of Education advisors are here to assist all undergraduate students admitted to the college. We also welcome prospective students interested in our programs to visit us for further guidance towards the application process. From adding and dropping courses, to creating a plan of study, to making sure you are on track for graduation, we are here to help you navigate the ins and outs of your education experience to meet your goals.

Meet the Advisors

Misty Brents

Senior Academic Advisor for Elementary Education

N328 LC, 319-335-5612

misty-brents@uiowa.edu

Carter Burks

Senior Academic Advisor for Elementary Education

N310 LC, 319-457-3260

carter-burks@uiowa.edu

Kathy Mossman

Coordinator of Teacher Education Advising

Primary Advisor for Education Studies and Human Relations

N326 LC, 319-335-5358

katherine-mossman@uiowa.edu

Sarah Showalter

Senior Academic Advisor for Secondary Education (English, Mathematics, Social Studies, World Language)

N331 LC, 319-335-5119

sarah-showalter@uiowa.edu

Secondary Education Advisors

Select secondary education programs are advised by program coordinators. Please contact them for an advising appointment.

Art Education

Clar Baldus

clar-baldus@uiowa.edu

Music Education

Mary Cohen

4300 Voxman Music building

319-335-3030

mary-cohen@uiowa.edu

Science Education

Ted Neal

ted-neal@uiowa.edu

Resources, Policies, and Forms

The College of Education at the University of Iowa is committed to providing effective advising services to you as an essential component of your educational experience. Our goals as advisers are to offer individualized, course-specific and general academic assistance for all students. We strive to engage students through a holistic partnership focused on personalized educational and professional goals.

  • Develop plans of study for each student admitted to the Teacher Education Program.
  • Introduce requirements for programs and specializations and maintain progress towards completion.
  • Communicate important dates and specific academic policies.
  • Meet with students once per semester to authorize for registration.
  • Make referrals to other campus resources, such as Financial Aid, University Counseling Service, etc.
  • Analyze a student’s degree audit to approve them for their student teaching semester.
  • Advise and monitor student’s progress towards graduation in complete confidentiality.

Teacher Education Policies

Resources, policies, and forms for the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

Office of the Registrar

University Registrar's Office

 

Program Guides

College program, major, and endorsement requirements

Adding and dropping courses

Adding courses before the deadline

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 10th day of the semester. Summer and winter sessions have other deadlines.

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

For the first five (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, you must obtain permission from the course instructor and your academic advisor to add the course in MyUI. After all required authorizations are received, you will have 24 hours to finalize the add in MyUI. See https://registrar.uiowa.edu/myui-course-add-tutorial.

Alternatively, you may 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 for more information about obtaining the instructor signature. Then submit the signed form to the UI Service Center, 2700 UCC, registrar@uiowa.edu, before the add deadline.

For assistance with registration changes for online courses (section number 0EX_), contact Distance and Online Education Registration at doe-reg@uiowa.edu, or 319-335-2852.

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.

Additional information on making registration changes may be found on the Registrar's website at https://registrar.uiowa.edu/changes-registration.

Adding courses after the deadline

Students may request permission to add a course after the deadline, which for a spring semester or fall semester course typically is after the 10th day of the semester; or for off-cycle, summer, or winter session courses is on or after the start date of the course. Students may not register or add individual courses retroactively.

You may initiate adding a course in MyUI (Or, alternatively, you may print a Change of Registration Form). Adding a course after the deadline requires approval from:

  • your academic advisor;
  • the course instructor; and
  • a dean. Request the dean's authorization last, after you have approval from your academic advisor and the course instructor. The dean who should authorize the request depends on the college that offers the course and the college of your primary program of study.
  • Student-athletes also must obtain permission from Student-Athlete Academic Services.
  • International students also must obtain permission from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).
Who do I contact for dean's authorization?

To add a course offered by the College of Education (identified by Admin: College of Education in the MyUI course description):

  • Undergraduate College of Education Students (Program college of your primary program of study is "EDUC"): Contact your Education academic advisor; your academic advisor will request dean's authorization on your behalf.
  • Undergraduate Students in other Colleges: Contact Office of Student Services, Lindquist Center (LC), ask-education@uiowa.edu, 319-335-5359.
  • Graduate Students (Program college of your primary program of study is "GRAD"): Contact Graduate College, 205 Gilmore Hall (GILH), gradcoll@uiowa.edu, 319-335-2144.

Undergraduate students adding a course offered by another college can find dean's office contacts at: https://registrar.uiowa.edu/collegiate-deans-office-contact-information-students

Deadlines

Deadlines after all required authorizations are received are:

Dropping courses before the deadline

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 five (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.

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 UI 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.

Dropping courses after the deadline

Students may request permission to drop a course after the deadline (listed as the “last day to drop without dean’s approval, undergraduate” or "last day for undergraduates to drop individual semester-length courses" on the Registrar's Course Deadlines look-up.).

You may initiate dropping a course in MyUI (Alternatively, you may print a Change of Registration Form). Adding a course after the deadline requires approval from:

  • your academic advisor; and
  • a dean. Request the dean's authorization last, after you have approval from your academic advisor and the course instructor. Which dean's authorization is required depends on the college that offers the course, and the college of your primary program of study.
  • Student-athletes also must obtain permission from Student-Athlete Academic Services.
  • International students also must obtain permission from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).
Who do I contact for dean's authorization?

To drop a course offered by the College of Education (identified by Admin: College of Education in the MyUI course description):

  • Undergraduate College of Education Students (Program college of your primary program of study is "EDUC"): Contact your Education academic advisor; your academic advisor will request dean's authorization on your behalf.
  • Undergraduate Students in other Colleges: Contact Office of Student Services, Lindquist Center (LC), ask-education@uiowa.edu, 319-335-5359.
  • Graduate Students (Program college of your primary program of study is "GRAD"): Contact Graduate College, 205 Gilmore Hall (GILH), gradcoll@uiowa.edu, 319-335-2144.

Undergraduate students dropping a course offered by another college can find dean's office contacts at: https://registrar.uiowa.edu/collegiate-deans-office-contact-information-students

Deadlines

Deadlines after all required authorizations are received are:

Authorization to drop a course after the deadline

Approval to drop College of Education courses after the final drop deadline may be granted only with documentation of extenuating circumstances (such as a serious illness or a crisis beyond the student's control).

Additional policies relating to dropping courses

  • 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 UI Service Center notifies each student who has been dropped from a course, and their 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 is usually the 10th day of the semester 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.  This is the final drop deadline. Courses dropped during this period remain on your transcript with a mark of W, indicating that you have dropped the course.
  • 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.

Please visit Current Student Resources for a complete listing of college and teacher education policies.