For Students seeking a Graduate Degree with Teacher Licensure

For people with a Baccalaureate Degree

First Steps

Want to apply? Here are some first steps to get you started.

Plan ahead. Some steps in the application process may take several weeks to complete. Please allow at least 6 weeks to complete and submit your application.

Submit everything by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the faculty. Admission is selective and meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Meeting the priority deadline is highly recommended.

To be admitted for Spring 2022: Priority deadline of October 1, 2021. Final cutoff: December 1, 2021.

To be admitted for Summer or Fall 2022: Priority deadline of March 1, 2022. Final cutoff: May 1, 2022.

These programs have specific requirements or pre-requisites in addition to the standard application requirements:

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
  1. ENGL:2010:Foundations of the English Major
  2. ENGL:201*: Reading and Writing About … (Novel, Short Stories, Drama, Essay, Poetry)
  3. A course in American Lit (ENGL 24**/34**/4001/4005)
  4. A course in British Lit (ENGL 23**/33**/4002/4006)
  • English and Creative Writing Majors
  1. ENGL:2010 Foundations of the English Major
  2. ENGL:2020 Foundations of Creative Writing
  3. A course in American Lit (ENGL 24**, 34**/4001/4005)
  4. 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.

The 10-hour Pre-Admission School Field Experience WILL be required for those applying for Spring 2022 program start. It is our understanding that the state expects these hours to be completed in person in the classroom and not virtually.

Applicants to the Teacher Education Program must complete a qualifying 10‐hour school field experience prior to consideration of their application. The 10‐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.

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.

  • Documented completion of 10‐hour Pre‐admission School Field Experience.  The 10-hour pre-admission in-school field experience has been suspended for the Spring 2021 admission cycle. 
  • Transcripts from all colleges attended with evidence of courses taken and grades earned. Please upload UI grade report and transcripts from any other institutions if courses and grades do not show on UI grade report. For undergraduate and post‐baccalaureate admission, cumulative grade-point average is considered and reviewed on an individual basis.
  • Two recommendations. Ask recommendation writers to complete the recommendation form. Writers may return the completed forms to you for upload, or send the them directly to the Office of Student Services for attaching to your application. (Some areas have additional requirements.)
  • An essay (doc, docx, pdf) 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.
  • A resume (doc, docx, pdf) of paid and/or volunteer work experience, including jobs, employers and dates of employment



Ready to submit your application?

Once you have completed the above requirements and gathered your documents, you are ready.

To submit your application, go to and follow the provided directions. We recommend using Google Chrome, so please check your current browser information.

Create your account:

  • Click to open the “Admissions” tab at bottom. Then click on “Click here to create your account” at very bottom. DO NOT enter “username” and “password” if this is your first visit to the site. 
  • Provide the required information in “Create Applicant Account” using your UI email, then click “Submit.” 

After you've created your account (or signed in):

  • Click on “Applications” in the left side menu.
  • From the drop-down menu at top of page, select the appropriate application for your program and click “Next”

Complete the application:

  • If you need to stop before your application is complete, click “Save” at the bottom of the form and then click “Close.” DO NOT SUBMIT until your application is complete.
  • When the application is complete, click the green “SUBMIT” button at the bottom of the form. You cannot make any changes to the application once you SUBMIT the application.

Timeline and what to expect

After you submit your application you will receive a notification from the Office of Student Services that either:

  • Your application is complete and will be reviewed by the admissions committee, or
  • Your application is incomplete. Please submit the following items.

Admission decisions are sent by email approximately one month following the application deadline.


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