For high school and first-time college students

There are two admission paths for current high school/ first-time college students who want to become teachers - direct admission and regular admission.

Direct Admission

Students interested in Elementary Education or Music Education who meet certain additional requirements may be admitted directly into the Teacher Education Program when they submit their application to the University of Iowa. If you indicate your interest in either Elementary or Music on your application and meet the additional requirements, you will be notified of the next steps to take.

Music Education: High school GPA of 3.0 or higher and have been accepted into a music studio.

Elementary Education: High school GPA of 3.8 or higher and an ACT composite score of 27 or higher.


Regular Admission

If you were not eligible for direct admission to our program when you were accepted to UI, you may submit an application to the Teacher Education Program once you have completed 30 hours of earned college credit.

Be sure to indicate your interest in teaching when you visit and/or apply to the University of Iowa.

Follow the Teacher Education Program application instructions for current UI undergraduate students once you are admitted to the University of Iowa.

Get a head start.

You may register for the following Teacher Education Program core courses before you are admitted to the program:

EPLS:3000 Foundations of Education

EDTL:4900 Foundations of Special Education

PSQF:1075 Educational Psychology and Measurement


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