Teaching Degrees in Iowa

Students interested in attending teaching schools in Iowa have many from which to choose. With 29,518 enrolled students, the University of Iowa is the state’s largest public school. The next three largest schools are Iowa State University, with 28,682 enrolled students, the University of Northern Iowa, with 13,201, and Upper Iowa University, a private institution with 5,741.

Having said that, not every college or university in Iowa, no matter the size, offers the same teaching programs. Student teachers in the Hawkeye State must obtain endorsements from specific schools depending on their field of study. Refer to the state’s Board of Education endorsement chart to determine if the school of interest endorses a specific program.

University of Iowa

Founded in 1847, the University of Iowa is the Hawkeye State’s premier school, ranking 71 on U.S. News & World Report‘s 2012 list of the top universities in the U.S. Its College of Education has 490 full-time students and 184 part-time students. To be accepted into the college, students must have already successfully completed 30 college hours, 10 hours of teacher volunteer field experience, and have a GPA of at least 2.7. Additional requirements are in place for students who want to teach specific courses. Refer to the school’s teacher education program for further information.

Iowa State University

Ranking 97 on the 2012 U.S. News & World Report‘s list, Iowa State University was founded in 1858. For undergraduates interested in teaching, there are three main options. A degree in early childhood education allows graduates to teach either pre-K students (endorsement 262) or pre-K to third grade students (endorsement 100). The elementary education program prepares graduates to teach kindergarten through sixth grade. Finally, to gain an Iowa teaching license in secondary school, graduates must major in the area in which they wish to teach, such as history or math. They must also complete a teacher preparation program, which includes classes in curriculum and instruction as well as field experience.

University of Northern Iowa

The University of Northern Iowa, founded in 1876, is a popular school for teachers: 17% of its student body is involved in Iowa teacher certification. Its College of Education offers innovative teacher education programs. Within the college itself are seven separate departments: Curriculum & Instruction; Educational Leadership & Postsecondary Education; Educational Psychology & Foundations; School of Health, Physical Education, & Leisure Services; Educational Opportunity Programs & Special Community Services; Department of Teaching; and Special Education. The school recently announced that it is closing the health education major and converting it into a minor. This school provides high quality Iowa teacher education.

Upper Iowa University

The only private institution out of the four largest teaching schools in Iowa, Upper Iowa University was founded in 1857. Since it is a smaller school, its acceptance rate, at 61%, is more selective than the others. Students pursuing their Iowa teacher license account for 7% of the population. To complete the school’s program, students must pass Foundations of American Education with at least a “C,” maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.7, have two recommendations from professors or instructors, and pass the College Basic Academic Skills Exam (C-BASE) in reading and literature, writing, and mathematics.

Briar Cliff University

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3303 Rebecca Street
Sioux City, IA 51104
(712) 279-5321

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Buena Vista University

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610 W 4th St
Storm Lake, IA 50588
(712) 749-2400

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Central College

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812 University
Pella, IA 50219
(877) 462-3687

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Clarke University

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1550 Clarke Dr
Dubuque, IA 52001-3198
(563) 588-6300

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Cornell College

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600 First St. SW
Mount Vernon, IA 52314-1098
(319) 895-4000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Dordt College

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498 4th Ave NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250-1697
(712) 722-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Drake University

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2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311-4505
(515) 271-2011

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Emmaus Bible College

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2570 Asbury Rd
Dubuque, IA 52001-3096
(563) 588-8000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

  • Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary

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1900 NW 4th St
Ankeny, IA 50023-2152
(515) 964-0601

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

Graceland University-Lamoni

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1 University Place
Lamoni, IA 50140
(641) 784-5000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Grand View University

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1200 Grandview Ave
Des Moines, IA 50316
(515) 263-2800

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Indian Hills Community College

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525 Grandview Ave
Ottumwa, IA 52501
(641) 683-5111

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Iowa State University

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3410 Beardshear Hall
Ames, IA 50011-2030
(515) 294-5836

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Iowa Wesleyan College

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601 N Main Street
Mount Pleasant, IA 52641
(319) 385-8021

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Loras College

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1450 Alta Vista
Dubuque, IA 52004-0178
(563) 588-7100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Morningside College

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1501 Morningside Ave
Sioux City, IA 51106-1751
(712) 274-5000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Mount Mercy University

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1330 Elmhurst Dr NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-4797
(319) 363-8213

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Northwestern College

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101 Seventh St SW
Orange City, IA 51041
(712) 707-7000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Saint Ambrose University

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518 W Locust St
Davenport, IA 52803-2898
(563) 333-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Simpson College

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701 North C St
Indianola, IA 50125
(515) 961-6251 Ext: 1517

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
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