About the College of Education

At the University of Iowa College of Education, we offer a powerful and personal education within a Big Ten Research Institution. Our graduates go on to become world-class leaders, scholars, and innovators in many different facets of education – from teaching, educational administration, and counseling to student development, higher education, measurement and testing, and more. We are proud to offer a personal, affordable, and top-ranked education for undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and 78 different countries.

The UI College of Education has a rich legacy. In 1847, Iowa legislators created the State University of Iowa, the state’s first public institution of higher education to provide teacher training for Iowa’s growing population. In 1872, the UI created the nation’s first permanent college-level department of education.

E.F. Lindquist, distinguished leader, scholar, inventor, and teacher, created the Iowa Academic Meet in 1929, which was the impetus for the development of the world-renowned Iowa Testing Programs. Iowa Testing Programs later spun off America’s most widely accepted college entrance exam, American College Testing Program, Inc., now known as ACT. Iowa Testing Programs also spun off its test scoring operation and equipment to what is now known as Pearson Education, the largest test scoring and processing corporation in the world.

The University of Iowa College of Education is the highest-ranked college of education in the state of Iowa and three of its online programs – including the M.A. in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency and the M.S. in STEM Education – were recently ranked in the top online education programs in the nation.

About the University of Iowa

The University of Iowa is one of the nation’s premier public research universities with 33,334 students from 114 countries and all 50 states. Founded in 1847, it is the state’s oldest institution of higher education and is located alongside the picturesque Iowa River in Iowa City.

A member of the Association of American Universities since 1909 and the Big Ten Conference since 1899, UI is home to one of the largest and most acclaimed medical centers in the country, as well as the famous Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

In addition to Iowa’s nationally-recognized campus programs, Iowa’s College of Education is proud to offer the Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency and Master of Science in STEM Education in a convenient online format.

Iowa at a Glance

  • Enrollment—Iowa has over 33,000 students, including more than 24,000 undergraduates and 9,000 graduate, post-graduate, and professional students.
  • Faculty—There are over 2,000 tenure-track or clinical-track faculty teaching at Iowa.
  • Programs of Study—Iowa offers more than 200+ majors, minors, and certificate programs.
  • College and Schools—Iowa is comprised of 12 colleges and academic units.
  • Location—Iowa’s main campus is located in Iowa City, consistently voted one of the best places to live in the U.S.
  • Athletics—Go Hawkeyes! Iowa has more than 24 Division I NCAA teams. The football team competes in the West division of the Big Ten Conference.

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