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College of Education

100% Online Master’s Degrees That Fit Your Schedule

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In just 24 months, you can earn a graduate degree from an established, reputable, Big Ten research university – without having to leave home or put your career on hold.

Personal, Affordable Education

Get a top-tier but affordable education at a maximum value from a university that has been designated a “Best Buy” by the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 10 years running.

In-Demand Skills

Students graduate with the specialized skills in science and math education to succeed in their classroom and inspire the next generation to embrace STEM principles.

Military Friendly

UI is proud to have been named to Victory Media’s list of Military Friendly Schools for seven years running and named one of the best colleges in the nation for military veterans by U.S. News & World Report.

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The University of Iowa’s top-ranked College of Education’s online programs offer all of the prestige and academic rigor of an on-campus degree with the convenience of a flexible online format. You can earn your master’s degree in STEM Education or Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency, while still working, teaching, or keeping up with your life.


The demand for educators with expertise in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields is growing rapidly from year to year, which means that STEM educators have access to higher salaries and more career opportunities than ever before. Designed for teachers looking to advance their skills in STEM disciplines and learn techniques to effectively engage K-12 learners in the 21st century, the University of Iowa’s 100% online Master of Science in STEM Education prepares candidates to meet the evolving needs of schools and districts in positions such as:

  • Teachers
  • Instructional leaders
  • Curriculum developers

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The University of Iowa’s top-ranked College of Education is now offering an online Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency designed for current educators who want to hone their expertise in curriculum and instructional methods, learn new strategies to adjust to diverse student populations, and enhance their leadership skills. The curriculum focuses on instructional coaching, technology integration, and educational evaluation. Students also have the opportunity to specialize in the unique and in-demand learning area of their choice, including:

  • STEM
  • Diversity in Schools
  • LGBTQ Issues
  • Global Education
  • Experiential Learning
  • Talented and Gifted Programs
  • English Language Learners

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The University of Iowa College of Education has a long history of integrity, excellence, and innovation in education. Our undergraduate teacher preparation program is consistently ranked the number 1 program in the state, and 86% of UI teaching graduates are still working in the education field five years post-graduation – in contrast with the national average of 51%. The UI College of Education is uniquely positioned to provide a different type of program and address the professional development needs of teachers.

We are committed to providing an affordable, personal education within a renowned Big Ten research institution. Following are just some of the benefits that Hawkeyes enjoy:

  • First public university in Iowa, founded in 1847
  • Just over 31,000 students, and an alumni network 250,000+ strong
  • Designated a “Best Buy” by the Fiske Guide to Colleges 10 years in a row
  • First college-level Department of Education in the United States
  • Eight research centers dedicated to everything from gifted education and talent development to measurement and assessment, assistive technology, and reading research
  • One of the Best Education Schools in the nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2021)

Affordable education. Maximum Value. That’s the Hawkeye way.

The University of Iowa understands that higher education is a very large investment. We also believe that education is a human right, and we are committed to providing a top-tier education at an affordable price. We take great pride in having been named a “Best Buy” by the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 10 years running.

Financial Aid for Graduate Students

The College of Education offers nearly $3 million in assistantships to its graduate students, along with Teach Grants, fellowships, and resources to assist with outside funding.

The process of applying for financial aid can be complex and time-consuming. Our Office of Student Financial Aid is here to help! Our financial aid counselors will work with you one-on-one to review your financial tools and determine the resources that are available to you.

Yellow Ribbon School

The University of Iowa is proud to be a Yellow Ribbon School. The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) allows institutions of higher learning in the U.S. to enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration to fund tuition expenses that exceed either the annual maximum cap for private institutions or the resident tuition and fees for a public institution. In some cases, you can transfer all or part of your benefits to a dependent. Contact our Office of Student Financial Aid or our Veteran Student Services Office.

The University of Iowa is one of the nation’s top public research universities, widely recognized for its commitment to academic excellence.

The university is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) through its Open Pathway model for accreditation, which focuses on quality assurance and institutional improvement. One of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States, HLC accredits more than 1000 colleges and universities in nineteen states.

The University of Iowa is also a member of the Big Ten conference since 1899, and an Association of American Universities member since 1909.

At the University of Iowa, we value the service and sacrifices of our armed forces members and their families, and we recognize that the discipline, integrity, and work ethic instilled by military service translates well to a university environment. During any given term, over 700 veterans, dependents, and active-duty members attend UI, and an additional 900 veterans work on our staff and faculty. Iowa Hawkeye football’s Kinnick Stadium is named after Nile Kinnick, the only Heisman Trophy winner to ever die in combat. It’s no wonder UI is widely recognized as a military-friendly college:

  • Named to Victory Media’s list of Military Friendly Schools for seven years running
  • Ranked #25 on College Factual’s list of Best Colleges for Veterans
  • One of the best colleges in the nation for military veterans (U.S. News & World Report, National Universities category, 2016 Edition)

Our Veteran Student Services Office is committed to providing our military students and their dependents with the resources, guidance, and assistance they need to reach their educational goals.


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