Ready to get your Iowa Teaching Certification? Let's go through the requirements one by one.

Traditional Iowa Certification Path for Teachers

  1. Bachelors Degree is Required
  2. Teaching Experience is Required (this can be student teaching)
  3. Pass your Praxis I Test of Basic Skills or CAAP Exam. Also, you’ll need to take your Praxis II Content Test (subject area)
  4. Requirements for Teaching Endorsements
  5. 160 days of experiences within last 5 years
  6. Call (515) 281-3245 for a fingerprint package
  7. Submit the following:
    • Completed Application
    • $85 & $50 check/money order payable to Bd. Of Educational Examiners
    • Official Transcripts of all degrees and credits you have earned
    • Also, include copies of all test scores
    • Mail to:
      Iowa Board of Educational Examiners
      Grimes State Office Building
      Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0146
      (515) 281-3245
  8. Do you want to renew your Iowa Teacher Certification?

Alternative Approach for the Iowa Teacher Certification

Alternatively, you can earn the Teacher Intern License to teach in Iowa. This will allow you to start teaching before you complete your teacher education program.

  1. Obviously you must still earn your Bachelors Degree from an accredited university. Ideally, you should always continue your education in efforts to earn a Master’s degree.
  2. 3+ years of experience in a related occupation
  3. Subject matter requirements
  4. Finish an introductory teacher intern program at an accredited college or university
  5. Apply for an Iowa teaching job

Teaching Schools in Iowa

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