Iowa Teacher Certification:
The Truth About Alternative Pathways to a Teaching License

Alternative Iowa teacher certification involves following a detailed and specific application process.

The process for earning your initial license requires that you have already earned a bachelor's degree.

If you have met that first requirement, check your experience against this list:

  • Have you completed a teacher preparation program?
  • Do you have at least three years of verifiable teaching experience?
  • Do you hold out-of-state licensure?

If you must answer no to any of these questions, you may still be able to earn an Iowa certificate through an analysis of your college transcripts.

You need a professional education core including course work in the following:

  • Student learning
  • Diverse learners
  • Instructional planning
  • Instructional strategies
  • Communication
  • Assessment
  • Reflective practice and Professional Development
  • Collaboration and Ethics
  • Reading methods in the content area

You will also need to show completed course work in computer technology, pre-teaching field experience, a methods course, and sufficient course work in your subject area.

A daunting list, now doubt.

But with proper research, many or all of these credits and experiences can be earned online.

Your starting point is to read thoroughly the requirements at the board of examers.

There is also a lot of information available at the department of education.

Next, contact an affordable and accredited online teacher preparation program.

By getting good information from the state of Iowa first, you will be able to work effectively with a guidance counselor to find the program that is right for you.


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