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Iowa Teacher Certification Requirements

To become a teacher in Iowa, you must complete the follow steps:

Meet Education Requirements

  • Students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution to get a teaching certificate in Iowa.
  • You must complete all required coursework and clinical experiences from your program.

Student Teaching Requirements

  • For standard teacher education programs, 14 weeks of student teaching is required.
  • This is usually completed in the final semester of the teacher education program.

Pass Required Exams

  • Candidates for Iowa teaching licenses are required to pass at least two exams: a Praxis pedagogy exam and subject-specific Praxis exams.
  • Teachers may earn endorsements in more than more subjects if they meet the endorsement requirements.

Apply for Certification

  • To apply for certification in Iowa, educators must fill out an online application form with the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners (BoEE). The application fee is $40.
  • Applicants must answer questions and upload educational transcripts.

Apply for Teaching Jobs

  • Once you have your teacher certification you can now start applying for jobs.
  • You can use job boards and search engines like Google to find open teacher positions in your area.

Most popular Iowa Teacher Certification Exams

Teachers in Iowa must pass the required Praxis exams to become a certified teacher.

Praxis®️ Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests

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Praxis®️ Early Childhood Education

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Official Praxis®️ Early Childhood Education study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Pearson Foundations of Reading

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Official Foundations of Reading (190) study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Praxis®️ Principles of Learning and Teaching: K-6

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Official Praxis®️ PLT: K-6 study guide to help you pass your exam!

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Praxis®️ Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects

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Ways to Get Your Iowa Teacher Certification

There are two pathways to earning a teaching license in Iowa.

  • The traditional path requires attendance at an approved teacher preparation program and a 14-week teaching internship.
  • The alternative path is open to students with a degree in a field of education. This requires 12-18 credits of additional coursework before an intern teaching license is granted.

How to Register For the Exams?

You can follow the following steps to register for your teacher certification exams:

  • Identify Your Exams: Determine the specific teacher certification exams you need to take. If you are a part of a certification program you should talk to your program advisor to determine which exams you need to take.
  • Create an Account: Visit the official testing service website and create an account.
  • Select Exam and Date: Login, choose your exam, and select a convenient test date and location.
  • Complete Registration: Follow instructions, provide necessary information, and pay exam fees online.

How To Study for Your Iowa Teacher Certification Exam(s)

To become a certified teacher in Iowa you must pass your required exam(s). Luckily, we offer a wide variety of study guides to help you pass your exams and get closer to getting that teacher certificate. Our study guides offer practice questions, video lessons, quizzes and full length practice tests to ensure you are ready come test day! Our curriculum team studies all of the standards and competencies for the exams and cross-references them with the current and previous questions released by the official testing company. We then work with content and teaching experts to distill down what test-takers need to know. No matter where you are in the study guide, you can always see how the concept you are learning is aligned to the test standards.

How Do I Maintain Teaching Certification in Iowa?

Educators in Iowa must maintain an active, valid certification. All teachers must meet the licensure renewal requirements for continuing education credits. A standard teaching license renewal requires six credits. Credits must be relevant to license or endorsement areas.

Best Education Schools in Iowa

  • University of Iowa
  • Iowa State University
  • Drake University
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Northwestern College- Iowa
  • Dordt University
  • Morningside University
  • Wartburg College

Iowa Teacher Salary Information

The average Public School Teacher salary in Iowa is $55,441 as of February 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $46,293 and $67,626.

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