STATE OF IOWA REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE

State of Iowa
Board of Educational Examiners Licensure
Grimes State Office Building
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0146

Instructions for Completing Application

Requirements for Licenses

Provisional - Valid for 2 years -- Renewable under prescribed conditions.

  1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Completion of an approved teacher preparation program.
  3. Completion of an approved human relations component.
  4. Completion of requirements for a teaching endorsement.
  5. Meets the recency requirement listed under the one-year conditional license.

Educational Valid for 5 years -- Renewable under prescribed conditions.

Verify 2 years of teaching experience.

  1. Completion of requirements 1-4 for the provisional license.
  2. Evidence of two years successful teaching experience based on local evaluation process.
  3. Meets the recency requirement listed under the one-year conditional license.

Professional Teacher Valid for 5 years - Renewable under prescribed conditions.

Verify 5 years of teaching experience. Send master's degree transcript

  1. Hold or be eligible for an educational license.
  2. Five years of teaching experience.
  3. Master's degree in a teaching endorsement area.
  4. Meets the recency requirement listed under the one-year conditional license.

One-year Conditional Valid for 1 year. Not Renewable. Issued under the following conditions:

  1. Has not completed all required components in the professional education core.
  2. Has not completed an approved human relations component.
  3. Recency -- meets requirements for a valid license but has less than 160 days of teaching during last 5-year period.
  4. Degree not granted until next regular commencement.

Substitute Valid for 5 years -- Renewable under prescribed conditions.

Send copy of out-of state license.
Send copy of out-of state transcripts

Has been the holder of, or presently holds a valid, regular license in Iowa or some other state and has successfully completed all requirements for an approved teacher preparation program or is eligible for the provisional license.

Requirements for Licenses

Exchange Valid for 2 years -- Not renewable

  1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Completion of a state approved teacher preparation program.
  3. Hold a valid teaching license in the state in which the teacher preparation program was completed.
  4. No-disciplinary action pending.
  5. Has not completed all Iowa requirements for a teaching endorsement.

Must meet any and all licensure deficiencies during the two year period of the license

Professional Administrator Valid for 5 years -- Renewable under prescribed conditions.

  1. Hold or be eligible for an educational license.
  2. Five years of teaching experience.
  3. Completion of the requirements for an administrative endorsement.
  4. Meets the recency requirement listed under the one-year conditional license,

Note: The "Application To Add Endorsement (non-Iowa Institution)" form should be used in addition to this application form, if you completed administrator preparation at a different institution than your teacher preparation institution.

For principal's endorsement, verify 5 years teaching experience of which at least 3 years must be at the level of endorsement desired.

For the superintendent's endorsement, verify the same plus 3 years of experience as a building principal or other PK-12 district-wide or area education agency administrative experience.

CHECKLIST

Incomplete applications will delay processing. Please double-check:

  1. Have you completed section I?
  2. Have you signed and dated the application?
  3. Have you attached official transcripts of all college credits including transferred credits? Course titles must show on the transcripts. Course numbers only or total credits transferred do not provide adequate transfer information.
  4. Have you enclosed your check or money order which includes the evaluation and processing fees? 5. Have you verified all teaching experience?
  5. Have you enclosed a copy of your valid teaching license from the state where you completed your teacher education program? (If you do not have a valid license from this state, skip this item.)
  6. Are you sending this entire packet to the institution where you completed the teacher education program? Are you including a note to that college asking them to fill out Section II completely and also instructing them to send this entire packet to the Board of Educational Examiners.

REMOVE THIS SHEET BEFORE SENDING THE ENTIRE PACKET TO YOUR INSTITUTION.

THESE ARE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH ENDORSEMENT

Agriculture (7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in agriculture to include coursework in agronomy, animal science, agricultural mechanics and agricultural economics.

Art (K-6 or 7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in art to include coursework in art history, studio art, and two and three dimensional art.

Business-general(7-12): Completionof24semesterhours in business to include six semester hours in accounting, six semester hours in business law, coursework in computer applications and coursework in consumer studies.

Business - office (7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in business to include advanced coursework in both shorthand and typewriting, computer applications or word processing and office management.

Business-Marketing/Management (7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in business to include a minimum of six semester hours each in marketing, management and economics.

Driver and Safety Education (7-12): Completion of 15 semester hours in driver and safety education to include coursework in accident prevention, vehicle safety and be-hind-the-wheel driving.

English/Language Arts (K-6): Completion of 24 semester hours in English and language arts to include coursework in oral communication, written communication, language development, reading, children's literature, creative drama or oral interpretation of literature, and American literature.

English/Language Arts(7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in English to include coursework in oral communication, written communication, language development, reading, American literature, English literature and adolescent literature.

Foreign Language (K-6 and 7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in each foreign language.

Health (K-6 and 7-12) Completion of 24 semester hours in health to include coursework in public or community health, consumer health, substance abuse, family life education, mental/emotional health and human nutrition.

Home Economics - general (7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in home economics to include coursework in family life development, clothing and textiles, housing and foods and nutrition.

Industrial Technology (7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in industrial technology to include coursework in manufacturing, construction, energy and power, graphic communications, and transportation. The coursework is to include at least six semester hours in three different areas.

Journalism (7-12): Completion of 15 semester hours in journalism to include coursework in writing, editing, production and visual communications.

Mathematics (K-6): Completion of 24 semester hours in mathematics to include coursework in algebra, geometry, number theory, measurement, computer programming, and probability and statistics.

Mathematics (7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in mathematics to include coursework in algebra, geometry, calculus, computer programming, and probability and statistics.

Music (K-6): Completion of 24 semester hours in music to include coursework in music theory (at least two courses), music history and applied music. Music (7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in music to include coursework in music theory (at least two courses), music history (at least two courses), applied music and conducting.

Physical Education (K-6): Completion of 24 semester hours in physical education to include coursework in human anatomy, human physiology, movement education, adaptive physical education, physical education in the elementary school, human growth and development of children related to physical education and first aid and emergency care.

Physical Education (7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in physical education to include coursework in human anatomy, kinesiology, human physiology, human growth and development related to maturational and motor learning, adaptive physical education, curriculum and administration of physical education, assessment processes in physical education and first aid and emergency care.

Reading (K-6): Completion of 20 semester hours in reading to include at least 12 semester hours specifically in reading by course title which must include foundations in methods and materials for teaching reading in the elementary classroom, corrective reading, remedial reading, a supervised tutoring experience, and at least eight semester hours of coursework from oral and written communication, language development, children's literature and tests and measurements.

SCIENCE

Reading(7-12): Completionof20semesterhoursinreading to include at least 12 semester hours specifically in reading by course title which must include foundations in methods and materials of teaching reading in the secondary classroom, corrective reading, reading in content areas, remedial reading, a supervised tutoring experience, and at least eight semester hours of coursework from oral and written communication, the structure of language, adolescent literature, and tests and measurements.

Science - basic (K-6): Completion of 24 semester hours in science to include coursework in biological and physical sciences.

Biological Science(7-12): Completionof24semesterhours in biological science or 30 semester hours in the broad area of science to include 15 semester hours in biological science.

Chemistry(7-12): Completionof24semesterhoursinchem-istry or 30 semester hours in the broad area of science to include 15 semester hours in chemistry.

Earth Science (7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in earth science or 30 semester hours in the broad area of science to include 15 semester hours in earth science.

General Science (7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in science to include coursework in biological science, chemistry and physics.

Physical Science (7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in physical sciences to include coursework in physics, chemistry and earth science.

Physics(7-12): Completionof24semesterhoursinphysics or 30 semester hours in the broad area of science to include 15 semester hours in physics. SOCIAL SCIENCES

American Government (7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in American government or 30 semester hours in the broad area of social sciences to include 15 semester hours in American government.

American History(7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in American history or 30 semester hours in the broad area of social sciences to include 15 semester hours in American history.

Anthropology (7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in anthropology or 30 semester hours in the broad area of social sciences to include 15 semester hours in anthropology.

Economics (7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in economics or 30 semester hours in the broad area of social sciences to include 15 semester hours in economics, or 30 semester hours in the broad area of business to include 15 semester hours in economics.

Geography (7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in geography or 30 semester hours in the broad area of social sciences to include 15 semester hours in geography.

History (K-6): Completion of 24 semester hours in history to include at least 9 semester hours in American history and 9 semester hours in world history.

Psychology (7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in psychology or 30 semester hours in the broad area of social sciences to include 15 semester hours in psychology.

Social Studies (K-6): Completion of 24 semester hours in social studies to include coursework from at least three of these areas: history, sociology, economics, American government, psychology and geography.

Sociology(7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in sociology or 30 semester hours in the broad area of social sciences to include 15 semester hours in sociology.

World History (7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in world history or 30 semester hours in the broad area of social sciences to include 15 semester hours in world history.

Speech Communication/Theater (K-6): Completion of 20 semester hours in speech communication/theater to include coursework in speech communication, creative drama or theater, and oral interpretation.

Speech Communication/Theater (7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in speech communication/theater to include coursework in speech communication, oral interpretation, creative drama or theater, argumentation and debate, and mass media communication.

ESL(K-12): Completionof24semesterhoursofcoursework in English as a second language to include the following:

  1. Teaching English as a second language,
  2. Applied linguistics.
  3. Language in culture.
  4. Bilingual education.
  5. Nature of language.
  6. Process of language acquisition.

Teacher-Elementary Classroom (K-6):

  1. Child growth and development with emphasis on the emotional, physical and mental characteristics of elementary age children, unless completed as part of the professional education core.
  2. Methods and materials of teaching elementary language arts.
  3. Methods and materials of teaching elementary reading.
  4. Elementary curriculum (methods and materials).
  5. Methods and materials of teaching elementary mathematics.
  6. Methods and materials of teaching elementary science.
  7. Children's literature
  8. Methods and materials of teaching elementary social studies.
  9. Methods and materials in two of the following areas:
    Methods and materials of teaching elementary health. Methods and materials of teaching elementary physical education.
    Methods and materials of teaching elementary art.
    Methods and materials of teaching elementary music.
  10. Prestudent teaching field experience in at least two different grades.
  11. A field of specialization in a single discipline or a formal inter-disciplinary program of at least twelve semester hours.
  12. Elementary (K-6) student teaching.

Teacher-Prekindergarten-Kindergarten (PK-K) (4) Content:

  1. Human growth and development: Infancy and early childhood, unless completed as part of the professional education core.
  2. Curriculum development and methodology for young children
  3. Child-family-school-communityrelationships(community agencies).
  4. Guidance of young children three to six years of age.
  5. Organization of prekindergarten-kindergarten programs.
  6. Child and family nutrition.
  7. Language development and learning.
  8. Kindergarten: programs and curriculum development.
  9. Prekindergarten and kindergarten student teaching.

Teacher - prekindergarten through grade 3 (PK-3):

Talented and gifted teacher-coordinator.

Elementary School Media Specialist (K-6): Completion of 24 semester hours in school media coursework to include the following:

  1. Knowledge of materials and literature in all formats for elementary children.
  2. Selection, utilization and evaluation of library media materials and equipment.
  3. Design and production of instructional materials.
  4. Acquisition, cataloging and classification of materials and organization of equipment.
  5. Information retrieval, reference services and networking.
  6. Planning, evaluation and administration of media programs.
  7. Practicum in an elementary school media center.

Secondary School Media Specialist (7-12): Completion of 24 semester hours in school media coursework to include the following:

  1. Knowledge of materials and literature in all formats for adolescents.
  2. Selection, utilization and evaluation of library media materials and equipment.
  3. Design and production of instructional materials.
  4. Acquisition, cataloging and classification of materials and organization of equipment.
  5. Information retrieval, reference services and networking.
  6. Planning, evaluation and administration of media programs.
  7. Practicum in a secondary school media center.

Athletic Coach, K-12

Elementary Principal

Secondary principal