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There are different types of educators in Iowa. Each with different work and preparation requirements.
A teacher is a professional educator who uses a thorough understanding of:
- scholastic and development patterns
A teacher also understands:
- individual differences that guide learning and
- creates a supportive and safe learning environment.
- prepares and delivers lessons,
- provides feedback,
- manages classroom materials,
- navigates coursework,
- collaborates with other professionals and
- talks with parents.
- Bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited institution.
- Complete all:
- teacher preparation program requirements:
- coursework and
- clinical experiences.
- teacher preparation program requirements:
- Follows one of two pathways to become a teacher:
- traditional or
- alternative licensure.
Iowa has 29 colleges and universities with traditional educator preparation programs. Most programs have options for face-to-face and online courses.
On this path you will:
- attend classes,
- content knowledge and
- teaching methods,
- be [art pf a supervised clinical experience in PK-12 schools, and
- student teach for 14 weeks.
Alternative License Pathway
There are two alternative license programs. These are for high school teachers only.
Alternative programs are for adults with a degree in a teaching field. You take 12-18 credits of coursework in how to teach. Then you work in a high school with an intern license. This allows you to:
- be a classroom teacher of record,
- be paid as a full-time teacher, and
- have significant support from the program faculty and high school.
After the full-year internship, you take a few more credits then become a licensed teacher.
Teacher Preparation Programs
Traditional Teacher Programs
|Briar Cliff University, Sioux City||Elementary, Secondary|
|Buena Vista University, Storm Lake||Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary|
|Central College, Pella||Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary|
|Clarke University, Dubuque||Elementary, Secondary|
|Coe College, Cedar Rapids||Elementary, Secondary|
|Cornell College, Mount Vernon||Elementary, Secondary|
|Dordt University, Sioux City||Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary|
|Drake University, Des Moines||Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary|
|Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque||Elementary, Secondary|
|Faith Baptist Bible College, Ankeny||Elementary, Secondary|
|Graceland University, Lamoni||Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary|
|Grand View University, Des Moines||Elementary, Secondary|
|Grinnell College, Grinnell||Secondary|
|Iowa State University, Ames||Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary|
|Loras College, Dubuque||Elementary, Secondary|
|Luther College, Decorah||Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary|
|Morningside College, Sioux City||Elementary, Secondary|
|Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids||Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary|
|Northwestern College, Orange City||Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary|
|Saint Ambrose University, Davenport||Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary|
|Simpson College, Indianola||Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary|
|University of Dubuque, Dubuque||Elementary, Secondary|
|University of Iowa, Iowa City||Elementary, Secondary|
|University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls||Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary|
|Upper Iowa University, Fayette||Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary|
|Waldorf University, Forest City||Elementary, Secondary|
|Wartburg College, Waverly||Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary|
|William Penn University, Oskaloosa||Elementary, Secondary|
Alternate License Programs
|Institution||Program Grade Levels|
|Morningside College, Sioux City||Secondary|
|Regents Alternative Pathway to Iowa Licensure (RAPIL), Three Regent Universities Consortium||Secondary|
There are two types of certified administrators:
Principals shape and school's success.
- support learning,
- build leaders,
- improves teaching,
- manage people and
- track data and processes.
Superintendents are the top mangers of the school district.
They decide about:
- staffing and
- follow the direction of the school board.
- Master's degree for principal
- Specialist for superintendent
- Three years' experience as a classroom teacher
Administrator Preparation Programs
|Dordt University, Sioux Center||Principal|
|Drake University, Des Moines||Principal, Superintendent|
|Iowa Principal Leadership Academy, Prairie Lakes AEA||Principal|
|Iowa State University, Ames||Principal, Superintendent|
|Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids||Principal|
|Northwestern College, Orange City||Principal|
|Viterbo University, West Des Moines||Principal|
|University of Iowa, Iowa City||Principal, Superintendent|
|University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls||Principal, Superintendent|
Educational Aide Preparation
An educational aide works under the supervision of a teacher. They have the responsibility to design and provide education and related programs. Other titles for an educational aide include:
- associate aide or
- instructional aide.
Educational Aide Requirements
- A high school diploma or GED.
- A 90-hour preparation program, including clinical experiences.
- A certification in specific concentration areas.
- 45 hours of preparation in each concentration area.
Educational Aide Certification Programs
|Buena Vista University||Generalist|
|Central Rivers AEA||Generalist, Early Childhood, Special Needs|
|Des Moines Area Community College||Generalist|
|Grand View University||Generalist|
|Grant Wood AEA||Generalist|
|Great Prairie AEA||Generalist, Early Childhood, Special Needs, English as a Second Language|
|Green Hills AEA||Generalist|
|Hawkeye Community College||Generalist|
|Heartland AEA||Generalist, Early Childhood, Special Needs, Library Media Tech, English as a Second Language|
|Indian Hills Community College||Generalist|
|Iowa Central Community College||Generalist, Early Childhood, Special Needs|
|Iowa Valley Community College District||Generalist|
|Iowa Western Community College||Generalist, Early Childhood|
|Keystone AEA||Generalist, Early Childhood|
|Kirkwood Community College||Generalist, Early Childhood, Special Needs, English as a Second Language, Career and Transition, Vision Impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Advanced Generalist|
|Mississippi Bend AEA||Generalist, Early Childhood, Special Needs, Autism Spectrum Disorders, School Library Media|
|Mount Mercy University||Generalist|
|Northwest AEA||Generalist, Early Childhood, Autism, School Library Media|
|Northwest Iowa Community College||Generalist|
|Prairie Lakes AEA||Generalist, Early Childhood, Special Needs|
|University of Dubuque||Generalist|
|Upper Iowa University||Generalist|
Other Education Professionals
Other professional educators include:
- speech language pathologists,
- social workers,
- psychologists and others.
These professionals may work in schools or in Area Educational Association settings.
There are two ways to be licensed for these positions. Both are provided by the Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE)
- A Statement of Professional Recognition from the BOEE. This is based on licensure through the Iowa Department of Public Health.
- A Professional Service License from the BOEE. This follows completion of a program through an Iowa Institution of Higher Education.
Other Professional Program Requirements
- Bachelor's degree.
- Master's degree for some programs.
- Complete all program requirements.
- Coursework and clinical experiences.
Other Professional Program Preparation Programs
|Buena Vista University, Storm Lake||Professional School Counselor|
|Drake University, Des Moines||Professional School Counselor|
|Loras College, Dubuque||Professional School Counselor|
|Saint Ambrose University, Davenport||Speech Language Pathologist, School Social Worker|
|University of Iowa, Iowa City||Librarian, Audiologist, School Psychologist|
|University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls||Librarian, Professional School Counselor, School Psychologist, Speech Language Pathologist|
Teacher and Educational Aide Registered Apprenticeship Pilot
This is a pilot program for public school districts partnering with:
- a community college
- a four-year
- a university
This partnership provides:
- High School and Adult-to-Educational Aide Registered Apprenticeship
- This program helps high school students and working adults.
- You can begin working as an educational aide while earning credit toward an associate degree.
- Educational Aide-to-Teacher Registered Apprenticeship
- You can work while earning credit toward a bachelor's degree and teaching license.
Visit the Earn and Learn Website for more detailed information about the pilot program.
- For Registered Apprenticeship - Iowa Workforce Development - firstname.lastname@example.org
- For Educator and Educational Aide Preparation - Maryam Rod Szabo at email@example.com
- For Licensure and Certification - Joanne Tubbs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Include one of these subject lines of the email: Funding, Program Registration, Technical Assistance or Reporting.