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All colleges and universities engaged in practitioner preparation in Iowa are subject to approval by the State Board of Education as provided in the Code of Iowa. Each program must meet the appropriate standards outlined in the Iowa Administrative Code (IAC), Chapter 79, Standards for Practitioner Preparation Programs, or Chapter 77, Standards for Teacher Intern Programs.

New Information on Substitute Teaching

Substitute Information October 7, 2020

Annual State of Educator Preparation Reports

2022 Report on the State of Educator Preparation in Iowa

2021 Report on the State of Educator Preparation in Iowa

Program Completion Assessment and Qualifying Score Information

According to Iowa statue, all teacher candidates graduating from an Iowa institution must attain the qualifying score on authorized assessments before they can be considered a program completer.

Program Completion Testing Overview Letter

Required Assessments and Qualifying Scores

Test Waiver Information Letter

Waiver Request Form

Program Completion Assessment Pass Rates by Institution

Institutional Pass Rates 2020-2021

Institutional Pass Rates 2018–2019

Institutional Pass Rates 2019–2020

Standards for Practitioner Preparation

281 - Iowa Administrative Code 77

281--Iowa Administrative Code 79

Teaching Endorsements and College/University Programs

Board of Educational Examiners (BoEE) Endorsements and Programs

Practitioner Programs in Iowa

Directory of Iowa Practitioner Preparation Programs

Approval of Out-of-State Online-Only Practitioner Preparation Programs

Process for Approval of Practitioner Preparation Programs Seeking Registration with Iowa College Student Aid Commission

Alternative Licensure Teacher Intern Program

Iowa colleges or universities may offer an alternative licensure teacher intern preparation program once approved by the State Board of Education. Iowa Administrative Code 281-77 establishes the standards for intern preparation programs.

Applicants for the teacher intern license are required to complete introductory coursework in pedagogy that includes 50 contact hours of field experience with students. Upon successful completion of this introductory program, the applicant qualifies for the teacher intern license which allows him or her to serve as the teacher of record in a high school during a one year paid teaching internship. This teaching internship is highly supported by the postsecondary institution in partnership with the employing district and/or area education agency and includes extensive supervision and participation in a state-approved mentoring and induction program. During this time the intern completes a teacher intern seminar that includes extension of coursework from the teacher intern introductory program. After the teacher internship year, the intern completes additional coursework and is then eligible for an initial teaching license.

Currently, two intern programs are offered in Iowa:

  1. Morningside University Teacher Intern Program
  2. Regents Alternative Pathway to Iowa Licensure (RAPIL)

Teacher Shortage Areas


Iowa Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (IACTE)

International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership (ICAPEL)