Contact Information:

Iowa Board of Educational Examiners
701 E Court Ave Suite A
Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: 515-281-3245
Fax: 515-242-5988

FAQ Document

Certification Types:  

Traditional Pathway- Initial, Temporary, Standard, Master
Fast Track Teacher Intern Program
Career and Technical Authorization- for someone who has worked years in a field and then can transfer almost immediately to teacher (with additional work during the year)

Alternative Certification:

Teacher Pathways

Traditional & Fast Track Pathways
Troops to Teachers

Teacher Prep Program/Courses:

Approved Programs


Reciprocity Information

“Our agency has also approved new rules to allow applicants who have completed a traditional program in another state to transfer to Iowa more easily. Applicants with three or more years of teaching experience are not required to complete assessments. Applicants with 10 or more years of experience, or five or more years of experience plus a master's degree are not required to complete coursework deficiencies as long as our other requirements are met. Administrators who are not also seeking a teaching license will not have coursework deficiencies for that license (they will need to be eligible for the teaching license, but do not need to obtain it).”


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