Initial Teacher License (IA)

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Initial Teacher License (IA)

This is the first license most teachers must apply to regardless of teacher status.

License Valid for 2 years
Employment: Not Required

State Information
State: Iowa
Contact Name: Larry Bice
Contact Phone: 515-725-0101
Contact Email:
For more information please visit the state website:

Applicant must apply using relevant form (in state, out-of-state, out-of-country) Located at:

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + Completed State Approved Teacher Education Program

Applicants must meet the recency requirement of 6 college credits or teaching experience – either within the last 5 years.

As of 2016, No Basic Skills Exams Required

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:
State Approved Teacher Education Program

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:

Exam(s): Exams are language specific.

Course needed: 24 credit hours in content language AND Methods of teaching foreign languages may be accepted in lieu of exam(s).
Accept Scores from Out of State

Additional Requirements for this route include the following:
Special Education:

Course needed: Diversity training including human relations and exceptional learners

Qualifying scores link:

Praxis II tests available in Spanish, German, Latin, French, Chinese.

State may review transcripts to determine content language proficiency.

EdTPA exam for: Norwegian, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Language (Other), Portuguese.

ACTFL exams are not recognized.

Chinese Programs offered at: Iowa State, University of Iowa, Grinnell College

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Form at:
Form Mailing Address:
State of Iowa
Board of Educational Examiners
Grimes State Office Building
400 E. 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0147

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Teaching License/Certificate/Credential: Required
Accepted with Transcript Evaluation

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required

Background Check
Online at:

Renewal: Renewable
Renewable 2 times. See

First renewal has verification of completion of the child and dependent adult abuse training is required to be submitted in the application packet.

The second renewal application must be accompanied by a letter from a school district administrator indicating contracted employment.

Initial License may convert to Standard License after 2-3 years teaching.

$65 background check fee

For out-of-county: $60 evaluation check and $150 final processing. Total: $210

Incomplete files close in 45 days.
Required International Transcript Evaluation found in OoC Preparation Application:
Renewable 2 times.

Initial License may convert to Standard License after 2-3 years teaching.

Late fee: $25 per month. No more than $150 total.

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Published On: 3/31/2017 4:36:26 PM

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