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Second career? Use your degree, work experience to become a teacher

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The teacher intern program is an approved licensure program in Iowa to encourage second-career adults to enter the teaching profession in a secondary content area.

There are two programs in Iowa: the Regents Alternative Pathway to Licensure, which is a collaborative program that includes all three regents universities and Morningside College. To enter the program, candidates must already have a bachelor’s degree, work experience, and coursework in the area they would like to teach. The alternative pathway is for teaching middle and high schools only.

Candidates first complete a set amount of coursework on learning how to teach before they are eligible for their intern license. The internship is then completed in lieu of a student teaching placement, and additional pedagogy coursework is also finalized.

School districts fully hire and consider the candidate a first-year teacher, including providing a mentor. Teacher interns are not eligible for conditional licensure, so their teaching assignments need to be limited to their full endorsement areas.

For more information, contact Joanne Tubbs at

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on February 18, 2018 at 8:30pm.