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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, of Chapter 77, Standards for Teacher Intern Programs.
Each institution seeking approval of its practitioner preparation program files evidence of the extent to which it meets the standards contained in the chapters cited above, by means of a self-evaluation report called the Institutional Report. After the institution files its Institutional Report, a team visits the institution for the purpose of evaluation of programs.
The Director of the Department of Education gives recommendations to the State Board based on the factual and evaluative evidence on record about each practitioner preparation program's adherence to the State Standards. After the State Board grants approval to programs filed by an institution, candidates who complete such programs and who are recommended by an authorized official of that institution will be issued the appropriate license with the proper endorsement(s).
Annual State of Educator Preparation Reports
Program Completion Assessment Information
The State of Iowa does not maintain test scores. Testing is required to complete a teacher education program.
According to Iowa statue, all teacher candidates graduating from an Iowa institution after January 1st 2013 must attain the qualifying score on authorized assessments before they can be considered a program completer.
Required Assessments and Qualifying Scores
Standards for Practitioner Preparation
Survey Prompts to be used by Preparation Programs:
Iowa Standards for In Service Educators
Standards for Pre Service Educators
Practitioner Programs in Iowa
Approval of Out-of-State Online-Only Practitioner Preparation Programs
Alternative Licensure Teacher Intern Program
Four-year colleges or universities may also offer an alternative licensure teacher intern preparation program once approved by the State Board of Education. In May, 2002, the State Board adopted rules that establish the standards required for approval of these teacher intern preparation programs.
Applicants for the teacher intern license are required to complete an initial 12 semester hours of introductory content 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 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 a 12 semester hour concluding intern teacher program and is then eligible for an initial teaching license.
Currently, two intern programs offered in Iowa:
Regents Alternative Pathway to Iowa Licensure (RAPIL): http://www.iowateacherintern.org.