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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 standards outlined in the Iowa Administrative Code (IAC), Chapter 79, Standards for Practitioner Preparation 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).
Praxis II Qualifying Scores
The State of Iowa does not store Praxis I (PPST) or Praxis II scores. Praxis testing is required to complete a teacher education program. Scores are available at www.ets.org.
According to Iowa statue, all teacher candidates graduating from an Iowa institution after January 1st 2013 must attain the qualifying score in both a test of pedagogy and a test of content before they can be recommended for licensure.
Required Test & Qualifying Scores
Standards for Practitioner Preparation
Practitioner Programs in Iowa
Out-of-State Online-Only Practitioner Preparation Programs
Teacher Intern Program
Four-year colleges or universities may also offer a 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, a teacher intern program is offered through the University of Northern Iowa, University of Iowa, Iowa State University (Regent's Program) and Morningside College. For more information, go to: http://www.iowateacherintern.org. Kaplan University offers an online teacher intern program. For more information, go to: http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/education/master-arts-teaching-degree-iowa-certification.aspx. Under Program Finder, select Classes Online, Master's degree, Education, and Master of Arts in Teaching-Iowa Certification.