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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, or Chapter 77, Standards for Teacher Intern Programs.


Annual State of Educator Preparation Reports

Report on the State of Educator Preparation in Iowa 2014

Report on the State of Educator Preparation in Iowa 2015

Report on the State of Educator Preparation in Iowa 2016

Report on the State of Educator Preparation in Iowa 2017

Program Completion Assessment Information

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.

Program Completion Testing Overview letter June 2017

Required Assessments and Qualifying Scores

ETS Praxis Pedagogy Test Requirements

ETS Praxis Content Test Requirements

edTPA - Test Requirements

ETS PPAT Pedagogy Test Requirements

Standards for Practitioner Preparation

281 - Iowa Administrative Code 77

281--Iowa Administrative Code 79

Directors Guidance for Chapter 79

Survey Prompts to be used by Principal Preparation Programs:

Employer Principal

Graduate Principal

Curriculum Exhibits

Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE) Information for Iowa College and University Officials

Practitioner Programs in Iowa

Directory of Teacher Preparation Programs as of January 2017

Approval of Out-of-State Online-Only Practitioner Preparation Programs

Process for Approval of Practitioner Preparation Programs Seeking Registration with Iowa College Student Aid Commission (2012-10-10)

Review Checklist for Online Educator Preparation Programs (2012-10-08)

Alternative Licensure Teacher Intern Program

Iowa colleges or universities may offer an alternative licensure teacher intern preparation program once approved by the State Board of Education. Iowa Administrative Code 281-77 establishes the standards for intern preparation programs.

Applicants for the teacher intern license are required to complete introductory coursework 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 paid 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 additional coursework and is then eligible for an initial teaching license.

Currently, two intern programs are offered in Iowa:

Morningside College:

Regents Alternative Pathway to Iowa Licensure (RAPIL):


Iowa Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (IACTE)

National Council of Professors of Educational Administration

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 25, 2018 at 7:11pm.