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Iowa Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification

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Teacher Intern License (Alternative Licensure)

Meet the minimum requirements to teach in this state.

The Board of Educational Examiners adopted rules to create a teacher intern license which allows an individual who possesses a baccalaureate degree and who meets other requirements an opportunity to become a high school teacher.

In order to qualify for a teacher intern license an applicant must:

• Hold a baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited institution

• Meet the subject matter course work requirements for one of the secondary teaching endorsements

• Have at least three years of post-baccalaureate work experience

• Successfully complete the introductory teacher intern program at a four-year college or university approved by the State Board of Education.

• Complete the introductory pedagogy coursework that includes 50 contact hours of field experience with students.

• Apply for the teacher intern license upon successful completion of the introductory program, which allows the person to serve as the teacher of record in a high school during a one year teaching internship.

• Obtain support by the postsecondary institution in partnership with the employing district and/or area education agency which includes extensive supervision and participation in a state-approved mentoring and induction program.

• Complete a teacher intern seminar during the internship year that includes an extension of coursework from the teacher intern introductory program.

• Complete all course requirements in the teacher intern program

• Obtain an initial teaching license.

The Iowa Regent’s Collaborative, Kaplan University, Maharishi University of Management, and Morningside College are currently offering the intern program. Kaplan University offers the teacher intern program through the Master of Arts in Teaching – Iowa Track program. Each program varies in cost, area of the state served, method of delivery, and start dates. Go to individual websites or contact the programs to find out specifics.

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