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Background InfoAn applicant who has obtained a background check for a previous authorization with the Board of Educational Examiners does not have to complete an additional background check when applying for a teaching license.
Send fingerprint cards in the beginning of the semester in which the person will graduate. No permits will be issued.
First Time ApplicantPlease review the new application from an Iowa institution from our website (www.state.ia.us/boee) in Word or PDF format
There will be a new question regarding testing that you will need to complete prior to recommendation for licensure.
If the person is being recommended for an elementary endorsement, you will need to verify that the person did meet the cut score. If the person has a secondary endorsement, you will still check the box that the person has met all required assessments since no assessments are required.
When an applicant is applying for his/her first Iowa license after completing the teacher education program at your institution, you may recommend that person for all endorsements for which the person is eligible. At least one endorsement must be the endorsement program where the person completed the institution’s approved program. The other endorsements may be obtained by the completion of the college’s approved program or by completion of the state minimum requirements in lieu of the college's approved program. The fee for the initial license with one or more endorsements is $85.
If a program was completed years ago but the individual never applied for a teaching license, then the person can obtain a substitute license. You would just attach a note indicating that the person did complete a teacher education program at your institution and provide the date
Add EndorsementThe BOEE charges $60 for an analysis to add an endorsement. Thus if a college does not recommend the applicant for the endorsement, the applicant must submit $60 for the BOEE staff to analyze the transcripts and determine if the person has met the requirements. The fee to add an endorsement is $50 per endorsement. We do not need a letter of appeal from the college indicating the college cannot recommend the person for the endorsement.
If a person has an elementary content endorsement and wishes to add the secondary content endorsement, the person does not need to student teach on the secondary level. The person can obtain a Class B two year conditional license to serve as the secondary teacher. Then at the end of the two year license, the administrator can sign off on the experience verification form that the individual was a successful secondary teacher. This will waive the student teaching requirement. As the recommending official, you will need to verify that all of the content endorsement requirements are met if there is a different requirement from the elementary endorsement to a secondary endorsement. You can write a note on college letterhead verifying the completion of the content which the applicant will attach to the application.
Consultants Are Available for Student Teaching Seminars
A person may complete the middle school generalist endorsement requirements if he/she is currently in a program. The last day to recommend for the middle school generalist is July 1, 2010.
Teaching MajorThe professional core content requirements require completion of a “30 semester hour teaching major which must minimally include the requirements for at least one of the basic endorsement areas, special education teaching endorsements, or secondary level occupational endorsements.”
Here is guidance on this rule:
Definition of teaching major- a teaching major is a major completed as part of a teacher preparation program
The major may be in an endorsement area or in a related field.
The major must be 30 hours. When the curriculum exhibit sheets are submitted, the exhibits need to indicate how the specific endorsement requirements are met. The related hours in the major are at the discretion of the college and will not be reviewed.
For highly qualified teachers, the federal government has accepted that Iowa secondary teachers have completed a major or course work equivalent to a major. They do accept related course work in the major.
This definition is part of the content requirements for the professional core. Thus the definition of teaching major is that the major is part of the teacher preparation program. The section’s main emphasis is that a person must complete the endorsement requirements for at least one endorsement in the teacher preparation program.
Obtain Initial License at Graduation
Once a student graduates from college, the recommendation is that the graduates apply for either the initial teaching license or the substitute teaching license. The recommendation for which license to receive is purely an individual decision based on that individual’s circumstances. Here are the scenarios to consider.
If the graduate is going to move out of state, the person should apply for the initial license. The initial license lists the endorsement areas the person is eligible to teach so it is the license that will be used by the out of state department for transference to that state’s teaching license.
If the graduate is mobile and willing to move to wherever the job may be, the person should apply for the initial license. This license will indicate to all prospective employers what the person is able to teach.
The times to recommend a substitute license would be if the person graduates in the middle of the year and does not have a position beginning second semester. If the person is only interested in substituting, the person should apply for the substitute license. A person who is going to go into a graduate program should apply for the substitute license.
Do not recommend the substitute license for individuals by stating that if they apply for the initial license right away and don’t have a job, they will have a hard time renewing the license or they will “waste” one of the terms of the license. The initial license is very easy to renew to another initial license. The applicant must verify the completion of the mandatory reporter training within the five year period preceding the date of application for renewal. The applicant can renew for a third term with proof of employment. There can be a time lapse between the renewals if the person is not teaching. The person can switch to a substitute license at any time. What we are finding is that people are obtaining the substitute license and then begin teaching with the substitute license. They forget to apply for the initial license until reminded by their administrator or if the Board takes action on their license.
The important part is that the graduate should apply for an Iowa license even if the graduate thinks the person will never teach in Iowa. Circumstances may change and the person may return to Iowa in the future. Obtaining either the initial license or the substitute license eliminates the person from having to meet any future requirements for the first Iowa license if the requirements would change.
Professional Service LicenseClick here for a link to Professional Service License information.
Substitute Teaching License and Substitute AuthorizationSUBSTITUTE LICENSES
How does one move from a regular teaching license to a substitute license? Often people leave regular day to day teaching for retirement or for any one of a number of other reasons. They are interested in substitute teaching, but they do not want to continue to earn multiple renewal credits to maintain their teaching licenses. They want to know: How do I get a substitute license? First keep in mind that you may substitute in all subject areas and at all grade levels if you hold a current Initial, Standard, Master Educator, or Permanent Professional teaching license with any K-12 regular education or special education endorsement. But when that license is ready to expire if you wish to substitute you will have to apply for or renew a substitute license. If you have held an Iowa teaching license, but have never held a substitute license, the process is very, very simple.
- Download the application for a substitute teaching license from our website ( http://www.boee.iowa.gov/forms/SubstituteLicenseApp.pdf ).
- Print it, and fill it out (2 short pages)
- Mail it in with the fee listed at the top of the application.
- Download the application for a substitute teaching license from our website ( http://www.boee.iowa.gov/forms/RenewSubstitute.pdf ).
- Print it, and fill it out (still 2 short pages)
- Include one renewal credit no older than five years (a college credit or an AEA staff development credit.
If you substituted for 30 days or more under that expired substitute license or under your expiring regular teaching license, ask the district(s) at which you substituted to verify 30+ days of substitute teaching experience. There is a place to do this on the form. If you have to contact multiple schools to verify 30 days of substituting, we will accept a short letter stating simply where you substituted, the approximate time range, and the approximate number of days. There is no need to verify more than 30 days.
- Include a certificate showing that you have completed a Mandatory Reporter of Child and Dependent Adult Abuse Training within the past five years.
- Mail it in with the fee listed at the top of the application.
- What is the difference between a substitute teaching license and a substitute authorization?
A substitute teaching license is based on the completion of a teacher education program. The substitute teaching license authorizes the individual to substitute teach on any level, in any area for a maximum of 90 days in one assignment. The substitute authorization allows a person with a baccalaureate degree or a paraprofessional certificate to substitute in the middle school, junior high or high school for a maximum of 5 days in one assignment. The authorization is issued upon the successful completion of the substitute training program. Please review the rules for the substitute authorization.
- Who is offering the substitute training for the substitute authorization?
Several area education agencies have been approved to offer the substitute authorization program. Please contact the staff development coordinator at your area education agency for information regarding the program offering.
- May I begin substituting under a conditional license while I am waiting for the training to be offered?
No. You must complete the training before you would be issued the substitute authorization.
- Where is the application for a substitute authorization?
You may download the application from our website. http://www.boee.iowa.gov/forms/sub_auth.pdf
- The substitute authorization does not allow me to substitute on the elementary level. What do I need to do to be able to substitute on the elementary level?
You would need to complete a teacher education program and be recommended by the college in order to substitute on the elementary level.
- I am a paraeducator but I do not have a paraeducator certificate. How do I obtain a paraeducator certificate so I can then complete the substitute training to obtain the substitute authorization?
The requirements for the paraeducator certificate are also found on our website.
- Can a school receive an extension so a person with the substitute authorization can substitute more than 5 days in one assignment?
No. The rules do not allow for an extension.