Apply For a New or Additional Teaching License

Candidates obtain teacher licensure in Iowa through the completion of a teacher preparation program (Bachelor’s or Master’s degree) or through our Teacher Intern Program. Teacher preparation programs include coursework in the professional education core, content subject(s), and a student teaching or internship placement. Programs must be completed through regionally accredited institutions for college credit. A list of Iowa institutions can be found here. Information about the teacher intern program can be found here.

Preparation programs may be completed out-of-state through regionally accredited institutions. It is up to candidates to ensure that their coursework aligns with Iowa’s requirements. These candidates will need to obtain a teaching license from the state in which the institution is located. The Ashford University online program is not approved for teacher licensure.

Requirements for Iowa Licenses

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   Teacher Licensure (Iowa Institution) If the university or college that you attended for your teacher preparation program is located and/or based in Iowa, use this application.
Click here to view a list of approved Iowa teacher preparation programs.
Important Note: the Ashford University Online program does not lead to Iowa teacher licensure. Only the on-campus program in Clinton, IA is regionally accredited and approved.

   Teacher License (Out of State Preparation) If the university or college that you attended for your teacher preparation program is located in another state, use this application. This includes online programs that may have a presence in Iowa, but their main campus is located out of state.
Click here for a list of state approved and regionally accredited programs.

   Teacher License (Out of Country Preparation) If the university or college that you attended for your teacher preparation program is located outside of the United States of America, use this application.

   Class B (Conditional) License (Teacher) This is a temporary license to serve outside of your endorsed area(s) while completing the requirements for a new endorsement. You must have a current and valid license to apply for a Class B, and you must meet the minimum number of college credits as required to apply for this license.

   Administrative Decision License (Teacher) Contact a BoEE Consultant before applying for this license.

    Teacher Intern License For applicants who are currently enrolled in our Iowa approved teacher intern program, and who have completed the minimum amount of pedagogy required.

    Native Language Speaker Authorization