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Iowa Board of Educational Examiners

Add an Endorsement to a License

After the issuance of a teaching, administrative, or school service personnel license, an individual may add other endorsements to that license upon proper application, provided current requirements for that endorsement, as listed in 282-13.26 - 282-13.28, have been met.

An updated license with expiration date unchanged from the original or renewed license will be prepared.

To add an endorsement, the applicant must follow one of these options:

Option 1. Receive the Iowa teacher education institution’s recommendation that the current approved program requirements for the endorsement have been met ($50 fee). In the online application system, apply to add an endorsement through an Iowa institution. 


Option 2. Apply for a review of the transcripts by the Board of Educational Examiners’ staff to determine if all Iowa requirements have been met. The applicant must submit documentation that all of the Iowa requirements have been met by filing transcripts and supporting documentation for review. The fee for the transcript evaluation is $60 for each new endorsement requested. This fee shall be in addition to the $50 fee for adding the endorsement. In the online application system, apply to add an endorsement through state minimum requirements or non-Iowa institution.  The first step of the process will be the evaluation and you will be contacted with either a list of deficiencies or instructions for part two of the process, which is adding the endorsement.


Administrators will have the option to apply online to add an endorsement through either an Iowa or a non-Iowa institution. 

Paraeducators will have the option to apply online to add an area of concentration to a paraeducator certificate.

Requirements for Specific Teaching Endorsements