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Iowa Board of Educational Examiners

Initial Administrator

Lic/Auth Type
Requirements - First Issuance
  1. Hold or be eligible for an Iowa teaching license.
  2. Verify three years of teaching experience.
  3. Completion of the requirements for an administrative endorsement.
  4. Completion of a master’s degree. 
1 year

Full administration authority for the grade levels and endorsements listed on the license. Also holds substitute authority including long-term subbing.


Two renewals are available if needed. The second (and final) renewal requires proof of employment in a contracted position that will lead to the professional administrator license. No credits required. Mandatory reporter training for child and dependent a


Applicants who will meet the experience requirement within one year.


Convert to the  professional administrator license the experience requirement has been met (one full year or two full years - do not apply early). Must have been listed as an administrator on BEDS.

Other Information

Due to the limited number of renewals, it is best to let this license type expire if not serving as an administrator  in a setting that will lead to the professional administrator license. The license can be renewed or extended at a later date.