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Initial Teaching License

Lic/Auth Type
Requirements - First Issuance

Completion of a full state of Iowa approvedĀ teacher preparation program for college semester hour credit including meeting at least one of our endorsement requirements.

Term
2 years
Authority

Full teaching instruction within grade levels and endorsements listed on the license. Also holds substitute authority including long-term subbing.

Renewals

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

Extension

Applicants who will meet the experience requirement within one year.

Applicants who have already met the experience requirement, but need one final year to meet the Iowa teaching standard.

Conversion

Convert to the standard license once the experience requirement has been met (two full years or three full years - do not apply early).

Other Informaton

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