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Iowa Board of Educational Examiners

Standard Teaching License

Lic/Auth Type
Requirements - First Issuance

Two years of successful teaching in an Iowa public school, or 3 years in an accredited private or out-of-state setting.

Usually a holder of an Initial Teaching License or Regional Exchange Teaching license converts to a Standard Teaching License.

5 years

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


6 renewal credits and the mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse.


Yes - if more time is needed to complete renewal requirements.


Once the requirements have been met for the master educator license, you may apply to convert from a Standard to a Master Educator license. Cannot apply to convert until one year prior to standard expiration date.