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In the state of Iowa, students must complete coursework, teacher preparation, and sit for required testing in order to be certified as a teacher. The only way to hold a teacher's position in the state is to have this proper licensing. If you are already a teacher, Iowa does recognize the certifications of most other states. However, it is important to note that the requirements to become a teacher in Iowa often change and therefore it is important to contact the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners to ensure you meet all of the requirements.

Teacher Education in Iowa

To become a teacher in Iowa, the first step is to enroll in an approved college or university which is accredited by the state. The student must complete the required educational degree program as approved by the state; however, they must obtain at the very least a bachelor's degree in education.

The state of Iowa also has undergraduate credit hour requirements, dependent on the type of specialization that the student will have. Elementary education programs, for example, require students to obtain at least 24 semester hours in their specialization courses (English, mathematics, social studies, or science). Students also must take an additional number of credit hours in specific courses as dependent on their career goals. Check with the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners for specifics on these requirements. However, most approved bachelor's degree programs in the state's approved schools include these required undergraduate hours within their particular programs.

Teacher Preparation in Iowa

Once you have completed the necessary teacher education in Iowa, the next step in the process is to enroll in an accredited teacher education program to obtain on-the-job training and work study. During this program, students will learn the necessary knowledge and training for working on the job, including the development planning and implementation of curriculum and lesson plans within the classroom.

The second portion of this teacher preparation requires that the student obtain the necessary student teaching where the student will enter the classroom under the guidance of a certified teacher and perform the tasks of a teacher, including preparing and giving lessons, grading, interacting with students, and so on. Student teaching, field observation, and internship requirements differ based on the course of study.

Teacher Testing in Iowa

The state does not have a basic skills test requirement. However, in order to be qualified as Highly Qualified teacher, you must sit for the Praxis exam in the area of specialty that you have. These tests are administered by the Iowa Board of Education Examiners. All teachers must pass these exams appropriately.

Once you have done so, you can then formally apply to be a teacher within the state. You will need to obtain an application to do so from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners and complete it. Submit the application along with all other required documentation and fees. You will then be able to apply to be a teacher within the state. Keep in mind that continuing education may be necessary.

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