According to the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, teachers must have at least a bachelor's degree and must complete a teacher preparation program. In addition, the teacher must meet endorsement requirements and complete a human relations component.
Iowa also has about five different levels of licensure. The National Center for Education Statistics indicates that there are more than 30 accredited colleges or universities that offer education programs to help aspiring teachers reach their goals. View the many available options below.
There are several options for online teaching degrees in Iowa, including some intriguing options.
There are a number of Master’s in teaching programs offered online and multiple universities, including a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, Master of Arts in Education with the educational leadership emphasis, a Talented and Gifted endorsement, a certificate in online teaching and a certificate in teaching English as a second language.
Students seeking initial certification and licensure as teachers typically complete a bachelor’s degree program. There are various options in bachelor degree programs at many Iowa schools, including Briar Cliff University, Clark University, Iowa State University, University of Dubuque, and Mount Mercy University. Some of the majors these schools offer are elementary education, secondary education, k-12 programs, early childhood education and special education.
The elementary education major at Briar Cliff includes courses in teaching elementary science, management and instruction, physical science, American history, student teaching in the elementary school and introduction to learning as well as a practicum course and student teaching. This particular program comes with a reading k-8 endorsement. ISO also offers teacher preparation programs for students who have non-teaching degrees. Students in ISU’s secondary education program will earn licenses as grade 5-12 teachers. University of Dubuque offers bachelor degree programs in elementary education, secondary education, health education teaching and physical education teaching (k-12).
Clark University offers a Master of Arts in Education that includes theory and practice. This program is for licensed teachers to advance their education without seeking administrative positions. Iowa State University offers several master degree teaching programs for teachers who already hold bachelor degrees but wish to enhance their resume and earning potentials.
Graduate programs at ISU include educational administration, social and cultural studies in education, teaching and learning, and higher education. These programs include coursework and clinical experiences. Saint Ambrose University offers master degree programs in early childhood education, educational administration, speech-language pathology and teaching. The University of Iowa offers master degree programs in educational policy and leadership studies; educational leadership; higher education and student affairs; schools, culture and society; and school curriculum and assessment policy.
The Master of Arts in Education with the educational leadership emphasis at Clark University is offered online or as part of the 4+1 program, which allows students to earn the bachelor’s degree and immediately enter the one-year master degree program. Saint Ambrose University offers an online Master of Education in Teaching program that requires completion of 32-39 credit hours.
In addition to the available degrees, Clark University also offers endorsements (certifications) in reading, special education, middle school teaching and coaching. ISU offers endorsements in many areas including coaching interscholastic athletics, English and language arts, English as a second language, Chinese, general science, mathematics and social sciences, among others.
ISU has 13 undergraduate licensure programs as well as graduate certificates in areas like community college teaching, literacy coaching, superintendent and special education. University of Iowa offers endorsement programs in educational leadership licensure for both principals and superintendents. UI also offers a variety of teacher preparation programs at the baccalaureate, master and doctoral degree levels.