Teachers must be licensed in the state where they are teaching. The College of Education has two full-time licensure specialists dedicated to help you with the process.

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Meet our full-time licensure specialists, here to help you with licensure, the completion of your teacher preparation.

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David Tingwald

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Betsy Justis

Initial Teaching Licensure

Students who are completing a Teacher Education Program are strongly urged to apply for an Iowa teaching license*.

*Program completion alone does not license a person to teach.

Initial License Application Process

This section contains information for students of The University of Iowa who have completed a Teacher Education Program and are ready to apply for an initial teaching license

Other application information:
Licensed teachers who are adding endorsements should follow directions to add endorsements.

Students who have completed a professional service program (School Counseling, School Psychology, School Speech-Language Pathology, School Audiology, or School Social Work) should follow directions to apply for the initial professional services license (non-teachers) or to add endorsements (teachers).

STEP 1: Complete online application to Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE)

See NOTES below for details on completing the online application.

  • Visit the BOEE Before You Begin web page.
  • Click "I Agree" to go to the online application
  • Log in or create an account
  • Click "New Application or Renew" to start a new application.
  • Complete Checklist: Click the "Complete Checklist" button to start.
  • Pay Fees: Click the "Pay Fees" button to start.
  • Review Application: Click the "Review Application" button to start.

STEP 2: Fingerprinting

STEP 3: Submit forms to Office of Student Services

Complete the following application materials.

  • Program Checklist
    • You earn all the endorsement for which you are eligible when applying for the Initial License.
    • Use this form to tell Office of Student Services staff which endorsements you think you are getting
    • When in doubt, include endorsements you aren't sure about
  • Record of Field Experiences (Field Experiences template document to type and print.)
    • This form serves as a summary for your permanent College of Education record, which may be helpful for future licensure applications.
    • Complete the "Field Experiences template document" provided above.
  • Program Guide (required for graduate programs in special education, only. Other students submit at time of application for student teaching.) 

STEP 4: Return completed application materials from Step 3.

Due to remote working arrangements, hand-delivered and mailed documents may delay your application. Please email documents as PDF files and direct questions to:

Email documents to: educ-licensure@uiowa.edu
DIrect questions to: Betsy Justis (319-467-4285) or David Tingwald (319-335-5360)

If you prefer to mail the documents:
Office of Student Services/Licensure
The University of Iowa
N310 Lindquist Center
Iowa City, IA  52242-1529
319-335-5360
fax: 319-335-5364

 

Requirements to Complete Separately

Strongly Recommended to Apply

You are strongly encouraged to apply for an Iowa teaching license upon completion of your program, even if you don't intend to teach in Iowa. Application for this license validates completion of our current University of Iowa approved program. The program you have just completed is currently on file and approved by the Iowa Department of Education.

Apply as soon as you are eligible. As programs or licensure requirements change, you will eventually become ineligible for the initial Iowa license. It is much easier to renew than to meet a new set of program requirements. It is not usually necessary to renew this license unless you are teaching in this State. Holding an Iowa license is frequently beneficial when making application for licensure in another state.

Other States

If you also plan to apply for a teaching license in another state, visit Iowa Graduates Applying for Licensure in Other States.

Notes on completing forms

Online Application for Licensure

  • Web Browser: Parts of the online application may not work with all web browsers. If you get a message that your browser is not supported, please try a different browser (Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Safari).
  • Click "New Application or Renew" to start a new application.
    • Please select the type of application you would like to begin: Select "Apply for a new license"
    • Please Select the Professional Area in which you are applying: In the drop-down menu, select "Teacher"
    • Please Select Application: In the drop-down menu, select "First Iowa Teaching, Counseling, or Class G license (Iowa Institution)
    • You are About to Create the Following Application: Application: First Iowa Teaching, Counseling, or Class G license (Iowa Institution): "Continue" should be selected; click "Next," then "Finish" to go on to the next part of the application.
  • Complete Checklist: Click the "Complete Checklist" button to start.
    • Screening and Criminal History: Answer questions, and provide explanations as required. "When in doubt, disclose." Upload supporting documents as required.
    • Eligibility and Background
      See Fingerprinting options. From the drop-down menu, select Please mail me a fingerprint packet.
  • Pay Fees: Click the "Pay Fees" button to start. For most applicants, total fees should be $163.00, consisting of $85.00 for the license application, $75.00 for the background check, and a $3.00 "convenience fee." For applicants who do not need a background check, the total fee will be $88.00. There is no additional fee for additional endorsements; all endorsements awarded with the initial license are included with the $163.00 or $88.00 fee.
  • Review Application: Click the "Review Application" button to start. In the drop-down menu, select "University of Iowa." "Applicant comments for signer": You can use this field to tell The University of Iowa's recommending official the endorsements for which you are applying. Do not change the default email address that begins "edu-recomm..". Click "Finish" to submit the application.

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Updated: 11/10/2021

Adding Endorsements

Adding endorsements may make a teacher eligible to teach more subjects, or grade levels, and may make a teacher more marketable. This section contains general information for licensed teachers on working with The University of Iowa to add an endorsements.

For a complete listing of endorsements, please visit Program Guides on the Current Student Resources page.

Adding an Endorsement

This information is for licensed teachers who have completed requirements for an added endorsement with The University of Iowa, either under state of Iowa minimum standards or based on a state-approved program of The University of Iowa. Applicants for the Initial License do not need this application; all endorsements earned with the Initial License are included in the application for the Initial License.

STEP 1: Complete online application to Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE)

  • Visit the BOEE Before You Begin page.
  • Click "I Agree" to go to the online application
  • Log in or create an account
  • Click "New Application or Renew" to start a new application.
  • Enter your information (See below for notes on completing these steps), pay fees, and submit your application.

STEP 2: Submit forms to Office of Student Services

STEP 3: Return completed application materials from STEP 2.

Due to remote working arrangements, hand-delivered and mailed documents may be delayed. Please email documents as PDF files and direct questions to:

Email documents to: educ-licensure@uiowa.edu
DIrect questions to: Betsy Justis (319-467-4285) or David Tingwald (319-335-5360)

Office of Student Services
The University of Iowa
N310 Lindquist Center
Iowa City, IA  52242-1529
319-335-5360
fax: 319-335-5364

Strongly Recommended to Apply

You are strongly encouraged to apply to add an endorsement on completion of requirements, even if you don't intend to use the endorsement immediately. As endorsement requirements change, you will eventually become ineligible for the endorsement.

Notes on completing forms

Online Application for Licensure

  • Please select the type of application you would like to begin: Select "Add Endorsement"
  • Select Application: Use the drop-down menu to select "Add Teaching Endorsement (use only if an Iowa institution will be recommending you)"

Program Checklist

  • Use this form to tell Office of Student Services staff which endorsements you think you are getting
  • When in doubt, include endorsements you aren't sure about

Program Guide

  • Use this form to tell Office of Student Services staff the courses you took to fulfill program requirements, and the semester when you took them.
  • If you took a course other than the course listed, signature of the program's faculty adviser may be required, verifying the course substitution.
  • Omit this form if you are applying to add the endorsement based on a transcript evaluation under state-of-Iowa minimum standards.

Last updated: 11/11/21

Requirements and options for adding endorsements may vary based on the grade levels and content areas of the endorsements a teacher already holds, and may vary based on whether the teacher completed teacher preparation at The University of Iowa. Depending on the endorsement, requirements may include additional content area courses, education courses, and/or field experiences.

Out of State/Country Licensure

Licensure Renewal

For in-service teachers:

Iowa Licensure

To renew an Iowa educator, administrator, PSL, or SPR:

Professional Development

The Baker Teacher Leader Center (BTLC) offers numerous opportunities to earn Iowa Licensure Renewal credits for license renewal. For a complete listing of offerings, please:

Additional Resources

Professional Service Programs

Practice in the education setting in the areas of School Counseling, School Psychology, School Social Work, School Speech-Language Pathology, or School Audiology requires a teaching license or Professional Service License with endorsement in the area, or a Statement of Professional Recognition.

For a complete list of program guides, please visit Program Guides.

  • For those who are not licensed teachers and have completed a University of Iowa program in School Counseling, School Psychology, School Social Work, School Speech-Language Pathology, or School Audiology -- and the required professional education courses -- may apply for the Professional Service License.
  • Individuals who have completed a program in Speech Language Pathology, School Audiology, or School Social Work -- without professional education courses -- may apply through the Iowa Board of Education Examiners for the Statement of Professional Recognition (SPR).
  • Individuals who have completed one of these programs and already are licensed teachers should follow directions for Adding Endorsements, above, to add the endorsement to the teaching license.

Funding for Teacher Preparation

Title II Report

In accordance with the Higher Education Act, please find our  most recently submitted Title II Report submitted to the State of Iowa.