This page contains information for students of The University of Iowa who have completed a Teacher Education Program to apply for an initial teaching license. 

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).

Application Steps

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

  • Visit the BOEE Apply For a New or Additional License page.
  • Select "Teaching License"
  • Select "Teacher Licensure - Iowa Institution Preparation"
  • Create an account (if you do not have one already) with a permanent (not your email account
  • 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

Complete the following application materials. See below for notes on completing these forms.

STEP 3: Return completed application materials from Step 2 and direct questions to

Dave Tingwald
Office of Student Services
The University of Iowa
N310 Lindquist Center
Iowa City, IA  52242-1529
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

  • Personal Info: Use a stable, permanent email address, not your email address, as the login I.D. for your account.
  • Send info to Iowa: Click "Send Info" to create an account and "folder number" (your license number), if you do not already have one.
  • Apply for License: "ID_105: In State Teacher," the application for an Initial License, should already be selected. Additional notes:
    • In rare cases, a student will apply for "ID_117: Substitute License" instead of the Initial License. Check with Office of Student Services if you think "Substitute" is a better fit for your situation. Substitute teaching is possible with the "Initial" license, so no one needs both.
    • Students leaving Iowa should get the "ID_105: In State Teacher" / Initial License.
    • Do not select "ID_167: Add an Endorsement" or "ID_181: Add an Endorsement - State Minimums": All endorsements completed with the Initial License are included with the Initial License application form and fee. Selecting these applications will result in additional and unnecessary forms and fees.
  • Iowa Grad License Type: Be sure "IA - University of Iowa" and "Initial Educator" are selected from the drop down menus.
  • Background Info: Answer questions, and provide explanations as required. "When in doubt, disclose."
  • Background Packet: See Fingerprinting options. From the drop-down menu, select either:
    • "An Iowa College, University, or AEA has or will arranged fingerprinting for me" if you will be using Option 1: The University of Iowa Department of Public Safety, or Option 3: Fingerprinting through another police department; or
    • "I will come to Grimes Building in person" for Option 2: In Des Moines, in-office at the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE).
  • Fees: 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.
  • Confirmation: Click "Submit Application." Payment and submission are two separate steps.

Fingerprint Cards

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

Record of Field Experiences

  • Complete in your ePortfolio; include your student teaching information
  • Students without this page in their ePortfolio may complete the "Field Experiences template document" provided above