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Frequently asked questions from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners for current educators, those seeking licensure, substitutes, and athletic coaches.

The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners operates according to Iowa Code (Chapter 256.145-165) and Iowa Administrative Rules(Agency 282).

Begin here by viewing all license types and renewal requirements.

Current Iowa Educators

Seeking Iowa Licensure

Substitute Licensure

Athletic Coaching Licensure

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Background Checks

 Since June 2023, the Bureau of Educational Examiners uses Fieldprint to complete the federal portion of required background checks for new applicants. See more information on background checks

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All fees are non-refundable. Make sure you have selected the correct application before submitting.

Educator License Fees
License TypeFee
First license/authorization$120
Renewals (advanced degree and 10 years experience)$50
Extensions$85, or $150 for final emergency extension
Coaching extension$40
Initial license extension (needing more time)$25
Behind the Wheel, paraeducator (first time and renewal)
Transcript evaluation$60
Add an endorsement$50
Printed/mailed license
(free PDF included with all other processed applications)
Late fees$25/month for licensees, $100/month if no license

Educational Licensure Office & Staff Directory

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Office Location:
701 E Court Ave,  Suite A
Des Moines, IA  50309

Iowa Board of Educational Examiners Office
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