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Requirements - First Issuance

Completion of a full state-approved teacher preparation program for college semester hour credits from a regionally-accredited institution outside Iowa, and coursework deficiencies were identified after a Bureau of Educational Examiner transcript review. Applicants who have completed non-traditional programs should contact our office before applying to determine eligibility.


2 years


Full teaching instruction within grade levels and endorsements listed on the license. Also holds substitute authority including long-term subbing.


Yes - if more time is needed to complete the deficient coursework.


Applicants will convert to full licensure once the course deficiencies have been met.

Other Information

Additional applications requirements include official transcripts, verification of program completion, valid or expired teaching license from another state, verification of required assessments (if required),  and experience verification (if applicable). 

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