April 16, 2018

Iowa Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $40,877
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $35,910

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in Iowa schools. Undergraduate coursework requirements vary considerably according to the subject area being taught. For a list of specific requirements, see the following site:
Requirements for Teaching Endorsements
You will also need to complete an Iowa-approved teacher preparation program. A discussion of teaching certification preparation programs is available here:
Practitioner Preparation and Teacher Education
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.


No test for basic skills is required for teacher certification in Iowa. However, you’ll need to take one or more of the following tests in specific subject areas:
Praxis 2 Exams Official Site | Praxis 2 Test

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Iowa has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about Iowa Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Iowa for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the Iowa Department of Education about teacher certification at this address:
Iowa Department of Education
400 E 14th St
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146

Or you can call at 515-281-5294.
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Iowa teacher certification process:

Iowa Department of Education
Iowa Board of Educational Examiners