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License/Authorization TypeRequirements for First IssuanceAuthorityTerm RenewalsOne-Year Extension available? Conversion available?Other info
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Teaching
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Initial Teaching LicenseCompletion of a full state-approved teacher preparation program for college semester hour credit including meeting at least one of our endorsement requirements.Full teaching instruction within grade levels and endorsements listed on the license. Also holds substitute authority including long-term subbing.2 years, June 30 expiration dateTwo renewals are available if needed. The second (and final) renewal requires proof of employment in a contracted position that will lead to the standard license. No credits required. Mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse is required. Choose ID 156. Applicants who will meet the experience requirement within one year: Choose ID 170. Applicants who have already met the experience requirement, but need one final year to meet the Iowa teaching standards: Choose ID 171.Convert to the standard license the standard license experience requirement has been met (two full years or three full years - do not apply early). Choose ID 177. Due to the limited number of renewals, it is best to let this license type expire if not teaching in a setting that will lead to the standard license. The license can be renewed or extended at a later date.
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Standard Teaching LicenseTwo years of successful teaching in an Iowa public school, or 3 years in an accredited private or out-of-state setting.Full teaching instruction within grade levels and endorsements listed on the license. Also holds substitute authority including long-term subbing.5 years6 renewal credits and the mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse. Choose ID 157.Yes - if more time is needed to complete renewal requirements. Choose ID 168. Once the requirements have been met for the master educator license, a request is made within the standard license renewal application. Cannot apply to convert until one year prior to standard expiration date. Choose ID 157.
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Master Educator Teaching LicenseMaster's degree and 5 years of teaching experience.Full teaching instruction within grade levels and endorsements listed on the license. Also holds substitute authority including long-term subbing.5 years4 renewal credits, or 2 renewal credits if the applicant also holds a specialist's or doctor's degree, and the mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse. Choose ID 157.Yes - if more time is needed to complete renewal requirements. Choose ID 168. No
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Regional Exchange Teaching License - Out of State Applicants 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 BoEE transcript review. Applicants who have completed non-traditional programs should contact our office before applying to determine eligibility. Full teaching instruction within grade levels and endorsements listed on the license. Also holds substitute authority including long-term subbing.2 yearsNon-renewableYes - if more time is needed to complete the deficient coursework. Choose ID 168. Applicants will convert to full licensure once the course deficiencies have been met. Choose ID 178.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).
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Conditional License - Class B Hold an initial, standard, master, or regional exchange teaching license, have a position offer in a new endorsement area, and have 2/3 of the content or 1/2 in a shortage area of the required coursework complete.Full teaching instruction within grade levels and endorsements listed on the license. 2 academic years, June 30 expirationNon-renewableYes - one emergency extension is available if coursework progress has been made during the term of the Class B license. Choose ID 172.No, but once coursework is complete, applicants should apply to add the endorsement. Courses taken through and Iowa College: Choose ID 167. Courses taken out of state or through multiple colleges: Choose ID 181.Main license must be valid in order for the conditional license to be valid.
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Conditional License - Executive Director Decision Hold an initial, standard, master, or regional exchange teaching license, have a position offer in a new endorsement area, and after a diligent search, the district shows that no properly endorsed applicants were available.Full teaching instruction within grade levels and endorsements listed on the license. 1 academic year, June 30 expirationNon-renewableNoNo, but eligible to apply for the Class B conditional license once requirements have been met. Choose ID 148.Main license must be valid in order for the conditional license to be valid.
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Class A - ExtensionHold a teaching license, and need more time to meet the renewal or conversion requirementsFull teaching instruction within grade levels and endorsements listed on the license. Also holds substitute authority including long-term subbing.1 yearNon-renewableYes - one emergency extension is available if coursework progress has been made during the term of the Class A license. Emergency extension is not available for the initial license extension. Choose ID 172.Refer to main license type for conversion information.
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Class E - Emergency ExtensionHold a Class A Extension or Class B Conditional license, and need one final extension to meet the renewal or coursework requirements. Coursework progress during the term of the Class A Extension or Class B conditional license, proof of registration in additional coursework, and administrator signature is requiredFull teaching instruction within grade levels and endorsements listed on the license. Also holds substitute authority including long-term subbing.1 yearNon-renewableNoRefer to main license type for conversion information.No further extensions will be granted.
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License/Authorization TypeRequirements for First IssuanceAuthorityTerm RenewalsOne-Year Extension available? Conversion available?Other info
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Limited Teaching
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International Exchange Teaching LicenseCompletion of a full teacher preparation program and participation in a teacher exchange program administered through the Iowa Department of Education, the US Department of Education, or the US Department of State. Full teaching instruction within grade levels and endorsements listed on the license. Not eligible for conditional licensure.1 yearRenewable with verification of continued participation in the exchange program. NoNoApplicants will need to meet the out-of-state application requirements if they wish to remain licensed in Iowa upon completion of the international exchange program.
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Initial Career and Technical Authorization6000 hours of experience or 4000 hours and a bachelor's degree in a career and technical field.Limited to career and technical fields listed on the authorization. Not eligible for conditional licensure. 3 yearsAvailable if coursework progress has been made during the term of the initial career and technical authorization. Mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse. Choose ID 156. NoApply for the Career and Technical Authorization upon completion of the required coursework. Choose ID 176.Career and technical areas include but are not limited to areas such as construction, plumbing, electrical, welding, auto body/mechanics, drafting, agriculture, culinary arts, and nursing.
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Career and Technical Authorization 6000 hours of experience or 4000 hours and a bachelor's degree in a career and technical field and required CTE pedagogy coursework.Limited to career and technical fields listed on the authorization. Not eligible for conditional licensure. 5 years6 renewal credits and the mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse. Choose ID 157.Yes - if more time is needed to complete renewal requirements. Choose ID 168. NoCareer and technical areas include but are not limited to areas such as construction, plumbing, electrical, welding, auto body/mechanics, drafting, agriculture, culinary arts, and nursing.
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Preliminary Native Language Teaching AuthorizationForeign language native speaker, bachelors degree, passing Praxis II content test in native language, position offer, and after a diligent search, the district shows that no properly endorsed applicants were available.Limited to language listed on the authorization. Not eligible for conditional licensure. 3 yearsNon-renewableYes - if more time is needed to complete coursework requirements. Choose ID 168. Apply for the Native Language Teaching Authorization upon completion of the required coursework. Choose ID 176.
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Native Language Teaching AuthorizationForeign language native speaker, bachelor's degree, passing Praxis II content test in native language, and required native language pedagogy coursework.Limited to language listed on the authorization. Not eligible for conditional licensure. 5 years6 renewal credits and the mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse. Choose ID 157.Yes - if more time is needed to complete renewal requirements. Choose ID 168. No
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iJAG AuthorizationBachelor's degree, iJAG training, recommendation from iJAG.Limited to iJAG instruction. Not eligible for conditional licensure. 5 yearsRequired iJAG training and the mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse.NoNo
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Behind the WheelAt least age 25, clear driving record, full driver's license, approved course. Limited to Behind the Wheel (driving) instruction. Not eligible for conditional licensure. 1 year12 clock hours of BTW instruction, approved refresher course, and mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse. Choose ID 163. NoNoDriver's ed classroom endorsement can be added if they also hold a teaching license (valid or expired) with the driver's education endorsement.
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Provisional Orientation and Mobilitybachelor's or master's degree, complete state-approved program in orientation and mobility. Limited to orientation and mobility. Not eligible for conditional licensure. 3 yearsNon-renewableApplicants who will meet the experience requirement within one year: Choose ID 170. Convert to the full orientation and mobility specialist after the last day of school once the probationary requirement has been met. Choose ID 177.
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Orientation and MobilityCompletion of three-year probationary period (provisional orientation and mobility)Limited to orientation and mobility. Not eligible for conditional licensure. 5 years6 credits and the mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse. Choose ID 157.Yes - if more time is needed to complete renewal requirements. Choose ID 168. No
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License/Authorization TypeRequirementsAuthorityTerm RenewalOne-Year Extension available? Conversion available?
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Administration
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Initial AdministratorHold or be eligible for an Iowa teaching license.
Verify three years of teaching experience.
Completion of the requirements for an administrative endorsement.
Completion of a master’s degree.
Full administration authority for the grade levels and endorsements listed on the license. Also holds substitute authority including long-term subbing.1 year, June 30 expiration dateTwo renewals are available if needed. The second (and final) renewal requires proof of employment in a contracted position that will lead to the professional administrator license. No credits required. Mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse is required. Choose ID 156. Applicants who will meet the experience requirement within one year: Choose ID 170. Convert to the professional administrator license the experience requirement has been met (one full year or two full years - do not apply early). Must have been listed as an administrator on BEDS. Choose ID 177. Due to the limited number of renewals, it is best to let this license type expire if not serving as an administrator in a setting that will lead to the professional administrator license. The license can be renewed or extended at a later date.
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Professional AdministratorOne year serving as an administrator in an Iowa public school, or two years in an accredited private or out-of-state setting.Full administration authority for the grade levels and endorsements listed on the license. Also holds substitute authority including long-term subbing.5 years4 renewal credits, or 2 renewal credits if the applicant also holds a specialist's or doctor's degree, which must include an approved evaluator course. Mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse is required. Choose ID 160.Yes - if more time is needed to complete renewal requirements. Choose ID 168. NoRenewing this license automatically renews the evaluator authority (separate application and fee to renew evaluator not required).
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Administrator Exchange - Out of State ApplicantsComplete the requirements for the initial administrator license and hold an administrator license in the state where the program was completed. Coursework deficiencies were identified after a BoEE transcript evaluation.Full administration authority for the grade levels and endorsements listed on the license. Also holds substitute authority including long-term subbing. Cannot perform evaluations unless the evaluator endorsement is listed. 1 yearnon-renewableYes - if more time is needed to complete the deficient coursework. Choose ID 172. Applicants will convert to full licensure once the course deficiencies have been met. Choose ID 178.
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EvaluatorHold an Iowa teaching license and complete the required evaluator training. Evaluation of educators. 5 yearsApproved evaluator course and the mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse. Choose ID 160.Yes - if more time is needed to complete renewal requirements. Choose ID 168. NoThis separate license is not required for someone with an administrator license with an evaluator endorsement.
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Class A - ExtensionHold an initial or professional administrator license, and need more time to meet the renewal or conversion requirementsFull administration authority for the grade levels and endorsements listed on the license. Also holds substitute authority including long-term subbing.1 yearNon-renewableYes - one emergency extension is available if coursework progress has been made during the term of the Class A license. Not available for the initial license extension. Choose ID 172.Refer to main license type for conversion information.
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Class E - Emergency ExtensionHold a Class A Extension or Administrator Exchange license, and need one final extension to meet the renewal or coursework requirements. Coursework progress during the term of the Class A Extension or Administrator Exchange license, proof of registration in additional coursework, and administrator signature is requiredFull administration authority for the grade levels and endorsements listed on the license. Also holds substitute authority including long-term subbing.1 yearNon-renewableNoRefer to main license type for conversion information.No further extensions will be granted.
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License/Authorization TypeRequirementsAuthorityTerm RenewalOne-Year Extension available? Conversion available?
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Athletics/Activities
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Coaching Endorsement5 semester hours of coursework added to a teaching license. Athletic Coaching K-12term of the teaching licenseAutomatically renewed with renewed teaching license. Automatically extended with extended teaching license. N/ATeachers may choose to pursue either the coaching endorsement or authorization pathway to coaching.
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Coaching AuthorizationApproved 55 hour coaching authorization course, concussion training, and CPR certification. Athletic Coaching K-12 only5 yearsFive renewal activities. Three activities must include concussion training, mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse, and CPR certification. Choose ID 153.Yes - if more time is needed to complete renewal requirements. Choose ID 169. NoNon-teachers must choose the coaching authorization pathway to coaching. Teachers may choose this pathway.
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Transitional Coaching AuthorizationAge 21 or over, working to complete the full coaching authorization requirements, coaching position offer, short coaching course, concussion training, and mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuseAthletic Coaching K-12 only1 yearnon-renewableNoApply for full coaching authorization once the requirements have been met. Choose ID 119. If the authorization is needed prior to the completion of the full course, non-teachers should choose this, and teachers should instead choose the Class B conditional license.
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Activities Administrator AuthorizationBachelor's degree or higher in athletic administration or related field, required LTI courses, concussion trainingActivities Administration. Not eligible for conditional licensure or to add teaching or administration endorsements.5 years2 renewal credits and the mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse. Yes - if more time is needed to complete renewal requirements. Choose ID 168. No
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License/Authorization TypeRequirementsAuthorityTerm RenewalOne-Year Extension available? Conversion available?
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Additional Support
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Substitute LicenseHeld or eligible to hold an Iowa teaching license. Substitute teach for a contracted teacher out on leave in any subject grades PK-12. May serve in one position up to 90 days (long-term sub). Cannot fill open positions. 5 years30 days of substitute teaching during the term of the license, or one year of teaching experience, or one renewal credit; no more than five years old and the mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse. Choose ID 158.Yes - if more time is needed to complete renewal requirements. Choose ID 168. No
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Substitute AuthorizationBachelor's degree or higher and the completion of an approved substitute authorization course. Substitute teach for a contracted teacher out on leave in any subject grades PK-12. Cannot serve as a long-term substitute. Cannot fill open positions. 5 years2 renewal credits and the mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse. Choose ID 158.Yes - if more time is needed to complete renewal requirements. Choose ID 168. No
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Initial Professional ServiceMaster's degree and completion of a professional service license program specific to an education setting.
Limited to professional service license areas listed on license. Not eligible to add teaching endorsements. 2 years, June 30 expiration dateTwo renewals are available if needed. The second (and final) renewal requires proof of employment in a contracted position that will lead to the standard license. No credits required. Mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse is required. Choose ID 156. Applicants who will meet the experience requirement within one year: Choose ID 170. Convert to the full Professional Service License after the last day of school once the standard license experience requirement has been met. Choose ID 177. School counselor, School psychologist, Speech-language pathologist, Supervisor of special education (support), Director of special education of an AEA, School social worker, School audiologist.
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Professional ServiceTwo years of successful service in a professional service license area in an Iowa public school, or 3 years in an accredited private or out-of-state setting.Limited to professional service license areas listed on license. Not eligible to add teaching endorsements. 5 years4 renewal credits, or 2 renewal credits if the applicant also holds a specialist's or doctor's degree, and the mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse. Choose ID 157.Yes - if more time is needed to complete renewal requirements. Choose ID 168. NoSchool counselor, School psychologist, Speech-language pathologist, Supervisor of special education (support), Director of special education of an AEA, School social worker, School audiologist.
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Class G CounselingCompletion of all of the coursework required for a approved professional school program with the exception of the internshipLimited to professional service license areas listed on license. Not eligible to add teaching endorsements. 1 yearnon-renewableNoNoFor the counseling internship only.
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Statement of Professional RecognitionHold a license from the professional licensure division, department of public health, or board of nursing in specific areasLimited to the statement of professional service license areas listed on license. Not eligible for conditional licensure or to add teaching endorsements. 5 yearsMaintain professional licensure, mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse. Choose ID 159.NoNoSchool audiologist, School nurse, School occupational therapist, School physical therapist, school social worker, Special education nurse, Speech-language pathologist.
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Initial School Business Official AuthorizationAssociate's degree in business or accounting or 60 semester hours of coursework in business or accounting of which 9 semester hours must be in accounting. Applicants who do not have 9 semester hours but have at least 6 should contact our office to inquire about a temporary initial school business official authorization. Can perform, supervise, and be responsible for the overall financial operation of a local school district.2 yearsnon-renewableNoApply for the Standard School Business Official Authorization upon completion of the required coursework. Choose ID 182.
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School Business Official AuthorizationComplete the requirements for the initial school business official authorization and the additional credit requirements. Can perform, supervise, and be responsible for the overall financial operation of a local school district. 3 years4 renewal credits and the mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse is required. Choose ID 161.YesNo
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Initial School Administration Manager AuthorizationHigh school or high school equivalency diplomaNon-instructional administrative duties3 yearsOne renewal is available with proof of employment as a SAM. No credits are required. Mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse is required. Choose ID 162.NoApply for the Standard School Administration Manager Authorization upon completion of the required training, one year of experience as listed on BEDS, and met competencies. Choose ID 184.
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School Administration Manager AuthorizationCompletion of the approved training and one year of SAM experience including verified competenciesNon-instructional administrative duties5 years3 semester hours of credit through authorized SAM training or online training courses approved by the BoEE/DE. Mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse is required. Choose ID 162.Yes - if more time is needed to complete renewal requirements. No
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Paraeducator CertificationCompletion of a an approved paraeducation certification program and verification of high school completion or equivalence.Student assistance - not leading any direct instruction5 years3 renewal credits and the mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse. Choose ID 158.NoNoOptional in most settings.
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