Teaching Degrees in Iowa

If you want to earn a teaching degree in Iowa or teach in the Iowa school system, you should be aware of some key information, such as:

  • The value of a master’s degree
  • Grant and scholarship programs
  • Iowa teaching certification requirements

Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully accredited teaching degrees in Iowa.

Teaching Degrees in Iowa

The minimum education needed to obtain teaching certification in Iowa is a bachelor’s degree. Thirty-five colleges and universities offer teaching degrees in Iowa ranging from bachelor’s programs to doctoral programs in education.

The starting salary for new teachers in Iowa is around $32,000 per year, on average. The state wide average, which includes all levels of teachers, is $50,600. Of all the teachers in Iowa, 37.9 percent hold a master’s degree. Teachers with graduate degrees can expect to earn a minimum of $4,160 more per year than those with a bachelor’s degree.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in Iowa

There are many scholarships and grants available for obtaining a teaching degree in Iowa. Among these are:

Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children
The Iowa Teacher Education and Compensation Helps scholarship program provides financial assistance to those who work in early childhood education, such as at daycare centers, as well as those wishing to obtain a teaching degree in Iowa.

Jack Bagford Elementary Education Scholarship
The University of Iowa manages this memorial scholarship that is open to undergraduates pursuing a teaching degree.

Iowa State University List of Education Scholarships
The Iowa State University School of Education offers over 30 scholarships to help undergraduate students enrolled in education-related programs.

University of Iowa List of Education Scholarships
The University of Iowa offers 48 different scholarships for students enrolled in its various programs in the College of Education.

Clarke University Scholarships
Clarke University offers a variety of scholarships, including those for students of their education department.

University of Northern Iowa
The University of Northern Iowa maintains a list of scholarships that undergraduate and graduate students may apply for, including merit and need based scholarships for prospective teachers.

Iowa Teacher Certification

There are several ways to obtain teacher certification in Iowa. An initial two year license can be obtained after:

  • The completion of an approved teacher preparation program
  • Earning a bachelor’s degree
  • Passing the Praxis I and II exams
  • Complete listed requirements for Iowa teaching endorsements

A Class-A single-year license can be obtained for those candidates who haven’t met all of the educational components, but have completed the teacher preparation program.

An internship option is available for those candidates who have a bachelor’s degree and three years of practical work experience. In this program, the candidate completes an introductory intern program at a university, followed by 50 hours of field experience. After this, a one year internship license is granted.

Minimum Certification requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Passing score on the Praxis II certification exam in the course area in which the candidate wishes to teach, as well as other Iowa mandated tests.
  • Completion of an approved teacher preparation program with an approved human relations component
  • Requirements for a teaching endorsement
  • Completion of six college credits or teaching experience within the past five years

Professional educators in Iowa must renew their certification every five years. Renewing the certification can be achieved by meeting the following requirements:

  • Six graduate-level credit hours from an accredited university during the five-year period
  • Up to four credits can be applied from the receipt of a certification from the National Board of Professional teaching Standards
  • One credit may be earned from specific approved mentoring activities

Additional Resources about Teaching in Iowa

The following resources provide additional information about earning a teaching degree and working as a teacher in Iowa.

Iowa Department of Education
Provides information on teaching in the state of Iowa, statistics on schools and salaries.

Iowa State Education Association
A 32,000 member association that supports and lobbies for the benefit of teachers and the classroom.

National Education Association
National educator membership group, the Iowa State Education Association is a member.

Professional Educators of Iowa
State-wide, non-profit education association.

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