Overview of Iowa Testing Requirements

How to Qualify for Licensure

To qualify for an initial educator license in Iowa, candidates must:

  • Earn a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete an approved educator preparation program.
  • Complete an approved human relations component.
  • Complete a component focused on exceptional learners.
  • Fulfill requirements for a teaching endorsement.
  • Meet recency requirement listed under the Class A License.

See Requirements for Licenses, including a standard license, master educator license and Class A license.

Access the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners for comprehensive information on license application procedures and forms.

Important Information

  • Beginning with the 2014–15 testing year, ETS will discontinue paper-delivered testing. However, tests will be available in a paper-delivered format as required for ADA accommodations. All scores for previously administered paper-delivered tests are reportable for 10 years from the date the test was taken.
  • ETS is offering several additional tests in a computer-delivered format which will be introduced in October. Visit Test Centers and Dates to find testing centers near you.
    • Art: Content and Analysis (5135) — previously available as paper-delivered test code 0135
    • Economics (5911) — previously available as paper-delivered test code 0911
    • Geography (5921) — previously available as paper-delivered test code 0921
    • Government/Political Science (5931) — previously available as paper-delivered test code 0931
    • Journalism (5223) — previously available as paper-delivered test code 0223
    • Latin (5601) — previously available as paper-delivered test code 0601
    • Marketing Education (5561) — previously available as paper-delivered test code 0561
    • Theatre (5641) — previously available as paper-delivered test code 0641

Who Must Take the Tests?

As one requirement for completion of an Iowa state-approved educator preparation program, every new teacher candidate must attain the state-determined qualifying score on a content test and a pedagogy test. Consequently, all new teachers in Iowa who have completed an approved Iowa preparation program are considered highly qualified under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), as long they are teaching in the appropriate license/endorsement area(s).

When and Where to Take the Test

Candidates should follow the recommendations of their respective educator preparation programs. Test centers and dates are available on this website.

Cost of the Test

Visit the fees page for information on the cost of each test.

Where to Send Test Scores

Request that your score be sent to the institution where you are completing your educator preparation program. Your score must be received by your college/university program for program completion.

Teaching Outside of Iowa

Be sure to consult other state requirements if you plan to teach outside of the state of Iowa.

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