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 teacher 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 2013–14 testing year, ETS is administering a new version of the Health Education test. This new test will be offered in a computer-delivered format and the new test code will be 5551. The new test covers the same content as the previous test. However, scores are reported on a different scale, so requirements will vary from previous versions. All scores for discontinued tests are reportable for 10 years from the date the test was taken. Consult the Test Requirements table for specific score requirements.
  • ETS is offering several additional tests in a computer-delivered format which will be introduced throughout the testing year. Visit Test Centers and Dates to find testing centers near you. The computer-delivered versions cover the same content as the paper-delivered versions and are scored on the same scale; however, the computer-delivered tests have different test codes.
    • English to Speakers of Other Languages (5361) — February 2014*
    • Music: Content and Instruction (5114) — February 2014*
    • Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood (5691) — July 2014
    • Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (5272) — April 2014
    • Special Education: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities (5383) — April 2014
    • Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments (5282) — April 2014
    • Speech Communication: Content Knowledge (5221) — December 2013
    • Technology Education (5051) — July 2014

* Beginning February 2014, this test will not be available in a paper-delivered format except as required for ADA accommodations.

Who Must Take the Tests?

As one requirement for completion of an Iowa state-approved teacher 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 teacher education 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 teacher 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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