Renew a Teaching License in IA
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How do I renew a teaching license in IA?
Get credit information for IA teaching license renewal here. The Board of Educational Examiners accepts Licensure Renewal Credits (LRCs) classes from the ISEA. Credits need to be earned after the issue date of the current license, or be no more than five years old if the license is expired. Your LRCs should be relevant to education or an endorsement area.
What state requirements does an educator in Iowa need to meet for renewal?
6 License Renewal Credits (LRCs) every 5 years to renew a Standard Teaching License.
4 License Renewal Credits (LRCs) to renew a Master Educator Teaching License (or 2 renewal credits if the applicant holds a doctor’s or specialist’s degree)
4 License Renewal Credits, which must include an approved evaluator course, to renew a Professional Administrator License (or 2 renewal credits if the applicant holds a doctor’s or specialist’s degree).
1 License Renewal Credit to renew a Substitute License (or 30 days of substitute teaching during the term of the license or one year of teaching experience).
2 License Renewal Credits to renew a Substitute Authorization.
4 License Renewal Credits (LRCs) to renew a Professional Service License (or 2 renewal credits if the applicant holds a doctor’s or specialist’s degree)
4 License Renewal Credits (LRCs) to renew a School Business Official Authorization.
3 License Renewal Credits to renew a Paraeducator Certification.
What state requirements does a Initial Career and Technical Education applicant need to meet?
All applicants for an Initial Career and Technical Education authorization must complete these requirements during the 3 year term of their initial CTE authorization:
- Iowa approved Human Relations course
- Methods of teaching Career and Technical Education
- Curriculum design and construction
- Evaluation of programs and students. (also called Educational Psychology)
- Coursework in the instruction of Exceptional Learners
- Ethics Training
How does a teacher find free PD for the Mandatory Reporter requirement in Iowa?
In 2019, HF 731 modified the requirements for mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse. The Iowa Department of Human Services offers a free online course to meet this state requirement.
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How do I contact the IA Department of Education?
Contact the Iowa Department of Education
Grimes State Office Building
400 East 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146
Phone: (515) 281-5294
Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your teaching certificate and circumstances and align with what your state Department of Education requires. The new continuing education information and courses listed on this page are current as of March 25th, 2021 to meet the best information available. State licensing requirements and school district approval processes may change and it is your responsibility as a licensed or certified teacher to know your state certification renewal requirements and the process for submission and approval of all professional and staff development hours for renewing a license, licensing and certificate renewal and expired or lapsed certification. Professional Learning Board can not guarantee acceptance by your school, district, state Department of Education or licensing authority.