Become a teacher with an Alternative Certification Program in Iowa

Iowa is a relative newcomer to alternative certification. The Iowa Teacher Intern License, the state's first and only alternative certification pathway, was authorized in 2002 but wasn't offered by any college or university until 2005. In 2009, the Iowa Board of Regents, acting on a request from the state's three Regent universities, approved a new pilot ITIL program.

According to a release from the Iowa Board of Regents, the latest ITIL program was developed in response to expected teacher shortages in math and science as well as an increasing number of queries from midcareer professionals about alternative licensure.

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As of 2008, about 40 teachers had become licensed through the ITIL program according to an editorial in the Des Moines Register that quoted Iowa Department of Education Director George Maurer. However, officials with the Iowa Board of Regents and the Iowa Department of Education hope the program's latest incarnation will attract even more candidates.

The ITIL is only available to teachers at the secondary (7-12) level. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.0 or higher plus three years of post-baccalaureate work experience. Program participants complete introductory training that includes pedagogy coursework and 50 hours of field experience. They are then eligible to teach full time at full pay while completing additional required coursework during evenings and weekends.

The ITIL program is currently offered through The Iowa Regent's Collaborative, Kaplan University, Maharishi University of Management and Morningside College. Exact costs and program delivery vary by school.

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