Iowa Teacher Education Programs

(found programs from 32 schools)

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Iowa Teacher Certification Info

Follow the links below to find schools offering different types of teacher education programs in Iowa. If you are trying to become a teacher, and you plan on working in Iowa, you should definitely take a look at the Department of Education's website. The individual states make a lot of their own decisions about how teachers need to be prepared.

Also, as a rule, you should contact multiple schools if you are seriously considering going back for a degree or certificate in education. There can sometimes be very significant differences in tuition, admissions requirements, and so on, even between schools that you might think are very similar. So, it's always a good idea to contact a number of schools and do a little comparison shopping.


Teaching Programs in Iowa

With over 700,000 residents under 18 years of age, it is clear that Iowa is a state where education is a top priority (U.S. Census, 2014). As the population continues to grow and more children enroll in school, the need for teachers across all grade levels is growing.

No matter what your career goals are in the education field, a teaching degree from Iowa is a great way to start. In fact, the U.S. Secretary of Education recently reported that Iowa leads the country in terms of teacher leadership and development. Regardless of which age you want to teach, an Iowa education can give you the foundation you need. Scroll down to our list of education programs in Iowa to find out more about your options.

Teacher Education in Iowa

How Can I Get a Teaching Degree in Iowa?

Of course, the key to becoming a successful teacher in Iowa is getting the right training and education. No matter which subject or grade you want to teach, your education must begin with a Bachelor's degree. This four-year degree can prepare you for an entry-level education career. Students who already have a Bachelor's degree may meet the qualifications for an accelerated certification program or a Master's degree program.

You have to be accepted to an education program in Iowa before you can begin applying for grants, scholarships, and student loans. Looking into financial aid early can give you the greatest variety of opportunities to apply for. Professional Educators of Iowa awards multiple scholarships every year, ranging from $100 to $1000 each.

When you start your training, you should jump right into education classes. Most schools start out with some sort of practical classroom experience, which allows you to realize early on if this is not a good fit for you. From there, coursework depends on your level of licensure. If you focus on English education, for example, you may take courses like Literature for Adolescents, Cognition & Motivation in Reading, Bases for English Language Instruction, Historical Perspectives on Education, and Education in Contemporary American Society.

Teaching Careers in Iowa

Outlook for Educators in Iowa

There are several ways that you can shorten your learning curve and give yourself the best start possible in this field. Joining the Iowa State Education Association can give you access to the knowledge of experienced teachers, help you build a professional network, and provide you with student teaching or job opportunities.

Strong job growth rates in Iowa may benefit you for years to come. Through 2022, elementary school teachers are expected to see a 12% increase in job openings in Iowa (O*Net, 2012). At the special education level, this growth rate is 5% (O*Net, 2012).

Reach out to the Iowa teaching schools listed on our site to learn more about your options.

2014 Teaching Salaries in Iowa

  • Elementary School Teachers in Iowa: $50,410 per year (BLS, 2015)
  • Secondary School Teachers in Iowa: $48,670 per year (BLS, 2015)
  • Post-Secondary Teachers in Iowa: $62,500 per year (BLS, 2015)
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