Iowa Teacher Education Programs

(found programs from 33 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.


Iowa is located in the Midwestern United States and is sometimes referred to as the American Heartland. This state of approximately 3 million people has an economy relying predominantly on the service, professional, scientific and technical industries. When you’re not working or studying, Iowa offers plenty of pleasant small towns, farmers’ markets, small museums and art galleries to visit. Many of the state’s cultural highlights can be found in the capital city of Des Moines.

Teacher Education in Iowa

Some of the more notable post-secondary schools include the University of Iowa, which is known for its education program, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa. Upper Iowa University is also a good school to look into for its education courses. State-specific scholarships include the Governor Terry Brandstad Iowa State Fair Scholarship, the Iowa Tuition Grants and the Iowa Teacher Shortage Forgivable Loan Program.

Teaching Careers in Iowa

Iowa is currently battling with a shortage of teachers, which is good news for those seeking a job. According to 2010 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual mean income for teachers in this state is $43,020, but this varies depending on where you teach and your education. To become a teacher in Iowa you must have a bachelor's, pass a certified training program and receive an endorsement to be submitted to the State Board of Education.

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