To teach in the State of Iowa, individuals must hold a current teaching license. The license is granted by the state, upon the recommendation of the accredited institution where the student completed an undergraduate program.
The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners issues teaching licenses that are valid for specific ages or grades (such as K-6 for elementary teachers and 5-12 for secondary teachers). Endorsements on a teaching license indicate which subject areas a teacher is qualified to teach. Completion of student teaching and required coursework does not guarantee recommendation for a teaching license.
The State of Iowa operates under an approved program system. That means Iowa State University has specified to the Board of Educational Examiners the courses and experiences it believes are necessary for prospective teachers in various fields, such as history, science, music, and family and consumer sciences. Every seven years, the University undergoes a state review of their more than 65 approved programs.