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Iowa Teacher Intern Program

The Iowa Teacher Intern Program was designed to allow persons with an earned bachelor’s degree or higher to enter the teaching field, at the secondary level, without completing a traditional teacher education program.  To qualify to enter the program a person must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Meet the subject matter course work requirements for one of the secondary teaching endorsements
  • Have at least three years of post-baccalaureate work experience
  • Successfully complete the introductory teacher intern program at a four-year college or university approved by the State Board of Education.

Approved Teacher Intern Programs in Iowa

  • The Iowa Regent’s Collaborative
  • Kaplan University
  • Maharishi University of Management
  • Morningside College

 How the Program Works

  • Complete the introductory pedagogy coursework that includes a minimum of 50 contact hours of field experience with students.
  • Apply for the teacher intern license upon successful completion of the introductory program, which allows the person to serve as the teacher of record in a high school during a one year teaching internship.
  • Obtain support by the postsecondary institution in partnership with the employing district and/or area education agency which includes extensive supervision and participation in a state-approved mentoring and induction program.
  • Complete a teacher intern seminar during the internship year that includes an extension of coursework from the teacher intern introductory program.
  • Complete all course requirements in the teacher intern program
  • Obtain an initial teaching license.

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Written by iowaboee

May 11, 2011 at 10:53 am

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