Iowa Teacher Intern License Pathway


The Iowa Teacher Intern License Pathway (ITILP) is designed to help talented professionals answer the call to teach by attaining a secondary (grades 7-12) teaching license, usually in a high-needs content area. ITILP allows the participant to be a salaried probationary teacher in an accredited secondary Iowa school, on a temporary license (Teacher Intern License), for one year from date of issuance.

Earning a teaching license requires successful completion of two components: 1) the licensure core courses (ITILP) and 2) the content area endorsement courses. The endorsement courses must be completed prior to the internship year and outside the ITILP.

The ITILP consists of 24 total credit hours of coursework. Eighteen credit hours of coursework and 60 hours of field experience are completed prior to the internship year. Courses are taken at night (usually online) and on occasional weekends (sometimes face-to-face) during the fall, spring, May, and summer terms. The remaining six credit hours of course work (seminars) are completed online and face-to-face during the internship year.

Upon successful completion of the internship year and all program and course requirements, performances, and assessments, the candidate is recommended for the Initial Teaching License.