Information for Iowa College and University officials
Frequently Asked Questions
Teacher- Elementary Classroom endorsement requirements.
1. When are the new endorsement requirements effective?
September 1, 2015
2. Can a methods class also meet a specific content requirement?
Yes, you can document the curriculum taught within the methods class to also meet the content requirement.
3. Is there an error that there is no pre-student teaching clinical experience required in science and social studies?
No, the pre-student teaching clinical experiences in literacy and math are the only required pre-student teaching clinical experiences.
4. What is included in the methods of teaching performance arts?
Performance art may include music, dance, and/or theatre.
5. Since the catalogs need to be approved and printed next year, can we submit a skeletal exhibit sheet showing the courses we are designing to meet the requirements?
Yes, you may submit the exhibit sheet with the list of courses to BOEE.ExhibitSheets@iowa.gov. Include the outline of the curriculum being developed for each course if the specific course syllabus has not been created. We will complete a preliminary review of the information to determine if there are questions or concerns. The preliminary review will not be the final approval of the program. You will still need to complete the exhibit sheets and curriculum when they are fully developed. The preliminary review will help guide you in meeting the endorsement requirements.
6. May we use general education course requirements to meet the content requirements?
If a student in a teacher preparation program for elementary education fails to pass the Praxis II test for elementary education at the Iowa cut score, the recommending official at the institution may NOT recommend the individual for a teaching license or a substitute teaching license.
The Board of Educational Examiners’ rules state:
282—13.16(272)Specific requirements for a substitute teacher’s license.
13.16(1)Substitute teacher requirements.
A substitute teacher’s license may be issued to an individual who:
a. Has been the holder of, or presently holds, a license in Iowa; or holds or held a regular teacher’s license or certificate in another state, exclusive of temporary, emergency, or substitute certificate or license, or a certificate based on an alternative certification program; or
b. Has successfully completed all requirements of an approved teacher education program, but did not apply for an Iowa teacher’s license at the time of completion of the approved program.
Since the Praxis II test is a requirement of an approved teacher education program for elementary education, the applicant must pass the test at the Iowa cut score in order to be eligible for an Iowa substitute teaching license.
What is the Board of Educational Examiners’ definition of a teaching major?
A teaching major is a major completed as part of a teacher preparation program. The major may be in an endorsement area or in a related field.
The major must be 30 hours. When the curriculum exhibit sheets are submitted, the exhibits need to indicate how the specific endorsement requirements are met. The related hours in the major are at the discretion of the college and will not be reviewed.
For highly qualified teachers, the federal government has accepted that Iowa secondary teachers have completed a major or course work equivalent to a major. They do accept related course work in the major.
This definition is part of the content requirements for the professional core. Thus the definition of teaching major is that the major is part of the teacher preparation program. The section’s main emphasis is that a person must complete the endorsement requirements for at least one endorsement in the teacher preparation program.
The Board of Educational Examiners has adopted the new middle school endorsements which will allow the holder to teach in two concentration or core subjects in grades five through eight. The middle school endorsements do not authorize the teaching of art, music, industrial arts, physical education, reading and special education in the middle school.
REQUIREMENTS 14.140(15) Middle school endorsement.
a. Authorization. The holder of this endorsement is authorized to teach in the two concentration
areas in which the specific requirements have been completed as well as in other subject areas in grades
five through eight which are not the core content areas. The holder is not authorized to teach art, industrial
arts, music, reading, physical education and special education.
b. Program requirements.
(1) Be the holder of a currently valid Iowa teacher’s license with either the general elementary
endorsement or one of the subject matter secondary level endorsements set out in rule 14.141(272C),
or 282—subrules 16.1(1) to 16.1(3).
(2) A minimum of nine semester hours of required coursework in the following:
1. Coursework in the growth and development of the middle school age child, specifically addressing
the social, emotional, physical and cognitive characteristics and needs of middle school age
children in addition to related studies completed as part of the professional education core in 14.123(4).
2. Coursework in middle school design, curriculum, instruction, and assessment including, but
not limited to, interdisciplinary instruction, teaming, and differentiated instruction in addition to related
studies completed as part of the professional education core in 14.123(4).
3. Coursework to prepare middle school teachers in literacy (reading, writing, listening and
speaking) strategies for students in grades five through eight and in methods to include these strategies
throughout the curriculum.
4. Thirty hours of middle school field experiences included in the coursework requirements
listed in 14.140(15)“b”(2)“1” to “3.”
c. Concentration areas. To obtain this endorsement, the applicant must complete the coursework
requirements in two of the following content areas:
(1) Social studies concentration. The social studies concentration requires 12 semester hours of
coursework in social studies to include coursework in United States history, world history, government
(2) Mathematics concentration. The mathematics concentration requires 12 semester hours in
mathematics to include coursework in algebra.
(3) Science concentration. The science concentration requires 12 semester hours in science to include
coursework in life science, earth science, and physical science.
(4) Language arts concentration. The language arts concentration requires 12 semester hours in
language arts to include coursework in composition, language usage, speech, young adult literature,
and literature across cultures..
Following are some commonly asked questions (and their answers) about the middle school endorsement.
1. Who may teach in a Middle School?
Answer: An elementary teacher licensed before October 1, 1988, is authorized to teach in grades K-8 except in the subject areas of art, music, industrial arts, physical education, special education and reading.
An elementary teacher licensed after October 1, 1988, is authorized to teach in grades K-6 except in the above mentioned specialty areas. In grades 7 and 8, the elementary teacher must hold the specific content endorsement. For example, if the teacher holds the K-8 math endorsement, he/she can teach 7 & 8th grade math. However, that teacher could not teach 7 & 8th grade English because he/she does not hold the K-8 English endorsement.
The secondary level teacher licensed before October 1, 1988, is authorized to teach in grades 7 & 8 all subjects except the specialty ones noted above. In grades 5 and 6, the teacher must hold the specific content endorsement. For example, if the teacher holds the 5-12 math endorsement, he/she can teach 5 & 6th grade math. However, that teacher could not teach 5th and 6th grade English because he/she does not hold the 5-12 English endorsement.
The secondary level teacher licensed after October 1, 1988, is authorized to teach only in the content areas listed on the license. Thus this teacher can only teach math in grades 7 & 8 if he/she only holds the 5-12 math endorsement.
The person licensed with the 5-8 middle school endorsement may teach all subjects grades 5-8 except art, music, physical education, industrial arts, special education and reading.
2. Where are the courses that I need being offered?
Answer: A link to the websites of colleges offering this endorsement may be found by clicking here3. If I have not met all of the requirements, may I apply for a conditional license?
Answer: Yes, you may apply for a class B conditional license if you hold elementary classroom or regular education content area endorsement or a secondary regular education content area endorsement on a current Iowa teaching license. The conditional license is issued at the request of a school district in situations in which the individual will be teaching middle school core subjects not listed on his or her license. If the individual will be teaching in his or her endorsement areas only, the district should not apply for a conditional license.4. If I obtain a middle school science and middle school math endorsement, can I also add the middle school language arts endorsement?
Answer: Yes, if you have already completed the requirements for these endorsements, you can add the middle school English endorsement by completing the language arts concentration of 12 hours in language arts which includes course work in composition, language usage, speech, young adult literature and literature across cultures.5. If I have a 5-12 math endorsement, can I just add the middle school science endorsement?
Answer: Yes, if you have already completed the requirements for the secondary math endorsement, you can add the middle school science endorsement by completing nine semester hours of middle school education course work, 30 hours of field experience and the science concentration course work of 12 hours in science which includes course work in life science, earth science and physical science.6. If I have been teaching math in a middle school with a 5-12 math endorsement, can any of the course work such as the field experience be waived if I wish to add the middle school science endorsement?
Answer: The Board of Educational Examiners does have a waiver provision in its rules. You would have to submit the waiver documentation and receive a decision at the Board’ monthly meeting. That waiver can be obtained from the Board office by calling Marcia at 515.281.5849.7. I have been completing the requirements for the middle school generalist endorsement. Can I still complete those requirements or do I need to complete the new requirements?
Answer: Iowa colleges and universities may recommend applicants who are currently in the middle school generalist program for the middle school generalist endorsement until July 1, 2010. After that time, the applicant must complete the new requirements. An applicant from out of state may not be recommended for the middle school generalist endorsement. An applicant may not request a review of transcripts from the Board of Educational Examiners staff to add the middle school generalist endorsement.