Renewing a Teacher or Administrator License

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find my folder number or what kind of license that I am renewing?

I work with student teachers; may I get renewal credit for doing this?

When my Initial or Standard or Master Educator License expires, I am considering getting a Substitute License (I am going to retire or I am not interested in a regular teaching job, etc.). What is required in order to get my substitute license if I have never held one before?

What if I have previously held a Substitute License, maybe several years ago?

May I substitute on my regular teaching license until my regular license expires?

If I go to a Substitute License from a Standard License and then later back to a Standard License, will I have to go through mentoring?

I am living and teaching (or not teaching) outside of Iowa; is there any reason to keep my license current?

My Iowa teaching license expired several years ago, but I have not been teaching in Iowa or anywhere else; will I now need more credits (e.g. more than the six I needed before to renew a Standard License) or have to do anything else extra in order to renew my license?

If my license has expired, will I owe a late fee?

What if my license expires before I receive my renewed license in the mail?

I had more credits than I needed when I renewed my license five years ago; may I use those credits to renew my license now?

I recently received my master's degree; when should I apply for my Master Educator License?

My Substitute License expires this year; what do I have to do to renew it?

My Standard License expires this year; what do I have to do to renew it?

My Master Educator License expires this year; what do I have to do to renew it?

My Administrator License expires this year; what do I have to do to renew it?

My Initial License expires this year; what do I have to do to renew it?

I have an Initial License and I have 2 years of teaching in another state, and now I am going to be teaching in a foreign country in the coming year. Will that allow me to move to the Standard License?

I had an Initial License and renewed it once; I am not working in PreK-12 education now. What do I have to do to maintain my license?

I renewed my Standard or Master Educator License online and was chosen for audit. Do I have to send a check with my transcripts?

My license expires in six weeks, and I still need one more credit; what can I do if my class won’t end by that time (or if there is no class that I can take)?

I just completed my teacher education program; I am going to go to graduate school right after graduation. Should I get my teaching license or should I wait?

What do I need to do to keep my license current while I am in graduate school?

I’ve renewed my Initial License twice. It has now expired. I am not in education now. What will I have to do to renew it?

I just got my new license back. I had requested a name change. Why wasn’t my name changed on my license?

I just sent in my application, when will I get my license?



How can I find my folder number or what kind of license that I am renewing?

Just go to this webpage (www.boee.iowa.gov/search_warn) and type in your name.


 

When my Initial or Standard or Master Educator License expires, I am considering getting a Substitute License (I am going to retire or I am not interested in a regular teaching job, etc.). What is required in order to get my substitute license if I have never held one before?

Just send in the application for a Substitute Teacher License , and the fee.

 

What if I have previously held a Substitute License, maybe several years ago?

Then you will have to renew it. That requires one Area Education Agency renewal credit or one college credit no older than five years
OR
verification of at least 30 days of substituting experience within the term of the expired substitute license or under your regular license within the last five years.

(You do not need both the credit and the thirty days of experience to renew the Substitute Teacher License .)

If you have neither the credit nor the experience and need to get a license to substitute right away, you could apply for a one year extension of your license.

 

May I substitute on my regular teaching license until my regular license expires?

Yes, you may substitute on your regular license in all subjects and at all grade levels.

 


 

If I go to a Substitute License from a Standard License and then later back to a Standard License, will I have to go through mentoring?

No, you will merely have to renew your Standard License. But note that if you accept a regular teaching job, you will have to renew your Standard License BEFORE you begin your duties as a full time or regular part time teacher; you cannot serve as a full time or regular part time teacher on a Substitute License.

 


 

I am living and teaching (or not teaching) outside of Iowa; is there any reason to keep my license current?

Not really. You will need to renew before you ever begin teaching in Iowa again. But there is no penalty for letting your Iowa license expire if you are not practicing in Iowa.

 


 

My Iowa teaching license expired several years ago, but I have not been teaching in Iowa or anywhere else; will I now need more credits (e.g. more than the six I needed before to renew a Standard License) or have to do anything else extra in order to renew my license?

No, you will merely have to renew your license by meeting the renewal requirements for that license.

 


 

If my license has expired, will I owe a late fee?

If you have been practicing as an educator in Iowa with an expired license, you will be charged a $25 per month late fee up to a maximum of $150.

But if you have not been practicing as an educator in Iowa while your license has been expired, no late fee will be charged.

 


 

What if my license expires before I receive my renewed license in the mail?

As long as your complete application is in our office by the expiration date of the license, your application is considered to be on time and you may legally continue to teach, and no late fee will be assessed.

 


 

I had more credits than I needed when I renewed my license five years ago; may I use those credits to renew my license now?

No. Credit used for renewal of a license must be earned within the term of that license. The credits that you could have used at your last renewal would be too old to be used for this renewal.

 


 

I recently received my master's degree; when should I apply for my Master Educator License?

That should be done when you renew your license (even if it is several years away). Just use the application for Conversion of a Standard License to the Master Educator License instead of the application for renewal of the Standard License.

 


 

My Substitute License expires this year; what do I have to do to renew it?

The Substitute Teacher License (note that we are referring to the Substitute Teacher License, not the Substitute Authorization) requires one Area Education Agency renewal credit or one college credit completed within the last five years.
OR
verification of at least 30 days of substituting experience within the term of the expired substitute license or one year of teaching experience within the last five years completed during the term of a valid Iowa teaching license. You will also need to submit a Mandatory Reporter of Child Abuse Training certificate no older than five years.

 


 

My Standard License expires this year; what do I have to do to renew it?

Renewal of the Standard License requires six Area Education Agency renewal credits or six college credits from a regionally accredited college or university in any combination. All credits must be relevant to your educational career, and must have been earned after the issue date of the license.

You will also need to submit a Mandatory Reporter of Child Abuse Training certificate no older than five years.

(Note that if the license has expired, no credit may be older than five years.)

 


 

My Master Educator License expires this year; what do I have to do to renew it?

Renewal of the Master Educator License requires four Area Education Agency renewal credits or four college credits from a regionally accredited college or university in any combination. All credits must be relevant to your educational career, and must have been earned after the issue date of the license.

You will also need to submit a Mandatory Reporter of Child Abuse Training certificate no older than five years.

(Note that if the license has expired, no credit may be older than five years.)

 


 

My Administrator License expires this year; what do I have to do to renew it?

Renewal of the Administrator License requires four Area Education Agency renewal credits or four college credits from a regionally accredited college or university in any combination. You must complete the Evaluator I training if the new evaluator endorsement is not included on the administrative license. The Evaluator I training provides four renewal credits.

If you already have completed the Evaluator I training and the new evaluator endorsement is listed on the administrative license, you must complete the Evaluator II training for two renewal credits. You must also complete an additional 2 renewal credit relevant to administration or the school’s goals and must have been earned after the issue date of the license.

You will also need to submit a Mandatory Reporter of Child Abuse Training certificate no older than five years.

(Note that if the license has expired, no credit may be older than five years.)

 


 

My Initial License expires this year; what do I have to do to renew it?

If you have two years of teaching experience, have been teaching in an Iowa public school, have completed a mentoring and induction program, and have met the Iowa teaching Standards; have your principal sign the application for conversion of the Initial License to the Standard License and mail it to our office with the fee.

OR

If you have been teaching out of state or in a private school in Iowa and have accumulated three years of teaching experience, have your principal sign the application for conversion of the Initial License to the Standard License and mail it to our office with the fee.

OR

If you have met all other requirements for your Standard License, but don’t yet have two years of teaching experience (or three years in a non-public school) apply for a one year extension of your Initial License and mail it to our office with the fee.

OR

If you have been teaching but are more than a year away from being able to apply for your Standard License, apply to renew your Initial License and mail it to our office with the fee.

OR

If you are not teaching, you could apply to renew your Initial License and mail it to our office with the fee. Note that the Initial License may be renewed only twice. You may not renew it the second time unless you are teaching or have been offered a teaching job; send verification of employment along with the application for renewal of the second Initial License.

Applying for a Substitute License may be a good option for you if may want to substitute teach, but do not want to use up one of your Initial licenses.

You could also just let the license expire and renew it before returning to education and beginning your duties as a teacher.

OR

If you are teaching outside of Iowa you could just let the license expire until you have three years of teaching experience and then apply for the Standard License.

 


 

I have an Initial License and I have 2 years of teaching in another state, and now I am going to be teaching in a foreign country in the coming year. Will that allow me to move to the Standard License?

It is very likely that it will count as your third year. In fact, all three years could be completed in a foreign country if you teach in a school “accredited” by that country or in an international school.

 


 

I had an Initial License and renewed it once; I am not working in PreK-12 education now. What do I have to do to maintain my license?

Nothing. You might be better off letting it expire since it may be renewed only twice.

As long as you applied for and were issued an Iowa teaching license, you should be able to renew it with little trouble. If you wish to maintain some sort of license in case that you might decide to do some substitute teaching, you could apply for a Substitute Teacher License , but that would your choice.


 

I renewed my Standard or Master Educator License online and was chosen for audit. Do I have to send a check with my transcripts?

No. Your credit card or checking account has already been debited for the appropriate fee.


 

My license expires in six weeks, and I still need one more credit; what can I do if my class won’t end by that time (or if there is no class that I can take)?

You could apply for a one year extension of the license. The fee is the only requirement for this license, but if one or more of your credits will turn five years old by the expiration date of the extension, you should send those transcripts with your application.

 


 

I just completed my teacher education program; I am going to go to graduate school right after graduation. Should I get my teaching license or should I wait?

You should absolutely get your license as soon as you qualify. If you let it expire; it will remain quite easy to renew; however, if you wait, and if requirements change (and some changes are quite substantial), you will have to meet the requirements as they exist on the day that you apply for your license. If you wish to maintain some sort of license in case that you might decide to do some substitute teaching, you could apply for a Substitute Teacher License , but that would your choice.

 


 

What do I need to do to keep my license current while I am in graduate school?

Nothing. If you let it expire; it will remain quite easy to renew. If you wish to maintain some sort of license in case that you might decide to do some substitute teaching, you could apply for a Substitute Teacher License , but that would your choice.

 


 

I’ve renewed my Initial License twice. It has now expired. I am not in education now. What will I have to do to renew it?

Since it may be renewed only twice, we will not be able to let you renew it until you have been offered a full time or regular part time teaching job. (We do not want you to get into a severe licensure dilemma by using up all of your Initial Licenses without getting the experience needed to move to the Standard License.)

If you think that you might decide to do some substitute teaching, you could apply for a Substitute Teacher License.

Of course, you can continue to apply for jobs while your license is expired. When you accept a job, then apply for renewal of your license.

 


 

I just got my new license back. I had requested a name change. Why wasn’t my name changed on my license? In order to change your name on your teaching license, we need some sort of legal proof of the name change. A photocopy of the appropriate document (marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.) will be sufficient.
If you provide this documentation within thirty days of the printing of your license, we will change the name and print a new license for you at no charge. Beyond that date, you can submit verification of name change, and we will be happy to make the change that will appear on future licenses; there is a charge only if you ask for an updated copy of the license.

 


 

I just sent in my application, when will I get my license?

Because our work load varies depending upon the time of year, It can take as long as six weeks or as few as two weeks. You should allow a minimum of four weeks from the time that the license arrives in our office before checking on the status of your license.

 

I work with student teachers; may I get renewal credit for doing this?

 

As of 2008, it is possible to get up to one renewal credit for working with student teachers. The credit is earned by accumulating three points. More information and forms are available by clicking here.