Rules for the Portfolio Review Process

13.3(3) Requirements for Applicants from Out-Of-State Nontraditional Teacher Preparation Programs. An applicant who holds a valid license from another state and whose preparation was completed through a state-approved nontraditional teacher preparation program must: 
a. Hold a baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited institution. 
b. Provide a valid out-of-state teaching license based on a state-approved nontraditional teacher preparation program. 
c. Provide a recommendation from a regionally accredited institution, department of education, or a state’s standards board indicating the completion of an approved nontraditional teacher preparation program. 
d. Provide an official institutional transcript(s) to be analyzed for the requirements necessary for full Iowa licensure based on 13.9(4)“a”(1) to (7), 13.9(4)“c”(1) to (5), 13.18(2), 282—13.28(272), and 282—14.2(272). 
e. Meet the recency requirements listed in 13.10(3). 
f. If the applicant has fewer than three years of teaching experience, provide verification from the state licensing agency/department in the state where the nontraditional teacher preparation program was completed indicating that the applicant has successfully passed that state’s mandated tests. 
g. Complete a student teaching or internship experience or verify three years of teaching experience. 
h. If through a transcript analysis the professional education core requirements set forth in 13.9(4)“a”(1) to (7), 13.9(4)“c”(1) to (5), and 13.18(2) and the content endorsement requirements pursuant to 282—13.28(272) may be identified by course titles, published course descriptions, and grades, then the transcripts will be reviewed to determine the applicant’s eligibility for an Iowa teaching license. However, if the professional education core requirements of 13.9(4)“a”(1) to (7), 13.9(4)“c”(1) to (5), and 13.18(2) and the content endorsement requirements cannot be reviewed in this manner, a portfolio review and evaluation process will be utilized. 
13.3(4) Portfolio Review and Evaluation Process. An applicant whose professional education core requirements pursuant to 13.9(4)“a”(1) to (7), 13.9(4)“c”(1) to (5), and 13.18(2) or whose content endorsement requirements for special education (282—subrule 14.2(2)) could not be reviewed through transcript analysis may submit to the board a portfolio in the approved format for review and evaluation. 
a. An applicant must demonstrate proficiency in seven of the nine standards in the Iowa professional education core, set forth in 13.18(4)“a” to “i,” to be eligible to receive a license. 
b. An applicant must have completed at least 75 percent of the endorsement requirements through a two- or four-year institution in order for the endorsement to be included on the license. An applicant who does not have at least 75 percent of one content endorsement area as described in 282—13.28(272) completed will not be issued a license. 
c. An applicant must meet with the board of educational examiners to answer any of the board’s questions concerning the portfolio. 
d. Any deficiencies in the professional education core as set forth in 13.18(4)“a” to “i” or in the special education content endorsement area that are identified during the portfolio review and evaluation process shall be met through coursework with course credits completed at a state-approved, regionally accredited institution or through courses approved by the executive director. Other content deficiencies may be met through coursework in a two- or four-year institution in which course credits are given. 
13.3(5) Definitions. 
“Nontraditional” means any method of teacher preparation that falls outside the traditional method of preparing teachers, that provides at least a one- or two-year sequenced program of instruction taught at regionally accredited and state-approved colleges or universities, that includes commonly recognized pedagogy classes being taught for course credit, and that requires a student teaching component. 
“Proficiency,” for the purposes of 13.3(4)“a,” means that an applicant has passed all parts of the standard. 
“Recognized non-Iowa teacher preparation institution” means an institution that is state-approved and is accredited by the regional accrediting agency for the territory in which the institution is located. [ARC 8139B, IAB 9/9/09, effective 10/14/09; ARC 8610B, IAB 3/10/10, effective 4/14/10]


282—12.8(272) Portfolio Review and Evaluation Fees. The fee for review and evaluation of an applicant portfolio is set as follows: 
12.8(1) For the professional education core, the portfolio review and evaluation fee shall be $500. 
12.8(2) For content endorsement, the portfolio review and evaluation fee shall be $250. [ARC 8606B, IAB 3/10/10, effective 4/14/10]