The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners issues endorsement to qualified applicants for PK-12 Principal and Superintendent titles.
You must have a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and complete a series of courses and experiences either in that degree program (i.e., as part of an administrator preparation program) or outside of that degree program. Coursework must cover the following:
Learn more about the graduate school process. Contact schools offering educational administration degree programs in Iowa.
You must also possess the following competencies:
You must have a specialist (doctorate) degree or its equivalent, such as a master’s degree plus at least 30 semester hours of graduate study beyond a master’s degree. You must also complete coursework covering the following content:
You must also demonstrate knowledge of the competencies listed above under Principal.
No examinations are necessary for either type of administrative endorsement.
As part of your application for administrative licensure in Iowa, you must undergo a criminal history background check. This involves a local/state check performed by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) as well as a national check through the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). You are responsible for acquiring the fingerprints necessary to process the background check, as well as the fees associated with these checks. Your local Sherriff’s offices or police station will likely be able to accommodate your fingerprinting. Call to inquire.
For more information on administrator preparation programs/courses in Iowa, contact the officials at the colleges and universities that offer these programs.
For information on administrative licensure, contact the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners at 515-281-3245.
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