How to Become a PE Teacher in Iowa

Becoming a PE teacher in Iowa requires at least a bachelor's degree, specialized training in education, and licensure through the Board of Education. This article discusses the steps prospective teachers must take in order to fulfill these requirements.

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The state of Iowa requires all prospective PE teachers to hold a bachelor's or higher degree in a teacher preparation program from a regionally accredited university or college. Applicants must then pass all required examinations before applying for their initial Iowa PE teacher license.

Iowa PE Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Iowa (2016)* $53,030 (Elementary); $57,230 (Middle); $54,360 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Education with a physical education endorsement
Testing Requirements Praxis Content Examination in Physical Education: Content and Design; Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Pedagogy test or the Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT); Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Pass all Required Courses

Students who aspire to become a PE teacher in the state of Iowa will need to complete all courses required to earn a bachelor's degree in a state-approved teacher preparation program. Teacher preparation programs typically include in-field student teaching experience as well as coursework in education theory, classroom skills, human relations, and working with exceptional learners. Some programs allow students to create an education plan that will fulfill licensing requirements while simultaneously earning their bachelor's degree.

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Step 2: Pass the Required Examinations

To receive an initial PE teacher license in Iowa, the following exams must be taken and passed:

  • Physical Education: Content and Design K-8 (Elementary school teachers), qualifying score of 159
    or Physical Education: Content and Design 5-12 (Middle and High School teachers), qualifying score of 159
  • Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Pedagogy test; one of the following:
    • Grades K-6, qualifying score of 167
    • Grades 5-9, qualifying score of 165
    • Grades 7-12, qualifying score of 166
    • or the Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT), qualifying score of 32
  • Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA); one of the following
    • Grades K-8, qualifying score of 41
    • Grades 5-12, qualifying score of 41

Tests are delivered and administered electronically at approved testing centers.

Step 3: Apply for an Iowa PE Teacher License

Complete either an Application for Licensure if you completed your education and preparation in Iowa, or an Out-of-State Application if you completed your work in another state. All associated application fees are to be mailed, along with your application and required documentation, to the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. This initial license will be valid for two years and require at least two years of teaching experience in the teacher's endorsement area before it can be converted to a standard license.

A standard license is valid for five years. To renew an expiring license, teachers must attend mandatory reporter training as well as complete six renewal credits. Teachers may also earn a master educator license, valid for five years, which requires the completion of at least five years of successful teaching experience and a master's degree in a field related to physical education and instruction. License renewals can be made by mail or completed online through the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners Licensure.

Iowa PE Teacher Licensing Resources

If you are interested in becoming a PE teacher in Iowa, Study.com can help you prepare for your Praxis Exams. Please follow the links below for study guides and testing information.

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