teacher & students

What is the purpose of the program?

The University of Northern Iowa, University of Iowa and Iowa State University designed the Regents Alternative Pathway to Iowa Licensure (RAPIL) to help talented professionals answer the call to teach. RAPIL allows the participant to be a salaried teacher in a secondary Iowa school, on a Teacher Intern License, for one year. Upon successful completion of the internship year and all program requirements, the candidate is recommended for the Initial Teaching License.





  • Hold a bachelor's degree in the subject area you wish to teach
  • Have 5 years of work experience in that subject area
  • Meet the state requirements for the subject area listed on Board of Educational Examiners' website.
  • Apply in March
  • Interview in April
  • Begin course work in May
  • Continue course work for one school year
  • Teach the next school year

Instructors from the 3 universities offer the course work over the course of one year:

  • 18 introductory credit hours taken online at night  and may include travel to a central site for occasional face to face weekend classes
  • 60 hours of field experience (must make arrangements with your current job to complete this during the school day)
  • 6 credits of seminar during internship year (online and face to face)

Attention teachers at international schools

The University of Northern Iowa, The University of Iowa and Iowa State University have collaborated to design the Regents Alternative Pathway to Iowa Licensure (RAPIL) program to provide innovative and accessible opportunities for individuals who are teaching in international schools. 

New program to begin September 2014 - Express your interest to learn more

The program consists of 24 units of semester hour credit taken during the period of 18 months. Coursework is delivered entirely online using desktop video conferencing (Adobe Connect) and via eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system. Reliable Internet access, a web browser, a webcam and a headset/microphone are required.

View/download a program flyer with program details, including eligibility requirements, costs and a course sequence.


Resources for Prospective Students

Resources for Current Students

Benefits of Program


Application Form

Timeline (PDF)

Timeline (PDF)

Field Placements

Costs  (PDF)





For more information, please contact:
Susan Fischer, RAPIL Coordinator
133 MacKay Hall, ISU
Ames, IA  50011