Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Alternative Pathway only for secondary teaching?

Is the program for shortage areas only?

Do I have to plan to teach in the same area as my bachelor’s degree?

What are the secondary endorsements?

How do I know what courses I will need to complete the endorsement?

Is there a maximum number of students that the program will take? 

What is the timeline for coursework and the internship? 

How do I enroll in this program?

What is the cost of this program?

What if I am lacking one of the application requirements?

What if I have already had courses in the licensure core?

Can my previous coursework in another teacher preparation program be transferred into this one?

Will any of my previous teaching time in a classroom in secondary schools count toward field requirements?

Do I need to have a minor for the RAPIL?

Is the internship based on the school with the biggest needs?

What if I cannot find a district in which to do an internship?

What if my internship year assignment is not for a full day?

Where do I get my content area endorsements fulfilled?

How will I know which Regent institution is teaching which courses?

Since this is a collaborative, which institution’s name will be on my transcript for these courses?



Is the Alternative Pathway only for secondary teaching?

Yes.

Is the program for shortage areas only?

The teacher intern program was designed to help meet the needs of school districts.  Thus, meeting the requirements in a shortage area will provide more opportunities for internships.  Shortage areas are: math, science, English as a second language, English, foreign language, industrial technology, agriculture, and family and consumer science. Some districts may have a shortage of secondary teacher candidates in other content areas but admittance to the program may be restricted to these areas. 

Do I have to plan to teach in the same area as my bachelor’s degree?

Not according to the letter of the law. However, the spirit of the law is to bring experienced professional knowledge to Iowa's teens. Having a baccalaureate degree and work experience in the area in which you wish to teach will favor your selection. Further, if you wish to teach in an area outside your degree, earning the necessary endorsements may take much more time. If you require more than 9 credit hours of coursework to complete your main endorsement area, your admission will be delayed. Finally, you are more likely to secure an internship in your area of work experience and degree.  

What are the secondary endorsements?

An endorsement is the subject area in which you will be licensed to teach. A list of secondary endorsements can be seen at the Board of Educational Examiners web site http://www.iowa.gov/boee/addition.html. 

How do I know what courses I will need to complete the endorsement?

You can get a sense of how much more work you will need to do in your desired endorsement area. Go to http://www.iowa.gov/boee/addition.html and click on the link for the subject area you wish to teach. A form will come up showing you what categories of courses are required. However, this does not tell you what courses you have already taken that can fulfill these categories. You must complete an endorsement analysis to see what courses you still need.

The endorsement analysis process is a requirement for recommendation for the Intern License and is conducted by the University of Iowa. You must be registered in the RAPIL system to begin this process. Once you are registered, follow the admission process directions. Upon review of your transcript, the Licensure Analyst will send you a letter or email, telling you precisely which additional courses you will need to complete the endorsement/s you wish to teach. When you have finished all required coursework for your endorsement/s, you submit the transcript to the University of Iowa so that you can be recommended for that endorsement on the Intern License.

Is there a maximum number of students that the program will take?

Not at this time.

What is the timeline for coursework and the internship? 

Go to the timeline page.

How do I enroll in this program?

Even if you currently meet the legislated requirements, you must meet the additional program requirements and successfully complete all the steps for application, all of which are described on the RAPIL home page. Acceptance into the program is not automatic upon the receipt of the application elements. A selection committee will review your materials and decide whether you have met the requirements to advance to the next step, which is an interview. Once candidates are accepted into the program, they are given all the instructions on how to proceed with the program.

In granting admission to the Regents Alternative Pathway to Iowa Licensure, consideration is given to the scholarship, health, character, dispositions, and leadership potential of the applicant.

Admission to the RAPIL is a privilege rather than a right. Thus, admission is not guaranteed to all who apply.

What is the cost of this program?

Costs are based on the University of Iowa's undergraduate tuition fee because the U. of I. is responsible for the registrations, course transcripts, and delivery of the online instruction; costs change in accordance with changes in university tuition and state license fees. At this time, the total estimated cost of approximately $11,000 includes tuition, technology fees, supervision fees, and miscellaneous fees for requirements such as the cost of the Intern License and background checks. 

These estimates do NOT include costs for acquiring the endorsement, texts, materials, and travel expenses for face-to-face course hours. 

What if I am lacking one of the application requirements?

Wiggle room:

  • GPA may be a bit lower than minimum, but only because you did not achieve to your ability for whatever reason/s during your undergraduate years. You should have evidence that you are able to achieve college level expectations in grades and work ethic.
  • Work experience beyond the bachelor’s degree may not be exactly what the degree was in, but you have worked at least 3 years as a professional. A major purpose of the program is that you are able to bring your real work experience to the students you will be teaching in that content area.
  • Work experience: must be a minimum of 3 years, but if you earned a bachelor’s degree later in life, your work experience prior to the degree may be considered.

No wiggle room:

  • Praxis Core scores must meet requirements of 150 in math, 156 in reading and 162 in writing.
  • DCI background check results must show no issues that prohibit working with youth. (completed when applying for licenses or substitute authorization.)
  • FBI background check results must show no issues that prohibit working with youth (completed when applying for licenses or substitute authorizations).
  • Bachelor’s degree must be from a regionally accredited institution.
What if I have already had courses in the licensure core?

Your transcript will be analyzed to see what courses you have had, and, most importantly, how well you did in them. If you are accepted into the program, your experiences will be considered in this program in terms of how to adjust the course requirements for you. The RAPIL courses will not be waived, but the expectations within the courses can be adjusted to meet your needs and strengths. Please note: RAPIL will not consider applications from those who have recently been unsuccessful in licensure coursework, including methods. 

Can my previous coursework in another teacher preparation program be transferred into this one?

No. The RAPIL has been designed to provide you with a threaded, highly-articulated program of experiences. There are no discreet courses dedicated to particular topics that can be transferred into this program, nor will these courses transfer to another program.  

Will any of my previous teaching time in a classroom in secondary schools count toward field requirements?

No. However, the RAPIL field assignments will be adapted to provide depth and breadth of previous and current field experiences. 

Do I need to have a minor for the RAPIL?

No. However, you may add endorsements to your license, making you more marketable to districts.

Is the internship based on the school with the biggest needs?

No. The intern will sign a contract with the school-in-need that is the best fit for the school and the intern.

What if I cannot find a district in which to do an internship?

The RAPIL requires an internship in order to complete the program. See strategies for finding placements. You may defer the program for a year if you are unable to obtain an internship. 

What if my internship year assignment is not for a full day?

Interns are required to teach a minimum of 160 days. The length of the day is determined by the needs of the school and the eligibility of the candidate.

Where do I get my content area endorsements fulfilled?

In any regionally accredited institution or in an Iowa community college. The University of Iowa will inform both the candidate and RAPIL when the endorsements have been completed.

How will I know which Regent institution is teaching which courses?

You won't. This collaborative is set up so that all course design, instruction, evaluation, and recommendations are shared among the three institutions. Rather than taking courses from each institution, candidates will be taking courses from RAPIL.

Since this is a collaborative, which institution’s name will be on my transcript for these courses?

The University of Iowa. The University of Iowa handles all registrations, transcripts, and grades.