How does the Regents Alternative Pathway to Iowa Licensure program compare with traditional and MA programs?

Features

Traditional license

MA with license

RAPIL

Program

4 years for BA, including licensure core; 2 years of only working on licensure core (includes a semester of student teaching).

Licensure core: 2 years, which includes student teaching IF schedules allow.

19 months, includes the 9-month internship. 15 credit  hours are taken prior to the internship (October-August). 12 credit hours are taken during the internship year.

Candidates

From secondary school or community college or from life experience before the BA or from life experience after the BA or higher.

From a baccalaureate degree or higher and with life experience.

Must have a 4-year degree from a regionally accredited institution and at least 5 years work experience.

Licensure Requirements

Complete the BA (if not already earned); earn the content area endorsement; earn the teacher licensure core courses.

Complete the MA requirements; add on the necessary content endorsement courses; complete the licensure core courses.

Begin with degree audit by the University of Iowa; add on the necessary content endorsement courses at an approved Iowa institution. Complete the licensure core courses. (This is a license-only program.)

Course content

Prescribed by state standards and professor/program syllabi.

Prescribed by state standards and professor/program syllabi.

Prescribed by state standards and candidate background experiences. Program is not individualized but personalized to the candidate's experiences. Requirements are not waived but adapted to candidate's strengths and needs. Exceptions may apply.

Field experiences

Minimum of 80 hours of field experience prior to student teaching. All placements made by institution.

Minimum of 80 hours of field experience prior to student teaching. All placements made by institution.

Minimum of 50 field experience hours, in 3 courses. All placements made by candidate in partnership with district.

Student teaching vs internship

Minimum of 14 weeks of student teaching. Supervised by cooperating teacher. Placement made by program.

Minimum of 14 weeks of student teaching. Supervised by cooperating teacher. Placement made by program.

One full year of internship at a district as the licensed, probationary teacher of record (Intern License). Will have salary, rights, and responsibilities of a probationary first year teacher. Will participate in district mentor program and have a RAPIL mentor. Placement is made mutually by candidate and district. Intern is supervised by University faculty and evaluated by university faculty and building principal. Intern completes 12 credit hours of coursework during internship.

Evaluation Tools

Must meet program prescribed evaluation criteria, including the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium standards.

Must meet program prescribed evaluation criteria, including the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium standards.

Must meet prescribed program evaluation criteria, including the Iowa Teaching Standards portfolio.

Upon successful program completion

Will be recommended for 2-year Initial Teaching license.

Will be recommended for 2-year Initial Teaching license.

Will be recommended for 1-year Initial Teaching License (Intern year counts as 1st year of 2-year Initial license.)

Learning formats

Usually face-to-face classes, conducted on specified sites between 8 and 4.

Usually face-to-face classes, conducted on specified sites between 8 and 4.

Hybrid delivery: mostly online classes with some weekend face-to-face meetings at university locations. Online classes are scheduled for whole-class meetings and conducted wherever participants' laptops will receive good connection. (Candidate must have access to broad-band internet; dial-up will not suffice.)