RAPIL program attracts talented professionals to teaching

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 high quality opportunities for individuals wishing to teach. 

Please complete the Interest Form  to express your interest in the program and/or ask any questions you may have. We will contact you with additional details and information about how to get started.

TeachersWhat 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.

(Photo is May 2016 teacher interns)




  • Hold a bachelor's degree in the subject area you wish to teach

  • Have 5 years of post-baccalaureate work experience 

  • Meet the state requirements for the subject area listed on Board of Educational Examiners' website.

  • Apply in July

  • Interview 

  • Begin course work in fall 

  • Continue with coursework through school year

  • Obtain an internship

  • Teach the following fall

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

  • 15 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)

  • 12 credits of coursework during internship year (online and face to face)

Express your interest to learn more

Resources for Prospective Students

Resources for Current Students

Benefits of Program


Application Process

Field Placements