Students in a teacher education class

Course Requirements


To be recommended for an Iowa teaching license, a student must have a baccalaureate degree, a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or above, a grade point average of 2.7 or above in each teaching field and a grade of C or better in each course presented for licensure, successfully complete a semester of student teaching and demonstrate content area knowledge and pedagogical knowledge by successfully passing state-required Praxis II exams. 

Requirements for the Iowa teaching license are comparable to requirements in other states. You can work with our licensing officials during your student teaching semester.


The requirements for elementary certification are:

  • A major in elementary education. Required coursework includes classes in humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural sciences and at least one K-8 endorsement offered by Coe.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.7 in the professional education core.
  • Field experience prior to student teaching.
  • Teaching methods courses in elementary school subjects.
  • A full term of student teaching.
  • Passing scores on the state-required Praxis II exams. 

Four-Year Plan - Elementary Education

The following represents one of many paths students can take to complete a major in elementary education. Since you pair your elementary education with a minor (or equivalent) in another field, and you have distribution requirements, it is critical to work with an education faculty member on your schedule. Note that students typically take four courses per semester for a total of eight each year. Check the Coe catalog to review all of your options.

First Year

  • EDU-105 Educational Foundations
  • EDU-117 Exceptional Learners
  • EDU-237 English Language Learners or EDU-270 Literature K-12

Second Year 

  • EDU-215 Practicum in Education 
  • EDU 219 Educational Technology Lab (0.0 cc) 
  • EDU-187 Human Relations
  • EDU-195 Educational Psychology and Development 
  • EDU-275 Mathematics Comprehension for Teaching
  • EDU-335 Methods of Elementary Mathematics 

Third Year

  • EDU-112 Expressive Methods (.5 cc)
  • KIN-112 Health Education for the Elementary Teacher (.5 cc) 
  • EDU-345 Methods of Elementary Language Arts
  • EDU-355 Methods of Elementary Reading 
  • EDU-305 Methods of Elementary Science
  • EDU-365 Methods of Elementary Social Studies

Fourth Year

  • Student teaching (fall or spring term)

The requirements for secondary certification are:

  • A major in a subject ordinarily taught in the secondary schools (American History, Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Economics, English, French, German, Math, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Science, Sociology, Spanish, World History).
  • A minor in Education that includes the professional educational core and coursework towards at least one approved 5-12 endorsement.
  • A grade point average of 2.7 or better in the professional education core and in the major.
  • Field experience prior to student teaching.
  • Teaching methods course in the selected endorsement area.  
  • A full term of student teaching.
  • Passing scores on state-required Praxis II exams.

Four-Year Plan - Secondary Education

The following represents one of many paths students can take to complete a minor in secondary education. Since you pair your secondary education studies with a major in another field, and you have endorsement requirements, it is critical to work with an education faculty member on your schedule. Note that students typically take four courses per semester for a total of eight each year. Check the Coe catalog to review all of your options.

First Year

  • EDU-105 Educational Foundations

Second Year 

  • EDU-117 Exceptional Learners
  • EDU-187 Human Relations

Third Year

  • EDU-195 Educational Psychology and Development
  • EDU-215 Practicum in Education 
  • EDU 219: Educational Technology Lab (0.0 cc)

Fourth Year

  • Methods course in your area 
  • Student teaching