Endorsement Requirements:

All endorsements must have at least 24 credit hours to meet Iowa Department of Education requirements. Field experiences will add an additional 3-14 hours depending upon the specific endorsements. Students are encouraged to work with an advisor to create a long range plan to ensure an accurate endorsement degree program and timely graduation date.

Athletic Coaching (K-12) Endorsement:

Students who seek an Athletic Coach Add-on Endorsement (K-8 / 5-12) will demonstrate:

  • Commitment to exceptional students and learning;
  • Knowledge of methods and strategies for providing instruction in health;
  • Reflective thinking about their practice and their experiences; and
  • Interest in lifelong learning and participation in learning communities
Athletic Coaching (K-12) Endorsement Requirements

Students are encouraged to work with an advisor to create a long-range plan to ensure an accurate endorsement program with either a K – 8 or 5 – 12 emphasis and timely graduation date. To complete this endorsement, candidates must either have a teaching license or be completing the requirements towards it.

Download the Athletic Coach checklist for required courses

Athletic Coach Checklist

Basic Science (5-12) Students will demonstrate:

  • Commitment to secondary students and their learning;
  • Knowledge of science content and how to teach the content, skills, and dispositions to elementary-aged students;
  • Responsibility for motivating, managing, and monitoring student learning;
  • Reflective thinking about their practice and their experiences; and
  • Interest in lifelong learning and participating in learning communities.
Basic Science Endorsement Requirements

Students seeking Basic Science (5-12) Teaching Endorsement must meet the following requirements for graduation.

Download the 5 – 12 Basic Science Teaching Endorsement Checksheet for required courses:

5 – 12 Basic Science

Basic Science (K – 8) Students will demonstrate:

  • Commitment to elementary students and their learning;
  • Knowledge of science content and how to teach the content, skills, and dispositions to elementary-aged students;
  • Responsibility for motivating, managing, and monitoring student learning;
  • Reflective thinking about their practice and their experiences; and
  • Interest in lifelong learning and participating in learning communities.
Basic Science Endorsement Requirements

Students seeking Basic Science (K – 8) Teaching Endorsement must meet the following requirements for graduation.

Download the K – 8 Basic Science Teaching Endorsement Checksheet for required courses:

K – 8 Basic Science

Early Childhood Endorsement:

Early Childhood Education (PK – K) Students will demonstrate:

  • Commitment to young students and their learning;
  • Knowledge of the early childhood content and how to teach the content, skills, and dispositions to young students;
  • Responsibility for motivating, managing, and monitoring student learning;
  • Reflective thinking about their practice and their experiences; and
  • Interest in lifelong learning and participating in learning communities.
Early Childhood Endorsement Requirements

Students seeking licensure in Early Childhood Education (preschool and kindergarten levels) must meet the following requirements for graduation.

Download the Early Childhood Endorsement Checksheet for required courses:

Early Childhood Education Checklist

Health Add-on Endorsement (K-8 / 5-12) will demonstrate:

  • Commitment to exceptional students and learning;
  • Knowledge of methods and strategies for providing instruction in health;
  • Reflective thinking about their practice and their experiences; and
  • Interest in lifelong learning and participation in learning communities
Health Endorsement Requirements

Students seeking licensure in Health Education (K-8/5-12) must meet the following requirements for graduation.

Health Checklist

Music Add-on Endorsement (K-12) Endorsement

Music Endorsement Requirements

Download the Music Checksheet for required courses

Musci Checklist

Reading Add-on Endorsement

Students who seek Reading Add-on Endorsement (K-8 or 5-12) will demonstrate:

  • Commitment to exceptional students and learning;
  • Reflective thinking about their practice and their experiences;
  • Interest in lifelong learning and participation in learning communities;
  • Knowledge of assessment, strategies, and methods for providing instruction of students with reading difficulties.
Reading Endorsement Requirements

Students seeking licensure in Reading must meet the following requirements for graduations:

  • Students must have at least 24 hours to meet the Reading requirements of the Iowa Board of Education Examiners. Field experiences will add an additional, at least, 3 credit hours to this endorsement.
  • Students are encouraged to work with an advisor to create a long-range plan to ensure an accurate endorsement program with either a K – 8 or 5 – 12 emphasis and timely graduation date.
  • To complete this endorsement, candidates must either have a teaching license or be completing the requirements towards it.

Download Reading Endorsement checksheet for required courses

Reading Checklist

Special Education Mild/Moderate Add-on Endorsement

Students who seek an Instructional Strategist 1: Mild/Moderate add-on endorsement
(Special Education K-8 / 5 – 12) will demonstrate:

  • Commitment to exceptional students and learning;
  • Knowledge of methods and strategies for providing instruction of the mildly and moderately disabled;
  • Reflective thinking about their practice and their experiences; and
  • Interest in lifelong learning and participation in learning communities
Speical Educaion Endorsement Requirements

Students seeking licensure in Special Education must meet the following requirements for graduations:

  • Students must have at least 24 hours to meet the Special Education requirements of the Iowa Board of Education Examiners. Field experiences will add an additional, at least, 6 credit hours to this endorsement.
  • Students are encouraged to work with an advisor to create a long-range plan to ensure an accurate endorsement program with either a K – 8 or 5 – 12 emphasis and timely graduation date.
  • To complete this endorsement, candidates must either have a teaching license or be completing the requirements towards it.

Download Special Education Endorsement checksheet for required courses

Special Education Checklist