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Praxis II eliminated, opportunities for past graduates to seek licensure

With the passage of House File 2081 and governor's signature, Iowa Department of Education Director Ann Lebo confirms that Praxis II is no longer a requirement for graduates of Iowa’s teacher education programs prior to seeking licensure from the state of Iowa, retroactive to July 1, 2013. 

What this means for past UNI teacher education graduates (since July 1, 2013) who have not passed the Praxis II exam and were unable to seek licensure:

  • You are now eligible to apply for licensure from the Iowa Department of Educational Examiners (IBOEE), pending a review of records. 
  • You can direct any questions to the College of Education Advising and Teacher Education Success (CATS) Office (teachereducation@uni.edu or 319-273-2265). A CATS staff member will liaison on your behalf between the UNI Registrar’s Office and the BOEE to confirm your current status, past records, ability to apply for licensure and next steps.  

What this means for current students:

  • You can check “take Praxis II” off your checklist.
  • If you are student teaching this semester, ensure you have completed these remaining requirements:
    • Apply for licensure to the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.
    • As part of that application process, complete fingerprinting.
    • Ensure you have completed the high risk behaviors training (usually done prior to student teaching through UNI). 

Students graduating after spring 2022 will need to complete those same requirements. Usually you will apply for licensure the semester prior to student teaching, and you can take the high risk behaviors training then as well. 

The Registrar’s Office will confirm satisfactory completion of your student teaching internship with the BOEE, usually within two weeks of graduation. Again, any questions, please direct them to CATS. 

The passage of this bill applies strictly to licensure requirements for the state of Iowa. For questions regarding licensure in other states or other inquiries, please contact CATS at 319-273-2265 or teachereducation@uni.edu

Updated: June 14, 2022