Post-BA Teacher License Information

I already have my degree but I'm interested in coming back to school to get a teaching license.

Thank you for your interest in the Coe College Teacher Education program. The following is general information about the program. If, after reading this information, you have unanswered questions, feel free to send a letter of inquiry, along with a copy of your transcript and a brief explanation of why you are interested in teaching to: Pat Cook, Office of Admission, Coe College, 1220 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA  52402.

Following are the requirements for completion of licensure for teacher education at Coe. These are the requirements for licensure only, and assume that you have already completed a bachelor's degree. 

Admission to Coe is separate from--and does not guarantee--admission to the Teacher Education Program. In order to be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, you must receive a B- or better in at least two EDU courses at Coe; successfully complete the CBASE basic skills test; and submit an application to the Teacher Education program. Per the Guide to Teacher Education at Coe:

"In general, the primary criteria for such students will be successful academic performance and an acceptable application essay.  As a guideline, the Teacher Education Committee will accept transfer students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and will review students with a GPA below 3.0 after completion of two courses at Coe. Transfer, post-BA, and nontraditional students must take the CBASE test or provide the results of an approved alternative test. In recognition of the fact that people mature and their life situations change, the following provisions are made for considering students with low grade point averages.   

A minimum overall GPA of 2.7 is required for admission to the Teacher Education program.  For currently enrolled students, exceptions will not be made. However, transfer, returning and re-entry students who do not meet these criteria will be considered by the Teacher Education Committee for admission under the following circumstances:

1) A minimum of 1 year has passed since the establishment of the low GPA.  (Requires that student petition Teacher Education Committee)

2) The student presents evidence (such as work experience, volunteer activities, letters of recommendation or personal statements) that s/he is now ready to perform at the acceptable academic standard of achievement.

3) Prospective secondary and K-12 teachers have a review of their academic record completed by the department of their intended certification at Coe, noting courses needed or to be retaken.  Prospective elementary teachers' records will be similarly reviewed by the education department.

Admission to the program shall be based on review of such evidence provided to the Teacher Education Committee.  If acceptance into the program is granted, the minimum 2.7 GPA requirements for EDU courses; courses within one's major; and overall course GPA will be calculated on the courses taken at Coe after readmission."

It is recommended that post-BA students seeking licensure intend to take two EDU courses in their first semester at Coe (the core EDU courses listed below can be taken prior to being admitted into the program). Students can take other courses needed for endorsement but should anticipate taking only two EDU courses in order to qualify for consideration for admission into the program. Post-BA students entering Coe's program in order to be licensed should anticipate that it will take a minimum of TWO YEARS to complete course requirements and student teaching obligations.

Education Core courses:

Education Foundations (offered fall and spring terms)

Human Relations (offered fall, spring and summer terms)

Exceptional Learners (offered fall, spring and summer terms)

Educational Psychology (offered fall and spring terms)

Mathematics Comprehension for Teachers (offered spring term--required for elementary license; recommended for all)

Elementary/Secondary Practicum (offered every spring term and every other fall term; see course schedule for specifics). Note: Practicum must be taken prior to all Methods courses.

Elementary Requirements:

Language Arts Methods (offered spring term)

Reading Methods (offered spring term)

Mathematics Methods (offered fall term)

Physical Science Methods (offered fall term)

Social Studies Methods (offered fall term)

Expressive Methods (.5 [7 weeks] offered fall term)

Health for the Elementary Teacher (.5 [7 weeks] offered spring term)

All required courses for an endorsement in selected teaching area

Secondary Requirements:

Discipline-specific Methods course (e.g., Secondary Social Studies Methods; Secondary Math Methods; etc.)

All required courses for an endorsement in selected teaching area

Student Teaching:

Student Teaching (full-time in fall or spring semester [14 weeks]


For the typical student attending classes part-time, year-round (2 classes* each term), the complete sequence of courses will take approximately 3-1/3 years. Note that student teaching is a full-time commitment.



Ed Foundations

Exceptional Learner

Math Comprehension

Human Relations


Educational Psychology

Language Arts Methods

Reading Methods

Social Studies Methods

Science Methods

Expressive Methods (.5)

Math Methods

Music/Health Methods

Health for the Elem Teacher (.5)

Student Teaching


* State requirements include a college-level math class and certain biology elements for elementary education teachers. There is also a state requirement that all Iowa teachers have coursework in English composition, mathematics, the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. Consequently, other non-EDU courses may be required for licensure.


For a student wishing to obtain secondary licensure, the amount of time required will depend on the endorsement subject area. A typical schedule:



Ed Foundations

Exceptional Learner

Practicum (prereq for Methods course)

Educational Psychology

Discipline-specific Methods

Human Relations

Student Teaching 

Planning a program for students desiring secondary licensure is complicated by the need to take at least two courses before being admitted into the program (to establish your place at Coe prior to applying for admission into the program); Practicum as a prerequisite to any Methods course; and Methods after Practicum.  Further, many secondary students need to take additional courses to become endorsed in a particular area. For this reason, planning must be done on a case by case basis. You should to communicate with a member of the Teacher Education faculty before you apply for admission to Coe.