Now is a great time to consider teaching in Iowa. The Midwest state boasts a low cost of living and is at an important stage in implementing sweeping education reform. The state is prepared to innovate in order to improve student achievement and is at the forefront of implementing ideas such as blended learning and merit-based pay. Iowa has made a commitment to ensuring its educational system works not only for students, but for teachers as well.
While salaries in Iowa are slightly lower than the national average, salaries have been increasing at a greater pace than the national average. The state has recently overhauled its Teacher Leadership and Compensation System in order to reward effective teachers with leadership opportunities and higher pay. The new system is designed to improve student learning and instruction by empowering effective teachers to take on extra responsibilities. For teachers looking to lead and innovate, Iowa offers no shortage of opportunities to rise to the challenge.
Math Teacher Certification in Iowa
Math Teaching Qualifications
Iowa requires certified teachers to hold a bachelor’s degree, complete an accredited certification program and pass the appropriate Praxis II: Subject Tests. Iowa does not have a Basic Skills test requirement; the state only requires subject area tests to demonstrate subject area proficiency.
Credentials & Exams
Iowa offers three types of teacher certification:
- The first is the Initial certification, valid for the first two years of teaching.
- The second type is the Standard certification, which is valid for five years. This license can be obtained after completing an approved mentoring program and teaching for two years in an Iowa public school or three years in an Iowa private or out-of-state school.
- The third type is the Master certification, also valid for five years. Teachers can obtain this license after obtaining a Standard License, completing five years of teaching and graduating from a Master’s degree program.
Alternative Certification for Math Teachers
There are two alternative certification routes available in Iowa:
- The first is the Teacher Intern License. This license is available for individuals holding a bachelor’s degree with a G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher. Participants must have at least three years of work experience and the undergraduate course work to teach high school. The one-year internship includes additional coursework and leads to a teaching certificate.
- The second option is the Missouri Region Troops to Teachers program, available to veterans wishing to enter the teaching profession.
Financial Aid for IA Math Teachers
- Iowa Teacher Shortage Forgivable Loan Program: This program forgives up to 20 percent of total eligible student loan balances for teachers working in shortage areas.
- Teach Iowa Scholars Program: This program offers either a $4,000 income bonus or student loan repayment award to individuals graduating in the top quarter of their teacher preparation program and willing to commit to teaching in high-need areas or schools. Applicants are eligible for five years.
- Iowa Robert Noyce Scholarships for Math and Science Majors to Teach: This scholarship awards $10,000 to undergraduate math and science majors planning to enter the teaching profession. Awardees must teach in a high-need district for two years for each year of the scholarship.
- Professional Educators of Iowa Scholarships: This scholarship award is offered to students and teachers to promote professional development and invest in future teachers.
Salaries for Math Teachers in Iowa
Below is a table containing 2013 data from the US Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) showing average annual wages for Iowa teachers at various grade levels. You can click on the column headers to sort by that column.
The red and green text in the table shows whether the salary is above or below the national average for that grade level.
In terms of annual income, the top grade level & city combos in Iowa are as follows:
- Middle School Teachers in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA: average of $57,700 per year
- Middle School Teachers in Cedar Rapids, IA: average of $55,750 per year
- Elementary School Teachers in Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL: average of $55,320 per year
- Secondary School Teachers in Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL: average of $54,250 per year
- Elementary School Teachers in Iowa City, IA: average of $54,130 per year
|Location||Elementary School Teachers||Kindergarten Teachers||Middle School Teachers||Secondary School Teachers|
|Ames, IA||not provided||not provided||$49,400||$50,430|
|Cedar Rapids, IA||$49,980||$48,320||$55,750||$49,480|
|Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL||$55,320||$52,840||$53,480||$54,250|
|Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA||$52,480||$44,960||$57,700||$53,430|
|Dubuque, IA||$50,120||$40,850||not provided||$47,070|
|Iowa City, IA||$54,130||$47,370||$46,510||$48,480|
|Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA||$46,580||$46,090||$47,750||$48,750|
|Sioux City, IA-NE-SD||$45,980||$47,210||$49,190||$45,070|
|Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA||$51,130||$50,210||$53,700||$44,120|
Math Teaching Degrees in Iowa
Below we've listed all of the Iowa math teacher education programs in our database. We're constantly scouring the web to find new programs to add, so feel free to check back frequently.
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Fast Facts for Iowa Math Teachers
Iowa Department of Education
400 E. 14th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
Common Core Standards adopted July 2010; implemented 2012-13. Learn more about math standards for Iowa here.
Teacher Shortages in MathIowa reported teacher shortages in mathematics in 2014-15 in grades 7-12.
Expenditure per Student: $9,411
Iowa’s public K-12 expenditures per student in fall 2012-13 enrollment totaled $9,411, or 85.03% of the national average. (Source: NEA)