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The Iowa Department of Education mandates every teacher completing a state-approved teacher preparation program must take a content test AND a pedagogy test. Students will NOT be recommended for licensure until they have successfully passed these tests.

The PPAT® Assessment or the appropriate Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) assessment can fulfill the pedagogy requirement. The tests required depend on your content area and level of teaching degree. Contact Dr. Deanna Stoube, Assistant Director School of Education, to find out which tests and passing scores you will need to complete.

Visit the ETS website to register, get more information, and find dates. This website also includes some sample questions of each test.



Forms to apply for licensure or renewal may be downloaded from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners' website.

Questions regarding Iowa licensure should be directed to: Dr. Tom Carpenter, 563-333-6124.


The St. Ambrose Education Department works closely with the Rock Island County Regional Office of Education to assist those who seek employment in Illinois. Each semester, a representative from the Regional Office visits the St. Ambrose campus to explain the necessary steps.

Unlike Iowa, Illinois requires an additional step that requires all applicants successfully pass three state examinations dealing with basic skills, the applicant's major area, and teaching ability.

Iowa and Illinois requirements change periodically and additional course work may become necessary to obtain an Illinois certificate or endorsement.

Individuals interested in teaching in Illinois should visit the Illinois Board of Education website.