Alternative Pathway for Teacher Preparation

The Regents Alternative Pathway to Iowa Licensure (RAPIL) is a collaborative effort between The University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and The University of Northern Iowa to provide quality teacher preparation for eligible adult learners.

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years post-baccalaureate work experience to apply.

RAPIL’s two-year, state-approved program helps candidates develop pedagogy through education coursework, field experiences, and a year-long internship.

Designed with the working professional in mind, RAPIL courses are offered in a synchronous, hybrid format - with most classes meeting on Tuesday evenings via Zoom, in addition to in-person one Saturday per month.

During the internship the RAPIL candidate has a contract with an Iowa school district and completes their first year of teaching with school-based mentorship, and continued coursework and support from the RAPIL program.

Upon successful completion of the internship and program requirements, RAPIL candidates are recommended for an Initial Iowa Teaching License.