How does the Regents Alternative Pathway to Iowa Licensure program compare with traditional and MA programs?

Features Traditional license MA with license RAPIL
Program 4 years for BA, including licensure core; 2 years of only working on licensure core (includes a semester of student teaching). Licensure core: 2 years, which includes student teaching IF schedules allow. 18 months, includes the 9-month internship. 15 credit hours are taken prior to the internship (October-June). 12 credit hours are taken during the internship year.
Candidates From secondary school or community college or from life experience before the BA or from life experience after the BA or higher. From a baccalaureate degree or higher and with life experience. Must have a 4-year degree from a regionally accredited institution and at least 3 years work experience.
Licensure requirements Complete the BA (if not already earned); earn the content area endorsement; earn the teacher licensure core courses. Complete the MA requirements; add on the necessary content endorsement courses; complete the licensure core courses. Submit an endorsement analysis to the University of Iowa and complete the necessary content endorsement courses prior to the internship year. Complete the RAPIL education courses. (This is a license-only program.)
Course content Prescribed by state standards and professor/program syllabi. Prescribed by state standards and professor/program syllabi. Prescribed by state standards and professor/program syllabi.
Field experiences Minimum of 80 hours of field experience prior to student teaching. All placements made by institution. Minimum of 80 hours of field experience prior to student teaching. All placements made by institution. Minimum of 60 field experience hours, in 3 courses. All placements made by candidate in partnership with district.
Student teaching vs. internships Minimum of 14 weeks of student teaching. Supervised by cooperating teacher. Placement made by program. Minimum of 14 weeks of student teaching. Supervised by cooperating teacher. Placement made by program. One full year of internship at a district in need as the licensed, probationary teacher of record (Intern License). Will have salary, rights, and responsibilities of a probationary first year teacher. Will participate in district mentor program and have a personal mentor. Placement is made mutually by candidate and district. Intern is supervised by University faculty and evaluated by university faculty and building principal. Intern completes 12 credit hours of coursework during internship.
Evaluation tools Must meet program prescribed evaluation criteria, including the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium standards. Must meet program prescribed evaluation criteria, including the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium standards. Must meet prescribed program evaluation criteria.
Upon successful program completion Will be recommended for 2-year Initial Teaching license. Will be recommended for 2-year Initial Teaching license. Will be recommended for 1-year Initial Teaching License (Intern year counts as 1st year of 2-year Initial license.)
Learning formats Usually face-to-face classes, conducted on specified sites between 8 and 4. Usually face-to-face classes, conducted on specified sites between 8 and 4. Hybrid delivery: mostly online Zoom classes with some weekend face-to-face meetings at university locations. Online classes are synchronous. Candidates must have access to broad-band internet; dial-up will not suffice.