It is required by law that public school teachers obtain certification in the state where they are employed. A teaching candidate does not need to be certified in any state except the state where she/he will be teaching. However, we strongly recommend applying for an Iowa teaching license upon graduation. Many school administrators will not consider a candidate for employment until the candidate has a teaching license from some state. Since all the courses necessary for Iowa licensure have been taken by Cornell teaching candidates, licensure in Iowa is assured.
YOU MUST MAKE APPLICATION FOR LICENSURE -- IT DOES NOT HAPPEN AUTOMATICALLY. The procedure is as follows:
To obtain a teaching certificate for any other state, check on-line for materials that may be downloaded to apply for a teaching certificate. URLs and addresses for each state's Teacher Education Division are available in the Education Office.
Some states have special requirements that the Cornell program does not meet. If you know that you wish to be certified in a particular state, you should contact that state's Teacher Certification Division and request a copy of the certification requirements. The Education Office (College Hall, room 103) has the requirements of most states on file.
The application forms from individual school districts often ask for the type of teaching license/certificate you hold. Your response on applications is that you are eligible for the "initial" Iowa license. The specific titles of teaching licenses/certificates vary from state to state.