Please remember, Graceland University students are attending an Iowa university, so their initial teaching license will be issued from Iowa. If a student will not be teaching in Iowa, it is up to them to transfer their Iowa license to the state in which they want to teach in.
All students will need to be fingerprinted and have a background check completed for their Iowa license. If they were fingerprinted and had a background check completed in another state, they will still need one for Iowa. States do not share that information.
The fees they will pay online when they complete their Iowa application will cover their Iowa license and federal background check for their Iowa license.
If after a student has received their Iowa license and needs help transferring their Iowa license to Missouri or another state, we may be able to assist them in doing that.
All applicants will apply for their Iowa Teaching License on the BOEE website using their system. Go to the BOEE website and click on:
- Licensure Forms/Applications
- Apply for a new license
This will take them to the the BOEE's application system where the student will register and create an account. After they have created an account, they will only need to log in on future visits.
Students will also enter their information required for their Federal background check for their Iowa license.
After a student has been recommended for their Iowa Teaching license, they may go back to the BOEE website and check under search for a license and if their license has been issued, it will appear there. To print a copy of their license, they will need to go back into the application system and there will be a tab marked My Licenses.
Due to the large volume of requests, transactions in the summer take a minimum of four to six weeks to process. Please do not contact our office to check the status of an application unless it has been longer than six weeks.