Teacher Intern Program

Use your undergraduate degree to begin a career in education

There is a growing demand for teachers in the education field. If you already have an undergraduate degree in an endorsable field such as English, biology, or family and consumer science and are interested in changing careers to begin working in education, the Morningside College Teacher Intern program is a flexible option designed for busy adults.

Overview of the Teacher Intern Program

The Teacher Intern Program is an alternative teacher preparation program governed by Chapter 77 of Iowa Code. It prepares candidates who already have a bachelor's degree in an endorsable area (ie. biology, English, family and consumer science) to be teachers in Iowa's middle and high schools.

Program specifics

The Teacher Intern Program is a two-year program delivered in a hybrid format. During year one, classes are online with face-to-face class meetings one weekend per month. During year two, classes are online with a face-to-face class meeting one Saturday per month.

Admission requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree in an endorsable area from a regionally accredited institution, preferably a shortage teaching area in Iowa
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Resume
  • Three years of post-baccalaureate work preferred
  • Face-to-face interview
  • References
  • Successful completion of a basic skills test (Praxis Core Academic Skills Test or GRE)

Apply to the Teacher Intern Program

To apply for admission to the program, complete the online application. You will also need to submit the following documents to Dr. LuAnn Haase, Dean of the School of Education, at haasel@morningside.edu.
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Praxis Core Academic Skills Test Score Report or GRE Score Report.

Frequently asked questions

What is the admission deadline for the Teacher Intern program?

July 31 of each year.

What is the cost for the Teacher Intern program?

Tuition for the 2018-19 program is $9360. Other costs for the program are estimated below:

Prior to Admission
Praxis Core Academic Skills Test $150
Background Check
(if do not hold Iowa Substitute or Coaching Authorization)
Year One
Technology Fee $200
Reading Materials/Textbooks $375
Praxis II Subject Test $120-$170
Teacher Intern License $85
Background Check $75
Year Two
Technology Fee $200
Reading Materials $150
Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching Test $146
Initial License $85

Can I receive financial aid to help with the program costs?

Financial aid may be available for this program. After filing your FAFSA, contact the Financial Aid Office at Morningside College at (712) 284-5159.

What courses are included in the Teacher Intern program?

Year One Courses:
Instructional Design and Assessment & Field Experience
Student Diversity and Educational Practices
Methods of Teaching in the Secondary Schools & Field Experience
Classroom Management for Secondary Teachers


Year Two Courses:
Internship Seminar I
Foundations of Education
Internship Seminar II
Educational Technology

What are the advantages of taking this route to become a teacher?

  • It's an accelerated option: The Teacher Intern program allows you to quickly begin a new career in education and help address the teacher shortage many school districts are facing. After Year One of the Teacher Intern program, you can be a licensed teacher in the Iowa.
  • It offers excellent support: As a student, you will be provided supervision and support during your first year of teaching. Additionally, you will have the benefit of being part of a cohort group of peers.
  • It's a great value: The tuition costs for this program are some of the lowest in the country and classes are taught by excellent faculty who are seasoned education professionals.

What do school administrators most appreciate about the Teacher Intern program?

  • Teacher Interns bring real world experiences in their content areas to middle school and high school classrooms.
  • Teacher Interns help fill teaching shortage areas in Iowa.
  • Teacher Interns progress through the program in cohort groups where they not only learn from their college instructors and other experts in the field but they also learn from their peers.

Who can I contact if I have any other questions about the program?

Dr. LuAnn Haase, Dean of the School of Education

Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa


(712) 274-5183