Teacher Intern Program

What is the Teacher Intern Program?

The Teacher Intern Program is an alternative teacher preparation program governed by Chapter 77 of Iowa Code that prepares candidates who possess a bachelor's degree in an endorsable area 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 (online and in face-to-face class meetings held during one weekend per month during year one and on one Saturday per month during year two).

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 experience
  • Face-to-face interview
  • References
  • Impromptu writing sample
  • Successful completion of a basic skills test (Praxis I, Praxis Core or GRE)

Application process

To apply for admission to the program, complete the online application or the paper application. You will also need to submit the following documents to Dr. LuAnn Haase, Teacher Intern Program Director, 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 deadline for admission into the program?

July 31 of each year.

What is the cost for the program?

Tuition for the 2015-16 program is $8,490. Total two-year program cost is expected to be about $18,000 to include books and technology fees.

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

Financial aid may be available for this program. Contact the Financial Aid Office at Morningside College at (712) 284-5159 or (800) 831-0806 ext. 5159.

What courses does the program consist of?

Year one courses include:
Instructional Design & Assessment
Methods of Teaching in Secondary Schools
Classroom Management for Secondary Teachers
Methods of Teaching in Secondary Content Areas
Two 25-hour field experience.

Year two courses include:
Teacher Intern Seminar
Teaching Internship
Foundations of Education
Human Relations for Educators
Survey of Exceptionalities

What attracts candidates to the Teacher Intern Program at Morningside College?

1. Candidates are generally able to continue full-time employment while they complete year one of the program since courses are offered in a hybrid format with face-to-face meetings scheduled on campus during one weekend (Saturday and Sunday) per month.

2. By the end of the first semester of year one, candidates have completed the requirements to gain substitute authorization. (Many candidates substitute during the second half of year one of the program.)

3. By the end of year one of the program, candidates are eligible for a Teacher Intern License, awarded by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. This one-year license enables candidates to secure a teaching position in their content area at the secondary level (middle school or high school) during year two of the program. Candidates are paid as a first-year teacher and participate in the district's mentoring and induction program. In addition, candidates are periodically observed and supervised by Morningside College Teacher Intern faculty to ensure a successful first-year experience.

4. At the end of year two of the program, candidates are eligible for an initial teaching license in Iowa, provided they have met all requirements to include earning passing scores on the Praxis II pedagogy and content tests. (Teacher interns meet the same requirements as those prepared in "traditional" teacher preparation programs.)

What do school administrators most appreciate about candidates prepared in the Teacher Intern Program?

​Candidates bring real world experiences in their content areas to middle school and high school classrooms.
Candidates' preparation consists of the same coursework as traditionally prepared candidates delivered in a hybrid format.
Candidates 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, Teacher Intern Program Director

Morningside College, Sioux City Iowa


(712) 274-5183