DES MOINES, IOWA (April 11, 2024) Drake University School of Education announced today the introduction of a new Teacher Intern Program. The program will allow individuals with a Bachelor's degree in another field and three years of post-Bachelor work experience to complete coursework toward teacher licensure for middle school or high-school subject areas in an accelerated format. The program will be one of only three similar offerings in the State of Iowa — the only one based full-time in Central Iowa — and the only program in the state that grants both teacher licensure and a Master's degree upon completion of the program.

Eligible candidates can complete all the necessary classroom coursework within one academic year by taking nine credits in the fall, spring, and summer semesters, respectively. At the end of that year, they obtain an intern teaching license, which allows the individual to be hired by a partnered school district and receive full salary and benefits while completing a year-long internship and simultaneously earning an additional ten credit hours without further coursework. At the end of the one-year teacher internship, participants earn their Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. "This innovative program allows individuals to completely transform their career path with only a year of classroom coursework," says Ryan Wise, Dean of Drake’s School of Education. “Our goal is to help passionate, qualified candidates transition into teaching quickly so they can begin making a difference in the lives of students and our community.”

The Iowa State Board of Education unanimously approved Drake’s proposal for the Teacher Intern Program, which is embedded within the current MAT program offered by the University. While other programs allow those without a traditional education degree to work toward teaching licensure, they are often a longer commitment and don’t allow candidates to be compensated during the student teaching portion of the program.

With recently-passed legislation in Iowa raising the minimum pay for first-year teachers, teaching has become an even more attractive and viable career option for individuals in other fields. After completing the first paid year of teaching and earning a Master’s, many graduates can expect a substantial salary increase.

The Teacher Intern Program is set to partner with Central Iowa school districts, including Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS), starting in Fall 2024.

“Drake’s new teacher intern program is not only one more step in the long relationship between our two institutions, but also a deepening of our mutual commitment to serving the educational needs of our city and state,” says Dr Ian Roberts, DMPS Superintendent. “DMPS is dedicated to encouraging and supporting the next generation of educators. Thanks to this new opportunity through Drake University, it will help open the door to the classroom for a new generation of teachers.” To learn more about the Teacher Intern Preparation Program and how to apply, visit

About Drake University

Drake University is recognized as one of the finest national liberal-arts universities. A distinctive and distinguished private university in Des Moines, Iowa, Drake enrolls approximately 2,700 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students. Students choose from more than 100 majors, minors, and concentrations and twenty graduate degrees offered through seven colleges and schools. In addition, Drake offers a range of continuing education programs serving working professionals, community members, and area businesses. Drake recognizes the importance of its location in Iowa’s capital city and seeks to connect its teaching and learning to the wealth of cultural, recreational, and business resources it provides. At the same time, it weaves global thinking and intercultural learning into everything it does, preparing students to lead in an increasingly-interconnected world.

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