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You must successfully complete the following four courses and concussion training. These courses may be taken in any sequence over any length of time.
Course Schedule & Enrollment
Our Professional Development catalog lists courses that are currently available including dates, locations, fees, online registration and current enrollment. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and a registration fee must accompany registration.
Graduate Credit Fee
Optional graduate credit fee (additional $100 per credit hour) may be paid at the time of registration or before the last day of the class. This fee is in addition to the course registration fee.
A concussion training program approved by the Iowa High School Athletic Association or the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union is required and available online at their websites as follows: www.iahsaa.org or www.ighsau.org.
On either site, click on the “Free Sports Concussion Course” link and then click on “Please Login to Order.” On the “Sign In Here” screen, click on “Register Now.” The training is free and takes approximately 20 minutes. Once you complete the training, you will print your own completion certificate.
A background check and fingerprinting are required for all new applicants for Iowa licensure, including coaching authorization. Please note that there are two options available to obtain your fingerprinting. Upon successful completion of the four required courses, you must submit the document listed below to:
Iowa Board of Educational Examiners Licensure
Grimes State Office Building
400 E. 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146
Fingerprinting and Fee Options:
$137 ($85 application fee + $52 background check fee)
The Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE) encourages applicants to be fingerprinted electronically at its office located at 400 E. 14th Street, Des Moines, IA. This greatly reduces the processing time for issuing the Authorization. Applicants fingerprinted at the Board's office pay a reduced fee of $52 for the background check. Please call (515) 281-3245 for an appointment. You will need to bring the following items to your appointment:
$150 ($85 application fee + $65 background check fee if fingerprinting is done at your local police department)
Fingerprint cards and waiver forms may be obtained through Heartland AEA. Send the following documents to the Board of Educational Examiners: