ISEA Academy

ISEA Academy


ISEA Courses are offered for Iowa License Renewal or Graduate Credit.

The ISEA is among the nation’s leaders when it comes to helping educators improve their skills and knowledge. ISEA courses are typically developed by teams of practitioners with the experiences and knowledge to meet the everyday challenges of the classroom and meet both Iowa licensure requirements. Please check with your district’s policies regarding courses eligible for salary lane changes before registering for classes.

The ISEA helps members take charge of their professional learning by offering a variety of programs and services at an exclusive member discount rate. In addition, the ISEA Professional Development Academy instructors are available to conduct building or district-level professional learning at special group rates. Details or questions about such professional development should be directed to the ISEA Teaching and Learning Specialist, Cindy Swanson (515-471-8054).

The ISEA Academy has an advisory committee led by ISEA member representatives from across the state who serve as liaisons from the field to provide recommendations for courses so professional learning has meaningful impact to help educators gain practical solutions to the challenges faced in their classrooms. ISEA conferences are frequently planned in collaboration with other state education partners and provide outstanding content and valuable tools and strategies to build teacher leader.

Credit Limit: You may enroll in a maximum of 12 graduate credit hours in one semester through ISEA Academy. Please contact our office if you have any questions: 515-471-8052.

ISEA members often receive special discounted pricing for courses and programs. There is non-member pricing available for most programs. ISEA’s higher education partner is Drake University.

Click here to request your ISEA Academy transcripts.

Click here for the ISEA Course Catalog.

Click here for information on NEA Microcredentials offered for Iowa License Renewal Credit. Each class under a library stack topic is considered a class for One Iowa License Renewal Credit. Once you receive an NEA Certificate of Completion, please contact Rhonda Plimmer at to obtain an official ISEA transcript accepted by the Iowa BoEE for License Renewal Credit

Click here for a list of 2020-21 course offerings.

Child and Mandatory Reporter Requirements to renew Iowa Educator License

In 2019, HF 731 modified the requirements for mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse. The Iowa Department of Human Services is providing the trainings online at no cost. The BoEE will accept the free DHS training completion certificate when you renew your license.

The training are two hours each for both child abuse and dependent adult abuse. You need to complete both. If you are at the end of your 3-year cycle, DHS has the one-hour renewal training available for both the child abuse and dependent adult abuse training modules.

  • Your completion certificates will be issued through DHS.
  • The new trainings are valid for three years, then you need the one-hour renewal training for both child and adult abuse.
  • Once these trainings have been completed, updated refresher trainings can then be taken for one hour each as long as the trainings have not expired.
  • Mandatory reporter training completed before July 1, 2019 will still be valid for five years from the date of completion.

Free version: Mandatory reporter trainings for child and dependent adult abuse through DHS

Academy FAQs

What is your cancellation policy?

All Cancellations must be received in writing or electronically three business days prior to class start day. No refunds will be issued on cancellations received after that date, nor will students be moved to another session.

Instructors reserve the right to remove students for non-participation after 1 warning. No refund will be issued if this occurs.

ISEA reserves the right to cancel any course in the event of insufficient registration and a full refund will be returned. If ISEA is forced to cancel a course for reasons beyond control, it will be rescheduled for a later date, if possible. If a student cannot attend on the rescheduled date, a refund will be issued. If the course is not rescheduled, ISEA will refund the registration fee paid.

What do I need to do to renew my license or authorization?

License renewal is only available to complete online and forms are available renew online at the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners website.
Please allow at least 4-6 weeks for processing by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners when you complete and submit your forms.

What classes do you offer?

Check the ISEA Course Catalog section for the most recent updated course registration options. The catalog changes frequently.

How do I access the ISEA online platform?

When a participant enrolls in an ISEA or partner course, they will receive directions from the instructor at the email address the participant used to enroll in the course with directions how to enter the course room and directions about the course requirements prior to the course start date.

I am already registered for a course. How can I change my credit option from License Renewal Credit to Graduate Credit?

If you registered for a course that is also offered for Graduate Credit through ISEA Academy, email or call Rhonda Plimmer 515-471-8052 to pay the higher cost for the credit change. Changes for credit type is only allowed while the course is currently offered.

When will I receive my transcript from Drake University?

If you registered for graduate credit, Drake University will mail an official transcript to your home within 2-3 weeks following the completion of your coursework and receipt of grades. You will receive an email notifying you when it is sent, providing they have your current email address. If you need to request an additional transcript, please go to Drake’s For additional information, please go to:

Are ISEA Academy classes offered through Drake University classified as ED/MA and are they good for advancement on district salary scale?

ISEA courses are designated ED/MA courses through Drake University if offered for Graduate Credit. It is the registrant’s responsibility to check with district policy regarding lane change requirements. Each class registration has a syllabus attached to it as you click on the registration link at the top left-hand side of the page. You may also request a course syllabus in advance if your district needs to review it prior to enrollment. If you need further information related to the classification of a course, please contact Rhonda Plimmer, ISEA registrar at or 515-471-8052.

Is there a limit to how many graduate credits I can receive in one semester through the academy?

You may enroll in a maximum of 12 graduate credit hours in one semester through ISEA Academy.

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