English with Teaching Licensure (5-12)

Undergraduate Major - 40 Credit Hours
Classes start every 8 weeks.

This program prepares future educators to teach English to young adult learners grades 5-12. Through a program of study that includes world literatures, writing in various genres, linguistic theory and development and critical perspectives, you'll develop a keen sense of the power of language.

Program Description:

The English program guides students through surveys and advanced courses in classical and modern literatures, studies of language and various forms of genres of composition and creative writing. As an English major seeking 5-12 teacher certification, you can look forward to gaining:

  • A mastery of written communication which is fundamental to professional success, self-expression, and personal growth
  • Extensive and varied field experience opportunities and the knowledge and skills needed to be a high quality educator
  • Certification to teach grades 5-12 from the State of Iowa
  • Council Bluffs
  • Creston
  • Denison
  • Emmetsburg
  • Estherville
  • Fort Dodge
  • Marshalltown
  • Mason City
  • Ottumwa
  • Sioux City
  • Spencer
  • Spirit Lake
  • West Burlington

English with Teaching Licensure (5-12) Courses

  • ENGL 220 Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 250 American Literature
  • ENGL 260 British Literature
  • ENGL 276 World Literature
  • ENGL 300 Advanced Composition
  • ENGL 331 Introduction to Linguistics
  • ENGL 332 Modern English Grammar
  • ENGL 340 Introduction to Literary Theory
  • ENGL 350 Shakespeare
  • ENGL 490 Major Portfolio
  • ENGL 491 Senior Seminar
  • 1 elective ENGL 400 or above

English with Teaching Licensure (5-12) Support Work

  • SEDU 333 Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction
  • SEDU 454 Reading Strategies and Instructional Methods

Secondary Education Licensure

Secondary education licensure requires a content major in a certifiable teaching area and completion of the following six components:

  • Intellectual Explorations, Intellectual Foundations, and university graduation requirements 
  • The education core
  • Secondary education support work
  • SEDU 365 Methods of Reading in the Content Areas
  • The secondary methods course(s) in your chosen discipline including the field experience 
  • Student teaching in your chosen discipline 

Education Core

The education core, which is required of all students seeking a teaching license, is the nucleus of the teacher education program and includes basic courses in education and psychology. Elementary education majors, students seeking secondary licensure, and Post Baccalaureate students are required to take all EDCO courses for a letter grade and to earn a minimum grade of “C-“ in each course.

  • EDCO 240 Human Development: School Age Children or EDCO 241 Human Development: Adolescents
  • EDCO 245 Learning and Motivation: School Age Children or EDCO 246 Learning and Motivation: Adolescents
  • EDCO 255 Professional Seminar I and Field Experience: Learning and Motivation
  • EDCO 280 History of American Education
  • EDCO 290/291 Professional Seminar II and Field Experience: Human Relations
  • EDCO 300 Differentiated Instruction for Exceptional Learners
  • EDCO 301 Introduction to Exceptional Learners
  • EDCO 303 Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • EDCO 390 Instructional Technology and Innovative Teaching

Secondary Education Reading Strategies

  • SEDU 365 Methods of Reading in the Content Areas

Secondary Education Methods Courses

Students must take the methods course related to their major. In addition, if one desires to add another secondary teaching endorsement, the methods course for that endorsement must be taken. Most secondary methods courses are offered every other year.

  • SEDU 402 Methods of Teaching Secondary Business and Field Experience
  • SEDU 411 Methods of Teaching Secondary English Language Arts and Field Experience
  • SEDU 441 Methods of Teaching Secondary Social Science and Field Experience

Secondary Education Student Teaching

  • SEDU 490 Professional Seminar III: Secondary Student Teaching
Admissions criteria for the English with Teaching Licensure (5-12) program

BVU's degree completion programs are classified as junior-senior level. Persons who have completed an associate degree or 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution qualify for admission. College level examination program credits (CLEP) and life experience credit may be available as described in the academic section. 

Admissions process for the English with Teaching Licensure (5-12) program
  • Although personal interviews are not required, applicants are urged to confer with an advisor.
  • Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended be sent to BVU. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester.
  • Complete the BVU Degree Completion Application
  • If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.
  • Students who have previously earned a B.A. or B.S. degree may be eligible to earn a second bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University.

Tuition & Fees

BVU offers a quality, affordable education, and our financial specialists are here to help as you navigate the costs of your educational investment so you can move forward with your career.

Financial Aid

BVU's Institution code: 001847

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The G.I. Bill & Yellow Ribbon Program

All Buena Vista University programs are approved for the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.

Federal Teach Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $4,000 per year in grants for graduate and undergraduate students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families. Students must meet all eligibility requirements.

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