Secondary Education Licensure

Teacher Endorsement
Classes start every 8 weeks.

You may have worked in your field for a while. You know it inside out, and while the subject excites you, you're looking for a change, something more rewarding - like teaching. BVU provides individuals with an existing bachelor's degree a teacher licensure in a variety of subjects.

Program Description:

Take the next step in education with the University that has produced more teachers than any other private college in Iowa. This certification program recognizes the work you’ve put into your bachelor's degree and applies the University's current programming structure to move you through the major steps of a teaching certification quickly so that you can get into the classroom.

If your bachelor's degree and coursework in a subject area satisfies one of the State's secondary teaching endorsements, you’re already on your way to gaining your Iowa teaching endorsements and certification to teach secondary school. The certification program is available contingent upon the availability of student teaching placements in that particular field.

  • Council Bluffs
  • Creston
  • Denison
  • Emmetsburg
  • Estherville
  • Fort Dodge
  • Marshalltown
  • Mason City
  • Ottumwa
  • Spencer
  • Spirit Lake

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 

Secondary Education Support Work

As the Intellectual Explorations and Intellectual Foundations of the university are met, the following must be selected for support work:

  • 3 credit hours of biological science
  • COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication
  • 3 credit hours of physical science 
  • PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government or PSPA 320 State and Local Politics or U.S. History Course 

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 Reading Strategies

  • SEDU 365 Methods of Reading in the Content Areas

Secondary Education Student Teaching

  • SEDU 490 Professional Seminar III: Secondary Student Teaching
Admissions criteria for the Secondary Education Licensure 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 Secondary Education Licensure 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
  • 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.

Get full details on the TEACH Grant and learn how to apply


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