Social Science with Teaching Licensure (5-12)

Undergraduate Major - 60 Credit Hours
Classes start every 8 weeks.

Program Description:

Through a program of study that includes economics, history, political science, and sociology, you can look forward to gaining: 
  • In-depth preparation in social science.
  • A solid foundation in the field of education.
  • 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
  • Emmetsburg
  • Estherville
  • Fort Dodge
  • Marshalltown
  • Mason City
  • Ottumwa
  • Spencer
  • Spirit Lake

Social Science with teaching Licensure (5-12) Overview

A major in history with teaching licensure (5-12)
15 credit hours in 2 of the following: political science, economics, sociology, or psychology
Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Social Science with Teaching Licensure (5-12) Support Work

GEOG 200 World Regional Geography of the Developed World or GEOG 201
World Regional Geography of the Developing World or GEOG 300 Human
& Cultural Geography

Admissions criteria for the Social Science 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 Social Science 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
  • 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

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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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