All Social Science Interdisciplinary Package with Teaching Licensure (5-12)

Teacher Endorsement
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Take the next step in education with the University that has prepared more teachers than any other private college in Iowa. This program will provide you with in-depth knowledge of the social sciences and prepare you to be a high quality educator.

Program Description:

The all social science interdisciplinary package with teaching licensure (5-12) will equip you with extensive and varied field experience opportunities and the knowledge and skills needed to be a high quality middle or high school teacher. The program allows students to gain a solid foundation in the field of education and receive in-depth preparation in the social science disciplines. Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a degree in the social science disciplines and acquire 5-12 teacher certification by the State of Iowa.

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

All Social Science Package With Teaching Licensure Courses

Upon completion of a teaching major in one of the social science disciplines (history, government, economics or psychology), one can obtain the requirements for all social sciences interdisciplinary endorsement by completing the following:

American history: 9 credit hours

  • HIST 101 History of the United States to 1877 
  • HIST 102 History of the United States after 1877 
  • Any American history elective, 300 level or above

World history: 9 credit hours

  • HIST 111 World Civilizations I or HIST 121 The Emergence of Western Civilizations 
  • HIST 112 World Civilizations II or HIST 122 The Revolutions of Western Civilizations 
  • HIST 125 Asian Civilizations

Government: 9 credit hours

  • PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government 
  • PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
  • Any PSCN elective, 300 level or above

Psychology (other than educational psychology): 6 credit hours

  • PSYC 100 General Psychology or PSYC 102 The Science of Psychology
  • Any PSYC elective 

Sociology: 6 credit hours

  • SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • Any SOCI elective

Geography: 6 credit hours

  • GEOG 200 World Regional Geography of the Developed World
  • GEOG 201 World Regional Geography of the Developing World (or an approved course from another institution)
  • GEOG 300 Human and Cultural Geography (or an approved course from another institution)

Business Economics: 6 credit hours

  • ECON 205 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 206 Principles of Macroeconomics
Admissions criteria for the All Social Science Interdisciplinary Package 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 All Social Science Interdisciplinary Package 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.

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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.

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BVU's Institution code: 001847

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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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