Middle School Endorsement (5-8)

Undergraduate Teacher Endorsement - 34 Credit Hours
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Take the next step in education with the University that prepares more teachers than any other private college in Iowa. By selecting a middle school endorsement, graduates qualify to teach middle school. This endorsement must be accompanied by certification as an elementary or secondary teacher.

Program Description:

To obtain this endorsement, the applicant must complete the coursework requirements in two of the following content areas, each requiring 12 hours of coursework:

  • Social studies - United States history, world history, government, and geography
  • Mathematics - Algebra
  • Science concentration - Life, earth, and physical science
  • Language arts concentration - Composition, language usage, speech, young adult literature, and literature across cultures

BVU is a leader both in the number of education students who complete programs each year and in the success of our alumni. They are making a difference in classrooms across the world.

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

Middle School Endorsement Courses

Must be accompanied by certification as an elementary or secondary teacher.

  • EDUC 425/GEDU 525 Adolescent Growth & Development
  • EDUC 426/GEDU 526 Methods & Materials for Teaching Middle School
  • SEDU 365 Methods of Reading in the Content Areas or EDUC 420 Reading Strategies & Instructional Methods: Informational Text
  • SEDU 290/291 Middle School Supervised Participation 

To obtain this endorsement, the applicant must complete the coursework requirements in two of the following content areas:

  1. Social studies concentration. The social studies concentration requires 12 semester hours of coursework in social studies to include coursework in United States history, world history, government and geography.
  2. Mathematics concentration. The mathematics concentration requires 12 semester hours in mathematics to include coursework in algebra.
  3. Science concentration. The science concentration requires 12 semester hours in science to include coursework in life science, earth science, and physical science.
  4. Language arts concentration. The language arts concentration requires 12 semester hours in language arts to include coursework in composition, language usage, speech, young adult literature, and literature across cultures. 
Admissions criteria for the Middle School Endorsement (5-8) 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 Middle School Endorsement (5-8) 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.

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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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