Post Baccalaureate Certification Program

Teacher Endorsement
Classes start every 8 weeks.

Program Description:

This program is specifically designed for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a subject area relevant to secondary education and desire to earn a teacher certification. The program operates within BVU's current programming structure and is designed to move you efficiently and effectively through core areas of methods and practices of teaching before you enter the classroom.

Completion of the Post Baccalaureate Certification Program means you can look forward to gaining:

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

Post Baccalaureate Certification

Eligible candidates must meet all of the following:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree which meets the Iowa Department of Education content requirements for certification per secondary field:
    • Art
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Chemistry
    • Economics
    • English/Language Arts Geography
    • Government
    • Health/Physical Education
    • History
    • Journalism
    • Mathematics
    • Music – Instrumental & Vocal Physics
    • Psychology
    • Science
    • Sociology
    • Spanish
    • Speech Communication/Theatre
    The program is available in these secondary field(s) contingent upon the availability of student teaching placements in that particular field.
  • Seek certification only (not second degree from BVU)
  • Have achieved a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and a 2.5 in the teaching field • Have coursework that is 10 years old or older reviewed for relevancy and currency

To complete a secondary certification program:

  • Complete the education core
  • SEDU 365 Methods of Reading in the Content Areas to be taken prior to or concurrent with the methods courses. Students completing the secondary certification program in English must complete SEDU 454 Reading Strategies and Instructional Methods
  • Complete a 2 credit hour generic methods course and a 1 credit hour methods course specific to the content area, except for special education where the 2 credit hour and 1 credit hour methods courses from the special education program will be used
  • Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework through Buena Vista University before student teaching. This requirement is for any who have completed some of the education core prior to admission to this program. Nine of the 12 credit hours must be at the 300 level
  • Student teach for one 14 week placement or two 7 week placements in one secondary setting
Admissions criteria for the Post Baccalaureate Certification Program 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 Post Baccalaureate Certification Program 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'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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