Special Education Instructional Strategist I Endorsement (K-8)

Teacher Endorsement - 32 Credit Hours
Classes start every 8 weeks.

Gain the knowledge and tools to teach K-8 and 5-12 students having exceptionalities in the area of mild to moderate disabilities in resource, inclusion, pull-out, and push-in models. This endorsement is designed to accompany coursework for a major in elementary education or secondary education licensure.

Program Description:

Endorsements are also available as part of a unique plus 1 master’s degree, where students have the option of completing their bachelor’s degree in a teaching endorsement area, plus their master’s in special education in one additional year. BVU is a leader both in the number of education students who complete programs each year and in the success of our alumni.

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Instructional Strategist I with teaching licensure (K-8)

  • EDCO 300 Differentiated Instruction for Exceptional Learners
  • EDUC 317 Foundations of Literacy
  • EDUC 371 Methods of Data-Driven Literacy Instruction
  • SPED 205 Characteristics of Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • SPED 321 Multidisciplinary Assessment and Evaluation Practices
  • SPED 352 Professional Practices in Communication and Collaboration
  • SPED 396/391/392 Supervised Participation in Special Education
  • SPED 401 Methods and Teaching Strategies for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 
  • SPED 402 Teaching in a K-8 Special Education Program
  • SPED 410 Behavior and Classroom Management
  • SPED 447 Professional Seminar III: Special Education Student Teaching – Mild/Moderate (K-8) 
Admissions criteria for the Special Education Instructional Strategist I Endorsement (K-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 Special Education Instructional Strategist I Endorsement (K-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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