The reading endorsement is built into BVU’s elementary education major and provides students with an increased understanding of literacy education and a competitive edge when applying for jobs. The endorsement qualifies students as specialized K-8 reading teachers and can lead to other positions, including literary coaches or directors.
In light of the challenges and opportunities presented in Iowa schools by the growing number of non-native speakers of English, this endorsement is designed to prepare educators to teach English as a second language in both public and private K-12 educational settings. The primary goal of the endorsement is to provide teachers with knowledge of second language acquisition, assessment procedures, skills, and techniques to more effectively address the academic and social challenges presented by an increasingly diverse population of students.
This endorsement prepares students to teach at the pre-kindergarten level. The program provides a wide variety of coursework and prepares educators to work with young learners. BVU students who major in elementary education are qualified to teach at the kindergarten level without attaining this endorsement.
BVU offers coursework in special education leading to an educational endorsement as an Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate in K-8 and/or 5-12 educational settings. This endorsement is designed to accompany elementary or secondary education licensure coursework and qualifies individuals to teach students with special learning needs or disabilities. Students who complete this program will be equipped with specialized training and the skills needed to evaluate and meet the specific needs of students with disabilities in a variety of educational settings.
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