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.
The reading endorsement provides students with an increased understanding of literacy education and a competitive edge when applying for jobs. The endorsement qualifies students as specialized 5-12 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 is in addition to an elementary teaching license or a subject matter secondary license. It offers advanced preparation to teach at the middle school level (grades 5-8). Students select two 12-hour concentration areas from the following choices: social studies, mathematics, science or language arts. The middle school endorsement authorizes teaching of the two concentration areas as well as other subject areas in grades five through eight which are not core content areas. Holders of the middle school endorsement are not authorized to teach art, industrial arts, music, reading, physical education and special education unless that is part of their elementary or secondary teaching license.
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BVU's school of education has implemented a Smart Technologies SMARTBoard system, which will be used by education majors to help them prepare for technology that might be available in their future classrooms. Read more...