Few things are more rewarding to a teacher than the spark of triumph on the face of a student. The "I got it!" look reveals a sensational feeling and drives both teacher and student to learn even more. Not only will you experience this feeling firsthand from professors in the School of Education & Exercise Science, you will learn how to create that spark in your own classroom.
Buena Vista University offers future teachers and educators a college experience, aligned with state requirements that will help show you how to reach your professional potential. Upon successful completion of the teacher education program you will be eligible for certification by the State of Iowa to teach coursework in elementary and secondary schools. Students in the education major develop skills in relationship-building, leadership, and problem-solving that will help you to work effectively with PreK-12 students, administrators, and colleagues. It is an immersive experience in the heart of one of Iowa's most diverse public school districts in which will leave you well-prepared for the changing dynamics for teachers of primary and secondary education in Iowa, the Midwest and beyond. From pre-kindergarten through elementary, middle and secondary levelsyou can learn how to positively impact the lives of PreK-12 students everywhere.
Working in the field of sports does not always mean working 'on the field.' Sports and athletic organizations - whether educational, professional or recreational - need professionals to coach players, manage venues and help athletes through injuries. Clinics need skilled practitioners to research injury treatment and prevention.
Through Buena Vista University's athletics-related majors, you'll understand not just the hows of practice but the whys as you gain an education strongly grounded in both theory and practice. Our exercise science degree provides a program that covers athletics theoretically as well as practically, with courses on the history and ethics of sports in addition to practical clinical and coaching experience. On the research side, you'll design and implement injury prevention and training programs. On the practice side, you'll work closely with faculty members with diverse working-world experiences in Iowa and beyond - from school administration to counseling - who are also coaches and practitioners: BVU's coaches teach coaching classes, while its athletic trainers teach athletic training courses.
Our exercise science degree programs offer two majors in Storm Lake, Iowa. A human performance major will teach you how to help athletes reach their peak abilities in a program that provides you with strong preparation for continued study, practice and research in the science of human movement. The physical education degree and coaching programs offer a major, minor and certifications that help extensively qualify you to teach physical education and coach at elementary, middle and high schools.
BVU's Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is a four-year academic program integrated with a three-year clinical program. The athletic training major provides a thorough, hands-on education in the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of athletic injuries, taught by a faculty of certified athletic trainers. Upon finishing the program, you'll be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification Exam, the successful completion of which qualifies you to practice as an athletic trainer. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
Dr. Paul Theobald was the keynote speaker at the 39th annual Center for Great Plains Studies symposium in Kearney, Neb. His topic was "Rural Schools and Communities at the Intersection of Assumptions and Evidence." Read more...