Additional Endorsements

Adding an endorsement to a degree in education empowers students to take their education and career even further by choosing an additional specialized subject area and/or grade level they are qualified to teach.

An added bonus

Additional teaching endorsements are especially valuable to BVU graduates as they gain further in-depth knowledge in an area of their choice, increasing their marketability and success in the classroom. BVU students teach all over the world, and use their experiences student teaching, volunteering, and working at organizations such as Faith, Hope, and Charity for children with special needs.

Education students may choose from the following endorsements:

  • Coaching
  • Art K-8 & 5-12
  • Middle school 5-8
  • Pre-K/Kindergarten
  • Health
  • Reading K-8
  • Reading 5-12
  • Special education
  • Strategist I K-8
  • Strategist II K-12 cognitive & learning/behavioral
  • Teaching English as a second language
  • STEM K-8 & 5-8

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BVU produces students that hold leadership positions within schools and other organizations. Our alumni have risen to positions such as guidance counselors, academic coaches, principals, superintendents, and more.

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An elementary education major at BVU embeds a reading endorsement giving graduating students an advantage in the job market and the classroom.

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No matter what discipline you are passionate about, BVU ensures students have the tools principals require.

Storm Lake Schools

A Dream for ESL and More

Want to teach students whose home language isn’t English? See how it’s done in Storm Lake Elementary School where 14 different first languages are spoken. Want to work with children on all levels of the Autism spectrum? Spend time in a local special education classroom and apply BVU classroom knowledge yourself. Think you may want to coach a sport one day that you also cared about in high school? Coach a local tournament team or volunteer at middle school student practices. An endorsement will take your career and passion for teaching to the next level.

Share your caring heart and passion for teaching by training service dogs in Florida over spring break, then add it to your resume.

Travel to South Korea to help students learn English, and learn a little of another language while you’re abroad with friends.

Student teach in a classroom and spend some extra time teaching students who need a little extra help with reading after school.

Endorsement: Exercise Science Coaching (12 credit hours)

This (K-12) coaching authorization meets the minimum state requirements for coaching.

  • EXSC 140 Functional Human Anatomy
  • EXSC 170 Fundamentals of Athletic Training
  • EXSC 217 Theory and Ethics of Coaching
  • EXSC 351 Motor Learning

1 course from

  • EXSC 210 Coaching Volleyball
  • EXSC 211 Coaching Basketball
  • EXSC 212 Coaching baseball and Softball
  • EXSC 213 Coaching Wrestling
  • EXSC 214 Coaching Soccer
  • EXSC 215 Coaching Football
  • EXSC 216 Coaching Track, Field and Cross Country

Endorsement: English as a Second Language (K-12) (26-29 credit hours)

  • COMM 302 Intercultural Communication
  • EDCO 370 Human Relations
  • ENGL 331 Introduction to Linguistics
  • ENGL 332 Modern English Grammar
  • TESL 270 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition
  • TESL 330 Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language
  • TESL 407 Curriculum Development and Assessment in ESL
  • TESL 410 Practicum in ESL Classroom
  • TEAC 440 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Elementary ESL (K-6) or TEAC 450 Professional Seminar III; Student Teaching in Secondary ESL (7-12)

The ESL endorsement is taken in addition to a student’s primary area of teacher preparation (elementary or secondary education). Together, EDCO 280, EDCO 290, and EDCO 301, which are part of the elementary education major and secondary licensure program, already include Human Relation requirements. TEAC 440 or 450 will substitute for six of the twelve hours of student teaching required for elementary education majors and secondary licensure students.

Endorsement: Middle School (5-8) (32-35 credit hours)

  • EDCO 241: Human Development: Adolescents or EDUC 425/GEDU 525 Adolescent Growth and Development
  • EDUC 426/GEDU 526 Methods and Materials for Teaching Middle School
  • SEDU 365 Methods of Reading in the Content Areas or EDUC 420 Reading Strategies and Instructional Methods: Informational Text
  • SEDU 290/291 Middle School Supervised Participation

To obtain this endorsement, the applicant must complete the coursework requirements in two of the following content areas:

  1. Social studies concentration. The social studies concentration requires 12 semester hours of coursework in social studies to include coursework in United States history, world history, government and geography.
  2. Mathematics concentration. The mathematics concentration requires 12 semester hours in mathematics to include coursework in algebra.
  3. Science concentration. The science concentration requires 12 semester hours in science to include coursework in life science, earth science, and physical science.
  4. Language arts concentration. The language arts concentration requires 12 semester hours in language arts to include coursework in composition, language usage, speech, young adult literature, and literature across cultures.

Endorsement: Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten (24 credit hours)

Must be accompanied by endorsement 102, elementary classroom teacher. This program allows the addition of the special pre-kindergarten/kindergarten endorsement to the elementary education major. It qualifies the teacher to teach at the preschool and/or kindergarten level. This PK/K endorsement program is not a minor.

  • EDUC 305 Preschool and Kindergarten Curriculum Development and Organization
  • EDUC 330 Guidance and Instructional Methods in Preschool and Kindergarten Education
  • EDUC 400 Home, School, and Community Relations
  • EXSC 309 Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education
  • PSYC 201 Child Development or PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology or EDCO 240 Development: School-Age Child
  • TEAC 400 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Preschool
  • TEAC 402 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Kindergaten

TEAC 400 is completed after 12 credits of elementary student teaching.

Endorsement: Reading (K-8) (24 credit hours)

This reading program fulfills the Iowa Department of Education reading endorsement #148. It qualifies the teacher as a Chapter 1 reading teacher, but is not valid for a position as director of a reading program. This endorsement must be accompanied by endorsement #102, elementary classroom teacher. This reading endorsement is built into the elementary education major.

  • EDUC 317 Foundations of Literacy
  • EDUC 335 Development of Oral Communications
  • EDUC 342 Methods of Written Communications
  • EDUC 371 Methods of Data-Driven Literacy Instruction
  • EDUC 380 Language Development and Methods
  • EDUC 415 Reading Strategies and Instructional Methods: Fiction
  • EDUC 420 Reading Strategies and Instructional Methods: Informational Text
  • EDUC 443 Literacy Field Experience

Endorsement: Reading (5-12) (24 credit hours)

This reading program fulfills the Iowa Department of Education reading endorsement #149. It qualifies the teacher as a Chapter 1 reading teacher but is not valid for a position as director of a reading program. This endorsement must be accompanied by a 5-12 certification in a secondary content area.

  • EDUC 317 Foundations of Literacy
  • SEDU 333 Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction
  • EDUC 335 Development of Oral Communications
  • EDUC 342 Methods of Written Communications
  • SEDU 365 Methods of Reading in the Content Areas
  • EDUC 371 Methods of Data-Driven Literacy Instruction
  • EDUC 380 Language Development and Methods
  • SEDU 454 Reading Strategies and Instructional Methods
  • SEDU 455 Literacy Field Experience

Endorsement: Instructional Strategist I Endorsement, With Teaching Licensure (K-8)

Instructional Strategist I Endorsement, 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
  • EDUC 393 Elementary Math Methods & Field Experience
  • ESSI 210 Special Education Law and Professional Practices
  • ESSI 220 Multidisplinary Assessment and Evaluation
  • ESSI 229 Self-Determination and Person-Centered Planning
  • ESSI 291 Professional Seminar II: Supervised Participation in Special Education
  • ESSI 303 Curriculum Development and Instruction
  • ESSI 310 Behavior Interventions and Supports with Field Experience
  • TEAC 490 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching - Mild/Moderate (K-8)

Note: The Instructional Strategies I endorsement is taken in addition to a student's primary area of teacher preparation (elementary or secondary education). The primary area of preparation includes 12 credit hours of student teaching. TEAC 490 will substitute for six of those student teaching credit hours.

Endorsement: Instructional Strategist I Endorsement, With Teaching Licensure (5-12)

Instructional Strategist I Endorsement, With Teaching Licensure (5-12)

  • EDCO 300 Differentiated Instruction for Exceptional Learners
  • EDUC 317 Foundations of Literacy
  • EDUC 371 Methods of Data-Driven Literacy Instruction
  • EDUC 393 Elementary Math Methods & Field Experience
  • ESSI 210 Special Education Law and Professional Practices
  • ESSI 220 Multidisplinary Assessment and Evaluation
  • ESSI 230 Transitions and Self-Determination
  • ESSI 291 Professional Seminar II: Supervised Participation in Special Education
  • ESSI 303 Curriculum Development and Instruction
  • ESSI 310 Behavior Interventions and Supports with Field Experience
  • TEAC 491 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching - Mild/Moderate (5-12)
  • SEDU 365 Methods of Reading in the Content Areas

Note: The Instructional Strategies I endorsement is taken in addition to a student's primary area of teacher preparation (elementary or secondary education). The primary area of preparation includes 12 credit hours of student teaching. TEAC 491 will substitute for six of those student teaching credit hours.

Endorsement: Instructional Strategist II: Significant Support Needs K-12 Learning/Behavioral (40 credit hours)

The special education endorsement requires completion of an elementary education major or disciplinary major including secondary education licensure and the following special education courses:

  • EDUC 317 Foundations of Literacy
  • EDUC 371 Methods of Data-Driven Literacy Instruction
  • EDUC 393 Elementary Math Methods & Field Experience
  • EDCO 301 Introduction to Exceptional Learners
  • EDCO 303 Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • ESSI 103 Introduction to Learners with Significant Behavioral Disabilities
  • ESSI 210 Special Education Law and Professional Practices
  • ESSI 220 Multidisplinary Assessment and Evaluation
  • ESSI 230 Transitions and Self-Determination
  • ESSI 291 Professional Seminar II: Supervised Participation in Special Education
  • ESSI 303 Curriculum Development and Instruction
  • ESSI 307 Methods for Teaching Students with Behavioral Disabilities
  • ESSI 310 Behavior Interventions and Supports with Field Experience
  • TEAC 493 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching - Significant Support Needs, Learning/Behavioral (K-12)

The Instructional Strategies I endorsement is taken in addition to a student’s primary area of teacher preparation (elementary or secondary education). The primary area of preparation includes 12 credit hours of student teaching. TEAC 493 will substitute for six of those student teaching credit hours.

Endorsement: Instructional Strategist II: Significant Support Needs K-12 Cognitive (40 credit hours)

The special education endorsement requires completion of an elementary education major or disciplinary major including secondary education licensure and the following special education courses:

  • EDUC 317 Foundations of Literacy
  • EDUC 371 Methods of Data-Driven Literacy Instruction
  • EDUC 393 Elementary Math Methods & Field Experience
  • EDCO 301 Introduction to Exceptional Learners
  • EDCO 303 Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • ESSI 102 Introduction to Learners with Significant Behavioral Disabilities
  • ESSI 210 Special Education Law and Professional Practices
  • ESSI 220 Multidisplinary Assessment and Evaluation
  • ESSI 230 Transitions and Self-Determination
  • ESSI 291 Professional Seminar II: Supervised Participation in Special Education
  • ESSI 303 Curriculum Development and Instruction
  • ESSI 306 Methods for Teaching Students with Cognitive Disabilities
  • ESSI 310 Behavior Interventions and Supports with Field Experience
  • TEAC 491 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching - Mild/Moderate (5-12)

The Instructional Strategies II endorsement is taken in addition to a student’s primary area of teacher preparation (elementary or secondary education). The primary area of preparation includes 12 credit hours of student teaching. TEAC 492 will substitute for six of those student teaching credit hours.

Endorsement: Teaching English as a Second Language

Middle School Endorsement (5-8)

Must be accompanied by certification as an elementary or secondary teacher.

  • EDUC 425/GEDU 525 Adolescent Growth & Development
  • EDUC 426/GEDU 526 Methods & Materials for Teaching Middle School
  • SEDU 365 Methods of Reading in the Content Areas or EDUC 420 Reading Strategies & Instructional Methods: Informational Text
  • SEDU 290/291 Middle School Supervised Participation

To obtain this endorsement, the applicant must complete the coursework requirements in two of the
following content areas:

  1. Social studies concentration. The social studies concentration requires 12 semester hours of coursework in social studies to include coursework in United States history, world history, government and geography.
  2. Mathematics concentration. The mathematics concentration requires 12 semester hours in mathematics to include coursework in algebra.
  3. Science concentration. The science concentration requires 12 semester hours in science to include coursework in life science, earth science, and physical science.
  4. Language arts concentration. The language arts concentration requires 12 semester hours in language arts to include coursework in composition, language usage, speech, young adult literature, and literature across cultures.

English as a Second Language Endorsement (K-12)

  • COMM 302 Intercultural Communication
  • EDCO 370 Human Relations
  • ENGL 331 Introduction to Linguistics
  • ENGL 332 Modern English Grammar
  • TESL 270 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition
  • TESL 330 Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language
  • TESL 407 Curriculum Development and Assessment in ESL
  • TEAC 440 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Elementary ESL (K-6) or TEAC 450 Professional Seminar III; Student Teaching in Secondary ESL (7-12)
*The ESL endorsement is taken in addition to a student’s primary area of teacher preparation
(elementary or secondary education). Together, EDCO 280, EDCO 290, and EDCO 300,
which are part of the elementary education major and secondary licensure program, already
include Human Relation requirements. TEAC 440 or 450 will substitute for six of the twelve
hours of student teaching required for elementary education majors and secondary licensure
students.

Endorsement: STEM (K-8) (26-34 credit hours)

This endorsement must be accompanied by endorsement #102, elementary classroom teacher.

Science: minimum of 12 credits, including

  • 3 credits biological science
  • 6 credits of physical science or environmental science
  • a course that includes a science lab

Mathematics: students must complete one of the following

Option 1: minimum of 12 credit hours from the following:

  • CMSC 160 Introduction to Computer Programming
  • MATH 130 Mathematical Ideas for the Liberal Arts
  • MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
  • MATH 143 Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 145 Elementary Functions

Option 2:

  • MATH 160 Calculus I: Differential Calculus

STEM Methods (10 credit hours)

  • STEM 299 STEM Internship
  • STEM 394 STEM Principles I: Elementary STEM Methods
  • STEM 435 STEM Principles III: Robotics, Sensors and Instrumentation Methods
  • STEM 440 STEM Principles IV: Engineering Design, Programming and Fabrication Methods

Endorsement: STEM (5-8) (26-34 credit hours)

This endorsement must be accompanied by secondary teaching license.

Science: minimum of 12 credits, including

  • 3 credits biological science
  • 6 credits of physical science or environmental science
  • a course that includes a science lab

Mathematics: students must complete one of the following

Option 1: minimum of 12 credit hours from the following:

  • CMSC 160 Introduction to Computer Programming
  • MATH 130 Mathematical Ideas for the Liberal Arts
  • MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
  • MATH 143 Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 145 Elementary Functions

Option 2:

  • MATH 160 Calculus I: Differential Calculus

STEM Methods (10 credit hours)

  • STEM 299 STEM Internship
  • STEM 432 STEM Principles II: Secondary STEM Methods
  • STEM 435 STEM Principles III: Robotics, Sensors and Instrumentation Methods
  • STEM 440 STEM Principles IV: Engineering Design, Programming and Fabrication Methods

Faculty

Daniel Strohmyer

Director & Asst. Professor M.Ed. Program

Karin Strohmyer

Assistant Professor of Special Education

Callè Friesen

Assistant Professor of Education

John Bedward

Assistant Professor of Education

Shaley Cullen

Instructor of Education

Amy Barth

Assistant Professor of Education

Robbie Ludy

Professor of Special Education