The Teacher Education Program:

The four checkpoints below outline progressively the requirements of the Teacher Education Program and serve as a guideline for students as they move toward licensure.

Checkpoint I: Admission to the Teacher Education Program

The candidate will submit the Teacher Education Program (TEP) application and the Teacher Education Subcommittee will review the candidate’s file to ensure that the following requirements have been met:

  • EDCO 240: Development of the School-Age Child - completed with a minimum grade of “C-”.
  • EDCO 245: Learning and Motivation - must be completed with a minimum grade of “C-”.
  • EDCO 255/256: Professional Seminar I & Field Experience: Learning and Motivation - completed with passing grade and positive recommendation from Cooperating Teacher.
  • All Key Assignments required in EDCO 240 and EDCO 245 successfully completed and uploaded to Canvas. Students who transfer coursework for EDCO 240 and EDCO 245 are not required to submit Key Assignments in addition to the accepted course work.
  • Successful completion of Praxis I Exam - meeting or exceeding the cut scores.  PPST Exams cut scores are Reading = 173, Writing = 172, and Math = 171.  Core Exams cut scores are Reading = 156, Writing = 162, and Math = 150.
  • Minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5.
  • Two professional progress reports recommending the candidate for admission.
  • Good conduct policy statement signed.
  • Confidentiality statement signed.

Elementary majors may take no more than six credits of methods courses, none with field experience attached, prior to formal admission to the program. Students seeking secondary licensure may not take any methods courses until admitted to the Teacher Education Program.

Based on submitted information, the local teacher education committee will:

  • Fully approve the candidate for the Teacher Education Program.
  • Deny the candidate. Reasons/rationale for denial will be shared in writing with the candidate. Each candidate will have an opportunity to address deficiencies in a timely manner. Candidates will be informed of their right to appeal the decision.

Checkpoint II: Teacher Education Program Progress

In order to advance to EDCO 290/EDCO 291 Professional Seminar II & Field Experience: Human Relations, the teacher education student must successfully satisfy the following:

  • EDCO 280: History of American Education - completed with a minimum grade of “C-.” In addition, the Key Assignment must be successfully completed and uploaded to Canvas.
  • Mandatory reporters statement signed.
  • Universal precautions statement signed.
  • Minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5.
  • Improvement in areas of concern noted in Checkpoint I, professional progress reports, or other areas noted since those reports. Particular attention will be given to dispositions.
  • The Key Assignment(s) from all EDUC and EDCO courses taken since acceptance to the Teacher Education Program must be successfully completed and uploaded to Canvas.
  • Local teacher education committee endorsement.

Checkpoint III: Admission to Student Teaching

Student teaching is the culminating experience in the Teacher Education Program. It is designed as an opportunity to apply skills, theory, and knowledge gained during teacher preparation to a real-life educational setting.

The student teacher candidate will submit an application for student teaching after having completed the following:

  • All EDCO and methods course requirements with a minimum grade of a “C-”.
  • Minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5.
  • Minimum Grade Point Average of 2.5 in the major/minor/concentration, and will have completed all major/minor/concentration requirements.
  • Successfully complete and upload to Canvas the remaining non-student teaching Key Assignments that they have taken since Checkpoint II.
  • Resume, References, and Letter of Introduction for the cooperating school.

In addition, the applicant will have senior standing and will be in residence (as defined by the university catalog) the semester/term immediately preceding student teaching.
The local teacher education committee will review the candidate’s file. After review, the local committee will vote to accept or deny the student’s admittance to the student teaching semester. Students denied admittance to the professional semester have the right to an appeal.

Checkpoint IV: Licensure Requirements

Each semester/term the Licensure Officer or designated official meets with student teachers to discuss the licensure procedure. The state sets fees related to licensure. The student is responsible for payment of these fees. Students are provided information and appropriate forms to apply for licensure. The basic requirements that must be met in order to be recommended for licensure are as follows:

  • Successful completion of Buena Vista University requirements.
  • Successful completion of the Teacher Education Program that Buena Vista University has on file with the Iowa Department of Education.
  • Minimum Grade Point Average of 2.5 for the total program, the major, the minor, the second major or area of concentration.
  • Minimum grade of a “C-” in each of the student teaching placements.
  • Successful completion of all Key Assignments uploaded to Canvas and portfolio reflection.
  • Fingerprinting/background check 10-12 weeks prior to completion of student teaching.
  • Local teacher education committee recommendation.
  • Successful completion of the Praxis II exam per state requirements.
  • Graduates are required to meet Buena Vista University’s major requirements for their first endorsement area. Additional endorsement areas may be obtained by completing the Buena Vista University requirements or the Iowa minimum requirements for licensure. Individuals should consult with their advisor about these options.

Teaching Licensure Requirements For Other States:

The Teacher Education Program at Buena Vista University provides coursework which meets the criteria approved for Iowa certification by the Iowa State Department of Education. An individual desiring licensure in a state other than Iowa should contact the Department of Education in that state as soon as possible and request certification requirements. By learning early what courses are needed for other states’ certification, individuals can plan to meet those requirements by taking appropriate courses at Buena Vista University.