The Buena Vista University (BVU) Post Baccalaureate Certification Program for teacher education is specifically designed for those who have a bachelor’s degree and coursework in a subject area that satisfies one of the State’s secondary teaching endorsements. The program was created in response to the state’s need for secondary teachers in shortage areas and honors the effort given to the candidate’s bachelor’s degree and associated experience.
The program operates within the University’s current programming structure and is designed to move the candidate efficiently and effectively through core areas of pedagogy before they enter the classroom. More specifically, the program is available in the following secondary field(s) contingent upon the availability of student teaching placements in that particular field:
- Business General
- Business Office and Marketing/Management
- English/Language Arts
- Foreign Language
- Physical Education
- Biological Science
- Earth Science
- General Science
- Physical Science
- American Government
- American History
- World History
- Speech Communication/Theater
- Special Education
This program has been approved by the Iowa Department of Education.
The following coursework and assigned Key Assignments for each course must be completed:
The Education Core
The Education Core is the nucleus of the BVU Post Baccalaureate Certification Teacher Education Program and includes the following courses:
|EDCO 240||Development of the School-Age Child||3 CR|
|EDCO 245||Learning and Motivation||3 CR|
|EDCO 255/256||Professional Seminar I & Field Exp.: Learning and Motivation||0-1 CR|
|EDCO 280||History of American Education||3 CR|
|EDCO 290/291||Professional Seminar II & Field Exp.: Human Relations||1-2 CR|
|EDCO 300||Differentiated Instruction for Exceptional Learners||3 CR|
|EDCO 390||Instructional Technology||3 CR|
|EDCO 401||Classroom Management & Evaluation Techniques (Secondary Education Only)||3 CR|
|Education Core Total||19-21 CR|
* This program has been developed by and is specific to Buena Vista University. It is approved by the Iowa Department of Education; however, it is not the Iowa Teacher Intern Preparation Program. Therefore, it is not listed on the Board of Educational Examiners web site.
Methods Courses for the Post Baccalaureate Certification (PBC) Program
A two-hour general methods course (SEDU 448) and a one-hour methods course specific to the content area are required of each person seeking regular education endorsement. Those completing a special education endorsement will take SPED 401 as the generic methods course and SPED 403 as the specific methods course.
In addition, a methods course in reading strategies are required. Students will complete SEDU 365 Reading in the Content Areas unless they are completing secondary certification in English. Those completing secondary English certification must complete SEDU 454 Reading Instructional Strategies.
The methods courses follow:
|SEDU 365||Reading in Content Areas||3 CR|
|SEDU 454||Reading Instructional Strategies||3 CR|
|SEDU 448||PBC General Secondary Methods||2 CR|
|SEDU 404||PBC Secondary Field Experience/Methods||0 CR|
|SPED 401||Methods and Teaching Strategies for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities||2 CR|
|SPED 406||Field Experience/Methods (7-12)||0 CR|
|SEDU 451||PBC Methods in Art||1 CR|
|SEDU 452||PBC Methods in Business||1 CR|
|SEDU 461||PBC Methods in English/Lang Arts||1 CR|
|SEDU 462||PBC Methods in Foreign Language||1 CR|
|SEDU 471||PBC Methods in Mathematics||1 CR|
|SEDU 481||PBC Methods in Health/Physical Education||1 CR|
|SEDU 482||PBC Methods in Science||1 CR|
|SEDU 491||PBC Methods in Social Science||1 CR|
|SEDU 492||PBC Methods in Vocal Music||1 CR|
|SEDU 493||PBC Methods in Instrumental Music||1 CR|
|SPED 403||Teaching in a 7-12 Special Education Program||1 CR|
|Methods Courses Total:||6 CR|
Students who have previously completed some or all the Education Core are required to complete the Key Assignments for the Education Core courses and a minimum of 12 hours of coursework through Buena Vista University before student teaching. 9 of the 12 hours must be at the 300 level. The Education Coordinators can provide additional information on the Key Assignment Overview, Key Assignments and grading rubrics.
Minimum Coursework Total: 12 CR
|SEDU 498||PBC Student Teaching (14 weeks)||12 CR|
Total hours for the BVU Post Baccalaureate Certification Program: 37-39 CR
(These hours are the totals for coursework taken at BVU for this program.)
Students interested in completing the BVU Post Baccalaureate Certification Program are to follow the steps outlined below:
|Step One:||Check Eligibility. The following must be met:
|Step Two:||Submit Transcript(s) to:
Rich Clinesmith, Education Liaison/Certification Officer, Box 2980, Buena Vista University, 610 W. Fourth Street, Storm Lake, IA 50588
Email - ClinesmithR@bvu.edu
The Education Liaison/Certification Officer will review the transcripts to ensure that:
After Steps One and Two have been cleared, the candidate must successfully complete the Praxis I Academic Skills Assessment Test.
The School of Education at Buena Vista University requires successful completion of the Praxis I exam for acceptance to the BVU Post Baccalaureate Certification Teacher Education Program. The Praxis I exam is part of the Praxis Series, an Educational Testing Service (ETS) program, that provides tests and other services for states to use as part of their teacher certification process. The School of Education’s policies on Praxis I apply to this program.
Each site Education Coordinator provides Praxis Registration Bulletins which include complete information regarding registration forms, registering online, test sites, test preparation, special accommodations and much more. Please see our Praxis I page for more information.
After successful completion of Praxis I, complete the admission process for Buena Vista University and begin coursework.
Students who take coursework in anticipation of admission to this program do so at their own risk. Post Baccalaureate Certification licensure students may be eligible for financial aid. Students interested in financial aid should contact the Financial Aid office.
Apply for formal admission to the BVU Post Baccalaureate Certification Teacher Education Program.
The following materials are part of the admission application packet:
NOTE: No more than six hours of EDCO courses can be taken at BVU before being admitted to the BVU Post Baccalaureate Certification Teacher Education Program.
|Step Six:||Complete the pre-student teaching program:
Apply for Licensure.
Before the University will sign a licensure request, the following must be achieved:
If you have further questions about participating in this program, contact the BVU site in your area or Rich Clinesmith, Education Liaison/Certification Officer, Email - ClinesmithR@bvu.edu, Phone - 712.749.2241.