Program Description

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:

  • Art
  • Business All
  • English/Language Arts
  • Foreign Language (Spanish)
  • Health
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Biological Science
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • General Science
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • American Government
  • American History
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • 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 241 Development of the School-Age Child 3 CR
EDCO 246 Learning and Motivation 3 CR
EDCO 255 Professional Seminar I & Field Exp.: Learning and Motivation 1 CR
EDCO 280 History of American Education 3 CR
EDCO 290/291 Professional Seminar II & Field Exp.: Human Relations 1-2 CR
EDCO 301 Introduction to Exceptional Learners 2 CR
EDCO 303 Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners 2 CR
EDCO 390 Instructional Technology 3 CR
Education Core Total 18-19 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

All PBC students are required to complete the following coursework:

SEDU 310

Curriculum Design I: Standards, Assessment & Instruction for Engaged Learning

3 CR
SEDU 365

 Reading in Content Areas

2 CR
SEDU 410

Curriculum Design II: Conceptual Unit Design

3 CR

*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.

In addition, PBC students will complete a methods course and field experience specific to the content area:

SEDU 401 Methods of Teaching Secondary Art and Field Experience 3 CR
SEDU 402 Methods of Teaching Secondary Business and Field Experience 3 CR
SEDU 411 Methods of Teaching Secondary English/Language Arts and Field Experience 3 CR
SEDU 412 Methods of Teaching Secondary Foreign Language and Field Experience 3 CR
SEDU 421 Methods of Teaching Secondary Mathematics and Field Experience 3 CR
SEDU 431 Methods of Teaching Secondary Health & Physical Education and Field Experience 3 CR
SEDU 441 Methods of Teaching Secondary Social Studies and Field Experience  3 CR
SEDU 442 Methods of Teaching Secondary Music - Vocal 3 CR
SEDU 443 Methods of Teaching Secondary Music - Instrumental 3 CR
EDUC 403 Methods of Teaching General Music 3 CR
STEM 432 STEM Principles II: Secondary STEM Methods 3 CR

Minimum Coursework

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework through Buena Vista University before student teaching.  This requirement is for any who have completed some of the education core prior to admission to this program.  Nine of the 12 credit hours must be at the 300 level.

Student Teaching

SEDU 498 PBC Student Teaching (14 weeks) 12 CR

Total hours for the BVU Post Baccalaureate Certification Program:    41-48 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:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution which meets the Iowa Department of Education content requirements for certification per secondary field.  The program is available in secondary fields contingent upon the availability of student teaching placements in that particular field.
  • Seek certification only.
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5.
  • Grade Point Average of 2.5 in desired teaching field. (If one is eligible in more than one field, a single field must be selected for initial licensure in this program.)
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 -
Phone - 712.749.2241

The Education Liaison/Certification Officer will review the transcripts to ensure that:

  • The bachelor’s degree meets the Iowa Department of Education content requirements for certification in the secondary field.
  • The coursework dated 10 years old or older is relevant and current.
Step Three:

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 Core exam for acceptance to the BVU Post Baccalaureate Certification Teacher Education Program. The Praxis Core 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 Core 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 Core page for more information.

Step Four:

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.

Post Baccalaureate Certification Program Checkpoints

Starting August 2016, students within the Post Baccalaureate Program will follow the same checkpoints as outlined within the Teacher Education Program.  These four checkpoint outline progressively the program requirements and serve as a guideline for students as they move toward licensure.  More information can be found here.

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 -, Phone - 712.749.2241.