Buena Vista University

Secondary School Certification

You may have worked in your field for a while. You know it inside out, and while the subject excites you, you're looking for a change, something more rewarding - like teaching. BVU Graduate & Professional Studies offers individuals with an existing bachelor's degree a teacher licensure in a variety of subjects.

This certification program recognizes the work you've put into your bachelor's degree and applies the University's current programming structure to move you through the major steps of a teaching certification quickly so that you can get into the classroom.

If your bachelor's degree and coursework in a subject area satisfies one of the State's secondary teaching endorsements, you're already on your way to gaining your Iowa teaching endorsements and certification to teach secondary school. The certification program is available in the following field(s) contingent upon the availability of student teaching placements in that particular field:

Students can attain their Iowa teaching license at one of our Graduate & Professional Studies locations at community colleges throughout Iowa. BVU tries to make adult learning and professional studies toward your Iowa teaching certificate as convenient as possible. If you have a passion to teach, we have the program that can give post-baccalaureate individuals teaching endorsements in Iowa.

This program has been approved by the Iowa Department of Education and requires completion of all portfolio requirements assigned to the courses whether the course was completed within the program or transferred. 

Courses of study

The secondary education program requires a content major in a certifiable teaching area and completion of the following six components:

• Distribution, core, and university graduation requirements — see academic requirements.
• The education core — BVU Graduate & Professional Studies students will follow the education core as specified above the elementary education requirements.
• Specific certification, distribution and core requirements — See catalog program listings for specific major and minor licensure requirements. A limited number of programs are available at off-campus sites. Contact your BVU Graduate & Professional Studies office for the list of available programs in your area.
• SEDU 400 Reading Strategies for Secondary Teachers. To be taken prior to or concurrent with the methods courses (not required for secondary language arts majors).
• The secondary methods course(s) — see main catalog education listings.
• Field experience linked to methods — see above for course description.
• Student teaching — see main catalog education listings for requirements.

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