Buena Vista University

Special Education Endorsement (K-8)

Buena Vista University offers coursework in special education leading to an educational endorsement as an Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate. This endorsement is designed to accompany coursework for a major in elementary or secondary education. Completion of this endorsement allows one to teach in resource, integrated, and contained settings with students having exceptionalities in the area of mental handicaps, learning disabilities, or behavioral disorders.

Courses of study

Instructional Strategist I, with teaching licensure (K-8): 31 credit hours

EDCO 301 Exceptional Learner
EDUC 317 Foundations of Reading/Language Arts
EDUC 371 Analysis and Correction of Reading Difficulties
EDCO 401 Classroom Management and Evaluation Techniques
SPED 205 Characteristics of Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
SPED 321 Diagnosis and Assessment
SPED 352 Professional Practices in Special Education
SPED 396 Supervised Participation in Special Education
SPED 401 Methods and Teaching Strategies for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
SPED 402 Teaching in a K-8 Special Education Program
SPED 405 Field Experience/Methods (K-8)
SPED 447 Student Teaching – Special Education - Mild/Moderate (K-8)
Note: This endorsement must be accompanied by an elementary education major leading to a teaching license with an endorsement in elementary classroom teacher (K-8).

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Buena Vista University
610 W. 4th Street
Storm Lake, IA 50588

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