Special Education +1 Program

BVU’s +1 program in special education is designed to lead students seeking a bachelor’s degree in any teaching field toward a master’s degree within one year of completing undergraduate coursework.


Take your career in education further, faster.

BVU’s unique +1 program gives students the opportunity to begin graduate study in special education as an undergraduate, saving both time and money. This advanced degree option not only gives students a competitive edge, but allows them to seek a special education endorsement that may otherwise be difficult to earn in the undergraduate timeframe. In just one additional year of study, students can earn a master’s degree and become licensed to teach in any of the following areas:

  • Instructional Strategist I (Mild to moderate disabilities K-8 or 5-12): Teach students with mild to moderate disabilities in resource, inclusion, pull-out, and push-in models with students having exceptionalities in the area of mild to moderate disabilities.
  • Strategist II:
    • Option 1: Significant Support Needs Cognitive: Teach students with severe and profound cognitive or physical disabilities in grades K-12.
    • Option 2: Significant Support Needs Behavioral: Teach students with severe and profound behavior or learning disabilities in grades K-12.
  • Comprehensive: Teach students in categories of special education that are listed above, across all grade levels

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Make a Difference

BVU has a long-standing tradition of preparing expert educators in Iowa, thanks to instructors who pull from real classroom experiences.

Go Further, Faster

The high quality +1 program gives students a competitive edge, all while saving them time and money.

Feel Prepared

BVU’s special education programs provides students with extensive and varied field experience opportunities.