Secondary Education

Secondary education students find their passion in a certifiable teaching subject with their desire to become a licensed educator in grades 5-12. Passionate about history? Then choose history as your major and add on secondary education to become a history teacher, mentor, and expert!

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A secondary education student is prepared to teach in a concentrated area of study based on their chosen major.  BVU students gain in-depth knowledge in their area of expertise, an understanding of how learning occurs, and practical teaching skills, all while preparing to teach in a variety of job markets - urban, rural, Midwest and international.  Many opportunities to work and volunteer within the Storm Lake community exist including after school programs and time spent at Faith, Hope and Charity for children with special needs.

Secondary education students may choose to major in one of the following:

  • Studio Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication studies
  • English
  • English language arts
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music K-8
  • Music- Vocal and Instrumental
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Secondary English & Reading Endorsement
  • Social Science
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Theatre

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Leaders

BVU produces students that hold leadership positions within schools and other organizations. Our alum have risen to positions such as guidance counselors, academic coaches, principals, superintendents, and more.

Leaders

Consider building your own combination of endorsements. Want to teach history, government, and psychology? How about English, speech, and journalism? BVU will work with you to build a plan with your goals in mind.

Prepared

No matter what discipline you are passionate about, whether art, chemistry, or Spanish, BVU ensures students have the tools principals require. Your resume will be moved to the top of the pile!

Opportunities Abroad

From Storm Lake to Korea

Many BVU students traveled the world each January Interim —a three-week program that gives students the opportunity to take travel courses, enroll in unique classes on campus, and participate in internships. Secondary education students often further explore their academic interests and broaden their cultural and global perspectives by working with children around the world. Some students have even taught English in South Korea!

“Traveling to Korea helped me fully understand what it was like to plan independently and to balance out the time requirements in the classroom. At all of my interviews, I was asked about this experience, and I fully believe it is part of the reason I was hired. It is an experience I brag about and would never give up.”

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Top of the Line

The Best Technology, the Best Teachers

BVU is a leader in education graduates, and it’s for a reason. Our classrooms boast SMART Boards, 3D printers, and wireless monitors for group work, providing opportunities for collaborating with students near and far. BVU students are trained with the best equipment to run their own classrooms with confidence. “We have state of the art tools here and students’ imagination drives their inquiry.”

Internships

  •  Storm Lake Public Schools
  •  Ankeny Public Schools
  •  Sioux Central Community School District

Careers

  •  Boone Community Schools
  •  Spirit Lake Community Schools
  •  Council Bluffs Community Schools

Graduate School

  •  University of Northern Iowa
  •  Southwest Minnesota State
  •  Northwest Missouri State
Major in English Language Arts for Secondary Education (Track 1: 92-93 Hours, Track 2: 89-90 Credit Hours)
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Major in Social Science for Secondary Education (95-108 Credit Hours)
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Major in All Science for Secondary Education (93-94 Credit Hours)
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Secondary Education Faculty

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Dr. John Bedward
Associate Professor of Education
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Shaley Cullen
Instructor of Education
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Dr. Grace Eason
Professor of Environmental & Science Education
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Dr. Callè Friesen
Associate Professor of Education
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Dr. Brittany Garling
Assistant Professor of Education
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Dr. Leslie Haas
Assistant Professor of Education
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Mr. Mark Hopkins
Instructor of Education
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Pennie Klepper
Instructor of Education- STEM
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Jennifer Redenius
Instructor of Education- Education Foundations
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Jill Siefken
Instructor of Education- Literacy/Early Childhood
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Dr. Daniel Strohmyer
Director & Asst. Professor M.Ed. Program
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Jacalyn Swink
Instructor of Education- Literacy/Early Childhood
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Dr. Jill Tussey
Assistant Professor of Education- Literacy/Early Childhood
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Heidi Vasher
Instructor of Education- Education Foundations
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Robert Williams
Instructor of Education- Literacy/Early Childhood
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Tessa Yackle
Instructor of Education- Literacy/Early Childhood
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