Post Baccalaureate Certification Program
Teacher Certification |
Teacher Endorsement |
Credits shown here reflect the number required to graduate for the given major. Your actual number of required credits may be higher or lower depending on your previous college experience. The actual number of credits you will need to graduate from BVU will be determined by a free official transcript evaluation.
This program is specifically designed for those who have a bachelor’s degree in a subject area relevant to secondary education. It 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.
Post Baccalaureate Certification
Eligible candidates must meet all of the following:
- Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- Hold a bachelor’s degree which meets the Iowa Department of Education content requirements for certification per secondary field:
- English/Language Arts Geography
- Health/Physical Education
- Music – Instrumental & Vocal Physics
- Speech Communication/Theatre
- Seek certification only (not second degree from BVU)
- Have achieved a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and a 2.5 in the teaching field • Have coursework that is 10 years old or older reviewed for relevancy and currency
To complete a secondary certification program:
- Complete the education core
- SEDU 365 Methods of Reading in the Content Areas to be taken prior to or concurrent with the methods courses. Students completing the secondary certification program in English must complete SEDU 454 Reading Strategies and Instructional Methods
- Complete a 2 credit hour generic methods course and a 1 credit hour methods course specific to the content area, except for special education where the 2 credit hour and 1 credit hour methods courses from the special education program will be used
- 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 teach for one 14 week placement or two 7 week placements in one secondary setting
Tuition & Fees
2014-15 Tuition:$390 per credit hour
2015-16 Tuition:$402 per credit hour
How to Apply
Programs within BVU Graduate & Professional Studies are classified as junior-senior level. Persons who have completed an associate degree or 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution qualify for admission. College level examination program credits (CLEP) and life experience credit may be available as described in the academic section.
- Although personal interviews are not required, applicants are urged to confer with an advisor.
- Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended be sent to the BVU Graduate & Professional Studies site office. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester.
- Complete the BVU Graduate & Professional Studies application form
- If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.
- Students who have previously earned a B.A. or B.S. degree may be eligible to earn a second bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University. Guidelines are available from the BVU Graduate & Professional Studies office.
Financial Assistance is available to qualified students at our traditional campus and to students taking undergraduate and graduate coursework at our Graduate & Professional Studies locations. All students are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA is processed by the U.S. Department of Education. You may request to have your FAFSA results sent to BVU. Even if you are currently unsure if you will attend, completing this free application will help determine your financial need.
BVU's institution code: 001847
Grants are funds that do not have to be repaid. Click on a grant below to see more information.
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $4,000 per year in grants for graduate and undergraduate students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families. Students must meet all eligibility requirements.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships
Phi Theta Kappa transfer scholarships are also available for those who qualify.
Loans are made to students at low interest rates and must be repaid, but generally payments are not due until the student has completed his or her education or ceases at least half-time enrollment.
Tuition Reimbursements are available through many area employers. Many companies will pay part or all of an employee's educational costs. Check with your company's benefits representative to see if you qualify. All tuition reimbursement benefits must be reported to the Office of Financial Assistance.
G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.
All programs are approved for the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.
Have more questions?
In addition to the above information, our staff is happy to answer any questions you have about applying for financial aid. If you are in need of financial assistance, such as college scholarships in Iowa or scholarships for adults returning to college, please contact us at 712.749.1000 to receive more information about how affordable our programs can be.