School of Education

Master of Arts in Teaching-Secondary Education

Flexible Two-Year Online Graduate Program

Buena Vista University's Master of Arts in Teaching- Secondary Education program equips individuals who possess a bachelor’s degree with the knowledge, skills, and certification needed to teach middle and high school students in Iowa in a variety of content areas. 

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BVU is a leader in education with alumni working in schools in every single county across the state of Iowa. 

Master of Arts in Teaching

Earn initial certification in a secondary content area (5-12)

BVU’s Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education program is an affordable and convenient pathway to teaching. This program provides an opportunity for career changers to transition into the field of education as a middle school or high school teacher. Graduates of this program earn initial certification in grades 5-12 content areas alongside their master’s degree.

In addition, we believe that earning your degree should be affordable — which is why our program is priced at $495 per credit hour, making it the most affordable in the Midwest.

The Master of Arts in Teaching program is intended for those candidates who have completed an undergraduate degree, completed 30 credit hours in a secondary content area (business, social sciences, foreign language- French & Spanish, English language arts, mathematics, physical education, and sciences) and are seeking a pre-service teaching program, leading to initial licensure in a secondary content area (5-12).

Rolling Application

  • Our next start dates are Aug. 26, 2024 (Term 1) and Jan. 6, 2025 (Term 3).

No GRE required. Save time and money. 

Earn your master's degree while working full-time

35+ credit hours | Cost/credit: $495 | Completed in two years

Graduates will earn a master's degree with an initial teaching
licensure in a 5-12 content area. 

Created for working professionals

  • 100% online program
  • Eight-week terms
  • One virtual night class per week

Eight Content Areas:

  • English
  • History/ Social Studies
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Business
  • Foreign Language (Spanish)
  • Physical Education (K-12 elective courses)
  • Spanish (K-12 elective courses)

If you already have your teaching licensure and are looking to further your education, check out our Master of Education – Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction here

Program Tracks, Courses, and Application Requirements

Earn Certification for secondary teaching in eight different content areas alongside your master's degree.


  • Secondary Education Courses
  • Application Requirements

Financial Aid

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Graduate Education Faculty

Our instructors are committed to helping you build the future in Iowa and beyond.

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No GRE Required

BVU does not require students to take the GRE for admission — saving you time and money. 

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