Education Graduate Degrees and Endorsements

Education Master’s Degree Programs

Make a bigger impact with the students you teach, the administrations you manage, and the clients you counsel when you earn an affordable education master’s degree or education endorsement with BVU. Known regionally for helping create top-notch educators, BVU’s expert education faculty will work with you to help you accomplish your goals and earn the degree that makes your next career step possible. Most BVU education master’s programs are fully online while some contain helpful in-person training that will strengthen your impact with cohort learning. No matter how you learn, you’ll get the training you need to get to that next level.

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Education Master’s Degrees

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This online master’s in special education program is intended to advance the skills of practicing professionals.

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The online Master of Education – Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction program provides four tracks designed for working teachers seeking to advance their career in the classroom.

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The heart of our program is the deep connections and valuable training that students experience during a summer course at BVU and a weekly live video class.

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BVU’s master’s in school counseling equips you to make a difference in elementary, middle, and high schools. Professional school counselors promote growth, enhance learning, and contribute to student success.

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What are endorsements?

An educational endorsement is a series of classes in a specific area that qualifies you to teach an additional subject, grade level, or type of learner. At the undergraduate level, endorsements are completed alongside an education major.

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Education Endorsements

  • All Social Science Interdisciplinary Package with Teaching Licensure (5-12)

    Become a high-quality middle school or high school teacher with a comprehensive knowledge of social science disciplines. Earn Iowa State certification for grades 5-12 fully online. Learn More >

    Upon completion of a teaching major in one of the social science disciplines (history, government, economics or psychology), one can obtain the requirements for all social sciences interdisciplinary endorsement by completing the following:

    American history: 9 credit hours

    • HIST 101 History of the United States to 1877 
    • HIST 102 History of the United States after 1877 
    • Any American history elective, 300 level or above

    World history: 9 credit hours

    • HIST 111 World Civilizations I or HIST 121 The Emergence of Western Civilizations 
    • HIST 112 World Civilizations II or HIST 122 The Revolutions of Western Civilizations 
    • HIST 125 Asian Civilizations

    Government: 9 credit hours

    • PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government 
    • PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
    • Any PSCN elective, 300 level or above

    Psychology (other than educational psychology): 6 credit hours

    • PSYC 100 General Psychology or PSYC 102 The Science of Psychology
    • Any PSYC elective 

    Sociology: 6 credit hours

    • SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
    • Any SOCI elective

    Geography: 6 credit hours

    • GEOG 200 World Regional Geography of the Developed World
    • GEOG 201 World Regional Geography of the Developing World (or an approved course from another institution)
    • GEOG 300 Human and Cultural Geography (or an approved course from another institution)

    Business Economics: 6 credit hours

    • ECON 205 Principles of Microeconomics
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    • ECON 206 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Middle School Endorsement (5-8)

    Prepare to teach middle school students in two of four specialized concentrations with this online endorsement. Combine with either elementary- or secondary-level teaching certification. Learn More >

  • Post Baccalaureate Certification Program

    Earn your secondary teacher certification in this Iowa-state–approved online program designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in an approved specialty area such as English, Mathematics, and more. Learn More >

  • Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten Endorsement

    Make an impact on the youngest students of the next generation with an online endorsement that qualifies you to teach preschool or kindergarten. Must be combined with an elementary education degree and endorsement. Learn More >

  • Reading Endorsement (K-8)

    Prepare the next generation of readers with this online endorsement available to those pursuing an elementary education degree. Learn More >

  • Secondary Education Licensure

    Follow your calling with an online endorsement that complements your previously-earned bachelor’s degree in any Iowa-state–approved content areas. Make a meaningful career change and become certified to teach. Learn More >

  • Significant Support Needs

    Significant Support Needs – Behavior 
    Enhance your skills of serving students with severe and profound behavior or learning disabilities. Earn fully online. Learn More >

    Significant Support Needs – Cognitive
    Enhance your skills of serving students with severe and profound cognitive learning and physical disabilities.Earn fully online. Learn More >

  • Social Studies

    Social Studies Education Licensure (K-8) 
    Gain a solid foundation in education while earning your online certification to teach students in grades K-8 in the study of human history and the world we inhabit together. Learn More >

    Social Studies with Teaching Licensure (5-12) 
    Gain a solid foundation in education while earning your online certification to teach older students in the study of human history and the world we inhabit together. Learn More >

  • Special Education

    Special Education – Comprehensive (K-12)
    Learn to combine science, theory, and hands-on field and classroom experience while building a professional network in this high-demand field. Learn More >

    Special Education
    Gain the knowledge and tools to teach students in grades 5-12 with mild to moderate disabilities in resource, inclusion, pull-out, and push-in models to students having exceptionalities in the area of mild to moderate disabilities. Learn More >

  • STEM

    STEM (K-8) 
    Become equipped to educate the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and math pros in grades K-8 with this valuable online classroom teaching endorsement.  Learn More >

    STEM (5-8)
    Become equipped to educate the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and math pros in grades 5-8 with this valuable online classroom teaching endorsement.  Learn More >

  • Talented and Gifted Teacher

    Enhance your skills as a practicing professional in the area of talented and gifted teaching with this online program. Learn More >

  • Teaching English as Second Language

    Enhance your skills as a practicing educator in working with linguistically diverse students in this fully online program. Learn More >

TEACH Grant Program

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $4,000 per year in grants for 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.

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Earn a Master’s Degree Faster with Our Accelerated Program

With BVU's Plus One program, you can earn your education, special education, or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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Dr. Casey Baker
Program Director, Master of Science in Education- Mental Health Counseling
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Dr. Lucas DeWitt
Program Director for Master of Education - Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction and for Master of Education - Special 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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Lynn O'Brien
Program director for Master of Science in Education- Professional School Counseling
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Dr. Kathleen Ruscitto
Dr. Kathleen Ruscitto
Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
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Elisa Woodruff
Dr. Elisa Woodruff
Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
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