Secondary Education Degree

Education Bachelor’s Degree Program

Students pursuing a secondary education degree find their passion in a certifiable subject area. This program is built for those compassionate about inspiring and advocating for the next generation. Your desire to help others is made possible as a licensed educator in grades 5-12.

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Why should I earn a secondary education degree from BVU?

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With a secondary education degree, you will explore new ways of reaching your class with the support of school resources.

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Become a versatile educator! Specialize in the subject you love, or prepare to teach a variety of classes.

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Secondary Education Degree Opportunities

  • Teach middle school students
  • Teach high school students
  • Create curriculum and programming

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Experienced Faculty

In the secondary education degree program at BVU, students learn from instructors with personal experience in the classroom as well as those holding doctorate degrees in education and actively researching ways to improve the educational experience.

Integrated Technology

Prepare for the future of education with BVU’s SMART boards, 3-D printers, and wireless, group-work monitors. With our resources and a secondary education degree, you will have the skills to step into a teaching role with confidence.

What subjects can I teach?

All subjects listed are offered as BVU majors


  • Art (Studio)
  • Biology
  • Business
  • 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

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One may not know that this teacher has already visited three countries, a world-renowned cancer center, learned another language, and swam with Tiger Sharks in Australia’s Ningaloo Reef all before graduating from college. Gerald’s interests began in optometry, then biology, and ultimately led to his pursuit of a master’s degree from BVU in teacher leadership, curriculum, and instruction with an emphasis in teaching English as a second language. 

BVU is always willing to work with students and their families to help pay for school and other learning opportunities. No matter what majors I chose, my professors and advisor all wanted me to succeed from the beginning.



Earn your secondary education degree through online learning

Get certified to teach at the middle or high school level conveniently with the University that has produced more teachers than any other private college in Iowa!

Experienced: Our teacher mentors have the real-life experience necessary to provide the knowledge required in Iowa classrooms today.

Online Learning: You can earn your secondary education degree without leaving your community. Courses combine the benefit of live instruction via Zoom with the convenience of online learning. In addition to classes, students complete their coursework online and receive personalized advisement from BVU staff at local sites across Iowa.

Teaching Areas

  • All Social Science Endorsement
  • English Language Arts
  • English
  • History
  • Post Baccalaureate Certification 
  • Psychology
  • Reading Endorsement
  • Sociology
  • Special Education 
  • Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement)

Excellent Instruction

The instructors are amazing, flexible, and understand that we have lives outside of school. I’m building on my knowledge one class after another, which is preparing me to become the educator I want to be. My family is so proud.

Cheyenne Ruby

Secondary Education Program Tracks and Courses

With BVU’s secondary education degree, you can pursue a major that interests you while also preparing to teach that subject in 5-12 classroom settings. We also offer specialized tracks in the following niche areas of secondary teaching certification and endorsement:

English Language Arts with Teaching Licensure
Grades 5-12 with Reading Endorsement | All Grades 5-12

All Science with Teaching Licensure
Basic Science 5-12 Endorsement | All Science II 9-12 Endorsement

  • English Language Arts for Secondary Education (82 credit hours)
  • All Science for Secondary Education (80-83 Credit Hours)
  • Basic Science Endorsement (K-8 or 5-12) (30-33 credit hours)

Transfer to BVU

BVU has transfer agreements with Iowa’s community colleges, helping you get the most out of your hard-earned credits.

Contact an academic advisor at 712.749.1000 to see how your credits will transfer.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

We’ll help you figure out your options for financial assistance and possible scholarships.

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Education Faculty

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

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Transfer Your Credits

Do you have previously earned credits or an associate degree? BVU accepts most — if not all — of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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Earn a Master’s Degree Faster with Our Accelerated Program

With BVU's Plus One program, you can earn your  teaching English as a second language or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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Explore a Secondary Education Degree

Find out more about earning a bachelor’s in secondary education with BVU.

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