Graduate Student Experience

BVU offers next-level, supportive degree programs and endorsements for students at the graduate level. Whether you’re focused on the field of education, leadership, or counseling—you’ll receive the excellent instruction and support you need. Become a field expert, make a career change, or go deeper in your professional pursuits—we’ll support you from start to finish.

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Flexible Programs

From evening and online classes to accessible expert faculty — BVU makes earning a quality master’s degree possible for you.

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Online or Hybrid

Depending on subject matter, our graduate programs are taught either fully online or in a hybrid format which includes online and live video-conference classroom learning.

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Regionally Acclaimed

Our education programs are known in the region for high-quality instruction and real-world results. A BVU graduate degree will take you far.

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No GRE Required

BVU’s graduate programs do not require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or any other standardized tests — saving you time and money.

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Fully Online Graduate Programs

You’ll have easy access to peers and professors using Canvas online learning software. Join a fully functional online learning “ecosystem” with intuitive ways to stay engaged and interact with your BVU community while you earn your graduate degree or endorsement.

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Hybrid Graduate Programs

BVU’s counseling programs use a combination of online learning, virtual classroom webinars, and on-campus summer intensives. Do most of your learning wherever there’s WiFi. Then, come to Storm Lake for a seven-day residency in the summer, and learn with your peers in person.

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Hybrid Learning: Summer Residency

Our counseling programs' summer residency is an important, valued time for students to build relationships with peers and enhance their skills through focused collaboration and interaction.

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Graduate Degrees & Endorsements

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Education Graduate

Make a bigger impact with the students you teach, the administrations you manage, and the clients you counsel...

Online

Master of Education – Special Education

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

Online

Master of Education – Teacher Leadership Curriculum Instruction

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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Master of Science in Education – Mental Health Counseling

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.

Hybrid

Master of Science in Education – Professional School Counseling

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.

Online

Organizational Leadership Graduate

Increase your impact with organizations you lead, the people you manage, and the clients you serve when you earn an affordable online master’s degree in organizational leadership with BVU. BVU’s graduate faculty will provide real-life experience and a genuine focus on mentorship as you earn the degree that makes your next big career step possible.

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Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

The master’s in organizational leadership provides the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively lead people in an ever-changing work environment and can be completed in as few as 1.5 years.

Plus One Programs Overview

Already a Beaver? If a master’s degree is in your future, BVU has unique programs that can save you time and money.

Endorsement

Post Baccalaureate Certification Program

Already hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject area? This endorsement allows you to earn a secondary education teacher certification.

Endorsement

Reading Endorsement (K-8)

Take the next step in education with the University that has produced more teachers than any other private college in Iowa by selecting a reading endorsement, qualifying educators as Chapter 1 reading teachers. This endorsement is built into BVU's elementary education major and must be accompanied by certification as an elementary teacher.

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Significant Support Needs - Behavior

This graduate endorsement is intended to enhance the skills of practicing educators in the area of serving students with severe and profound behavior or learning disabilities.

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Significant Support Needs - Cognitive

This graduate endorsement is intended to enhance the skills of practicing educators in the area of serving students with severe and profound cognitive learning and physical disabilities.

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Special Education - Comprehensive

Combining science, theory, and hands-on field and classroom experience while building a professional network. Our teacher mentors have the real-life experience necessary to provide the knowledge required in Iowa classrooms today. This is a high demand field, and there continues to be a special educator shortage across the country.

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Special Education: Mild to Moderate Needs 5-12

Gain the knowledge and tools to teach students 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. This graduate endorsement is designed to advance the skills of practicing professionals in the area of special education.

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Special Education: Mild to Moderate Needs K-8

Gain the knowledge and tools to teach students 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. This graduate endorsement is designed to advance the skills of practicing professionals in the area of special education.

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Talented and Gifted Teacher

This graduate endorsement is intended to enhance the skills of practicing professionals in the area of talented and gifted teaching.

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Teaching English as a Second Language

This graduate endorsement is intended to enhance the skills of practicing educators in the area of working with linguistically diverse students.

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