Reading Endorsement (5-12)

Teacher Endorsement - 25 Credit Hours
Classes start every 8 weeks.

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 must be accompanied by a 5-12 certification in a secondary content area.

Program Description:

To obtain this endorsement, the applicant must complete 24 hours of coursework in the areas of literacy, development of oral communications, methods of written communications, and more. The program also provides students with a literacy field experience and the knowledge and skills needed to be a high quality middle or high school reading teacher.

BVU is a leader both in the number of education students who complete programs each year and in the success of our alumni. They are making a difference in classrooms across the world.

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  • Mason City
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  • Spencer
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Reading Endorsement (5-12) Courses

  • EDUC 317 Foundations of Literacy
  • SEDU 333 Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction
  • SEDU 335 Development of Oral Communications
  • SEDU 342 Methods of Written Communications
  • SEDU 365 Methods of Reading in the Content Areas
  • SEDU 371 Methods of Data-Driven Literacy Instruction
  • SEDU 380 Language Development and Methods
Admissions criteria for the Reading Endorsement (5-12) program

BVU's degree completion programs 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. 

Admissions process for the Reading Endorsement (5-12) program
  • 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 BVU. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester.
  • Complete the BVU Degree Completion Application
  • If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) at
  • 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.

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Federal Teach Grant

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.

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