Special Instructional Strategist II Endorsement Significant Support Needs - Behavior (K-12)

Teacher Endorsement - 40 Credit Hours
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Completion of this endorsement authorizes instruction in programs serving students with severe and profound behavior or learning disabilities, grades K-12, in the state of Iowa. This endorsement is designed to accompany coursework for a major in elementary education or secondary education licensure.

Program Description:

Endorsements are also available as part of a unique plus 1 master’s degree, where students have the option of completing their bachelor’s degree in a teaching endorsement area, plus their master’s in special education in one additional year. BVU is a leader both in the number of education students who complete programs each year and in the success of our alumni.

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Instructional Strategist II Endorsement: Significant Support Needs K-12 Learning/Behavioral

The special education endorsement requires completion of an elementary education major or disciplinary major including secondary education licensure and the following special education courses:

  • EDUC 317 Foundations of Literacy
  • EDUC 371 Methods of Data-Driven Literacy Instruction
  • EDUC 393 Elementary Math Methods & Field Experience
  • EDCO 301 Introduction to Exceptional Learners
  • EDCO 303 Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • ESSI 103 Introduction to Learners with Significant Behavioral Disabilities
  • ESSI 210 Special Education Law and Professional Practices
  • ESSI 220 Multidisciplinary Assessment and Evaluation
  • ESSI 230 Transitions and Self-Determination
  • ESSI 291 Professional Seminar II: Supervised Participation in Special Education
  • ESSI 303 Curriculum Development and Instruction
  • ESSI 307 Methods for Teaching Students with Behavioral Disabilities
  • ESSI 310 Behavior Interventions and Supports with Field Experience
  • TEAC 493 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching - Significant Support Needs, Learning/Behavioral (K-12)

The Instructional Strategies I endorsement is taken in addition to a student’s primary area of teacher preparation (elementary or secondary education). The primary area of preparation includes 12 credit hours of student teaching. TEAC 493 will substitute for six of those student teaching credit hours.

Admissions criteria for the Special Instructional Strategist II Endorsement Significant Support Needs - Behavior (K-12) program
  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum undergraduate college GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
    Applicants who cannot meet this requirement may be considered for probationary admission status and may enroll in up to nine hours of graduate study at BVU. These applicants will be reviewed at that time and pending successful completion of these nine hours (at least a "B" in each course), may be granted full status.
  • Copy of a valid K-12 teaching certificate or license.
Admissions process for the Special Instructional Strategist II Endorsement Significant Support Needs - Behavior (K-12) program
  1. Submission of the online application form, including autobiographical essay.
  2. Three letters of recommendation. One from your principal, one from a colleague, and another from a reference of your choosing.
  3. Official paper transcripts, from any institution attended as well as any graduate transcripts, sent directly to:

    Graduate Programs
    Buena Vista University
    610 W. 4th Street
    Storm Lake, IA 50588
  4. Provide a copy of a valid K-12 teaching certificate or license.
Please contact the Graduate office at 712.749.2162 or grad@bvu.edu with any questions.

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