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

Undergraduate Teacher Endorsement
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Completion of this endorsement authorizes instruction in programs serving students with severe and profound cognitive learning and physical 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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Significant Support Needs - Cognitive Endorsement Only

  • ESSI 502 Introduction to Learners with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
  • ESSI 510 Special Education Law and Professional Practices
  • ESSI 520 Multidisciplinary Assessment and Evaluation
  • ESSI 530 Transitions and Self-Determination
  • ESSI 603 Curriculum Development and Instruction
  • ESSI 604 Literacy Methods with Field Experience
  • ESSI 605 Math Methods with Field Experience
  • ESSI 606 Methods for Teaching Students with Cognitive Disabilities
  • ESSI 610 Behavior Interventions and Supports with Field Experience
  • ESSI 692 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching Significant Support Needs - Cognitive (K-12)
Admissions criteria for the Special Education Instructional Strategist II Endorsement Significant Support Needs - Cognitive (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 Education Instructional Strategist II Endorsement Significant Support Needs - Cognitive (K-12) program
  1. Submission of the online application form, including autobiographical essay.
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  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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