Sociology with Teaching Licensure 5-12

Undergraduate Minor - 24-30 Credit Hours
Classes start every 8 weeks.

BVU’s sociology education program provides students with a keen ability to analyze human social behavior from humanistic and objective viewpoints – and apply these skills to a 5-12 classroom setting.

Program Description:

The study of sociology encourages students to see the individual’s role in the larger cultural setting.

BVU’s sociology program prepares future educators to become experts in instructing how the world works around them, while also sharpening students’ problem solving, communication, and critical thinking skills.  As a sociology minor seeking 5-12 teacher certification, you can look forward to gaining:

  • Extensive and varied field experience opportunities and the knowledge and skills needed to be a high-quality educator
  • Certification to teach grades 5-12 from the State of Iowa
  • Council Bluffs
  • Creston
  • Denison
  • Emmetsburg
  • Estherville
  • Fort Dodge
  • Marshalltown
  • Mason City
  • Ottumwa
  • Spencer
  • Spirit Lake

Sociology with Teaching Licensure 5-12 Option 1

Plus electives in sociology and requirements for secondary education and education core

  • SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 203 Social Psychology

Sociology with Teaching Licensure 5-12 Option 2

  • 9 credit hours of sociology electives
  • Additional 15 credit hours of electives in social science
  • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core
  • SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 203 Social Psychology
Admissions criteria for the Sociology with Teaching Licensure 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 Sociology with Teaching Licensure 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.

Tuition & Fees

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BVU's Institution code: 001847

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All Buena Vista University programs are approved for the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.

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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