The reading endorsement is built into BVU’s elementary education major and provides students with an increased understanding of literacy education and a competitive edge when applying for jobs. The endorsement qualifies students as specialized K-8 reading teachers and can lead to other positions, including literary coaches or directors.
In light of the challenges and opportunities presented in Iowa schools by the growing number of non-native speakers of English, this endorsement is designed to prepare educators to teach English as a second language in both public and private K-12 educational settings. The primary goal of the endorsement is to provide teachers with knowledge of second language acquisition, assessment procedures, skills, and techniques to more effectively address the academic and social challenges presented by an increasingly diverse population of students.
This endorsement prepares students to teach at the pre-kindergarten level. The program provides a wide variety of coursework and prepares educators to work with young learners. BVU students who major in elementary education are qualified to teach at the kindergarten level without attaining this endorsement.
Buena Vista University offers coursework in special education leading to an educational endorsement as an Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate and/or Strategist II: Significant Support Needs Cognitive or Behavioral. This endorsement is designed to accompany coursework for a major in elementary education or secondary education licensure. Completion of any of these endorsement options this endorsement allows one to teach in resource, inclusive/mainstreamed, and partially self- contained settings with students having exceptionalities in the area of mild to moderate disabilities and/or significant support needs. Buena Vista University also offers a major in Exceptional Student Services and Instruction (special education) leading to an endorsement as a K-12 Special Education Generalist.
Teaching at BVU allows me to watch students grow as young educators. I enjoy seeing students put theory into practice through various field experiences.