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.
The reading endorsement provides students with an increased understanding of literacy education and a competitive edge when applying for jobs. The endorsement qualifies students as specialized 5-12 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 is in addition to an elementary teaching license or a subject matter secondary license. It offers advanced preparation to teach at the middle school level (grades 5-8). Students select two 12-hour concentration areas from the following choices: social studies, mathematics, science or language arts. The middle school endorsement authorizes teaching of the two concentration areas as well as other subject areas in grades five through eight which are not core content areas. Holders of the middle school endorsement are not authorized to teach art, industrial arts, music, reading, physical education and special education unless that is part of their elementary or secondary teaching license.
Education is ever changing, yet some principles remain the same. At BVU, your involvement in deep conceptual teaching and learning—both as a student and as a future teacher—will prepare you to lead the change.