Secondary Education

Secondary education students find their passion in a certifiable teaching subject with their desire to become a licensed educator in grades 5-12. Passionate about history? Then choose history as your major and add on secondary education to become a history teacher, mentor, and expert!

Teach as an expert

A secondary education student is prepared to teach in a concentrated area of study based on their chosen major. BVU students gain in-depth knowledge in their area of expertise, an understanding of how learning occurs, and practical teaching skills, all while preparing to teach in a variety of job markets - urban, rural, Midwest and international. Students have opportunities to work and volunteer within the Storm Lake community, including after-school programs and assisting children with special needs.

Majors to choose from:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • English Language Arts
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music K-8
  • Music- Vocal and Instrumental
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Secondary English & Reading Endorsement
  • Social Science
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Theatre

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Opportunities Abroad

From Storm Lake to Korea

Many BVU students traveled the world each January Interim —a three-week program that gives students the opportunity to take travel courses, enroll in unique classes on campus, and participate in internships. 
Secondary education students often further explore their academic interests and broaden their cultural and global perspectives by working with children around the world. Some students have even taught English in South Korea!

“Traveling to Korea helped me fully understand what it was like to plan independently and to balance out the time requirements in the classroom. At all of my interviews, I was asked about this experience, and I fully believe it is part of the reason I was hired. It is an experience I brag about and would never give up.”

Leaders

BVU produces students that hold leadership positions within schools and other organizations. Our alum have risen to positions such as guidance counselors, academic coaches, principals, superintendents, and more.

Goals

Consider building your own combination of endorsements. Want to teach history, government, and psychology? How about English, speech, and journalism? BVU will work with you to build a plan with your goals in mind.

Prepared

No matter what discipline you are passionate about, whether art, chemistry, or Spanish, BVU ensures students have the tools principals require. Your resume will be moved to the top of the pile!

Top of the Line

The Best Technology, the Best Teachers

BVU is a leader in education graduates, and it’s for a reason. Our classrooms boast SMART Boards, 3D printers, and wireless monitors for group work, providing opportunities for collaborating with students near and far. BVU students are trained with the best equipment to run their own classrooms with confidence. “We have state of the art tools here and students’ imagination drives their inquiry.”

Internships

  • Storm Lake Public Schools
  • Ankeny Public Schools
  • Sioux Central Community School District

Careers

  • Boone Community Schools
  • Spirit Lake Community Schools
  • Council Bluffs Community Schools

Graduate School

  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Southwest Minnesota State
  • Northwest Missouri State

Major in English Language Arts For Secondary Education (Track 1: 92-93 / Track 2: 89-90 credit hours)

Education Courses (41-42 credit hours)

  • EDCO 241 Human Development: Adolescents
  • EDCO 246 Learning and Motivation: Adolescents
  • EDCO 255 Professional Seminar I and Field Experience: Learning and Motivation
  • EDCO 280 History of American Education
  • EDCO 290/291 Professional Seminar II and Field Experience: Human Relations
  • EDCO 301 Introduction to Exceptional Learners
  • EDCO 303 Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • EDCO 390 Instructional Technology and Innovative Teaching
  • SEDU 310 Curriculum Design I: Standards, Assessment and Instruction for Engaged Learning
  • SEDU 365 Methods of Reading in the Content Areas
  • SEDU 410 Curriculum Design II: Conceptual Unit Design**
  • SEDU 411 Methods of Teaching Secondary English Language Arts and Field Experience
  • TEAC 415 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Secondary English/Language Arts (5-8)
  • TEAC 425 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Secondary English/Language Arts (9-12)

A student must have passed through Teacher Education Program Checkpoint I in order to enroll in EDCO 290/291, EDCO 303, EDCO 390, SEDU 310 and SEDU 365.

A student must have passed through Teacher Education Program Checkpoint II in order to enroll in SEDU 410 and SEDU 411.

A student must have passed through Teacher Education Program Checkpoint III in order to enroll in student teaching.

Track 1: Secondary English and Reading Endorsement Disciplinary Courses (49 credit hours)

  • ENGL 220 Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 250 American Literature
  • ENGL 260 British Literature
  • ENGL 276 World Literature
  • ENGL 300 Advanced Composition
  • ENGL 320 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 331 Introduction to Linguistics
  • ENGL 332 Modern English Grammar
  • Elective course in literature (300 or 400 level)
  • EDUC 317 Foundations of Literacy
  • EDUC 371 Methods of Data-Driven Literacy Instruction
  • SEDU 333 Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction
  • SEDU 335 Development of Oral Communications
  • SEDU 342 Methods of Written Communications
  • SEDU 380 Language Development and Methods
  • SEDU 454 Reading Strategies and Instructional Methods
  • SEDU 455 Literacy Field Experience

A student must have passed through Teacher Education Program Checkpoint I in order to enroll in EDUC 371, SEDU 335. SEDU 342 and SEDU 380.

A student must have passed through Teacher Education Program Checkpoint II in order to enroll in SEDU 454 and SEDU 455.

Other Support Work for Track 1

As the Intellectual Explorations and Intellectual Foundations of the university are met, the following must be selected for support work.

  • 3 credit hours of biological science
  • 3 credit hours of physical science
  • COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication
  • PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government or PSPA 320 State and Local Politics or U.S. History Course

Track 2: English Language Art All Disciplinary Courses

  • COMM 227 Public Communication or COMM 300 Argumentation
  • Three hours from the following: DIGI 101 Media Studio: Photo; DIGI 102: Media Studio: Video; DIGI 103 Media Studio: Audio; DIGI 104 Media Studio Web; DIGI 105 Media Studio: Writing for Digital Journalism; DIGI 106 Media Studio: Information Gathering
  • DIGI 210 Media and Society
  • DIGI 300 Legal and Ethical Perspectives
  • EDUC 317 Foundations of Literacy
  • ENGL 220 Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 250 American Literature
  • ENGL 260 British Literature
  • ENGL 276 World Literature
  • ENGL 300 Advanced Composition or ENGL 320 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 331 Introduction to Linguistics
  • ENGL 332 Modern English Grammar
  • THEA 220 Fundamentals of Acting or THEA 300 Fundamentals of Directing
  • THEA 242 Production and Performance I
  • THEA 352 Production and Performance II
  • THEA 462 Production and Performance III
  • SEDU 333 Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction
  • SEDU 454 Reading Strategies and Instructional Methods

A student must have passed through Teacher Education Program Checkpoint II in order to enroll in SEDU 454.

Other Support Work for Track 2

As the Intellectual Explorations and Intellectual Foundations of the university are met, the following must be selected for support work.

  • COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication
  • 3 credit hours of biological science
  • 3 credit hours of physical science
  • PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government or PSPA 320 State and Local Politics or U.S. History Course

Major in Social Science for Secondary Education (95-108 credit hours)

Education Courses (41-42 credit hours)

  • EDCO 241 Human Development: Adolescents
  • EDCO 246 Learning and Motivation: Adolescents
  • EDCO 255 Professional Seminar I and Field Experience: Learning and Motivation
  • EDCO 280 History of American Education
  • EDCO 290/291 Professional Seminar II and Field Experience: Human Relations
  • EDCO 301 Introduction to Exceptional Learners
  • EDCO 303 Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • EDCO 390 Instructional Technology and Innovative Teaching
  • SEDU 310 Curriculum Design I: Standards, Assessment and Instruction for Engaged Learning
  • SEDU 365 Methods of Reading in the Content Areas
  • SEDU 410 Curriculum Design II: Conceptual Unit Design**
  • SEDU 441 Methods of Teaching Secondary Social Science and Field Experience
  • TEAC 410 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Secondary Social Sciences (5-8)
  • TEAC 420 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Secondary Social Sciences(9-12)

A student must have passed through the Teacher Education Program Checkpoint I in order to enroll in EDCO 303, EDCO 390, SEDU 310 and SEDU 365.

A student must have passed through the Teacher Education Program Checkpoint II in order to enroll in EDCO 290/291, SEDU 410 and SEDU 441.

A student must have passed through the Teacher Education Program Checkpoint III in order to enroll in student teaching.

Social Science Disciplinary Courses (57-66 credit hours)

Each student must declare an area of emphasis (which would require more in-depth study) in one of the identified Licensure fields (History, Political Science, Psychology) and complete support work in the other five identified fields. All Social Science majors will take the following six hours of support work in Economics and six hours in Geography.

  • ECON 200 Economics Foundation
  • ECON 100-400 Any additional Economics classes
  • GEOG 200 World Regional Geography of the Developed World
  • GEOG 300 Human and Cultural Geography

Emphasis in History

Students with an emphasis in History must take:

  • At least 9 hours history at the 100-level
  • At least 6 hours history at the 200-level
  • At least 6 hours history at the 300-400 level
  • 3 hours of history elective
  • Courses must be evenly distributed between US and World designation in order to receive licensure to teach both American and World history.

Support work in Political Science must include:

  • PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government
  • PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
  • PSCN 315 International Relations (or an appropriate 200-400 level political science course)

Support work in Psychology must include:

  • PSYC 100 General Psychology
  • PSYC 291 Learning and Memory (or an appropriate 200-400 level psychology elective)

Support work in Sociology must include:

  • SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 203 Social Psychology (or appropriate 200-400 sociology elective)

Emphasis in Political Science

Students with an emphasis in Political Science must take:

  • PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government
  • PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
  • PSCN 205 Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • PSCN 310 Comparative Politics or PSCN 315 International Relations
  • PSCN 460 Constitutional Law
  • PSPA 360 Introduction to Public Affairs
  • Any 2 PSCN or PSPA courses at the 300-level or above

Support work in History must include:

  • 18 credit hours evenly split between American and World history for licensure in Iowa in both American and World History
  • At least 9 hours must be taken at the 200-400 level

Support work in Psychology must include:

  • PSYC 100 General Psychology
  • PSYC 291 Learning and Memory (or an appropriate 200-400 level psychology elective)

Support work in Sociology must include:

  • SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 203 Social Psychology (or appropriate 200-400 sociology elective)

Emphasis in Psychology

Students with an emphasis in Psychology must take:

  • PSYC 100 General Psychology
  • PSYC 291 Learning and Memory
  • Any 2 PSYC courses at the 200-level
  • Any 2 PSYC courses at the 300-level
  • Any additional Psychology elective

Support work in History must include:

  • 18 credit hours evenly split between American and World history for licensure in Iowa in both American and World History
  • At least 9 hours must be taken at the 200-400 level

Support work in Political Science must include:

  • PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government
  • PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
  • PSCN 315 International Relations (or an appropriate 200-400 level political science course)

Support work in Sociology must include:

  • SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 203 Social Psychology (or appropriate 200-400 sociology elective)

Other Support Work

As the Intellectual Explorations and Intellectual Foundations of the university are met, the following must be selected for support work:

  • 3 credit hours of biological science
  • COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication
  • 3 credit hours of physical science

Major in All Science for Secondary Education (93-94 credit hours)

Education Courses (41-42 credit hours)

  • EDCO 241 Human Development: Adolescents
  • EDCO 246 Learning and Motivation: Adolescents
  • EDCO 255 Professional Seminar I and Field Experience: Learning and Motivation
  • EDCO 280 History of American Education
  • EDCO 290/291 Professional Seminar II and Field Experience: Human Relations
  • EDCO 301 Introduction to Exceptional Learners
  • EDCO 303 Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • SEDU 310 Curriculum Design I: Standards, Assessment and Instruction for Engaged Learning
  • SEDU 365 Methods of Reading in the Content Areas
  • STEM 432 STEM Principles II: Secondary STEM Methods
  • TEAC 411 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Secondary Science(5-8)
  • TEAC 421 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Secondary Science (9-12)

A student must have passed through the Teacher Education Program Checkpoint I in order to enroll in EDCO 303, EDCO 390, SEDU 310 and SEDU 365.

A student must have passed through the Teacher Education Program Checkpoint II in order to enroll in EDCO 290/291, SEDU 410 and STEM 432.

A student must have passed through the Teacher Education Program Checkpoint III in order to enroll in student teaching.

Science Disciplinary Courses (52 credit hours)

Biology

  • BIOL 163 Biological Principles I
  • BIOL 164 Biological Principles II
  • At least three credits of BIOL courses numbered between 201-449 (excluding 300-304 and 400)

Chemistry

  • CHEM 151 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 152 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 261 Organic Chemistry I

Earth/Space Science

  • ENVS 110 Physical Geology
  • GENS 115 Atmosphere, Weather, and Climate
  • PHYS 110 Introduction to Astronomy

Mathematics

  • MATH 160 Calculus I: Differential Calculus
  • MATH 161 Calculus II: Integral Calculus

Physics

  • PHYS 211 General Physics I
  • PHYS 212 General Physics II: Calculus-Based
  • One course from the following: PHYS 310 Classical Mechanics; PHYS 360 Mathematical Physics; PHYS 370 Quantum Mechanics; or PHYS 380 Theoretical Electricity and Magnetism

Other Support Work

  • COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication
  • PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government or PSPA 320 State and Local Politics or U.S. History Course

Faculty

Dr.   Amy  Barth

Amy Barth

Assistant Professor of Education

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Dr.   John  Bedward

John Bedward

Assistant Professor of Education

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   Shaley  Cullen

Shaley Cullen

Instructor of Education

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Dr.   Callè  Friesen

Callè Friesen

Assistant Professor of Education

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Dr.   Robbie  Ludy

Robbie Ludy

Professor of Special Education

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Dr.   Daniel  Strohmyer

Daniel Strohmyer

Director & Asst. Professor M.Ed. Program

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Dr.   Karin  Strohmyer

Karin Strohmyer

Assistant Professor of Special Education

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