All Social Science Interdisciplinary Package with Teaching Licensure (5-12)
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Credits shown here reflect the number required to graduate for the given major. Your actual number of required credits may be higher or lower depending on your previous college experience. The actual number of credits you will need to graduate from BVU will be determined by a free official transcript evaluation.
As a student seeking secondary licensure, you’ll major in the academic field in which you wish to teach at the middle or high school level. Then, you will go on to receive in-depth preparation in the social science disciplines of history, government, economics, psychology, sociology and geography, in addition to gaining a solid foundation in the field of education. Students obtain the requirements for all social sciences interdisciplinary endorsement by completing the courses below. Upon successful completion of the program, you will earn a degree in the social science disciplines and acquire 5-12 teacher certification by the State of Iowa. If you plan to seek employment outside of Iowa, you will work closely with your professors to ensure that you meet the licensure requirements for any state. BVU’s secondary education program will provide you with extensive and varied field experience opportunities and the knowledge and skills needed to be a high quality educator.
All Social Science Package With Teaching Licensure Courses
Upon completion of a teaching major in one of the social science disciplines (history, government, economics or psychology), one can obtain the requirements for all social sciences interdisciplinary endorsement by completing the following:
American history: 9 credit hours
- HIST 101 History of the United States to 1877
- HIST 102 History of the United States after 1877
- Any American history elective, 300 level or above
World history: 9 credit hours
- HIST 111 World Civilizations I or HIST 121 The Emergence of Western Civilizations
- HIST 112 World Civilizations II or HIST 122 The Revolutions of Western Civilizations
- HIST 125 Asian Civilizations
Government: 9 credit hours
- PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government
- PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
- Any PSCN elective, 300 level or above
Psychology (other than educational psychology): 6 credit hours
- PSYC 100 General Psychology or PSYC 102 The Science of Psychology
- Any PSYC elective
Tuition & Fees
2014-15 Tuition:$390 per credit hour
2015-16 Tuition:$402 per credit hour
How to Apply
Programs within BVU Graduate & Professional Studies 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.
- 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 the BVU Graduate & Professional Studies site office. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester.
- Complete the BVU Graduate & Professional Studies application form
- If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.
- 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. Guidelines are available from the BVU Graduate & Professional Studies office.
Financial Assistance is available to qualified students at our traditional campus and to students taking undergraduate and graduate coursework at our Graduate & Professional Studies locations. All students are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA is processed by the U.S. Department of Education. You may request to have your FAFSA results sent to BVU. Even if you are currently unsure if you will attend, completing this free application will help determine your financial need.
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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.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships
Phi Theta Kappa transfer scholarships are also available for those who qualify.
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G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.
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