Post Baccalaureate Certification Program
Teacher Endorsement | Teacher Certification |

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.

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  • This program is specifically designed for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a subject area relevant to secondary education and desire to earn a teacher certification. The program operates within BVU's current programming structure and is designed to move you efficiently and effectively through core areas of methods and practices of teaching before you enter the classroom.

    Completion of the Post Baccalaureate Certification Program means you can look forward to gaining:
    • A solid foundation in the field of education.
    • 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.


    Post Baccalaureate Certification

    Eligible candidates must meet all of the following:

    • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    • Hold a bachelor’s degree which meets the Iowa Department of Education content requirements for certification per secondary field:
      • Art
      • Biology
      • Business
      • Chemistry
      • Economics
      • English/Language Arts Geography
      • Government
      • Health/Physical Education
      • History
      • Journalism
      • Mathematics
      • Music – Instrumental & Vocal Physics
      • Psychology
      • Science
      • Sociology
      • Spanish
      • Speech Communication/Theatre
      The program is available in these secondary field(s) contingent upon the availability of student teaching placements in that particular field.
    • Seek certification only (not second degree from BVU)
    • Have achieved a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and a 2.5 in the teaching field • Have coursework that is 10 years old or older reviewed for relevancy and currency

    To complete a secondary certification program:

    • Complete the education core
    • SEDU 365 Methods of Reading in the Content Areas to be taken prior to or concurrent with the methods courses. Students completing the secondary certification program in English must complete SEDU 454 Reading Strategies and Instructional Methods
    • Complete a 2 credit hour generic methods course and a 1 credit hour methods course specific to the content area, except for special education where the 2 credit hour and 1 credit hour methods courses from the special education program will be used
    • Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework through Buena Vista University before student teaching. This requirement is for any who have completed some of the education core prior to admission to this program. Nine of the 12 credit hours must be at the 300 level
    • Student teach for one 14 week placement or two 7 week placements in one secondary setting

    Tuition & Fees

    Undergrad Tuition

    2016-17 Tuition:
    $413 per credit hour
    2017-18 Tuition:
    $421 per credit hour

    How to Apply

    Admissions Requirements

    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. 

    Application Process

    1. Although personal interviews are not required, applicants are urged to confer with an advisor.
    2. Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended be sent to the BVU. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester.
    3. Complete the BVU Degree Completion Application
    4. If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) at
    5. 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. 

    Financial Aid

    Financial Assistance is available to qualified students at our traditional campus and to students taking degree completion and graduate coursework. All students are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at 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.

    BVU's institution code: 001847


    Grants are funds that do not have to be repaid. Click on a grant below to see more information.

    Federal Pell Grants vary based on financial need. Individual awards are determined based on federal formula. Payment is calculated for full-time enrollment (12 or more hours per semester), three-quarter-time enrollment (9-11 hours per semester), or half-time enrollment (6-8 hours per semester). Students enrolled less than half-time may also be eligible. To be considered for a Federal Pell Grant, the results of your valid aid applications (FASFA) must be received while your are still enrolled. Students enrolled in summer courses may be entitled to Federal Pell Grant funds for that enrollment. Students with prior baccalaureate degrees are not eligible. There is a 6 year limit on funding per individual. Learn more about Federal Pell Grants.

    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.

    Iowa Tuition Grants (ITG) are available to eligible residents of Iowa attending private institutions. Iowa Tuition Grants are available, based on financial need, for full-time undergraduate study and for less than full-time enrollment. The grant may be renewable for a total of eight full-time semesters of study and may be used for tuition only. Application deadline is normally July 1. Learn more about Iowa Tuition Grants.
    Available to many students through Vocational Rehabilitation, Social Services, Commission for the Blind, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other programs. For more information, contact the agency counselors directly.


    Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

    Phi Theta Kappa transfer scholarships are also available for those who qualify.


    Loans are made to students at low interest rates and must be repaid, but generally payments are not due until the student has completed his or her education or ceases at least half-time enrollment.

    Tuition Reimbursements

    Tuition Reimbursements are available through many area employers. Many companies will pay part or all of an employee's educational costs. Check with your company's benefits representative to see if you qualify. All tuition reimbursement benefits must be reported to the Office of Financial Assistance.

    G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.

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

    Have more questions?

    In addition to the above information, our staff is happy to answer any questions you have about applying for financial aid. If you are in need of financial assistance, such as college scholarships in Iowa or scholarships for adults returning to college, please contact us at 712.749.1000 to receive more information about how affordable our programs can be.

    Contact Us

    Phone: 712.749.1000
    Fax: 712.749.1470

    Buena Vista University
    610 W. Fourth Street
    Storm Lake, IA 50588