Special Instructional Strategist II Endorsement Significant Support Needs - Behavior (K-12)
Teacher Endorsement | 40 credit hours

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  • The Instructional Strategist II Significant Support Needs - Behavior Endorsement authorizes instruction in programs serving students with behavior disorders and learning disabilities in the state of Iowa.


    Instructional Strategist II Endorsement: Significant Support Needs K-12 Learning/Behavioral

    The special education endorsement requires completion of an elementary education major or disciplinary major including secondary education licensure and the following special education courses:

    • EDUC 317 Foundations of Literacy
    • EDUC 371 Methods of Data-Driven Literacy Instruction
    • EDUC 393 Elementary Math Methods & Field Experience
    • EDCO 301 Introduction to Exceptional Learners
    • EDCO 303 Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners
    • ESSI 103 Introduction to Learners with Significant Behavioral Disabilities
    • ESSI 210 Special Education Law and Professional Practices
    • ESSI 220 Multidisciplinary Assessment and Evaluation
    • ESSI 230 Transitions and Self-Determination
    • ESSI 291 Professional Seminar II: Supervised Participation in Special Education
    • ESSI 303 Curriculum Development and Instruction
    • ESSI 307 Methods for Teaching Students with Behavioral Disabilities
    • ESSI 310 Behavior Interventions and Supports with Field Experience
    • TEAC 493 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching - Significant Support Needs, Learning/Behavioral (K-12)

    The Instructional Strategies I endorsement is taken in addition to a student’s primary area of teacher preparation (elementary or secondary education). The primary area of preparation includes 12 credit hours of student teaching. TEAC 493 will substitute for six of those student teaching credit hours.

    Tuition & Fees

    Undergrad Tuition

    2016-17 Tuition:
    $507 per credit hour
    2017-18 Tuition:
    $517 per credit hour

    How to Apply

    Admissions Requirements

    • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution.
    • Minimum undergraduate college GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
      Applicants who cannot meet this requirement may be considered for probationary admission status and may enroll in up to nine hours of graduate study at BVU. These applicants will be reviewed at that time and pending successful completion of these nine hours (at least a "B" in each course), may be granted full status.
    • Copy of a valid K-12 teaching certificate or license.

    Application Process

    1. Submission of the online application form, including autobiographical essay.
    2. Three letters of recommendation. One from your principal, one from a colleague, and another from a reference of your choosing.
    3. Official paper transcripts, from any institution attended as well as any graduate transcripts, sent directly to:

      Graduate Programs
      Buena Vista University
      610 W. 4th Street
      Storm Lake, IA 50588
    4. Provide a copy of a valid K-12 teaching certificate or license.
    Please contact the Graduate office at 712.749.2162 or grad@bvu.edu with any questions.

    Financial Aid


    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 to 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.


    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.


    After all financial assistance is applied to the student account, students will be expected to pay the balance prior to the first class meeting. Students may pay:

    • by mailing a check covering the tuition for the course (be sure to indicate the course number and title) to:
      Business Office 
      Buena Vista University 
      610 W. Fourth St.
      Storm Lake, IA 50588
    • by phoning the Business Office at 800.383.2821, ext. 2041 to make payments by credit card.
    • in person at the Business Office. Cash, checks and the following credit cards are accepted: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa.

    Contact Us

    Main Phone 800.383.2821
    Graduate Admissions 866.449.7059
    Fax 712.749.1470

    Buena Vista University
    610 West Fourth Street
    Storm Lake, IA 50588

    Technology Requirements for Online Courses

    • Operating System: Windows Vista, 7 or 8. Or Macintosh OS X with RAM at or above OS recommendations
    • Processor: A PC with a Pentium IV or newer, or a Macintosh with a G3 or newer
    • Internet Connection: DSL or cable modem (high speed internet) Dial-up will not be sufficient.
    • Browser: Internet Explorer 7+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari, Chrome.
    • Software: A current installation of Java (Java.com). Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are required, (Microsoft Office XP, 2003, 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2001, 2004, 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh). Newer versions are recommended (Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh).