Special Education Instructional Strategist II Endorsement Significant Support Needs - Cognitive (K-12)
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  • The Instructional Strategist II Significant Support Needs - Cognitive endorsement authorizes instruction in programs serving students with cognitive learning disabilities in the state of Iowa.


    Significant Support Needs - Cognitive Endorsement Only

    • ESSI 502 Introduction to Learners with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
    • ESSI 510 Special Education Law and Professional Practices
    • ESSI 520 Multidisciplinary Assessment and Evaluation
    • ESSI 530 Transitions and Self-Determination
    • ESSI 603 Curriculum Development and Instruction
    • ESSI 604 Literacy Methods with Field Experience
    • ESSI 605 Math Methods with Field Experience
    • ESSI 606 Methods for Teaching Students with Cognitive Disabilities
    • ESSI 610 Behavior Interventions and Supports with Field Experience
    • ESSI 692 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching Significant Support Needs - Cognitive (K-12)

    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