Special Education: Mild to Moderate Needs K-8
Graduate Program | Graduate Endorsement | 25-28 credit hours


Master of Education in Special Education Breadth Coursework

(to be completed by all M.Ed. candidates, Endorsement only candidates complete these without the core):

  • GECI 561 Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities and the IEP Process
  • GECI 562 Professional Practices & Collaboration
  • GECI 563 Methods for Instruction & Intervention
  • GECI 566 Behavior & Classroom Management
  • GECI 567 Assessment & Diagnosis

Mild to Moderate Needs K-8 Endorsement Courses

  • CSPD 561 Characteristics of Learners: Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • CSPD 566 Behavior & Classroom Management: Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • CSPD 567 Assessment & Diagnosis: Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • ESPD 563 Specific Methods & Instructional Strategies: Mild to Moderate Disabilities K-8
  • GECI 569 Self-Determination for Early Education Transitions (optional course)

Tuition & Fees

2014-15 Tuition:
$504 per credit hour
2015-16 Tuition:
$519 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 transcripts from any institution attended as well as any graduate transcripts.
  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



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 XP or Vista 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)
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7+ or Mozilla Firefox 3+ (note: Safari and Chrome are not supported by our Learning Management System)
  • Software: 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)