English Language Arts for Secondary Education
Major | 89-93 credit hours

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.


  • Council Bluffs
  • Emmetsburg
  • Estherville
  • Fort Dodge
  • Marshalltown
  • Mason City
  • Ottumwa
  • Spencer
  • Spirit Lake
  • West Burlington
  • Students completing the english language arts for secondary education program will be well prepared to enter the teaching field and to develop the strong knowledge-based critical thinking skills needed by middle and high school students.

    Secondary education focuses on adolescent and young adult learning. Students interested in a teaching career working with learners in this age range must, in addition to studying content within a discipline (identified as a teaching licensure area by the State of Iowa), meet the requirements for curricular and instructional coursework, and affiliated field experiences, to develop their skills as professional educators.

    Choose from two tracks of study.

    Track 1:

    • Meets the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners’ requirements for English Language Arts grades 5-12 teaching license (Endorsement 120) with a 5-12 Reading Endorsement (Endorsement 149).
    • You will be credentialed to teach all English Language Arts programming and reading interventions.

    Track 2:

    • Meets the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners’ requirements for English Language Arts All grades 5-12 teaching license (Endorsement 1201).
    • You will be credentialed to teach all English Language Arts programming, communication, speech, theatre, digital media, and journalism.

    Students pursuing the multidisciplinary major English Language Arts for Secondary Education must be accepted into the BVU Teacher Education Program (TEP) and meet the progressive requirements throughout the program as outlined in the description of the TEP Checkpoints. See the Education section of the catalog for the TEP Checkpoints. The four checkpoints below outline the progressive requirements of the Teacher Education Program and serve as a guideline for students as they move toward licensure.


    Courses

    Major in English Language Arts for Secondary Education - Education courses

    • EDCO 241 Human Development: Adolescents
    • EDCO 246 Learning and Motivation: Adolescents
    • EDCO 255 Professional Seminar I and Field Experience: Learning and Motivation
    • EDCO 280 History of American Education
    • EDCO 290/291 Professional Seminar II and Field Experience: Human Relations
    • EDCO 301 Introduction to Exceptional Learners
    • EDCO 303 Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners
    • EDCO 390 Instructional Technology and Innovative Teaching
    • SEDU 310 Curriculum Design I: Standards, Assessment and Instruction for Engaged Learning
    • SEDU 365 Methods of Reading in the Content Areas
    • SEDU 410 Curriculum Design II: Conceptual Unit Design**
    • SEDU 411 Methods of Teaching Secondary English Language Arts and Field Experience
    • TEAC 415 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Secondary English/Language Arts (5-8)
    • TEAC 425 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Secondary English/Language Arts (9-12)

    Major in English Language Arts for Secondary Education - Track 1 Courses

    • ENGL 220 Introduction to Literature
    • ENGL 250 American Literature
    • ENGL 260 British Literature
    • ENGL 276 World Literature
    • ENGL 300 Advanced Composition
    • ENGL 320 Creative Writing
    • ENGL 331 Introduction to Linguistics
    • ENGL 332 Modern English Grammar
    • Elective course in literature (300 or 400 level)
    • EDUC 317 Foundations of Literacy
    • EDUC 371 Methods of Data-Driven Literacy Instruction
    • SEDU 333 Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction
    • SEDU 335 Development of Oral Communications
    • SEDU 342 Methods of Written Communications
    • SEDU 380 Language Development and Methods
    • SEDU 454 Reading Strategies and Instructional Methods
    • SEDU 455 Literacy Field Experience

    Major in English Language Arts for Secondary Education - Track 1 Support Work

    As the Intellectual Explorations and Intellectual Foundations of the university are met, the following must be selected for support work.

    • 3 credit hours of biological science
    • 3 credit hours of physical science
    • COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication
    • PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government or PSPA 320 State and Local Politics or U.S. History Course

    Major in English Language Arts for Secondary Education - Track 2 Courses

    • COMM 227 Public Communication or COMM 300 Argumentation
    • Three hours from the following: DIGI 101 Media Studio: Photo; DIGI 102: Media Studio: Video; DIGI 103 Media Studio: Audio; DIGI 104 Media Studio Web; DIGI 105 Media Studio: Writing for Digital Journalism; DIGI 106 Media Studio: Information Gathering
    • DIGI 210 Media and Society
    • DIGI 300 Legal and Ethical Perspectives
    • EDUC 317 Foundations of Literacy
    • ENGL 220 Introduction to Literature
    • ENGL 250 American Literature
    • ENGL 260 British Literature
    • ENGL 276 World Literature
    • ENGL 300 Advanced Composition or ENGL 320 Creative Writing
    • ENGL 331 Introduction to Linguistics
    • ENGL 332 Modern English Grammar
    • THEA 220 Fundamentals of Acting or THEA 300 Fundamentals of Directing
    • THEA 242 Production and Performance I
    • THEA 352 Production and Performance II
    • THEA 462 Production and Performance III
    • SEDU 333 Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction
    • SEDU 454 Reading Strategies and Instructional Methods

    Major in English Language Arts for Secondary Education - Track 2 Support Work

    As the Intellectual Explorations and Intellectual Foundations of the university are met, the following must be selected for support work.

    • COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication
    • 3 credit hours of biological science
    • 3 credit hours of physical science
    • PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government or PSPA 320 State and Local Politics or U.S. History Course

    Tuition & Fees

    Undergrad Tuition

    2015-16 Tuition:
    $402 per credit hour
    2016-17 Tuition:
    $413 per credit hour

    How to Apply

    Admissions Requirements

    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. 

    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 Graduate & Professional Studies site office. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester.
    3. Complete the BVU Graduate & Professional Studies application form
    4. 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.
    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. Guidelines are available from the BVU Graduate & Professional Studies office.

    Financial Aid

    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.

    BVU's institution code: 001847

    Grants

    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.

    Scholarships

    Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

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

    Loans

    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.

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    Fax: 712.749.1470
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