Social Science for Secondary Education
Major | 95-108 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
  • BVU’s secondary education program will provide you with extensive and varied field experience opportunities and the knowledge and skills needed to be a high quality educator. 

    The social science for secondary education major will enable you to: 
    • Gain a solid foundation in the field of education.
    • Receive in-depth preparation a chosen social science area of emphasis, such as history, government, economics, psychology, sociology and geography.

    This major meets the requirements for the All Social science 5-12 teacher certification by the State of Iowa.


    Courses

    Major in Social Science 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 441 Methods of Teaching Secondary Social Science and Field Experience
    • TEAC 410 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Secondary Social Sciences (5-8)
    • TEAC 420 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Secondary Social Sciences(9-12)

    A student must have passed through the Teacher Education Program Checkpoint I in order to enroll in EDCO 303, EDCO 390, SEDU 310 and SEDU 365.

    A student must have passed through the Teacher Education Program Checkpoint II in order to enroll in EDCO 290/291, SEDU 410 and SEDU 441.

    A student must have passed through the Teacher Education Program Checkpoint III in order to enroll in student teaching.

    Major in Social Science for Secondary Education - Disciplinary Courses (OSG)

    Each student must declare an area of emphasis (which would require more in-depth study) in one of the identified Licensure fields (History, Political Science, Psychology) and complete support work in the other five identified fields. All Social Science majors will take the following six hours of support work in Economics and six hours in Geography.

    • ECON 200 Economics Foundation
    • ECON 100-400 Any additional Economics classes
    • GEOG 200 World Regional Geography of the Developed World
    • GEOG 300 Human and Cultural Geography

    Emphasis in History

    Students with an emphasis in History must take:

    • At least 9 hours history at the 100-level
    • At least 6 hours history at the 200-level
    • At least 6 hours history at the 300-400 level
    • 3 hours of history elective
    • Courses must be evenly distributed between US and World designation in order to receive licensure to teach both American and World history.

      Support work in Political Science must include:

      • PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government
      • PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
      • PSCN 315 International Relations (or an appropriate 200-400 level political science course)

      Support work in Psychology must include:

      • PSYC 100 General Psychology
      • PSYC 291 Learning and Memory (or an appropriate 200-400 level psychology elective)

      Support work in Sociology must include:

      • SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
      • SOCI 203 Social Psychology (or appropriate 200-400 sociology elective)

      Emphasis in Political Science

      Students with an emphasis in Political Science must take:

      • PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government
      • PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
      • PSCN 205 Introduction to Political Philosophy
      • PSCN 310 Comparative Politics or PSCN 315 International Relations
      • PSCN 460 Constitutional Law
      • PSPA 360 Introduction to Public Affairs
      • Any 2 PSCN or PSPA courses at the 300-level or above

      Support work in History must include:

      • 18 credit hours evenly split between American and World history for licensure in Iowa in both American and World History
      • At least 9 hours must be taken at the 200-400 level

        Support work in Psychology must include:

        • PSYC 100 General Psychology
        • PSYC 291 Learning and Memory (or an appropriate 200-400 level psychology elective)

        Support work in Sociology must include:

        • SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
        • SOCI 203 Social Psychology (or appropriate 200-400 sociology elective)

        Emphasis in Psychology

        Students with an emphasis in Psychology must take:

        • PSYC 100 General Psychology
        • PSYC 291 Learning and Memory
        • Any 2 PSYC courses at the 200-level
        • Any 2 PSYC courses at the 300-level
        • Any additional Psychology elective

        Support work in History must include:

        • 18 credit hours evenly split between American and World history for licensure in Iowa in both American and World History
        • At least 9 hours must be taken at the 200-400 level

          Support work in Political Science must include:

          • PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government
          • PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
          • PSCN 315 International Relations (or an appropriate 200-400 level political science course)

          Support work in Sociology must include:

          • SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
          • SOCI 203 Social Psychology (or appropriate 200-400 sociology elective)

          Other 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
          • COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication
          • 3 credit hours of physical science

          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 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. 

          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 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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