Social Science for Secondary Education
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.
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.
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)
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
Tuition & Fees
2016-17 Tuition:$413 per credit hour
2017-18 Tuition:$421 per credit hour
How to Apply
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.
- Although personal interviews are not required, applicants are urged to confer with an advisor.
- 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.
- Complete the BVU Degree Completion Application
- 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.
- 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 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
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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.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships
Phi Theta Kappa transfer scholarships are also available for those who qualify.
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 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.
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