Social Studies with Teaching Licensure (K-8)

Undergraduate Minor Teacher Endorsement - 24-25 Credit Hours
Classes start every 8 weeks.

Take the next step in education with the University that has produced more teachers than any other private college in Iowa. This program will provide you with in-depth knowledge and prepare you to be a high quality educator.

Program Description:

BVU’s social studies with teaching licensure (K-8) program will provide you with extensive and varied field experience opportunities and the knowledge and skills needed to be a successful teacher. The program allows students to gain a solid foundation in the field of education and receive in-depth preparation in the social science disciplines. The program requires 24-25 credit hours of study in addition to meeting requirements for the elementary education major.

Social Studies with Teaching Licensure (K-8) Overview

  • ECON 200 Economics Foundations (or 3 hours of approved economics course from another institution)
  • GEOG 200 World Regional Geography of the Developed World or
  • GEOG 201 World Regional Geography of the Developing World or
  • GEOG 300 Human Cultural Geography
  • HIST 101 History of the United States to 1877 or HIST 102 History of the United States After 1877
  • HIST 121 The Emergence of Western Civilization or HIST 122 The Revolutions of Western Civilizations
  • PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government or PSPA 320 State and Local Politics
  • SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology or PSYC 100 General Psychology or PSYC 102 The Science of Psychology
  • Electives from history, sociology, government or economics
  • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core
Admissions criteria for the Social Studies with Teaching Licensure (K-8) program

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. 

Admissions process for the Social Studies with Teaching Licensure (K-8) program
  • 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 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
  • 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.

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Aid

BVU's Institution code: 001847

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Federal 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.

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