Elementary Education – Buena Vista University

Sample Schedule (2 year plan)

First Semester
ENG-102 Composition & Speech I a 4 s.h.
EDU-216 Intro to Teaching 3 s.h.
EDU-219 Field Experience & Seminar 1 s.h.
MAT-102 Intermediate Algebra b 4 s.h.
PSY-111 OR SOC-110 Intro to Psych OR Soc 3 s.h.
POL-111 OR 112 Political Science 3 s.h.
SDV-199 College Essentials 1 s.h.
Total 19 s.h.
Second Semester
ENG-103 Composition & Speech II a 4 s.h.
ART-102 Art for Elem. Teachers 3 s.h.
History 3 s.h.
PSY-223 Child/Adolescent Psych 3 s.h.
MUS-100 OR ART-101
OR DRA-119
3 s.h.
MAT-110 b OR MAT-156 b Statistics 3 s.h.
Total 19 s.h.
Third Semester
ECN-110 OR 120 Economics 3 s.h.
EDU-250 Educ. Technology/Design 3 s.h.
EDU-235 Children’s Literature 3 s.h.
MAT-153 Math for Elem Teachers I a b 4 s.h.
PHS-125 Physical Science** 4 s.h.
Total 17 s.h.
Fourth Semester
BIO-123 Inquiry into Life Science* 4 s.h.
EDU-242 Classroom Assessment 2 s.h.
EDU-246 Including Diverse Learners 3 s.h.
MAT-154 Math for Elem Teachers II a b 4 s.h.
PSY-281 Educational Psychology 3 s.h.
GEO-131 Physical Geography*** OR
PHS-142 Principles of Astronomy***
3 s.h.
Total 19 s.h.

a – Foundation Courses need to be C- or higher
b – Required Math ACT/Compass scores needed to enroll

    • The Iowa Department of Education is requiring changes in the Teacher Education programs. Keep informed of these changes at the BVU website.
    • A 2.5 minimum GPA is needed for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.
    • Middle School endorsement will require additional courses at BVU.
    • Need Praxis I minimum scores prior to admittance into Teacher Education Program.
    • BVU will accept up to 68 transferrable NIACC credits.

Recommended General Education & Electives:

    • EDU-235 Children’s Literature
    • LIT-150 World Literature I
    • LIT-151 World Literature II
    • LIT-170 Poetry/Drama
    • LIT-160 Short Story/Novel
    • LIT-130 African American Literature
    • LIT-131 Native American Literature
    • LIT-132 Women of Color
    • RDG-125 College Reading Strategies
    • SDV-113 Strategies for Academic Success
    • PEH-111 Personal Wellness

Courses which will satisfy *Life Science, **Physical Science (listed below), ***Earth/Space Science – GEO-131 Physical Geography OR PHS-142 Astronomy:
(One lab science course recommended, not required)

  •  *Life Science (Biological)
    • BIO-102 Intro to Biology
    • BIO-123 Inquiry into Life Science
    • BIO-152 Health & Nutrition
    • BIO-186 Microbiology
    • ENV-110 Environ. Science
  • **Physical Science
    • CHM-122 Intro General Chemistry
    • CHM-151 College Chemistry I
    • CHM-166 General Chemistry I
    • PHS-125 Physical Science
    • PHY-106 Survey of Physics