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Secondary Education – Buena Vista University

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Sample Schedule (2 year plan)

First Semester
ENG-105a Composition I 3 s.h.
MAT-110b Math for Liberal Arts OR
appropriate level math
3-4 s.h.
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology OR SOC-110 Intro to Sociology 3 s.h.
EDU-216 Intro to Teaching 3 s.h.
EDU-219 Field Experience & Seminar 1 s.h.
SDV-113 Strategies/Academic Success 2 s.h.
SDV-199 College Essentials 1 s.h.
Total 16-17 s.h.
Second Semester
ENG-106a Composition II 3 s.h.
BIO-123* Inquiry to Life Science OR
Life Science listed below
4 s.h.
HIS-151 U. S. History to 1877 OR
HIS-152 U. S. History Since 1877
3 s.h.
MUS-100 OR ART-101 OR DRA-119 3 s.h.
PSY-223 Child/Adolescent Psych. 3 s.h.
Elective See belowc OR
majors list belowc
2-3 s.h.
Total 18-19 s.h.
Third Semester
PSY-281 Educational Psychology 3 s.h.
Physical Science** see list below 4 s.h.
GEO-131 Physical Geography OR
PHS-142 Principles of Astronomy
3 s.h.
ECN-110 OR ECN-120 Economics 3 s.h.
Elective See list belowc OR
majors list belowc
3 s.h.
SPC-112 Public Speaking 3 s.h.
Total 19 s.h.
Fourth Semester
EDU-246 Including Diverse Learners 3 s.h.
EDU-242 Classroom Assessment 2 s.h.
Humanities Class 3 s.h.
POL-111 OR POL-112 Political Science 3 s.h.
Elective See list belowc OR
majors list belowc
6 s.h.
Total 17 s.h.

a – Foundation Courses—need to be “C-” or higher.
b – Need Required ACT/Compass scores to be enrolled.
c – English majors should have as much literature as possible; History majors should have as much history as possible; & Business majors should have business courses such as: BUS-102, MGT-101, ACC-121 & ACC-122, BUS-185 as needed to reach 68 possible transferable credits. Business majors should have ECN-120 & 130

    • A minimum 2.5 GPA is required for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.
    • Need Praxis I minimum scores prior to admittance into Teacher Education Program.
    • Access more specific information from bvu.edu website. http://www.bvu.edu/academics/ed-exsci/education/secondary-education/
    • BVU in Mason City has three Secondary Education teaching areas: English, Business, and History. English majors should have as much literature as possible; History majors should have as much history as possible; & Business majors should have business courses such as: BUS-102, MGT-101, ACC-121 & ACC-122, BUS-185 as needed to reach 68 possible transferable credits. Business majors should have ECN-120 & 130, if possible.

Recommended Electives:

    • SDV-113 Strategies for Academic Success
    • RDG-125 College Reading Strategies

Courses that will satisfy *Life Science, **Physical Science – See list below
***Earth/Space science – GEO-131 Physical Geography or PHS-142 Astronomy (FA only) (One Lab Science Course is Recommended, but not Required)

  • *Life Science
    • BIO-102 Introductory Biology
    • BIO-123 Inquiry into Life Science (sp only)
    • BIO-186 Microbiology
    • ENV-110 Environmental Science
  • **Physical Science
    • CHM-151 College Chemistry I (Fa only)
    • CHM-166 General Chemistry I (Fa only)
    • PHS-125 Physical Science (Fa only)
    • PHY-106 Survey of Physics (Sp only)

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