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Graduate Education Endorsements

If you want to add a specific area of expertise to your teaching license, Grand View offers several endorsements at the graduate level to broaden your teaching capabilities. Most courses are offered in a blended or face-to-face format which allows you to develop relationships with your peers and instructors.

You may pursue these endorsements as stand-alone programs or as part of the Master of Education. Once you've completed an endorsement, you may return at any time to complete the remainder of the M.Ed. program if you choose.

For some endorsements, requirements may vary slightly for elementary and secondary levels. Transcripts must be analyzed to identify the specific requirements needed to complete any endorsement.

Reading Endorsement

This program is designed for licensed teachers who wish to add a reading endorsement.

The reading endorsement is a one of the most marketable and sought-after endorsements. Reading provides the foundation for nearly all other academic subjects, and it is essential that teachers are equipped with strategies to help children progress in reading.

As you pursue the reading endorsement at Grand View, you will:

  • Gain foundational knowledge of how children learn to read and write
  • Learn to design and implement integrated, comprehensive literacy instruction
  • Explore the uses of different assessments to understand reading difficulties and plan effective instruction
  • Create and engage students in literacy practices that value diversity while appreciating the diversity of your students
  • Understand how routines, physical spaces, social interactions, and other environmental factors influence the development of literacy
  • Experience how collaborating and teaming with others can enrich the literacy experience of students in your classroom.
  • Participate in supervised fieldwork to gain feedback and new ideas to refine your teaching

Reading Endorsement Courses (17 credits)
Language Acquisition and Learning (3)
Writing Across the Curriculum (3)
Content Area Reading  (3)
Assessing and Instructing Struggling Readers (3)
Teaching Individualized Reading (3)
Education Practicum: Reading K-8/5-12 (2)

The endorsement requirements vary slightly for elementary and secondary levels. Transcripts must be analyzed to identify the specific requirements needed to complete any endorsement.

Questions about the reading endorsement? Please contact:

Lindsay Grow, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education

STEM Endorsement

The K-8 STEM endorsement is designed for elementary education majors who wish to specialize in teaching math and science at the elementary or middle school levels. All candidates seeking the K-8 STEM endorsement would complete all coursework required for licensure as an elementary general classroom teacher. The 5-8 STEM endorsement is designed as a complementary endorsement for secondary education majors who have either a secondary math or science endorsement.

Both K-8 and 5-8 endorsements will provide you with additional content in science, math, engineering and technological design and with a deeper pedagogical knowledge of the nature of the STEM disciplines and the methods and models for appropriately integrating the disciplines within an authentic, real-world context.

The addition of either the K-8 or 5-8 endorsement will increase your marketability at the middle school level by giving you the ability to teach math, science, or integrated STEM courses at the middle school level.

Pursue the STEM endorsement at Grand View if you:

  • Want to be prepared as an effective science and math teacher with the skills to create excellent interdisciplinary units that meet science/engineering, math and technology standards.
  • Want to learn methods for highlighting the interdependence of STEM disciplines while honoring the unique ways of thinking for each discipline.
  • Want to discover ways to ignite a spark in students by engaging community partners to design and implement authentic STEM experiences.
  • Know that for your current students to be prepared for a world we can’t anticipate, they must have STEM knowledge and skills.
  • Are passionate about creating STEM-literate citizens who have the STEM knowledge and critical-thinking skills to make ethical, educated decisions about global and local issue.
  • Are interested in designing learning experiences that enhance problem-solving skills through critical and creative thinking.
  • Are excited to create interdisciplinary, project-based units that incorporate not only science and math content but also include social studies, the arts, and literacy.
  • Know our society has a strong emphasis on science, engineering and technology but are unsure of how to effectively incorporate design-thinking or basic coding in your classroom.
  • Want to explore how scientists and engineers use technology to solve problems and answer questions.
  • Enjoy engaging in scientific inquiry deeply.
  • Are eager to engage in hands-on engineering and technological design activities and discover ways to incorporate those activities in your classroom

STEM Endorsement Courses (8 credits)

  • Inquiry, Problem Solving, and the Nature of STEM (2 credits)
  • Models and Methods of Teaching STEM (2 credits)
  • Engineering, Programming, and Design for Educators (3 credits)
  • Experiential STEM (1 credit)

STEM electives are required if using this endorsement to earn the Master's in Education

State endorsement also requires: 12 hrs of science, 12 hrs of math, elementary or secondary math methods course and an elementary or secondary science methods course. These may have been completed as part of an initial teaching license.

Questions about the STEM endorsement? Please contact:

Jesse Wilcox
Assistant Professor of Education

Instructional Strategist I Endorsement

The Instructional Strategist I endorsement prepares you to provide educational services to students with mild and moderate disabilities. The endorsement is available at the elementary (K-8) and secondary (5-12) levels. You'll learn pedagogies for exceptional learners, assessment and diagnosis of students’ learning needs, individual behavior management, and strategies for working with teachers, parents, and the community. A practicum in special education is required, which likely can be incorporated into your current teaching assignment.

Instructional Strategist I Endorsement Courses (19 credits)

  • Pedagogy of Exceptional Learners (if not already completed)
  • Instructional Strat I Methods (K-8/5-12) (4 credits, Spring)
  • Education Practicum: Instructional Strategist 1 (K-8/5-12) (3 credits, Spring)
  • Career/Vocational Planning (secondary only, 3 credits, Summer)
  • Working with Families, Teachers, and Community Agencies (3 credits, Summer)
  • Assessing and Instructing Struggling Readers (3 credits, Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • Diagnosis and Evaluation of Special Education Students (3 credits, Summer)
  • Individual Behavior Management (3 credits, Summer)

Questions about the Instructional Strategist endorsement? Please contact:

Jennifer Ulie Wells
Assistant Professor of Education

English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

With the percentage of Iowa’s students who are English-Language-Learners increasing, the demand for teachers with training in this area is increasing. This course of study provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and appropriately serving this population of students.

ESL Endorsement Courses (17 credits)

  • ELL Methods & Assessment (4 credits, Summer)
  • Intro to Linguistics (3 credits, Fall)
  • Teaching English Grammar (1 credit, Fall)
  • Language Acquisition (3 credits, Spring, Summer)
  • Serving Immigrant and Multilingual Students (3 credits, Spring)
  • Global Perspectives (3 credits, Spring)

State endorsement also requires: Choice of Foreign Language course (4). Transcripts must be analyzed to identify the specific requirements needed to complete any endorsement.

Questions about the ESL endorsement? Please contact:

Lindsay Grow, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education