Complementary Secondary (5-12) Endorsements

Grand View University offers 30 Iowa approved teaching endorsements. Endorsements are state specific, so please check with your state's endorsement standards. Complementary teaching endorsements support initial Secondary Education teaching licenses. These complementary endorsements authorize a teacher to teach in additional content areas in grades 5-12.

Select an endorsement area below to learn more about our Iowa approved teaching endorsements.

American Government

After completing any 5-12 Secondary Education Initial Content Endorsement, an American Government Endorsement may be added. Those not licensed as Social Sciences teachers must earn a minimum of 24 credit hours in American Government to earn this complementary endorsement. 

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #157 (15-24 credits)

POLS 110 National Government 3 credits
POLS 120 State and Local Government 3 credits
POLS 212
or
POLS 215
or
POLS 315
Political Parties
or
The Presidency
or
Introduction to Public Administration
3 credits
POLS 340 American Constitutional Law and Development I 3 credits
POLS 341 American Constitutional Law and Development II 3 credits

NOTE: If not licensed as a Social Sciences teacher, an additional 9 hours of American Government course work must be completed to total 24 hours.

American History

After completing any 5-12 Secondary Education Initial Content Endorsement, an American History Endorsement may be added. Those not licensed as Social Sciences teachers must earn a minimum of 24 credit hours in American History to earn this complementary endorsement.

Note: The complementary endorsements of American History (#158) and World History (#166) are embedded within a double major in Secondary Education and History. The faculty of both the Education and History departments strongly advise the additional completion of the All Social Sciences endorsement (#186). 

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #158 (15-24 credits)

Take 2 Courses From

HIST 111 Colonial America 3 credits
HIST 112 The U.S.: Republic to Empire, 1789-1898 3 credits
HIST 113 The American Century Since 1898 3 credits

Required Courses (select 3)

HIST 315 The World Since 1945 3 credits
HIST 330 Contemporary U.S. History: 1945 to Present 3 credits
HIST 340 Iowa History 3 credits
HIST 346 The Age of American Revolution, 1763-1815 3 credits
HIST 349 The Civil War and Reconstruction 3 credits
HIST 352 World War I 3 credits
HIST 354 World War II 3 credits
HIST 380 History of Capitalism 3 credits
HIST 392 Independent Study (with appropriate topic) 3 credits
HIST 430 Topics in History (with appropriate topic) 3 credits

These courses cannot be duplicated in the World History endorsement.

NOTE: If not licensed as a Social Sciences teacher, an additional 9 hours of American History course work must be completed to total 24 hours. 

Basic Science

After completing a 5-12 Secondary Education Initial Content Endorsement in a science area, a Basic Science Endorsement may be added.  

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #1541 (31 credits)

BIOL 101 General Biology I 4 credits
BIOL 102 General Biology II 4 credits
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4 credits
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4 credits
PHYS 131 Introduction to Physics I 4 credits
PHYS 132 Introduction to Physics II 4 credits
PHSC 101 Physical and Earth Science 4 credits
EDUC 408 STEM Teaching: Earth Science 3 credits

PHYS 241 and 242, General Physics I, II, may be substituted for PHYS 131 and 132 but require a higher prerequisite (completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 231).

Biology

After completing an initial endorsement in a non-science area, a Biology Endorsement may be added.

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #151 (27 credits)

BIOL 101 General Biology I 4 credits
BIOL 102 General Biology II 4 credits
BIOL 209 Environmental Science 3 credits
BIOL 256 Microbiology 4 credits
BIOL 360 Genetics 4 credits
BIOL 160
and
BIOL 165
or
BIOL 315
and
BIOL 335
Human Anatomy
and
Human Physiology
or
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and
Physiology
4 credits

After completing an initial endorsement in a science area, a Biology Endorsement may be added.

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #151 (15-16 credits)

BIOL 101 General Biology I 4 credits
BIOL 102 General Biology II 4 credits
BIOL 256 Microbiology 4 credits
Plus 1 upper division biology course
3 - 4 credits
Chemistry

After completing any 5-12 Secondary Education Initial Content Endorsement in a science area, a Chemistry Endorsement may be added. 

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #152 (16-17 credits)

CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4 credits
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4 credits
CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry I 5 credits
CHEM 341
or
CHEM 351
Quantitative Analysis
or
Biochemistry
4 credits
or
3 credits
Driver and Safety Education

Any Education major may add a Driver and Safety Education endorsement to the initial teaching area. 

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #118 (9 credits)

EDUC 336 Drivers Education I 3 credits
EDUC 337 Drivers Education II 3 credits
EDUC 338 Drivers Education III: Traffic Safety 3 credits
English

After completing any 5-12 Secondary Education Initial Content Endorsement, an English Endorsement may be added. 

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #120 (30 credits)

ENGL 202 Introduction to Creative Writing 3 credits
ENGL 217 Literature for Children and Adolescents 3 credits
ENGL 322 Linguistics 3 credits
ENGL 231 Survey of American Literature I 3 credits
ENGL 232 Survey of American Literature II 3 credits
ENGL 241 Survey of British Literature I 3 credits
ENGL 242 Survey of British Literature II 3 credits
ENGL 301 Literacy Studies 3 credits
ENGL 305 Shakespeare 3 credits
ENGL 360 Advanced Composition 3 credits
Health

After completing any 5-12 Secondary Education Initial Content Endorsement, a Health Endorsement may be added.

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #138 (24 credits)

KINH 188 Personal and Community Health 3 credits
KINH 205 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness 3 credits
PSYC 277 Addictive Behaviors 3 credits
PSYC 322 Marriage and Family 3 credits
PSYC 363 Psychology and Health 3 credits
PSYC 372 Human Sexuality 3 credits
PSYC 373 Stress and Anxiety Management 2 credits
PSYC 378 Interpersonal Effectiveness 1 credit
BIOL 140 Nutrition for Everyday Living 3 credits
Current CPR Certificate

After completing an initial endorsement in Physical Education or Family and Consumer Sciences, a Health Endorsement may be added. 

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #138 (18 credits)

KINH 188 Personal and Community Health 3 credits
KINH 205 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness 3 credits
PSYC 277 Addictive Behaviors 3 credits
PSYC 322 Marriage and Family 3 credits
PSYC 363
or
PSYC 373
and
PSYC 378
Psychology and Health
or
Stress and Anxiety Management and
Interpersonal Effectiveness
3 credits
or
2 credits
and
1 credit
BIOL 140 Nutrition for Everyday Living 3 credits
Current CPR Certificate
Instructional Strategist I: Mild and Moderate

After completing any 5-12 Secondary Education Initial Content Endorsement, an Instructional Strategist I: Mild and Moderate endorsement may be added. 

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #261 (30 credits)

PSYC 212 Human Development 4 credits
EDUC 242 Pedagogies of Exceptional Learners 3 credits
EDUC 344 Instructional Strategist I Methods (5-12) 4 credits
EDUC 360 Career / Vocational Programming 3 credits
EDUC 362 Education Practicum: Instructional Strategist I (5-12) 3 credits
EDUC 363 Working with Families, Teachers, and Community Agencies 3 credits
EDUC 415 Mental Health First Aid / Trauma-Informed Care: What to Know to Be Successful with Children 1 credit
EDUC 431 Assessing and Instructing Struggling Readers 3 credits
EDUC 440 Diagnosis and Evaluation of Special Education Students 3 credits
EDUC 475 Individual Behavior Management 3 credits

Special Note: EDUC 425 Secondary Student Teaching (12 credits) - The student teacher will teach eight weeks in a regular classroom and eight weeks in an Instructional Strategist I: Mild and Moderate classroom.

Mathematics

After completing any 5-12 Secondary Education Initial Content Endorsement, a Math Endorsement may be added.

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #143 (34 credits)

CPSC 155
or
CPSC / BSAD 241
Programming Using Visual Basic
or
Computer Science I
3 credits
MATH 340 Discrete Computational Structures 3 credits
MATH 231 Calculus with Analytic Geometry 1 5 credits
MATH 232 Calculus with Analytic Geometry 2 5 credits
MATH 261 Applied Statistics 3 credits
MATH 300 Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning 3 credits
MATH 301 Modern Geometries 3 credits
MATH 331
or
MATH 335
Linear Algebra
or
Introduction to Abstract Algebra
3 credits
MATH 450 Senior Seminar 3 credits
Any 1 upper level MATH 300 and above (excluding MATH 399) 3 credits
Psychology

After completing the Social Sciences initial endorsement, a Psychology Endorsement may be added. Those not licensed as Social Sciences teachers must earn a minimum of 24 credit hours in Psychology to earn this complementary endorsement. 

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #163 (16-24 credits)

PSYC 101 General Psychology 3 credits
PSYC 212 Human Development 4 credits
PSYC 310 Social Psychology 3 credits
PSYC 320
or
PSYC 325
Abnormal Psychology
or
Counseling Theories
3 credits
1 additional PSYC course at 300 level or above
3 credits

Special Note: Those not licensed as Social Sciences teachers must complete 8 additional hours of coursework in psychology to total 24 hours.

Reading

After completing any 5-12 Secondary Education Initial Content Endorsement, a Reading Endorsement may be added.

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #149 (24 credits)

ENGL 217 Literature for Children and Adolescents 3 credits
EDUC 325 Teaching Literacy in the Intermediate and Middle Grades (3-8) 3 credits
EDUC 350 Language Acquisition and Learning 3 credits
EDUC 355 Writing Across the Curriculum 3 credits
EDUC 386 Linguistics for Educators 3 credits
EDUC 421 Content Area Reading 3 credits
EDUC 431 Assessing and Instructing Struggling Readers 3 credits
EDUC 441 Teaching Individualized Reading 1 credit
EDUC 445 Education Practicum: Reading Lab (5-12) 2 credits
Sociology

After completing the Social Sciences initial endorsement, a Sociology Endorsement may be added. Those not licensed as Social Science teachers must earn a minimum of 24 credits in Sociology to earn this complementary endorsement. 

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #165 (15-24 credits)

SOCS 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
SOCS 105
or
SOCS 341
Cross-Cultural Perception and Communication or
Cultural Anthropology
3 credits
SOCS 310 Social Psychology 3 credits
SOCS 315 Social Problems 3 credits
SOCS 318 Criminological Theory 3 credits

Special Note: Those not licensed as Social Sciences teachers must completed an additional 9 hours coursework in Sociology to total 24 credits.

Spanish

After completing any 5-12 Secondary Education Initial Content Endorsement, a Spanish Endorsement may be added. 

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #134 (27 credits)

EDUC 304 Education Practicum: Foreign Language 2 credits
EDUC 317 Foreign Language Teaching Methods 3 credits
SPAN 101* Spanish 1 4 credits
SPAN 102 Spanish II 4 credits
SPAN 201 Spanish III 4 credits
SPAN 202 Spanish IV 4 credits
SPAN 312 Hispanic Culture and Civilization 3 credits

Additional Courses (3 credits)

SPAN 320 Advanced Spanish Grammar 3 credits
SPAN 321 Advanced Spanish Composition and Communication 3 credits

*Students who have taken at least 3 years of high school Spanish may enroll in Spanish II. If they earn a grade of “C” or higher, they will receive credit for Spanish I. The processing fee of $30 needs to be paid to receive the credit.

STEM

After completing a 5-12 mathematics OR a 5-12 science endorsement, a STEM endorsement may be added. Students must complete the designated coursework in each of the categories (A, B, C, D). 

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #976 (32-41 credits)

Category A: Science (12-17 credits)

CHEM 107
or
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Organic and Biochemistry or
General Chemistry I (or approved higher level course)
4 credits
BIOL 101 General Biology I (or approved higher level course) 4 credits
PHSC 101
or
PHYS 131 or 241
and
EDUC 408
Physical and Earth Science
or
Introduction to Physics I or General Physics I and
STEM Teaching: Earth Science
4 credits
or
4 credits
and
3 credits

Optional

A minimum of 12 credit hours of approved college-level science coursework including content in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Earth Science.
12 credits

Category B: Mathematics (8-12 credits)

MATH 232
and
CPSC 155
or
CPSC 241
or approved CPSC course
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II and
Programming Using Visual Basic or
Computer Science 1 or
Approved Computer Science Course
5 credits
and
3 credits
or
3 credits
or
3 credits

Optional (select 9 credits)

MATH 121 College Algebra 3 credits
MATH 122
Trigonometry 3 credits
MATH 231 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 5 credits
MATH 241 Principles of Statistics 4 credits
MATH 261 Applied Statistics 3 credits

Required

CPSC 155
or
CPSC 241
or
Approved CPSC Course
Programming Using Visual Basic
or
Computer Science I
or
Approved CPSC Science Course
3 credits

Category C: Engineering (3 credits)

EDUC 410 Engineering, Programming, and Design for Educators 3 credits

Category D: Methods (11 credits)

EDUC 348 Secondary Science Teaching Methods 2 credits
EDUC 349 Secondary Mathematics Teaching Methods 2 credits
EDUC 411 Problem Solving, Inquiry, and the Nature of STEM 3 credits
EDUC 450 Models and Methods of Teaching STEM 3 credits
EDUC 451 Experiential STEM 1 credit
World History

After completing any 5-12 Secondary Education Initial Content Endorsement, a World History Endorsement may be added. Those not licensed as Social Sciences teachers must earn a minimum of 24 credit hours in World History to earn this complementary endorsement.

Note: The complementary endorsements of American History (#158) and World History (#166) are embedded within a double major in Secondary Education and History. The faculty of both the Education and History departments strongly advise the additional completion of the All Social Sciences endorsement (#186). 

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #166 (15-24 credits)

Required Courses (select 2)

HIST 103 The Ancient World 3 credits
HIST 104 The Medieval World 3 credits
HIST 105 The West in the Modern World 3 credits

Additional Courses (select 3 classes)

HIST 303 Roman Republic and Empire 3 credits
HIST 307 The Vikings 3 credits
HIST 315 World Since 1945 3 credits
HIST 324 Modern Russia 3 credits
HIST 326 Modern Britain 3 credits
HIST 327 Modern Germany 3 credits
HIST 334 Modern Middle East 3 credits
HIST 335 The British Empire 3 credits
HIST 336 Modern Africa 3 credits
HIST 337 History of Mexico 3 credits
HIST 352 World War I 3 credits
HIST 354 World War II 3 credits
HIST 380 History of Capitalism 3 credits
HIST 392 Independent Study (with appropriate topic) 3 credits
HIST 430 Topics in History (with appropriate topic) 3 credits

These courses cannot be duplicated in the American History endorsement.

Special Note: Those not licensed as Social Sciences teachers must complete an additional 6 hours coursework in Sociology to total 24 credits.