Secondary Education (5-12) Initial Endorsements 

Grand View University offers 30 Iowa approved teaching endorsements. Endorsements are state specific, so please check with your state's endorsement standards. Select an endorsement area below to learn more about our Iowa approved teaching endorsements.

All Social Sciences

Students majoring in Secondary Education must complete the prescribed pre-education requirements, the requirements for the Secondary Education major, and choose one initial content endorsement. 

Note: Students may complete the History major by taking two more upper-division courses in American and World history respectively. Those students wishing to teach Psychology in high school should additionally take PSYC 325, Counseling Theories.

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #186 (51 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

Required Courses (select 2)

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

U.S. History Course Options (select 1)

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 credts

World History Course Options (select 1)

HIST 303 Roman Republic & 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

Required Courses

POLS 110 National Government 3 credits
POLS 120 State and Local Government 3 credits
POLS 340 American Constitutional Law and Development I 3 credits
PSYC 101 General Psychology 3 credits
PSYC 212 Human Development 4 credits
ECON 101 Principles of Macro Economics 3 credits
ECON 102 Principles of Micro Economics 3 credits
GEOG 105 Human Geography 3 credits
GEOG 205 World Regional Geography 3 credits
SOCS 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
PSYC / SOCS 310
or
SOCS 315
or
SOCS 341
Social Psychology
or
Social Problems
or
Cultural Anthropology
3 credits

*Courses marked with an asterisk (*) may only be used to fulfill requirements in one of the above areas.

Biology

Students majoring in Secondary Education must complete the prescribed pre-education requirements, the requirements for the Secondary Education major, and choose one initial content endorsement.

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #151 (35 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 BOTH
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and
Pshysiology
4 credits
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4 credits
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4 credits
Chemistry

Students majoring in Secondary Education must complete the prescribed pre-education requirements, the requirements for the Secondary Education major, and choose one initial content endorsement. Select either Option A or Option B.

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #152 (31-35 credits)

Select either option A or option B.

Option A (33-35 credits)

CHEM 111 General Chemistry 1* 4 credits
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4 credits
CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry I 5 credits
CHEM 322 Organic Chemistry II 5 credits
CHEM 341 Quantitative Analysis 4 credits
CHEM 351 Biochemistry 3 credits
PHYS 131
and
PHYS 132
or
PHYS 241
and
PHYS 242
Introduction to Physics**
and
Introduction to Physics II
or
General Physics 1***
and
General Physics II
4 credits
and
4 credits
or
5 credits
and
5 credits

Option B (28-36 credits)

CHEM 111 General Chemistry I* 4 credits
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4 credits
CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry I 5 credits
PHYS 131
and
PHYS 132
or
PHYS 241
and
PHYS 242
Introduction to Physics I**
and
Introduction to Physics II
or
General Physics I***
and
General Physics II
4 credits
and
4 credits
or
5 credits
and
5 credits

Additional Courses (select 3)

PHSC 260 History and Philosophy of Science 3 credits
CHEM 322 Organic Chemistry II 5 credits
CHEM 341 Quantitative Analysis 4 credits
CHEM 351 Biochemistry 3 credits
CHEM 361 Physical Chemistry 4 credits
CHEM 499 Research in Chemistry 1 - 4 credits

*Prerequisite is MATH 121 (or concurrent enrollment).
**Prerequisite is MATH 121 and 122 or consent of instructor.
***Prerequisite is MATH 231 (or concurrent enrollment).

English

Students majoring in Secondary Education must complete the prescribed pre-education requirements, the requirements for the Secondary Education major, and choose one initial content endorsement. 

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #120 (36 credits)

ENGL 202 Introduction to Creative Writing 3 credits
ENGL 217 Literature for Children and Adolescents 3 credits
ENGL 231 Survey of American Literature I 3 credits
ENGL 241 Survey of British Literature I 3 credits
ENGL 251 Writing for English Studies 3 credits
ENGL 305 Shakespeare 3 credits
ENGL 301
or
ENGL 311
Literary Studies
or
Literary Theory
3 credits
ENGL 322 Linguistics 3 credits
ENGL 360 Advanced Composition 3 credits
ENGL 481 The Teaching of Writing 3 credits

Additional Courses (Choose 2)

ENGL 232 Survey of American Literature II 3 credits
ENGL 242 Survey of British Literature II 3 credits
ENGL 318 Diverse Voices 3 credits
Mathematics

Students majoring in Secondary Education must complete the prescribed pre-education requirements, the requirements for the Secondary Education major, and choose one initial content endorsement.

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #143 (34 credits)

CPSC 155
or
CPSC / BSAD 241
Programming Using Visual Basic
or
Computer Science I
3 credits
MATH  / CPSC 340 Discrete Computational Structures 3 credits
MATH 231 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 5 credits
MATH 232 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 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 one upper level MATH 300 and above (excluding MATH 399) 3 credits
Social Sciences

Students majoring in Secondary Education must complete the prescribed pre-education requirements, the requirements for the Secondary Education major, and choose one initial content endorsement.

Students desiring to teach in the Social Sciences must complete any TWO of the three areas listed below.

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 #157 (15 credits)

 Area 1: American Government

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

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #158 (15 credits)

Area 2: American History

Required Courses (select 2)

HIST 111 Colonial America 3 credits
HIST 112 The U.S. - Republic 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 US 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.  

Iowa Teaching Endorsement #166 (18 credits)

 Area 3: World History

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

Required Courses (Select 3)

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.