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Iowa Middle School Endorsement #1821 Language Arts, #1822 Mathematics, #1823 Science, #1824 Social Studies

Viterbo University's School of Education prepares educators who are grounded in Franciscan values and possess the knowledge and skills to be reflective decision makers for the 21st century.


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The Middle School Endorsement is a program for teachers who teach, or who are interested in teaching, at the middle school level. A current, valid Iowa teachers' license with either the general elementary endorsement or one of the subject matter secondary level endorsements is required. 

Note: The holder of a Middle School endorsement is authorized to teach in the two concentration areas in which the specific requirements have been completed (12 credits) as well as in other subject areas in grades five through eight which are not the core content areas. The holder is not authorized to teach art, industrial arts, music, reading, physical education and special education.

The Iowa Middle School Endorsement is for grade levels 5-8.

Requirements to qualify for this endorsement which became effective July 1, 2010, are:

1.  A current, valid Iowa teachers' license with either the general elementary endorsement or one of the subject matter secondary level endorsements.

2.  In the content areas, many of the required hours will come from undergraduate transcripts. For transcript analysis contact Kathleen Wynn at 515-224-4811, 1-888-235-2200 or kmwynn@viterbo.edu

3.  Required Coursework:
EDUC 517 Understanding the Young Adolescent (three credits)
EDUC 628 Models for Teaching Middle School Students (three credits)
EDUC 531 Adolescent Literacy (three credits)
EDUC 516 Field Experience (30 clock hours) (two credits)

Plus choose at least two of the following content areas
EDUC 546 Social Studies: 12 credit hours to include U.S. History, World History, Government, Geography
EDUC 546 Mathematics: 12 credit hours with algebra include
EDUC  546 Science: 12 credit hours including coursework in Life, Earth and Physical Scienc
EDUC 546 Language Arts: 12 credit hours in language arts to include Composition, Language Usage, Speech, Young Adult Literature, Literature Across Cultures

4.  Upon completion of the program the student is required to fill out a Special Recognition Award application. Please fill out the form and send it to the program Coordinator. This form is needed for transcripts to reflect a new endorsement.

Note: Viterbo is currently offering courses for completion of the Language Arts content area. Graduate or undergraduate credits earned from another accredited college or university will be accepted to meet the content area credit requirements for social studies, math and science.

Request Information or  contact:

Kathleen Wynn, Iowa Graduate Student Advisor at kmwynn@viterbo.edu or 515-224-5944