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Bachelor of Arts



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Why This Program?

Share your passion.  

A secondary education (grades 5-12) degree from Briar Cliff means that you can graduate with more classroom experiences supervised by Briar Cliff University faculty. Fully accredited by the Iowa Department of Education, this program is known to transform its students into highly qualified, engaging educators. You'll be taught by exceptional professors with a wide range of teaching experiences. 

  • Get Early, Hands-on Experience: Before you begin student teaching, you will have already gained at least 120 hours of classroom experience through observations and working with large and small groups in practicum experiences. This ensures you'll be prepared for the best possible student teacher experience.
  • Become Catholic School Certified: You have the option to complete a certificate program to teach in Catholic schools. This certificate program is a partnership between the four Iowa Catholic Dioceses and BCU's education and theology departments. Although not a full teaching endorsement, this certificate better prepares you to teach religion courses and gives you preferential hiring status in Diocesan schools.
  • Easily Boost Your Resume: You also have the option to pick up a special education and/or coaching endorsement, so you'll be qualified to teach more subject areas and more grade levels.