Master of Arts in Education

Mount Mercy University offers 3 distinct emphasis areas in the Masters program:

  • Reading Emphasis
  • Special Education Emphasis
  • Teacher Leadership Emphasis (NEW FALL 2014)

 
PROGRAM FEATURES 

  • Evening & Weekend Class Schedule
  • Classroom Instruction & Small Class Sizes 
  • 2 Start times available: 
    • Fall 2014 Application Deadline by August 22nd, 2014. Classes start August 25th,2014
    • Spring 2015 Application Deadline by December 15th, 2014.  Classes start January 5th, 2015
  • Applications are accepted year round
  • No entrance exam requirements (i.e. GRE, GMAT)  

Masters of Arts in Education with a Teacher Leadership Emphasis  - This degree does not require a Iowa Teacher's License as required in the other two emphasis areas.  It also aligns with statewide initiatives to have more teacher leaders in the K-12 school system.  We will be focusing on leadership initiatives and techniques for developing the skills for tomorrows educational leaders.

Master of Arts in Education with an Emphasis in Reading - This degree is designed to prepare reading teachers for the K-12 education and provides, if needed, the K-8, 5-12, or the K-12 reading endorsement from the State of Iowa upon completion. Designed for the teaching professional, a five-course core provides a vibrant shared experience for all graduate education students. These courses focus on developing the broader perspectives needed for leadership in the profession. Reading Specialists take an additional 22 credits depending on licensure needs. 

Master of Arts in Education with an Emphasis in Special Education - The degree is designed to prepare teachers to provide appropriate levels of service to students with disabilities at the elementary and secondary levels. Designed for the teaching professional, a five-course core provides a vibrant shared experience for all graduate education students. These courses focus on developing the broader perspectives needed for leadership in the profession. Special Education Specialists take an additional 20 to 25 credits depending on licensure needs.

FIVE options are available under this program: 

  • Teacher Leadership Emphasis
  • Instructional Strategist I K-8 endorsement
  • Instructional Strategist I 5-12 endorsement
  • Instructional Strategist II K-12 endorsement
  • Special Education with no endorsement

Course Format – Courses are offered 1 to 3 nights per week or 1 Saturday morning per week . Courses are in a block format, either 5 or 10 weeks in  length; they meet a once or twice a week, and are offered year round during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

Evening & Weekend Class Schedule – During the Fall and Spring semester courses are in the evenings from 5 PM to 8 PM, Monday through Friday.  Summer semester courses are during morning (9am to 12 pm), afternoon (1pm to 4pm), or evening (5 PM to 8 PM) format.  These class times will allow students to maintain a job, family, and still pursue their degree. View the schedule for this year.

Classroom Instruction – Get instruction in person, with professors face to face, interacting with fellow students.  Classroom instruction provides a great opportunity for networking, professional engagement, and active learning.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the graduate programs, contact gradprograms@mtmercy.edu or 319-286-4420.

This program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.