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Help others around you

Work and communicate with people of diverse backgrounds.

A minor in English as a second language from Mount Mercy University gives non-teachers the tools and confidence to help others around them develop effective communication skills.

Mount Mercy’s ESL minor, offered through the university’s highly regarded Education Department, connects students with experienced and dedicated education faculty who have the expertise to reach and support people from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Students gain a solid foundation for sharing vital written and verbal English skills in their personal and professional lives with non-native speakers.


Gain the tools and confidence to help others.

Coursework for gaining a minor in English as a second language (without a teaching endorsement) includes:

  • Grammar for Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition
  • Language, Culture & Schooling
  • Assessment in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • ESL Methods for Teaching Academic Content
  • ESL Reading & Language Arts Methods & Practicum

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What are the next steps?

Mount Mercy offers competitive tuition and generous scholarships.

We also encourage all students to apply for federal, state, and other kinds of financial assistance.

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We make it easy by accepting applications year-round! No deadline, no fee, no pressure.

  1. Create your application
  2. Apply under standard admissions criteria or go "test optional"
  3. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Mail to:

* Mount Mercy University Admissions
  1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
  Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

* If you are applying for an accelerated program, please mail to "Accelerated Programs"

For more detailed instructions on how to apply, see our Admissions page.

Careers with English as a second language

The ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.

ESL minors can apply learned skills to work in a variety of careers, including:

  • Management
  • Communications, marketing or public relations
  • Social work or counseling
  • Human Resources
  • Criminal Justice
  • Nursing