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Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)

Months to complete
Only 30-35 credit hours
Live classes
Learn from anywhere
Per credit hour
$400/credit with scholarship

Champion meaningful change

The demand for teacher leaders is higher than ever. In this program, you'll get the tools to meet the individualized needs of today’s students, put what you're learning immediately into practice, and expand your influence in the classroom and community. 

What is the scholarship for Iowa teachers?

Iowa Teachers Tuition Scholarship Program

  • Receive automatic $145/credit scholarship—over 25% discount on tuition
  • Effective for all courses offered June 2021 to July 2023
  • Applies to all current Iowa public and private PK-12 teachers
  • Additional corporate partner or new teacher discounts do not apply

Christy Waters '04, '19 MAEd

I realized when talking with MAEd staff that I could accomplish this degree—and that I had a very strong support system with me.

What areas of emphasis and certificates are offered?

Choose from six areas of emphasis:

  • Early Childhood Inclusive Classroom
  • Effective Teaching
  • English as a Second Language
  • Reading
  • Special Education
  • Teacher Leadership

Earn a graduate certificate now, and apply it to your MAEd later. After just four courses (12-13 semester hours), you can earn a certificate in:

  • Effective Teaching
  • Teacher Leadership

Practical curriculum

Plan of study Course schedule

Am I eligible for financial aid?

Yes, you may be eligible for scholarships and loan programs. The first step is to complete your FAFSA, which helps determine state and federal aid available to you. Our federal school code is 001880. Contact our Financial Aid Office with any questions.

What's the admissions process like?

Applications are accepted and reviewed year-round. Our graduate admissions team is here to help you reach your educational goals and answer your questions. 

  1. Complete your application

  2. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Email to or mail to:
  1. Graduate Programs
    Mount Mercy University
    1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-4797

  • Bachelor’s degree in education (if adding an endorsement in Special Education, Reading, ESL, and Effective Teaching, or Early Childhood Inclusive Classroom)

  • A valid teaching license or be eligible for a teaching license if seeking an endorsement in Special Education, Reading, or ESL, or Early Childhood Inclusive Classroom

  • Resume that lists past and current teaching or work experience

  • Teacher Leadership requires an additional interview with the program director if undergraduate or other graduate degree is not in education
    • Additional coursework beyond what's listed in the catalog may be required for those students without a degree in education and/or teaching license
  • NOTE: Per government policy, international students are unable to attend fully-online university programs in the United States. Unfortunately, we are unable to admit international students to this program.