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Teaching Licensure Pathway (Second Degree)

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Our Teaching Licensure Program (Second Degree) is a fast-tracked degree program for individuals who want to teach and already hold a bachelor’s degree but do not hold a teaching license. Students enrolled in this program will receive a Bachelor of Science in Education.

After graduation, you will be fully licensed to teach in the State of Iowa and will join the strong tradition of Mount Mercy educators making an impact on future generations.

Our program prepares successful students for licensure within the state of Iowa and is is approved by the Iowa Department of Education. The curriculum may not meet licensure requirements in other states.


I believe many kids are being led down the wrong path. I also believe that if I can help a few kids get onto the right path and create a better future, then I have achieved something meaningful with my life.


Timeline and plan of study


Students pursuing an elementary licensure can complete the program in 18 months, and those pursuing a secondary licensure can complete the program in 1 year. See schedule below.

Prerequisite Courses: 3 of 4 required

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Foundations of Education
  • Exceptional Persons

Plan of Study

Listed below is a sample degree plan. Personalized plans can be created for all students to help expedite the time to completion.

Fall (16 credits)

  • Secondary Content Methods – 3 credits
  • ED322 Content Area Reading – 2 credits
  • ED379 Human Relations – 3 credits
  • Field Experience – 1 credit
  • Core/Endorsement Class – 3 credits

Winter (4 credits)

  • Principles of Education – 3 credits
  • Field Experience – 1 credit

Spring (13-16 credits)

  • Students Teaching – 10 credits
  • ED370 Education Seminar – 2 credits
  • ED375 Classroom Management – 1 credit

  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education within the following endorsement areas:
    • 5-12 English
    • 5-12 History
    • 5-12 Biology
    • 5-12 Mathematics
    • 5-12 Business (all areas)
    • 5-12 Art
    • 5-12 Music

A broad range of subjects are available:

  • American Government
  • American History
  • Art – Education
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English – Language Arts
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Middle School (5-8)
  • Music – Education
  • Physical Science
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Special Education
  • World History

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

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