Teaching Licensure Pathway (Second Degree)


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Teaching Licensure Pathway (Second Degree)

Mount Mercy’s Teaching Licensure Pathway (Second Degree) is an accelerated degree for individuals who want to teach and already hold a bachelor’s degree but do not hold a teaching license.

Preparing the next generation of leaders

Hands-on experience sets you apart.

Mount Mercy’s 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.

Students completing MMU’s program are 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.

Mount Mercy University’s education  program prepares successful students for licensure within the state of Iowa. Mount Mercy has not determined if the curriculum meet licensure requirements in other states. Mount Mercy’s education program is approved by the Iowa Department of Education.


Students pursuing an elementary licensure can complete the program in 18 months.

Students pursuing a secondary licensure can complete the program in 1 year. See schedule below.

Prerequisite Courses:

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Foundations of Education
  • Exceptional Persons
Note: 3 of 4 required

Sample 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

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.

James Boonstoppel ’16

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