Early Childhood Education

Mount Mercy’s education majors prepare reflective teachers and leaders informed by scholarship, grounded in best practice, enriched by caring, and committed to responsive service in the “Mercy Tradition.” Prospective teachers will experience:   

  • A core curriculum
  • Concentration in a major field of learning
  • Varied field-based experience 
  • A sequence of education courses leading to professional licensure by the State of Iowa

The curriculum for education majors, including endorsement areas, is under regulation and accreditation from the Department of Education in Iowa and is subject to change upon changes in regulation made by the State.

What Our Students Say

“The early childhood education program taught me many activities to implement in my classroom along with relevant, up-to-date research to back up everything we learned. Mount Mercy taught me to always consider what is developmentally appropriate for young children, which is something that is always in the back of my mind during planning and day-to-day routines.”

– Jessica Woods ’09 
Kindergarten Teacher, 
Williamsburg Elementary

Learn More

For more information, view the catalog or contact the major coordinator: 

Ellen O'KeefeEllen O’Keefe, PhD
Chair, Department of Education
Associate Professor of Education
319-363-1323 ext. 1242