Early Childhood Education

Mount Mercy’s early childhood education major prepares future teachers and leaders through hands-on education and training for real-life situations.

The early childhood education endorsements include the following areas and are under regulation and accreditation from the Department of Education in Iowa. Endorsement areas include:

  • English as a Second Language
  • Teacher – Prekindergarten - Kindergarten (endorsement #103)
  • Teacher – Prekindergarten through Grade 3, including Special Education (endorsement #100)

Earning an education degree with early childhood endorsements from Mount Mercy University allows students to benefit from the university’s proximity to many schools and school districts in Cedar Rapids and eastern Iowa. Centrally located in a city with a large school district allows for many internships opportunities and field-based experience to ensure students earn the best education degree possible.

Additionally, Mount Mercy University offers a stand-alone early childhood license (106) that students may pursue which allows them to teach in grades PreK-3 only.

Students looking to further their early childhood education degree can go onto graduate school in programs like Mount Mercy’s Master of Arts in Education program, which gives students the opportunity for more training in either reading or special education.