Early Childhood Education

Mount Mercy University’s early childhood education program knows teaching. Learn from the best and be a part of important developmental moments in a child’s life through one of Iowa’s most respected and well-known education programs.

Mount Mercy’s experience and history in education offers students one of the most highly regarded programs in the state, with students routinely landing excellent jobs right after graduation.

Teacher preparation that puts you ahead. Mount Mercy is one of few colleges in Iowa to offer a Professional Development School (PDS) model for teacher preparation. PDS offers education majors opportunities to apply theory and content directly into local classrooms. In turn, K-12 students benefit from additional instruction and support provided by Mount Mercy’s well-prepared teacher interns. This invaluable experience helps students transition into their professional, full-time teaching careers.

Endorsement areas:

  • Prekindergarten – Kindergarten
  • Prekindergarten – Grade 3 (includes Special Education)
  • English as a Second Language
  • Special Education

Go beyond classwork. At Mount Mercy, you will have opportunities to be involved with the Student–Iowa State Education Association (S-ISEA) club. MMU also offers a variety of campus activities including service learning projects with youth, engaging speakers, and social events that acquaint you with fellow students and teachers. Early childhood education majors may also be eligible for special scholarships, such as the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood IOWA program.

What can I do with a degree in early childhood education? Teach, of course!

Graduates from our education program work in districts across the state of Iowa and around the country, including:

  • Linn-Mar Community School District
  • Cedar Rapids Community School District
  • College Community School District
  • Saint Patrick School, Anamosa, Iowa
  • Private, religious and charter schools
  • Community service agencies
  • Childcare and youth organizations

Current teachers seeking to study specializations in reading, special education or teacher leadership may want to consider the Master of Arts in Education program.