Elementary Education

Mount Mercy University’s elementary education program prepares future teachers to open young peoples’ minds to the exploration and discovery of a bright future.

Built on compassion and recognized as one of the most highly regarded education programs in the state, Mount Mercy’s elementary education program is designed around applying best practices through hands-on experiences. As an elementary education major, you’ll not only learn to apply effective teaching methods, you’ll also discover how to use your strengths toward helping students discover the joy of learning and personal growth.

Hands-on experience sets you apart. Mount Mercy is one of the only colleges in Iowa to offer a Professional Development School (PDS) model for teacher preparation. PDS offers education majors opportunities to apply theory and content in classroom settings. This invaluable experience helps Mount Mercy students transition into professional teaching careers.

By joining the Student-Iowa State Education Association (S-ISEA), elementary education majors have opportunities to attend conferences, participate in service learning projects with youth, host speakers, attend social events, and expand their network with other students and teachers.

What can I do with a degree in elementary education?

Graduates from Mount Mercy’s elementary education program find success in public, private, charter and Montessori schools, at community service agencies, childcare facilities, and with youth service institutions. For those who want to take their careers to the next level, Mount Mercy offers a Master of Arts in Education with specializations in reading and special education, and a teacher leadership emphasis.

What can I teach?

  • Art (K-8)
  • Early Childhood Education: Pre-K–Kindergarten
  • Early Childhood Education: Pre-K–Grade 3 (includes Special Education)
  • English – Language Arts (K-8)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) (K-12)
  • Instructional Strategist I (special education) (K-8)
  • Instructional Strategist II (special education) (K-12 BD and LD)
  • Mathematics (K-8)
  • Middle School (5-8)
  • Music (K-8)
  • Reading (K-8)
  • Science (K-8)
  • History (K-8)
  • Social Studies (K-8)

Education curriculum is regulated by and accredited through the Iowa Department of Education. The most up-to-date endorsement information and study plans can be found in our course catalog.

“I have a really good supervisor in the education department that helped me get enrolled with some very basic education courses, just to see if I liked it and, within another couple weeks, I knew that I needed to make the complete switch. […] You're not just a number when you come here. You're a part of a family.”

-- Alexis Ferguson ’16, elementary education major, student athlete

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