Mount Mercy University offers two distinct emphasis areas in the Masters program, one in Reading and one in Special Education. We also offer various endorsements for those seeking endorsement only coursework.
Master of Arts in Education with an Emphasis in Reading - Professionals well-versed in the theory and practice of reading are vital to helping today’s diverse learners achieve success. This emphasis is designed for teachers with or without a prior endorsement in the field. Unique to Mount Mercy, teachers practice being reading clinicians while tutoring undergraduate students as they tutor elementary students in reading. This degree is designed to prepare reading teachers for the K-12 education and provides, if needed, the K-8, 5-12, or the K-12 reading endorsement from the State of Iowa upon completion. Designed for the teaching professional, a five-course core provides a vibrant shared experience for all graduate education students. These courses focus on developing the broader perspectives needed for leadership in the profession. Reading specialists take an additional 22 credits depending on licensure needs.
Master of Arts in Education with an Emphasis in Special Education - As the number of students with special learning and behavior needs grows, so does the demand for expertly trained instructors. The Special Education emphasis allows teachers to gain valuable and hands-on experience in this area, interacting with experienced faculty, other students, and engage in field experience opportunities while earning an advanced degree. The degree is designed to prepare teachers to provide appropriate levels of service to students with disabilities at the elementary and secondary levels. Designed for the teaching professional, a five-course core provides a vibrant shared experience for all graduate education students. These courses focus on developing the broader perspectives needed for leadership in the profession. Special Education specialists take an additional 20 to 25 credits depending on licensure needs.
Four options are available under this program:
Instructional Strategist I K-8 endorsement
Instructional Strategist I 5-12 endorsement
Instructional Strategist II K-12 endorsement
Special Education with no endorsement
Course Format – Courses are offered 1 night per week or 1 Saturday morning per week for the entire semester, generally 16 weeks. Courses are full semester length; they meet a once a week, and are offered year round during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
Evening & Weekend Class Schedule – During the Fall and Spring semester courses are in the evenings from 5 PM to 8 PM, Monday through Friday. Summer semester courses are during morning (9am to 12 pm), afternoon (1pm to 4pm), or evening (5 PM to 8 PM) format. These class times will allow students to maintain a job, family, and still pursue their degree. Here is a link to our schedule for this year http://www.mtmercy.edu/schedule-0 .
Classroom Instruction – Get instruction in person, with professors face to face, interacting with fellow students. Classroom instruction provides a great opportunity for networking, professional engagement, and active learning.
If you have any questions about the graduate programs, contact Michael Lown at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-363-1323 ext. 1864.
This program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.