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Ashley Studt '23

Teaching Licensure Pathway (Second Degree)

Following her Passion

By taking advantage of the MMU Plus program, Ashley Studt '23 is gaining more experience and knowledge in graduate-level courses as an undergraduate student.

MMU: What attracted you to Mount Mercy? Why did you decide to enroll in the accelerated program and the second-degree teaching licensure pathway?

AS: I was interested in getting my teacher’s license to further a career in the school district. I was paraprofessional at an elementary school and loved being there. I had a lot of support from the teachers there encouraging me to get my teaching license. They wanted me to succeed in the role of a teacher. Some of the teachers pointed me in the direction to MMU because they heard great things about the program. Additionally, MMU was the only program to offer a teacher licensure pathway.

MMU: What has your experience in the accelerated program been like? What has enabled you to be successful?

AS: So far, my experience in the accelerated program has been good. The professors are great to work with and do a great job encouraging you on your journey becoming a teacher. If I have question about a specific concept or topic, I’m able to email my professor and get a response quickly. The professors are great about making sure you understand the content and help you in any area you struggle with.

If I have question about a specific concept or topic, I’m able to email my professor and get a response quickly. The professors are great about making sure you understand the content and help you in any area you struggle with.

Ashley Studt '23
Teaching Licensure Pathway (Second Degree)

MMU: How did you hear about the MMU Plus program? What was your reaction to hearing about the program?

AS: I heard about the MMU plus program online, and it was nice to know that I can attend school in my 30’s and be able to get my licensure in a feasible timeframe.

MMU: What do you see as the main benefit from participating in the MMU Plus program? Would you recommend it to students who aren’t currently planning on pursuing a graduate degree?

AS: The main benefit for me about participating in the MMU Plus program is that I can earn my teacher’s license without having to repeat any of previous courses that I have taken. I would recommend it to people who decide to make a career change, which is why I'm doing it. After years being a field that I liked, an opportunity was given to me explore a different career path that I like even more.

MMU: What are some clear takeaways you have from the MAEd classes so far?

AS: It is a lot of hard work and dedication, but with encouraging professors and classmates you can do it.

The main benefit for me about participating in the MMU Plus program is that I can earn my teacher’s license without having to repeat any of previous courses that I have taken.

Ashley Studt '23
Teaching Licensure Pathway (Second Degree)

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