Secondary Education

Mount Mercy University’s secondary education program prepares future middle and high school teachers with the skills to improve young people’s learning experiences and ready them for life.

Under the guidance of our experienced faculty, and through curriculum specific to your major endorsement area, you’ll graduate from Mount Mercy with a professional licensure to teach. Fulfilling the required teaching experience, you’ll also be immersed in MMU’s Professional Development School, one of the only programs in Iowa that places students in local schools while completing their coursework. This invaluable experience helps students transition into their professional careers as they seek full-time teaching positions.

By joining the Student-Iowa State Education Association (S-ISEA), a statewide education organization, secondary 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.

Education curriculum is regulated by and accredited through the Iowa Department of Education.

What can I do with a degree in secondary education?

Graduates from Mount Mercy’s secondary education program find success in public, private and charter schools, at community service agencies, childcare facilities, and with youth service institutions. For those wanting 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 area.

What subjects can I teach?

A broad range of subjects are available as teaching endorsements:

  • American Government
  • American History
  • Art – Education
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English – Language Arts
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Middle School (5-8)
  • Music – Education
  • Physical Science
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Special Education: Instructional Strategist I (5-12)
  • Special Education: Instructional Strategist II (K-12 BD and LD)
  • World History

The most up-to-date endorsement information and study plans can be found in our course catalog.

“Having the students from Mount Mercy in our classrooms allows for different, fulfilling experiences. The college learners bring new teaching elements into the classroom that helps keep our young minds alert and interested.”

Beth Globokar, Regis Middle School Principal

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