Secondary Education

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.

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.

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. The PDS model offers education majors opportunities to apply theory and content in classroom settings. This invaluable experience helps Mount Mercy students transition into professional teaching

What can I do with a Bachelor of Science (BS) 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
  • World History


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

“My favorite thing about being an education major is the opportunity to teach in a classroom. I believe many kids are being led down the wrong path. I also believe if I can help a few kids get onto the right path and create a better future, then I have achieved something meaningful with my life.”

— James Boonstoppel ’16
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