Teaching Licensure Pathway (Second Degree)

Teaching Licensure Pathway (Second Degree)

Mount Mercy’s Teaching Licensure Pathway is an accelerated degree for individuals who want to teach and already hold a bachelor’s degree but do not hold a teaching license.  

Students completing this program are fully licensed to teach in the state of Iowa and will join the strong tradition of Mount Mercy educators making an impact on future generations!

Criteria for Admissions: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0*
  • Passing score on C-Base or Praxis Core Exam

*Students with lower GPA will be considered on a case by case basis.
Students can take the C-Base in person at Mount Mercy or the Praxis Core Exam online.


Tuition is charged per credit hour. 2019-20 credit hour rates are $441 (our normal accelerated rate of $490 less a 10% educator discount). Total program costs $14,553 - $15,876 (32-36 credits).

Financial Aid:

Students may be eligible for the following financial aid based on the FAFSA. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits per semester to qualify.

Iowa Tuition Grant – up to $5,650 is available to Iowa residents attending a private college that meet financial need guidelines. Students can only receive the ITG for one bachelor degree so if you have received previously, you will not be eligible.

Federal TEACH Grant - $4,000 grants available to students teaching in shortage areas in low-income schools. Students must also sign an Agreement to Serve (ATS) that obligates them to teach for 4 years within 8 years of completing or ceasing enrollment in a TEACH Grant eligible program. 3.25 GPA required.

Federal Student Loans – Loans up to $12,500 annually are available.

Teach Iowa Scholar Program – The Teach Iowa Scholar (TIS) Program provides qualified Iowa teachers with awards of up to $4,000 a year, for a maximum of five years, for teaching in Iowa schools in designated shortage areas.

Federal Teach Loan Forgiveness program - Offers $5,000 or $17,500 in loan forgiveness benefits to certain full-time teachers who serve in designated low-income schools.

Two Licensure Options:

  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education within the following endorsement areas:

5-12 English
5-12 History
5-12 Biology
5-12 Mathematics
5-12 Business – All areas
5-12 Art
5-12 Music

Prerequisite Courses (3 of 4 required)

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Foundations of Education
  • Exceptional Persons

Sample Plan of Study (Secondary)

Listed below is a sample degree plan. Personalized plans can be created for all students to help expedite the time to completion.

Fall (16 credits)

  • Secondary Content Methods – 3 credits
  • ED322 Content Area Reading – 2 credits
  • ED379 Human Relations – 3 credits
  • Field Experience – 1 credit
  • Core/Endorsement Class – 3 credits

Winter (4 credits)

  • Principles of Education – 3 credits
  • Field Experience – 1 credit

Spring (13-16 credits)

  • Students Teaching – 10 credits
  • ED370 Education Seminar – 2 credits
  • ED375 Classroom Management – 1 credit


Contact: Dr. Jennifer Rasmussen | Chair, Education Department
or admissions@mtmercy.edu