Master of Arts in Education

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Mount Mercy University offers 5 distinct emphasis areas in the Masters of Arts in Education program:

You can also earn a certificate in the following program emphasis areas along your path to a Master's degree:

  • Effective Teaching
  • Teacher Leadership

Program Features 

  • Evening and weekend class schedule
  • Classroom instruction and small class sizes 
  • Classes start every 5 and 10 weeks, giving you the freedom to balance your studies, career, and life.
  • Applications are accepted year-round
  • No entrance exam requirements (i.e. GRE, GMAT)

Emphasis Areas

Masters of Arts in Education with an Emphasis in Effective Teaching — This emphasis is designed to prepare teachers as leaders, becoming effective in professional development, planning, instruction, classroom environment, and measurement of student learning outcomes as he/she engages in learning and teaching. Effective Teaching is an emphasis area of the program that is designed to accommodate the needs of Prek-12 schools in the areas of Instructional Design, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Assessment and Differentiation, and Supporting Struggling Readers.

Masters of Arts in Education with an Emphasis in Teacher Leadership — This emphasis is designed to develop tomorrow’s educational leaders. Although it does not require an Iowa Teacher's License, the coursework is the most beneficial to the student who has completed a teacher preparation program and/or has prior teaching experience. It aligns with statewide initiatives to have more teacher leaders in the K-12 school system and was developed from national teacher leadership standards. Courses specific to this emphasis area are Educational Leadership, Issues in Educational Psychology, Assessment for School Leaders, and Leadership Practicum. Combined with the core graduate courses as well as other teacher leadership courses, this is a 33 credit hour Master’s program.

Master of Arts in Education with an Emphasis in Reading — This emphasis 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 ESL — This emphasis is designed to provide training to teach non-English speakers in K-12.  Mount Mercy’s program prepares graduate students to complete this 23-credit hour endorsement in 15 months. Additionally, a pathway to completing the core research courses leads to the Masters degree. 

Master of Arts in Education with an Emphasis in Special Education — The emphasis 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.

FIVE options are available under this program: 

  • Teacher Leadership Emphasis
  • Instructional Strategist I K-8 endorsement
  • Instructional Strategist I 5-12 endorsement
  • Instructional Strategist II K-12 endorsement
  • Special Education with no endorsement

Focus on Career, Focus on Life

Course Format – Courses are offered 1 to 3 nights per week or 1 Saturday morning per week. Courses are in a block format, either 5 or 10 weeks in  length; they meet a once or twice 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. View the schedule for this year.

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.

 


 

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the graduate programs, contact gradprograms@mtmercy.edu or 319-286-4420.

This program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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