MMU adds new English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement area for teachers

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Mount Mercy University is proud to announce a new English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement area for teachers as part of MMU’s Masters of Arts in Education (MAEd) program.

The need for teachers with ESL continues to be a shortage area in Iowa. 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 master’s degree. Classes begin June 3, 2019. 

Dr. Dawn Behan, MAEd program director said, “We are thrilled to be able to provide the ESL endorsement to help serve the needs of area students and in-service teachers here in the corridor. We know our area teachers and administrators provide a high-quality education to students in Iowa, and we are happy to assist in providing the necessary professional training they need to better serve our most vulnerable student populations.”

In addition to Mount Mercy’s affordable tuition, teachers pursuing an ESL endorsement may be eligible for the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant.  The TEACH grant provides college funding for individuals preparing to teach in shortage areas at high needs schools.

For more information about the ESL program, please go to

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