Education

The Mount Mercy Education program prepares reflective teachers and leaders informed by scholarship, grounded in best practice, enriched by caring, and committed to responsive service in the “Mercy Tradition.” In order to achieve this mission, Mount Mercy provides for each prospective teacher a program of core curriculum, concentration in a major field of learning, varied field based experience and a sequence of education courses leading to professional licensure by the State of Iowa. The curriculum for the Education majors, including endorsement areas, is under regulation and accreditation from the Department of Education in Iowa and is subject to change upon changes in regulation made by the State.

The Education major aims to prepare students to: create equitable instructional opportunities; demonstrate knowledge of subject areas;  use assessment to monitor student learning and inform their planning and decisions; and display positive dispositional qualities of effective teachers..

Career Opportunities

Graduates may select licensure and specific endorsements authorizing them to teach in a range of programs from preschool through secondary school. Public and parochial schools are the main employers of teacher education graduates. Additional career opportunities include service organizations and day care centers.

An Invitation to Teaching

All students should enroll in ED 106 An Invitation to Teaching, during the first semester or term in which they take education courses. They will obtain a Teacher Education Program (TEP) handbook at this time along with specific information about policies and the Performance Assessment System (PAS).  Students will review the handbook, complete certifications necessary for field work, develop an awareness of the dispositional qualities of effective teachers, and an understanding of TEP program and screening requirements.

Field Experiences

Supervised field experiences with children prior to student teaching are an integral component of the Mount Mercy Teacher Education Program. A minimum of four field experiences are required of all students in education. Field experience is done on a regular weekly basis over the course of the term at state-approved public and non-public schools in the metropolitan area with certified teachers. These experiences provide students with opportunities to observe and to implement educational activities with individual pupils, small groups, and large groups under direct supervision of a certified teacher who models professional skills. Our standard practice is to avoid placing students in a school where they are employed, where a relative works, or where their children attend. Pass/Fail grading is used for field experience. Each field experience is associated with a specific course and a passing grade is required of all field experiences. Students are to attend field experiences throughout the entire semester. Field experience expectations are specified within courses and in the Teacher Education Handbook.

Field Experience Requirements:

  1. Enroll in ED 106 An Invitation to Teaching, as a co-requisite with the first education course taken at Mount Mercy.
  2. Successful completion of certification in: blood borne pathogens, mandatory reporting and Virtus training
  3. Comply with health and safety guidelines established by the Education Department. (FE Manuals)
  4. Sign voluntary disclosure and waiver forms.
  5. All field experiences are considered an integral component of the associated core courses and, therefore, successful completion of the course requires students to meet the stated performance criteria for course and field work. Students who fail to successfully complete either the course or the associated field are required to retake both the course and the field experience (see TEP Handbook).

Students seeking additional field experiences may enroll in ED 417 Field Experience for Education (see catalog course description).

Transfer Students

A maximum of two field experiences will be considered for transfer to Mount Mercy for credit in the education program. Students who have had the equivalent content of ED 102 Foundations of Education and ED 263 Educating the Exceptional Person but lack the equivalent field experience should enroll in ED 415 Field Experience or ED 416 Field Experience Exceptional Persons respectively.

Correspondence Courses

Correspondence courses are not accepted for required education courses. Correspondence courses may only be applied as elective credits toward the baccalaureate degree.

Life Experience Credit

The Iowa Department of Education will not accept credits awarded for “life experience” for any purpose.

Grade Criteria

Students must have a 2.50 or above GPA to enroll in the following Education core courses:

ED 102Foundations of Education3
ED 106An Invitation to Teaching1
ED 132Children's Literature3
ED 253Educational Psychology3
ED 263Educating the Exceptional Person3

Endorsement courses may also have prerequisite grade requirements (see course descriptions). A GPA of 2.70 or above is required before starting ED 232 Principles of Early Childhood and Elementary Education or ED 234 Principles of Secondary Education  and ED 309 Reading and Language Arts in the Primary Classroom and ED 345 Math Methods for Elementary Teachers I . Endorsement areas may require all courses be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). See endorsement details that follow.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP)

It is the responsibility of the Education faculty to admit to the teacher education program only those students who are academically capable and who have demonstrated a level of performance that indicates the ability to continue successfully in the program.

A Performance Assessment System, fully described in the Teacher Education Handbook, helps students monitor their progress in meeting established criteria for each phase of their preparation. Feedback is provided as students complete courses, field experiences, Level I screening and the admission screening process.

A state mandated basic proficiency test (C-BASE) in reading, writing and math is a requirement for admission to the teacher education program. The Department will also accept PPST or CAAP proficiency test. See TEP Handbook for passing score requirements. Students must meet the proficiency test (C-BASE) requirements prior to starting ED 232 Principles of Early Childhood and Elementary Education or ED 234 Principles of Secondary Education. Any student seeking an exception must meet with his/her education advisor and the department chair. Details of the testing procedure are provided in the Teacher Education Handbook. Test dates and registration materials are available in the Education Office. No section of the test may be taken more than three (3) times. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the necessary services/materials/coursework to remediate low scores on the C-BASE prior to retesting if necessary. The following are some resources which may be of assistance:

  1. Private tutor.
  2. Busse Library resources.
  3. Kirkwood Community College offers some coursework.
  4. Retaking a literature, math or writing course.
  5. Mount Mercy Academic Center for Excellence.

During the junior level Fall Semester, application forms for the teacher education program are made available to students. Students must be enrolled in either ED 232 Principles of Early Childhood and Elementary Education or ED 234 Principles of Secondary Education. Students who have been denied admission to the teacher education program will not be permitted to enroll in:

ED 166Art Methods Majors K-8 with reading2
ED 268Music Methods Majors K-8 with reading2
ED 311Reading and Language Arts in the Intermediate Classroom3
ED 319Social Studies Methods for Elementary Teachers3
ED 323Art Methods Majors 5-12 (with reading)2
ED 324Music Methods Music Majors 5-12 (with reading)2
ED 325Methods - Business 5-12 (with reading)4
ED 326Methods - English Language Arts 5-12 (with reading)4
ED 327Methods - Mathematics 5-12 (with reading)4
ED 328Methods - Science 5-12 (with reading)4
ED 329Methods - Social Sciences 5-12 (with reading)4
ED 333Methods 5-12 Journalism2
ED 346Math Methodes for Elementary Teachers II3
ED 347Science Methods for Elementary Teachers3


The elementary education major grade point average is based on the following courses:

ED 102Foundations of Education3
ED 106An Invitation to Teaching1
ED 132Children's Literature3
ED 164Health Awareness and PE Methods3
ED 165Art Methods K-8 for Classroom Teachers1.5
ED 232Principles of Early Childhood and Elementary Education3
ED 253Educational Psychology3
ED 263Educating the Exceptional Person3
ED 269Music Methods K-8 Classroom Teachers1.5
ED 309Reading and Language Arts in the Primary Classroom3
ED 311Reading and Language Arts in the Intermediate Classroom3
ED 319Social Studies Methods for Elementary Teachers3
ED 345Math Methods for Elementary Teachers I3
ED 346Math Methodes for Elementary Teachers II3
ED 347Science Methods for Elementary Teachers3
ED 370Education Leadership Seminar2
ED 375Classroom Management for Education Majors1
ED 379Human Relations3
PS 124Developmental Psychology3

(Art and Music majors ED 166 Art Methods Majors K-8 with reading or ED 268 Music Methods Majors K-8 with reading). A 2.70 cumulative GPA is required for entry, continuation and licensure.

The secondary education major grade point average is based on the following courses:

ED 102Foundations of Education3
ED 106An Invitation to Teaching1
ED 234Principles of Secondary Education4
ED 253Educational Psychology3
ED 263Educating the Exceptional Person3
One of the following:
Art Methods Majors 5-12 (with reading)
Music Methods Music Majors 5-12 (with reading)
Methods - Business 5-12 (with reading)
Methods - English Language Arts 5-12 (with reading)
Methods - Mathematics 5-12 (with reading)
Methods - Science 5-12 (with reading)
Methods - Social Sciences 5-12 (with reading)
ED 370Education Leadership Seminar2
ED 375Classroom Management for Education Majors1
ED 379Human Relations3
PS 124Developmental Psychology3

A 2.70 cumulative GPA is required for entry, continuation and licensure.

The teacher education screening committee reviews each application and notifies the student of the decision by letter.

Acceptance into the program is based on the following:

  1. Pass the standardized proficiency test in reading, writing, and math with acceptable scores in each area.
  2. At the time of application to the teacher education program students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70 and a grade point average of 2.70 in the elementary and/or secondary majors and any other major or endorsement areas.
  3. No grades below C (2.00) in any of the following courses:
    ED 102Foundations of Education3
    ED 106An Invitation to Teaching1
    ED 132Children's Literature3
    ED 232Principles of Early Childhood and Elementary Education3
    ED 253Educational Psychology3
    ED 263Educating the Exceptional Person3
    PS 124Developmental Psychology3
    ED 234Principles of Secondary Education4
    1. These courses must be completed prior to admission to the teacher education program.
  4. Proficiency in composition and speech as evidenced by grades of at least C (2.00) in one core curriculum writing course and CO 101 Oral Communication . Proficiency in speech and writing must be demonstrated in education course work and field experience.
  5. Proficiency in mathematics as evidenced by a grade of at least C (2.00) in MA 125 Fundamentals Of Arithmetic & Logic or other college-level mathematics course. This course must be completed prior to junior level methods courses.
  6. Proficiency in meeting field experience criteria. (See TEP Handbook)
  7. Written recommendations from three full-time Mount Mercy instructors. One recommendation must be from the current ED 232 Principles of Early Childhood and Elementary Education or ED 234 Instructor, and two others as directed on the application form.
  8. All students must take either ED 232 Principles of Early Childhood and Elementary Education or ED 234 Principles of Secondary Education at Mount Mercy. These courses include an associated semester long field experience .  The course and Field Experience must be successfully completed.
  9. Demonstration of TEP performance criteria for knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with professionalism in teaching. This includes satisfactory demonstration of the core performances designated for required courses in the program. Students shall document competency by submitting core assignments in Live Text. All core performance assignments are scored in the Live Text TEP assessment database. The criteria used for field experience evaluations are located in the field experience section of the TEP Handbook. Students receiving a score below 2.00 on a core performance are expected to initiate and receive instructor approval of a plan for demonstrating satisfactory performance by an agreed upon date, not later than the next applicable TEP screening process. Grades for the initial core performance will not be changed, but demonstration of satisfactory remediation will be noted in the Student Assessment Record.
  10. The Teacher Education Program (TEP) Screening Committee reviews each candidate to consider his/her potential for successful program completion. A grade of C (2.00) or above in an education course is not the sole indicator of success in the class.  A student may receive a C or above in one or more courses while needing to rememdiate numerous core assignments.  A pattern of low core performance scores, repeated course enrollments, remediated/unremediated core assignments, and/or numerous conditional ratings on the faculty recommendation form may result in denial by the TEP Screening Committee.
  11. Students need to demonstrate good physical and emotional health over a period of time and demonstrate the capacity to meet the demands of providing pupils with a positive and safe learning environment. They must be able to meet the demands of teaching in a classroom, including physical and emotional fitness for the job. Any condition that might result in frequent absences from the classroom and a student’s inability to meet responsibilities to pupils and the cooperating teacher, or that will interfere with the normal functioning of a classroom, may delay or prevent admission to the program.
  12. Students receiving a C- or below in any subject area methods course (ED232 Princples of EC/Elementary Education or ED234 Principles of Secondary Education,ED 309 Reading and Language Arts in the Primary Classroom, ED 345 Math Methods for Elementary Teachers I) may not continue into spring methods courses.

Student Progress Review Form

An instructor may request to meet with a student to discuss specific areas of concern in one or more of the goal areas. The form is used to develop student awareness of goal areas and develop a plan for strengthening student performance. A student’s willingness to work with faculty on targeting goals, planning for improvement, and demonstrating progress may be an important step towards successful program completion. Student Progress forms are kept on file. It is the student’s responsibility to follow the plan and set future meetings with the instructor.

Screening Process for the Teacher Education Program

A screening committee may approve or deny entrance into the teacher education program and student teaching, or the screening committee may recommend that a student withdraw his/her application and resubmit at a later date. Letters of acceptance or denial are sent to each applicant following the screening meeting. The screening committee includes full-time education faculty and two additional Mount Mercy faculty. Any student who is initially screened into the program but does not complete methods block or who has chosen to go at a slower pace and therefore does not complete methods block must apply to continue in the program the fall prior to continuation in methods.

Admission to Student Teaching

During the Spring Semester of the junior year, application forms are made available to students. The student is given the opportunity to state a preference of schools (public or non-public), grade and/or subjects. Placements are monitored to insure a range of field experience (grade levels, urban, rural...).

Acceptance for student teaching is based on the same requirements as for admission to the teacher education program including a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70 and a 2.70 in both the elementary and/or secondary majors and other major or endorsement areas at the time of application for permission to student teach. A minimum of a C (2.00) must be obtained in all methods courses and all endorsement area courses. Core performance expectations, outlined in number nine and ten above, must continue to be met. Secondary students must complete or be near completion of courses in their original endorsement areas prior to student teaching.

If a student’s cumulative or endorsement GPA drops below 2.70 at the end of the spring methods semester the student has the following options: change majors, return and retake the course(s) the following spring to raise the GPA, or select the nonlicensure option. NOTE: if the GPA falls below 2.50 students will need to select another major.

Student Teaching

Student teaching is done only in state-approved public and non-public schools in the area with certified teachers. The education program is carefully sequenced to ensure student teaching during the fall semester. Placements are based on student request, school/teacher availability, faculty judgment and supervisory responsibilities. Students are required to attend student teacher orientation in the spring prior to student teaching. Student teaching commences with fall in-service activities at the assigned school and both the cooperating teacher and student teacher workshop at Mount Mercy. Therefore, the student teaching calendar may differ from the Mount Mercy calendar. (A pass-fail grade is assigned for student teaching and a letter grade is assigned for , ED 375 Classroom Management for Education Majors and ME 450 Mercy Experience Capstone).

Continuation in the Teacher Education Program

The Education Department reserves the right of retaining only those students who in the judgment of the faculty continue to demonstrate the standards expected of prospective members of the teaching profession.

Appeal

A student who is not accepted into the education program or to student teaching may appeal in accordance with the Academic/Administrative Grievance Procedure (See the Mount Mercy Grievance Policy in the Good Book). A student who is denied admission to the teacher education program has one additional opportunity to resubmit an application. This must occur within one year of the denial. Students who withdraw their application may resubmit at a later date.

Licensure

Two state mandated tests must be completed and passed with the minimum cut score required by the Iowa Department of Education in order for teacher candidates to be recommended for licensure.  The Praxis II tests for specific content must be completed as well as a Principles of Learning and Teaching Test.  There are several forms of these tests, so candidates should consult their advisor to ensure they are completing the appropriate tests for their major and endorsement areas. Upon successful completion of student teaching and all graduation requirements (including earning a minimum of 123.0 total semester hours), the University Certification Official recommends candidates to the State of Iowa for licensure. Applications for Licensure by the Iowa Department of Education are typically completed during ED370 Education Leadership Seminar. A baccalaureate degree and completion of the sequence of professional education courses are not guarantees of recommendation for licensure. The student must be approved by the Education faculty, which will recommend only those who have maintained the scholastic standards required for admission to student teaching, successfully completed all student teaching requirements, and consistently have manifested a professional demeanor. Prior to initial licensure the state requires fingerprinting, criminal background checks, and passage of a state required pre-licensure exams. Students who fail Student Teaching but have met all other requirements for graduation can receive their degree, with permission of the Education Department, but cannot be recommended for licensure.

Students who are recommended by Mount Mercy may then apply to the Iowa Department of Education for licensure with the endorsements for which they are prepared; the initial license is valid for a two-year period, the substitute license is valid for a five-year period.

Mount Mercy offers programs to prepare students for the following original endorsements:

  • Early Childhood (Iowa License 106)
  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • Secondary Education (7-12) (specific content area)
  • Elementary Art (K-8)
  • Secondary Art (5-12)
  • Elementary Music (K-8)
  • Secondary Music (5-12)

Iowa state licensure requires courses that are already prescribed in the general core curriculum with the requirements including a college-level mathematics course, a natural science course, a history course, and a teacher education course in human relations to meet Iowa licensure requirements. Elementary majors must complete two science courses (a biological and a physical science).

If students plan to teach in a state other than Iowa, they are responsible for planning a program to meet the requirements in that state.

Non-Licensure Option

Non-licensure options are available for students who choose or are recommended by the screening committee or education faculty to select an alternative to state licensure. Students pursuing this path may receive their degree in Education but will not be recommended for an Iowa teaching licensure. Completion of program requirements/courses is required, with the exception of ED 370 Education Leadership Seminar and ED 375 Classroom Management for Education Majors, for an Education degree without licensure.

Students who choose the Non-licensure Option, withdraw from, or who fail student teaching may apply for subsequent permission to student teach under certain conditions. They must submit to the Education Department Chair written evidence of specific steps taken to improve in all major areas identified as interfering with prior performance, along with the outcomes of those steps.  Evidence of improvement may be required in other than written form.  The application will be considered by the Teacher Education Program Screening Committee which will also verify that all current requirements have been met. Due to the complexity of making substantial improvements in the performance areas that must be satisfactorily demonstrated, there is a one-year waiting period from the conclusion of their first student teaching/internship semester before a new application can be submitted.

Post Baccalaureate

Individuals with a current Iowa teaching license who enroll at Mount Mercy to obtain additional endorsements must complete a minimum of one-third or 9 semester hours of the required course work in the desired endorsement at Mount Mercy. Students whose endorsement require student teaching must complete applications for admission to the teacher education program and student teaching. Licensed individuals may need to complete only 7-8 weeks of student teaching in the new endorsement area.

Students with a prior bachelor’s degree need to check their personal status in relation to second degree, second major, or other special status. Completion of a second degree (which minimally requires an additional thirty hours in teacher education beyond the original baccalaureate degree) entitles the student to participate in graduation. Note: the ME450 Capstone course is not required.  Refer to the appropriate Catalog sections for further information on post-baccalaureate status.

PREP Program

PREP is a reduced tuition program designed for licensed teachers seeking additional endorsements or re-certification credit. PREP students are eligible for reduced tuition fees at the per credit rate currently approved for PREP Program. Teachers may apply for admittance into the program through the Mount Mercy Admissions office. Individuals participating in the PREP Program are not eligible for other forms of financial assistance from Mount Mercy. PREP students may be eligible for federal financial aid and should contact the Student Financial Services Office with questions. All endorsement areas require a minimum 2.70 grade point average for recommendation for licensure. Teachers seeking to add endorsements in reading or special education may want to consider applying to the Mount Mercy University masters program.

Title II Public Disclosure Requirements

  1. Program Enrollment 2011-2012: 200
  2. Student Teachers in 2011-2012: 41
  3. 14 supervisory faculty for student teaching (10 full-time and 4 part-time)
  4. Student to faculty ratio: 3 to 1
  5. 40+ hours per week of student teaching for 16 weeks

The Mount Mercy Teacher Preparation Program is accredited by the State of Iowa and is in good standing.

The Education major aims to prepare students, among others, to: create equitable instructional opportunities; demonstrate knowledge of the subject areas for which they will be responsible as teachers; and use assessment to monitor student learning and inform their planning and decisions.

Major

(Iowa: State Teaching Endorsement #106)

ED 102Foundations of Education3
ED 106An Invitation to Teaching1
ED 117Instructional Programs and Methods in Early Childhood Education (or ECE 103 at Kirkwood Community College)3
ED 132Children's Literature3
ED 143Child and Family Nutrition (or ECE 133 at Kirkwood Community College)3
ED 164Health Awareness and PE Methods3
ED 165Art Methods K-8 for Classroom Teachers1.5
ED 232Principles of Early Childhood and Elementary Education3
ED 237Language Development and Learning Experiences for Young Children3
ED 253Educational Psychology3
ED 263Educating the Exceptional Person3
ED 269Music Methods K-8 Classroom Teachers1.5
ED 270Care & Education of Infants & Toddlers (or ECE 221 at Kirkwood Community College)3
ED 272Creative Experiences for Young Children4
ED 306Learning Evironments for Young Children3
ED 309Reading and Language Arts in the Primary Classroom3
ED 319Social Studies Methods for Elementary Teachers3
ED 345Math Methods for Elementary Teachers I3
ED 332Parent-School Relationships3
ED 347Science Methods for Elementary Teachers3
ED 370Education Leadership Seminar2
ED 371Special Education Foundations3
or ED 210 English Language Learner: Reading/Writing Tutor
ED 379Human Relations3
PS 124Developmental Psychology3
ED 352Student Teaching in the Elementary School6
or ED 359 Student Teaching in Kindergarten
ED 363Student Teaching in Prekindergarten6
Kirkwood Community College Courses
ECE 170KCC: Child Growth and Development3
ECE 243KCC: Early Childhood Guidance3
ECE 290KCC: ECE Program Administration3
Total Hours88

All courses in the major must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Students accepted for student teaching and recommended for licensure must meet all TEP standards and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70.

Mount Mercy accepts a maximum of 75 semester hours from Kirkwood Community College for all Kirkwood transfers planning to pursue the Early Childhood Education major.

The Education major aims to prepare students, among others, to: create equitable instructional opportunities; demonstrate knowledge of the subject areas for which they will be responsible as teachers; and use assessment to monitor student learning and inform their planning and decisions.

Major

ED 102Foundations of Education3
ED 106An Invitation to Teaching1
ED 132Children's Literature3
ED 164Health Awareness and PE Methods3
ED 165Art Methods K-8 for Classroom Teachers1.5
ED 232Principles of Early Childhood and Elementary Education3
ED 253Educational Psychology3
ED 263Educating the Exceptional Person3
ED 269Music Methods K-8 Classroom Teachers1.5
ED 309Reading and Language Arts in the Primary Classroom3
ED 311Reading and Language Arts in the Intermediate Classroom3
ED 319Social Studies Methods for Elementary Teachers3
ED 345Math Methods for Elementary Teachers I3
ED 346Math Methodes for Elementary Teachers II3
ED 347Science Methods for Elementary Teachers3
ED 352Student Teaching in the Elementary School6
or ED 353 Student Teaching in the Elementary School
ED 370Education Leadership Seminar2
ED 375Classroom Management for Education Majors1
or ED 350 Classroom Managment: Behavior Strategies
ED 379Human Relations3
PS 124Developmental Psychology3
Total Hours55

Each elementary education major must select an Iowa approved endorsement from the following list. Students also may select an institutional minor. Minor requirements are listed under the specific department requirements. All students receive a BS in Elementary Education.

Elementary Education Endorsements:

Art (K-8)
Early Childhood Education: Teacher – Prekindergarten-Kindergarten
Early Childhood Education: Teacher – Prekindergarten through Grade 3 including Special Education
English – Language Arts (K-8)
Instructional Strategist I (K-8) (special education)*
Instructional Strategist II (K-12 BD and LD) (special education)**
Mathematics (K-8)
Middle School (5-8)
Reading (K-8)
Science – Basic (K-8)
Social Science – History (K-8)
Social Science – Social Studies (K-8) 

*Instructional Strategist I (K-8) Endorsement:

This endorsement is for students wishing to teach students with mild/moderate disabilities. This endorsement requires one eight-week student teaching placement in a special education classroom and one eight-week placement in a regular education classroom. Students must maintain a minimum 2.70 GPA in this endorsement. Courses in this endorsement must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00).

**Instructional Strategist II (K-12 BD and LD) Endorsement:

This endorsement is for students wishing to teach students with moderate to severe behavior disorders to include Autism/Asperger's as well as Learning Disabilities. The endorsements requires one eight-week student teaching placement in a special education classroom at level of endorsement (elementary or secondary), one eight-week placement in regular education and one four-week placement at the alternative level of endorsement. Students must maintain a minimum 2.70 GPA in this endorsement. Courses in this endorsement must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00).

Early Childhood Endorsements:

These endorsements are options for individuals seeking an Elementary Education (K-6) license

Teacher – Prekindergarten-Kindergarten (endorsement #103)
Teacher – Prekindergarten Through Grade 3 Including Special Education (endorsement #100)

The endorsements require one eight-week student teaching placement in a kindergarten (ED 359 Student Teaching in Kindergarten) or primary (grades 1-3) (ED 352 Student Teaching in the Elementary School) classroom, and one student teaching placement in a prekindergarten (ED 363 Student Teaching in Prekindergarten). Students must maintain a minimum 2.70 GPA in these endorsements. Courses in these endorsements must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00).

Endorsement Requirements

English - Languages Arts Endorsement (K-8) End. #119: 28-29 semester hours

One course selected from core curriculum writing courses3
ED 132Children's Literature3
ED 309
  & ED 311
Reading and Language Arts in the Primary Classroom
   and Reading and Language Arts in the Intermediate Classroom
6
CO 101Oral Communication3
Select one of the following: 3
Language Development and Learning Experiences for Young Children
Grammar
Introduction To Language
Select one of the following: 3
Storytelling
Select one of the following: 3
Topics In American Multiculture Lit
American Drama
Major American Writers
EN 123Professional Writing4
or EN 203 Creative Writing
Total Hours28

Students must maintain a minimum 2.70 GPA in the endorsement. Courses in this endorsement must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00).

Instructional Strategist l (K-8) End. #260: 36 semester hours

ED 237Language Development and Learning Experiences for Young Children3
ED 263Educating the Exceptional Person3
ED 313Prescriptive Reading Instruction4
ED 350Classroom Managment: Behavior Strategies2
ED 371Special Education Foundations3
ED 376Methods for Instructional Strategist I K-83
ED 380Characteristics of Learners with Mild/Moderate Disabilities3
ED 385Tests, Measures, and Assessment3
ED 352Student Teaching in the Elementary School6
ED 361Student Teaching - Instructional Strategist I K-86
Total Hours36

Students must maintain a minimum 2.70 GPA in the endorsement. Courses in this endorsement must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00).

Instructional Strategist ll (K-12) End. #263 41 semester hours

ED 237Language Development and Learning Experiences for Young Children3
ED 263Educating the Exceptional Person3
ED 313Prescriptive Reading Instruction4
ED 350Classroom Managment: Behavior Strategies2
ED 371Special Education Foundations3
ED 378Transition2
ED 382Methods for Instructional Strategist II K-123
ED 383Methods for Teaching LD & BD Students3
ED 385Tests, Measures, and Assessment3
ED 352Student Teaching in the Elementary School6
ED 368Student Teaching - Instructional Strategist II K-86
ED 392Student Teaching - Instructional Strategist II 5-123
Total Hours41

Students must maintain a minimum 2.70 GPA in the endorsement. Courses in this endorsement must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00).

Mathematics Endorsement (K-8) End. #142: 24-25 semester hours

MA 125Fundamentals Of Arithmetic & Logic3
MA 130Finite Mathematics3
MA 135Basic Statistics3
MA 145History Of Math For Elem Edu3
MA 150Discrete Mathematics3
CS 103Introduction To Web Site Development3
MA 132Basic Mathematical Modeling3
or MA 142 Mathematics Modeling
MA 139Pre-Calculus4
or MA 164 Calculus I
ED 345Math Methods for Elementary Teachers I3
ED 346Math Methodes for Elementary Teachers II3
Total Hours31

Students must maintain a minimum 2.70 GPA in the endorsement. Courses in this endorsement must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00).

Middle School Endorsement (5-8) End. #182: 36-37.5 semester hours

PS 214Psychology of the Middle School Student3
ED 311Reading and Language Arts in the Intermediate Classroom3
ED 315Middle School Methods3
Completion of work in two content areas consisting of 15 semester hours from one content area and 12 semester hours from a second27
Total Hours36

Students must maintain a minimum 2.70 GPA in the endorsement. Content areas include:

Middle School Language Arts (5-8)

CO 102Public Speaking3
EN 125Introduction To Language3
EN 203Creative Writing3
ED 305Adolescent Literature3
Select one of the following: 3
Topics In American Multiculture Lit
American Drama
American Literature Survey: Colonial to 1914
Major American Writers
Total Hours15

 

Middle School Mathematics (5-8)

MA 135Basic Statistics3
MA 132Basic Mathematical Modeling3
Select one of the following: 3
Fundamentals Of Arithmetic & Logic
Pre-Calculus
Mathematics Modeling
Discrete Mathematics
Total Hours9

 

Middle School Science (5-8)

PH 115Introduction To Earth Science4
BI 125Foundations of Biology & Scientific Inquiry I3
BI 125LBiostatistics and Scientific Investigation I1.5
PH 114Natural Science-Physical4
Select one of the following: 3
Principles of Physics I
General Chemistry I
Total Hours15.5

 

Middle School Social Studies (5-8)

PO 111Introduction To American Politics3
Select two of the following: 6
History of Early America
History Of Modern America
The American Nation, 1789-1877
Choose from the following to meet credit requirements:
Origins Of The Western Tradition
Emergence Of The West, 800-1648
Hist Of Western World Since 1648
Recent China In Global Economy
Modern East Asia
Latin American History
Plus social studies elective as needed to fulfill credit hours requirements, and HI 100 if history courses not taken at Mount Mercy
Total Hours9

 

Reading Endorsement (K-8) End. #148: 29 semester hours

ED 132Children's Literature3
ED 210English Language Learner: Reading/Writing Tutor3
or ME 120 Immigrants and Literacy: In Pursuit of the American Dream
ED 237Language Development and Learning Experiences for Young Children3
ED 309Reading and Language Arts in the Primary Classroom3
ED 311Reading and Language Arts in the Intermediate Classroom3
ED 313Prescriptive Reading Instruction4
ED 314Diagnostic Reading3
One course from core curriculum writing courses: 3
CO 101Oral Communication3
Total Hours28

Students must maintain a minimum 2.70 GPA in the endorsement. Courses in this endorsement must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00).

Science - Basic Endorsement (K-8) End. #150: 35-36.5 semester hours

BI 125Foundations of Biology & Scientific Inquiry I3
BI 125LBiostatistics and Scientific Investigation I1.5
BI 126Found of Biology & Scientific Inquiry II4.5
BI 127Foundations of Biology & Scientific Inquiry III4.5
CH 111General Chemistry I4.5
ED 347Science Methods for Elementary Teachers3
PH 114Natural Science-Physical4
PH 115Introduction To Earth Science4
Select one of the following and associated labs: 3
Human Physiology
General Chemistry II
Earth/Space Science3
Total Hours35

Students must maintain a minimum 2.70 GPA in the endorsement.

Social Science - History Endorsement (K-8) End. #162: 27 semester hours

HI 140Hist Of Western World Since 16483
Select one of the following: 3
History Of Modern America
Origins Of The Western Tradition
Emergence Of The West, 800-1648
Select three of the following: 9
History of Early America
Colonial And Revolutionary America
The American Nation, 1789-1877
History Of Iowa
Recent American History
Select three of the following: 9
Recent China In Global Economy
Modern East Asia
Medieval Europe
Early Modern Europe 1450-1789
Latin American History
Nineteenth Century Europe
Twentieth Century Europe
Imperial Russia And the Soviet Era
Social Studies Methods for Elementary Teachers
Total Hours24

Students must maintain a minimum 2.70 GPA in the endorsement. Courses in this endorsement must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00).

Social Science - Social Studies Endorsement (K-8) End. #164: 27 semester hours

ED 319Social Studies Methods for Elementary Teachers3
Plus 24 semester hours of work from at least three of the following areas: 24
History
History of Early America
History Of Modern America
Emergence Of The West, 800-1648
Hist Of Western World Since 1648
Colonial And Revolutionary America
The American Nation, 1789-1877
History Of Iowa
Latin American History
American Government (political science)
Introduction To American Politics
The Presidency
Congress
The U.S. Supreme Court and the American Judiciary
History of American Political Thought
American Foreign Policy
Sociology
Introduction To Sociology
Criminology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Marriage and Family
Sociological Theories
Economics
Humanistic Economics
Macroeconomics Principles
Microeconomic Principles
Psychology
Introductory Psychology
Psychology Of Adjustment
Psychology of the Middle School Student
Adolescent Psychology
Social Psychology
Biological Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Total Hours27

Students must maintain a minimum 2.70 GPA in the endorsement. Courses in this endorsement must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00).

Teacher - Prekindergarten-Kindergarten End. #103: 31 semester hours

ED 117Instructional Programs and Methods in Early Childhood Education3
ED 143Child and Family Nutrition3
ED 237Language Development and Learning Experiences for Young Children3
ED 272Creative Experiences for Young Children4
ED 306Learning Evironments for Young Children3
ED 332Parent-School Relationships3
ED 359Student Teaching in Kindergarten6
or ED 352 Student Teaching in the Elementary School
ED 363Student Teaching in Prekindergarten6
Total Hours31

Students must complete all requirements for an Elementary Teaching License. One kindergarten field experience must be completed in association with a core course. Students must maintain a minimum 2.70 GPA in the endorsement. Courses in this endorsement must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00).

Original Endorsement in Art (K-8) End. #113: 31 semester hours

AR 102Drawing I3
AR 103Design3
AR 141Painting I3
AR 151Printmaking I3
AR 171Sculpture I3
AR 202Drawing II3
AR 212Art History 13
AR 213Art History II3
AR 410Senior Thesis Preparation1
AR 415Senior Thesis & Exhibit3
Select one of the following: 3
Photography I (Introduction)
Beginning Ceramics
Fiber Arts
Foundations of Education
An Invitation to Teaching
Art Methods Majors K-8 with reading
Principles of Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Educational Psychology
Educating the Exceptional Person
Education Leadership Seminar
Classroom Management for Education Majors
Human Relations
Developmental Psychology
Select one of the following: 3
Student Teaching - Art K-8
Student Teaching - Art K-8
   and Student Teaching - Art 5-12
Total Hours34

Students must maintain a minimum 2.70 GPA in the endorsement. Courses in this endorsement must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00).

Original Endorsement in Music (K-8) End. #144: 38-44 semester hours

MU 100Seminar0
MU 101Music Theory I4
MU 102Music Theory II4
MU 107Instrumental Music Methods2
MU 202Music Theory III3
MU 203Music Theory IV3
MU 251Conducting3
MU 257Vocal Techniques3
or MU 315 Piano Literature And Pedagogy
or MU 322 Counterpoint
MU 324Form and Analysis3
MU 332Music History3
MU 333Music History3
Plus ensemble and applied music every semester enrolled except when student teaching (6-12 semester hours)
ED 102Foundations of Education3
ED 106An Invitation to Teaching1
ED 232Principles of Early Childhood and Elementary Education3
ED 253Educational Psychology3
ED 263Educating the Exceptional Person3
ED 268Music Methods Majors K-8 with reading2
ED 366Student Teaching in Music K-812
ED 370Education Leadership Seminar2
ED 375Classroom Management for Education Majors1
ED 379Human Relations3
PS 124Developmental Psychology3
Select one of the following: 3
Student Teaching in Music K-8
Student Teaching - Music K-8
   and Student Teaching - Music 5-12
Total Hours70

Students must maintain a minimum 2.70 GPA in the endorsement. Courses in this endorsement must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00).

Early Childhood Minor: 25 semester hours *Insufficient hours for licensure/endorsement

ED 117Instructional Programs and Methods in Early Childhood Education3
ED 143Child and Family Nutrition3
ED 237Language Development and Learning Experiences for Young Children3
ED 272Creative Experiences for Young Children4
ED 306Learning Evironments for Young Children3
ED 332Parent-School Relationships3
PS 124Developmental Psychology3
ED 270Care & Education of Infants & Toddlers3
Total Hours25

 

Special Education Minor (K-8): 19-21 semester hours *Insufficient hours for licensure/endorsement

ED 263Educating the Exceptional Person3
ED 350Classroom Managment: Behavior Strategies2
ED 371Special Education Foundations3
ED 385Tests, Measures, and Assessment3
Select two of the following: 6
Prescriptive Reading Instruction
Characteristics of Learners with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Methods for Teaching LD & BD Students
Total Hours17

Each secondary teacher must have an original endorsement of at least 30 semester hours in an academic field. The original endorsement is listed as major for degree and transcript purposes as specified below. In addition, the student must complete the secondary education major. A second teaching endorsement (minor area) is not required but highly recommended. Students must maintain a minimum 2.70 GPA in the original endorsements, the second teaching endorsements (minor areas) and in the Secondary Education Major.

Major

ED 102Foundations of Education3
ED 106An Invitation to Teaching1
ED 234Principles of Secondary Education4
ED 253Educational Psychology3
ED 263Educating the Exceptional Person3
Select one of the following: 3
Art Methods Majors 5-12 (with reading)
Music Methods Music Majors 5-12 (with reading)
Methods - Business 5-12 (with reading)
Methods - English Language Arts 5-12 (with reading)
Methods - Mathematics 5-12 (with reading)
Methods - Science 5-12 (with reading)
Methods - Social Sciences 5-12 (with reading)
ED 354Student Teaching in the Secondary School6
or ED 355 Student Teaching in the Secondary School
ED 370Education Leadership Seminar2
ED 375Classroom Management for Education Majors1
ED 379Human Relations3
PS 124Developmental Psychology3
Total Hours32

Original endorsements (5-12):

Art – Education
Business – All
English – Language Arts
History
Mathematics – Education
Music – Education
Science – Biological
Social Science – All
Social Science – American Government
Social Science – American History
Social Science – Psychology
Social Science – Sociology
Social Science – World History
Original Endorsement in Art (5-12) End. #114: 31 semester hours

AR 102Drawing I3
AR 103Design3
AR 141Painting I3
AR 151Printmaking I3
AR 171Sculpture I3
AR 202Drawing II3
AR 212Art History 13
AR 213Art History II3
AR 410Senior Thesis Preparation1
AR 415Senior Thesis & Exhibit3
Select one of the following: 3
Photography I (Introduction)
Beginning Ceramics
Fiber Arts
Plus the major in secondary education including ED 323 (reading included)
Total Hours31

The student will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Art-Education and Secondary Education.

Original Endorsement in Business - All (5-12) End. #1171: 36 semester hours

BC 265Principles Of Accounting I3
BC 266Principles Of Accounting II3
BA 203Principles Of Law3
BA 250Technology & Communication In Business3
BA 300Entrepreneurship3
BA 379Financial Management3
BN 340Management Information Systems3
BN 204Principles Of Management3
EC 251Macroeconomics Principles3
EC 252Microeconomic Principles3
BK 208Principles Of Marketing3
Select one of the following: 3
Advertising and Creative Campaign Strategies
Product Management
Professional Selling
Consumer Behavior
International Marketing
Retail Management
Plus the major in secondary education, including ED 325 (reading included)
Total Hours36

The student will receive a Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in Business-Education and Secondary Education.

Original Endorsement in English - Language Arts (5-12) End. #120: 40 semester hours

ED 305Adolescent Literature3
EN 125Introduction To Language3
EN 176American Literature Survey: Colonial to 19143
or EN 178 Major American Writers
EN 203Creative Writing3
EN 210Writing And Analysis Of Literature4
EN 215Major English Writers3
EN 234Shakespeare3
EN 278American Literature Survey: 1914 to Present3
EN 303Topics In American Literature3
EN 325Seminar: Independent Research3
Select three of the following: 9
Chaucer And The Middle Ages
Milton and the 17th Century
18th Century Literature
The English Romantic Age
The Victorian Age
Topics in Literature
20th Century British Literature
Plus the major in secondary education
Must also select a course from the core curriculum writing courses; SD 111 or SD 112; and ED 326 (reading included).
Total Hours40

The student will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in English-Language Arts and Secondary Education.

Original Endorsement in Mathematics (5-12) End. #143: 36 semester hours

MA 150Discrete Mathematics3
MA 164Calculus I4
MA 165Calculus II4
MA 166Calculus III3
MA 202Linear Algebra4
MA 214Probability And Statistics3
MA 323Foundations Of Modern Geometry3
MA 364Modern Algebra3
MA 380History Of Mathematics3
Electives in mathematics3
Electives in computer programming3
Plus the major in secondary education, including ED 327 (reading included)
Total Hours36

The student will receive a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Mathematics-Education and Secondary Education.

Original Endorsement in Music (5-12) End. #145: 38-44 semester hours

MU 100Seminar0
MU 101Music Theory I4
MU 102Music Theory II4
MU 107Instrumental Music Methods2
MU 202Music Theory III3
MU 203Music Theory IV3
MU 251Conducting3
MU 257Vocal Techniques3
or MU 315 Piano Literature And Pedagogy
or MU 322 Counterpoint
MU 324Form and Analysis3
MU 332Music History3
MU 333Music History3
Ensemble and applied music every semester enrolled except when student teaching
ED 102Foundations of Education3
ED 106An Invitation to Teaching1
ED 234Principles of Secondary Education4
ED 253Educational Psychology3
ED 263Educating the Exceptional Person3
ED 324Music Methods Music Majors 5-12 (with reading)2
ED 367Student Teaching in Music 5-1212
ED 370Education Leadership Seminar2
ED 375Classroom Management for Education Majors1
ED 379Human Relations3
PS 124Developmental Psychology3
Total Hours68

The student will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Music-Education and Secondary Education.

Original Endorsement in Science - Biological (5-12) End. #151: 34.5-36 semester hours

BI 125Foundations of Biology & Scientific Inquiry I3
BI 125LBiostatistics and Scientific Investigation I1.5
BI 126Found of Biology & Scientific Inquiry II4.5
BI 127Foundations of Biology & Scientific Inquiry III4.5
BI 303Genetics4.5
BI 310Ecology4.5
CH 111General Chemistry I4.5
CH 112General Chemistry II4.5
Select one of the following: 3
Global Environmental Issues
Iowa Natural History
Human Physiology
General Microbiology
Organic Chemistry I
Plus the major in secondary education, including ED 328 (reading included)
BI 305 and a statistics course are also recommended
Total Hours34.5

The student will receive a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Biology-Education and Secondary Education.

Original Endorsement in Social Sciences – All Social Sciences (5-12) End. # 186: 51 semester hours

Complete the following requirements: 9 semester hours in World History, 9 semester hours in American History, 9 semester hours in Government, 6 semester hours in Sociology, 6 semester hours in Psychology, other than educational psychology, 6 semester hours in Geography, 6 semester hours in Economics (see catalog pg. 93 for lists of courses). The student will receive a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Secondary Education and Social Science-Education.

Original Endorsement in Social Sciences – Combining three (3) Social Science Areas (5-12): 45-49 semester hours

Choose three (3) of the social science areas below. For students choosing History, both American and World History must be completed. With the major in secondary education including ED 329 Methods 5-12 Social Science (with Reading). The student will be eligible for Iowa Licensure in the three (3) areas completed. The student will receive a Bachelor or Science degree with majors in Secondary Education and Social Science-Education.

Social Sciences - American History: 15 semester hours

HI 115History Of Modern America3
HI 215The American Nation, 1789-18773
HI 400Seminar In Historical Research3
Select two of the following: 6
Colonial And Revolutionary America
History Of Iowa
Recent American History
US And The Vietnam War
20th Cent Amer Hist Of Race Gender
Total Hours15

 

Social Sciences - World History: 15 semester hours

HI 140Hist Of Western World Since 16483
Select two of the following: 6
Medieval Europe
Early Modern Europe 1450-1789
Nineteenth Century Europe
Twentieth Century Europe
Select two of the following: 6
Origins Of The Western Tradition
Emergence Of The West, 800-1648
Recent China In Global Economy
Modern East Asia
Latin American History
Imperial Russia And the Soviet Era
Total Hours15

 

Social Sciences - American Government: 15 semester hours

PO 111Introduction To American Politics3
Select four of the following: 12
The Presidency
Congress
The U.S. Supreme Court and the American Judiciary
Political Parties, Voters and Elections
History of American Political Thought
American Foreign Policy
Politics and Public Policy
State and Local Government
Politics Public Administration
Politics and Economic Policy in the United States
Independent Study
Total Hours15

 

Social Sciences - Psychology: 19 semester hours

PS 101Introductory Psychology3
PS 325Statistics For Behavioral Sciences4
Select three of the following: 9
Psychology Of Adjustment
Social Psychology
Biological Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Classic Theories of Personality
Introduction To Counseling
Cognitive Psychology
Select one of the following: 3
Psychology of the Middle School Student
Adolescent Psychology
Total Hours19

 

Social Sciences - Sociology: 15 semester hours

SO 122Introduction To Sociology3
SO 235Social Inequalities3
SO 251Sociological Theories3
Select two of the following: 6
Social Problems
Criminology
Marriage and Family
Sociology of Work
Global Race Relations
Total Hours15

 

Social Sciences - Economics: 15 semester hours

EC 251Macroeconomics Principles3
EC 252Microeconomic Principles3
Select three of the following: 9
Humanistic Economics
Money and Banking
International Economics
Independent Study
Politics of International Economic Relations
Total Hours15

 

Original Endorsement in Social Science - American History (5-12) End. #158: 33 semester hours

18 semester hours in American history:
HI 115History Of Modern America3
HI 215The American Nation, 1789-18773
HI 400Seminar In Historical Research3
Select three of the following: 9
Colonial And Revolutionary America
History Of Iowa
Recent American History
History Of US Environmentalism
US And The Vietnam War
20th Cent Amer Hist Of Race Gender
Plus 15 semester hours in World History:
HI 140Hist Of Western World Since 16483
Select two of the following: 6
Medieval Europe
Early Modern Europe 1450-1789
Nineteenth Century Europe
Twentieth Century Europe
Select two of the following: 6
Origins Of The Western Tradition
Emergence Of The West, 800-1648
Recent China In Global Economy
Modern East Asia
Latin American History
Imperial Russia And the Soviet Era
Plus the major in secondary education, including ED 329 (reading included)
Total Hours33

At least seven history courses must be numbered 100 or above. Also qualifies for World History endorsement. The student will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in History and Secondary Education.

Original Endorsement in Social Science - Psychology (5-12) End. #163: 34 semester hours

PS 101Introductory Psychology3
PS 325Statistics For Behavioral Sciences4
Select three of the following: 9
Psychology Of Adjustment
Social Psychology
Biological Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Classic Theories of Personality
Introduction To Counseling
Cognitive Psychology
PS 214Psychology of the Middle School Student3
or PS 215 Adolescent Psychology
SO 122Introduction To Sociology3
SO 235Social Inequalities3
SO 251Sociological Theories3
Select two of the following: 6
Social Problems
Criminology
Marriage and Family
Sociology of Work
Global Race Relations
Plus the major in secondary education, including ED 329 (reading included)
Total Hours34

The student will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Social Science-Psychology and Secondary Education.

Original Endorsement in Social Science - Sociology (5-12) End. #165: 30 semester hours

SO 122Introduction To Sociology3
SO 235Social Inequalities3
SO 251Sociological Theories3
Select two of the following: 6
Social Problems
Criminology
Marriage and Family
Sociology of Work
Global Race Relations
Plus 15 semester hours selected from one of the following content areas: 15
American Government
Economics
Psychology
Plus the major in secondary education, including ED 329 (reading included)
Total Hours30

The student will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Social Science-Sociology and Secondary Education.

Original Endorsement in Social Science - World History (5-12) End. #166: 33 semester hours

HI 140Hist Of Western World Since 16483
HI 400Seminar In Historical Research3
Select two of the following: 6
Medieval Europe
Early Modern Europe 1450-1789
Nineteenth Century Europe
Twentieth Century Europe
Select two of the following: 6
Origins Of The Western Tradition
Emergence Of The West, 800-1648
Recent China In Global Economy
Modern East Asia
Latin American History
Imperial Russia And the Soviet Era
HI 115History Of Modern America3
HI 215The American Nation, 1789-18773
Select three of the following: 9
Colonial And Revolutionary America
History Of Iowa
Recent American History
History Of US Environmentalism
US And The Vietnam War
20th Cent Amer Hist Of Race Gender
Plus the major in secondary education, including ED 329 (reading included)
Total Hours33

The student will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in History and Secondary Education.

Secondary Education Minor Endorsements (5-12)

Mount Mercy offers the following minor endorsement areas for 5-12; these differ from original endorsements in that they must accompany an original endorsement:

English – Language Arts
Instructional Strategist I (5-12)
    (Special Education - must be paired with a subject area endorsement)
Instructional Strategist II (K-12 BD and LD)
    (Special Education - must be paired with a subject area endorsement)
Journalism
Mathematics
Middle School (5-8) (must be paired with a subject area endorsement)
Science – Chemistry
Science – General Science
Science – Physical Science
Social Science – American Government
Social Science – American History
Social Science – Economics
Social Science – Psychology
Social Science – Sociology
Social Science – World History

Endorsement in English - Language Arts (5-12) (second teaching area) End. #120: 28 semester hours

EN 125Introduction To Language3
EN 176American Literature Survey: Colonial to 19143
EN 178Major American Writers3
EN 203Creative Writing3
EN 210Writing And Analysis Of Literature4
EN 215Major English Writers3
EN 278American Literature Survey: 1914 to Present3
ED 305Adolescent Literature3
Select two of the following: 6
Chaucer And The Middle Ages
Shakespeare
Milton and the 17th Century
18th Century Literature
The English Romantic Age
The Victorian Age
Topics in Literature
20th Century British Literature
CO 101Oral Communication3
ED 326Methods - English Language Arts 5-12 (with reading)4
Total Hours38

 

Instructional Strategist l (5-12) End. #261: 33 semester hours

ED 263Educating the Exceptional Person3
ED 350Classroom Managment: Behavior Strategies2
ED 371Special Education Foundations3
ED 377Methods for Instructional Strategist I 5-123
ED 378Transition2
ED 380Characteristics of Learners with Mild/Moderate Disabilities3
ED 385Tests, Measures, and Assessment3
ED 354Student Teaching in the Secondary School6
ED 362Student Teaching - Instructional Strategist I 5-126
Total Hours31

All coursework in this endorsement must be completed with a grade of C (2.00) or above. This endorsement must be paired with a subject area endorsement.

Instructional Strategist ll (K-12) End. #264: 46 semester hours

ED 237Language Development and Learning Experiences for Young Children3
ED 263Educating the Exceptional Person3
ED 313Prescriptive Reading Instruction4
ED 350Classroom Managment: Behavior Strategies2
ED 371Special Education Foundations3
ED 378Transition2
ED 382Methods for Instructional Strategist II K-123
ED 383Methods for Teaching LD & BD Students3
ED 385Tests, Measures, and Assessment3
ED 354Student Teaching in the Secondary School6
ED 369Student Teaching - Instructional Strategist II 5-126
ED 391Student Teaching - Instructional Strategist II K-83
Total Hours41

All coursework in this endorsement must be completed with a grade of C (2.00) or above. This endorsement must be paired with a subject area endorsement.

Endorsement in Journalism (5-12) (second teaching area) End. #141: 15 semester hours

CO 120Introduction to Journalism3
CO 281Newspaper Reporting3
CO 290News Processing for Journalism and Public Relations4
CO 372Communication Practicum1
AR 130Graphic Design I3
Methods course3
Also recommended (but not required) to take:
Photography I (Introduction)
Introduction to Mass Media in the United States
Total Hours17

 

Endorsement in Mathematics (5-12) (second teaching area) End. #143: 24 semester hours

MA 150Discrete Mathematics3
MA 164Calculus I4
MA 165Calculus II4
MA 202Linear Algebra4
MA 214Probability And Statistics3
MA 323Foundations Of Modern Geometry3
CS 103Introduction To Web Site Development3
Total Hours24

 

Endorsement in Middle School (5-8) End. #182: 36-37.5 semester hours

PS 214 Psychology of the Middle School Student, ED 311 Reading and Language Arts in the Intermediate Classroom, ED 315 Middle School Methods and work in two content areas consisting of 15 semester hours from one content area and 12 semester hours from a second. Students must maintain a minimum 2.70 GPA in the endorsement. Content areas include:

Middle School Language Arts (5-8)

CO 102Public Speaking3
EN 125Introduction To Language3
EN 203Creative Writing3
ED 305Adolescent Literature3
Select one of the following: 3
Topics In American Multiculture Lit
American Drama
American Literature Survey: Colonial to 1914
Major American Writers
Total Hours15

Middle School Mathematics (5-8)

MA 135Basic Statistics3
MA 132Basic Mathematical Modeling3
Select one of the following: 3
Fundamentals Of Arithmetic & Logic
Pre-Calculus
Mathematics Modeling
Discrete Mathematics
Total Hours9

 

Middle School Science (5-8)

PH 115Introduction To Earth Science4
BI 125Foundations of Biology & Scientific Inquiry I3
BI 125LBiostatistics and Scientific Investigation I1.5
PH 114Natural Science-Physical4
CH 111General Chemistry I4.5
Total Hours17

 

Middle School Social Studies (5-8)

PO 111Introduction To American Politics3
Select two of the following: 6
History of Early America
History Of Modern America
The American Nation, 1789-1877
Select two of the following: 6
Origins Of The Western Tradition
Emergence Of The West, 800-1648
Hist Of Western World Since 1648
Recent China In Global Economy
Modern East Asia
Latin American History
Plus social studies elective as needed to fulfill credit hour requirements
Basic Geographic Principles
Total Hours15

 

Endorsement in Science - Chemistry (5-12) (second teaching area) End. #152: 24-25.5 semester hours

CH 111General Chemistry I4.5
CH 112General Chemistry II4.5
CH 203Nutritional Biochemistry3
CH 211Organic Chemistry I4.5
CH 212Organic Chemistry II4.5
CH 207Inorganic Qualitative Analysis3
Total Hours24

 

Endorsement in Science - General Science (5-12) (second teaching area) End. #154: 27 semester hours

CH 111General Chemistry I4.5
CH 112General Chemistry II4.5
BI 125Foundations of Biology & Scientific Inquiry I3
BI 125LBiostatistics and Scientific Investigation I1.5
BI 126Found of Biology & Scientific Inquiry II4.5
or BI 127 Foundations of Biology & Scientific Inquiry III
Total Hours18

One course in analytical chemistry is strongly recommended.

Endorsement in Science - Physical Science (5-12) (second teaching area) End. #155: 24-25.5 semester hours

PH 115Introduction To Earth Science4
PH 151Principles of Physics I4.5
CH 111General Chemistry I4.5
CH 112General Chemistry II4.5
One elective couse in Astronomy, Physical Science (Not PH 114) or Chemistry 3
Total Hours20.5

Students are recommended (not required) to take a course in Astronomy.

Endorsement in Social Science - American Government (5-12) (second teaching area) End. #157: 24 semester hours

PO 111Introduction To American Politics3
Select seven of the following: 21
The Presidency
Congress
The U.S. Supreme Court and the American Judiciary
Political Parties, Voters and Elections
History of American Political Thought
American Foreign Policy
Contemporary Political Ideologies
Politics and Public Policy
State and Local Government
Politics Public Administration
Politics and Economic Policy in the United States
Independent Study
Total Hours24

 

Endorsement in Social Science - American History (5-12) (second teaching area) End. #158: 24 semester hours

HI 115History Of Modern America3
HI 215The American Nation, 1789-18773
Select six of the following: 18
Colonial And Revolutionary America
History Of Iowa
Recent American History
US And The Vietnam War
Seminar In Historical Research
20th Cent Amer Hist Of Race Gender
History Independent Study
Total Hours24

 

Endorsement in Social Science - Economics (5-12) (second teaching area) End. #160: 30 semester hours

EC 251Macroeconomics Principles3
EC 252Microeconomic Principles3
Select three of the following: 9
Humanistic Economics
Money and Banking
International Economics
Independent Study
Politics of International Economic Relations
Politics and Economic Policy in the United States
Plus 15 semester hours in American government, Sociology or Business15
Total Hours30

 

Endorsement in Social Science - Psychology (5-12) (second teaching area) End. #163: 25 semester hours

PS 101Introductory Psychology3
PS 325Statistics For Behavioral Sciences4
Select five of the following: 15
Psychology Of Adjustment
Social Psychology
Biological Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Classic Theories of Personality
Introduction To Counseling
Cognitive Psychology
Select one of the following: 3
Psychology of the Middle School Student
Adolescent Psychology
Total Hours25

 

Endorsement in Social Science - Sociology (5-12) (second teaching area) End. #164: 24 semester hours

SO 122Introduction To Sociology3
SO 155Social Problems3
SO 235Social Inequalities3
SO 251Sociological Theories3
SO 330Global Race Relations3
Select three of the following: 9
Criminology
Marriage and Family
Islam And Politics
Urban Sociology
Sociology of Work
Total Hours24

 

Endorsement in Social Science - World History (5-12) (second teaching area) End. #166: 24 semester hours

HI 140Hist Of Western World Since 16483
HI 120Origins Of The Western Tradition3
or HI 130 Emergence Of The West, 800-1648
Select six of the following: 18
Recent China In Global Economy
Modern East Asia
Medieval Europe
Early Modern Europe 1450-1789
Latin American History
Nineteenth Century Europe
Twentieth Century Europe
Imperial Russia And the Soviet Era
History Independent Study
Total Hours24

 

Special Education Minor (5-12): 18 semester hours

*Insufficient hours for licensure/endorsement

ED 263Educating the Exceptional Person3
ED 350Classroom Managment: Behavior Strategies2
ED 371Special Education Foundations3
ED 378Transition2
ED 385Tests, Measures, and Assessment3
Select one of the following: 3
Characteristics of Learners with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Methods for Teaching LD & BD Students
Total Hours16

Master of Arts in Education Program Core: 13 semester hours

A five-course core provides a vibrant shared experience for all Master of Arts in Education students. These courses focus on developing the broader perspectives needed for leadership in the profession. Understanding legal and policy issues, building leadership skills, examining cultural and ethical implications, and applying the tools of research are but a few of the outcomes targeted by the program’s core experiences. All Master’s students will complete an independent Action Research Project and will present the project to the Mount Mercy community in a poster session.

This graduate degree prepares students to: effectively use researched instructional strategies; conduct, interpret and evaluate assessments; acquire and apply the skills needed to become reflective practitioners and teacher leaders; formulate and evaluate action research; and analyze research results and communicate the results in written and oral presentations.

Required Core Courses:

ED 500Educational Policy3
ED 505Educational Leadership3
ED 600Educational Research3
ED 601Action Research Project3
ED 602Education Thesis1

 

Emphasis in Special Education: 34-39 semester hours

The Master of Arts in Education with emphasis in Special Education program is designed to prepare teachers to provide appropriate levels of instruction to students with disabilities at the elementary and secondary levels. Four options are available under this program:

  • Instructional Strategist I K-8 endorsement
  • Instructional Strategist I 5-12 endorsement
  • Instructional Strategist II K-12 endorsement
  • Special Education – no endorsement

The goal of this degree is to provide teachers with updated research, legal procedures, knowledge, and best practices to be successful with students who struggle to learn and/or behave appropriately in general and special classroom settings.

Required courses (all options):

Program Core
ED 500Educational Policy3
ED 505Educational Leadership3
ED 600Educational Research3
ED 601Action Research Project3
ED 602Education Thesis1
Required Emphasis Courses
ED 550Special Education: Law, Collaboration and Consultation3
ED 555Assesment in Special Education3
ED 560Behavior Interventions3
ED 595Seminar in Special Education3
Total Hours25

 

Instructional Strategist I K-8: 34 semester hours

Requirements:

Progam Core13
Required Courses12
ED 570Methods and Strategies for Instructional Strategist I K-83
ED 530Diagnostic Assessment of Reading & Writing3
ED 650Student Teaching Instructional Strategis3
Total Hours34

 

Instructional Strategist I 5-12: 37 semester hours

Requirements:

Program Core13
Required Courses12
ED 575Methods & Strategies for Instructional Strategist I 5-123
ED 525Content Area Reading and Writing3
ED 580Transitions and Career Planning3
ED 651Student Teaching Strat 1 5-123
Total Hours37

 

Instructional Strategist II K-12: 39 semester hours

Requirements:

Program Core13
Required Courses12
ED 580Transitions and Career Planning3
ED 585Curriculum & Methods for Strat II3
ED 530Diagnostic Assessment of Reading & Writing3
ED 652Student Teaching Strat II K-83
or ED 653 Student Teach: Strat II 5-12
ED 654Student Teaching Inst Strategist II K-83
or ED 655 Student Teach-Alt: Strat II 5-12
Total Hours40

 

No Endorsement: 34 semester hours

Requirements:

Program Core13
Required Courses12
Endorsement Areas9
Electives
Curriculum Adaptations in Special Education
Teaching Social Competency
Trends and Strategies in Teaching Children with Autism
Universal Design
Graduate courses from the emphasis in reading
Total Hours34

 

Emphasis in Reading: 34-35 semester hours

The Master of Arts in Education with emphasis in Reading program is designed to prepare teachers for K-8 or 5-12 reading instruction. Students pursuing this degree will also be eligible for the K-8 or 5-12 reading endorsement from the State of Iowa upon completion of the program. Students may take this emphasis with or without an endorsement option.

The goal of the program is to prepare teachers as reading strategists who have a dynamic understanding of the reading process and who take with them a variety of resources for enhancing literacy for K-12 learners that goes beyond the undergraduate experience. Candidates will add to their existing knowledge base by engaging in an in-depth analysis of current research as well as their own individual action research. Three options are available under this program:

Reading (K-8) Endorsement

Required Core Courses:

Program Core13
ED 510Foundations of Reading3
ED 515Children's Literature: Enhancing Instruction3
ED 520Language, Literacy and Culture3
ED 525Content Area Reading and Writing3
ED 530Diagnostic Assessment of Reading & Writing3
ED 535Prescriptive Reading4
ED 540Reading Research Seminar3
Total Hours35

 

Reading (5-12) Endorsement

Required Core Courses:

Program Core13
ED 510Foundations of Reading3
ED 516Young Adult Literature3
ED 520Language, Literacy and Culture3
ED 525Content Area Reading and Writing3
ED 530Diagnostic Assessment of Reading & Writing3
ED 535Prescriptive Reading4
ED 540Reading Research Seminar3
Total Hours35

 

Reading No Endorsement

Required Core Courses:

Program Core13
ED 510Foundations of Reading3
ED 515Children's Literature: Enhancing Instruction3
or ED 516 Young Adult Literature
ED 520Language, Literacy and Culture3
ED 525Content Area Reading and Writing3
ED 535Prescriptive Reading4
ED 540Reading Research Seminar3
Electives chosen from the following: *3
Topics in Literacy Instruction
Response To Intervention
Graduate courses from the emphasis in special education
Total Hours35

 

*

May be used to fulfill the semester hours required for the emphasis in reading when students have already taken a required course for endorsement work at the undergraduate level.


Courses

ED 100 Reading Tutor: 2 semester hours

This course is designed for individuals with little or no experience in teaching reading or writing but who have a strong desire to help others become literate. It provides students with an opportunity to tutor in a school setting. As part of a federal literacy initiative, it may by possible to receive work-study funding to act as a tutor. Please contact the course instructor(s) for more information. Open to all students.

ED 102 Foundations of Education: 3 semester hours

A basic historical, philosophical, and sociological orientation to the whole field of American education, including a study of contemporary issues and problems; a field experience of thirty hours in an elementary or secondary school is required. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequisite: Cumulative grade point average of 2.40. (Spring semester, freshman year or fall or spring semester, sophomore year).

ED 106 An Invitation to Teaching: 1 semester hour

This course provides an orientation to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) at Mount Mercy. Required training in mandatory reporting and blood borne pathogens is included. This course is required for all education majors. Enrollment along with the first education course at Mount Mercy is recommended. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00).

ED 117 Instructional Programs and Methods in Early Childhood Education: 3 semester hours

A basic course for early childhood teachers designed to present the history, philosophy and purposes of early childhood education; introduction to procedures in observing, recording, and interpretting behavior of young children; study of various contemproary programs including comparison of theoretical foundations, methods of implementation, and evaluative data; a broad overview of all aspects of setting up and managing a program for young children. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). This course can be taken at Kirkwood Community College as ECE 107: Foundations in Early Childhood. (Fall semester, sophomore year).

ED 132 Children's Literature: 3 semester hours

This course provides a broad survey of children's literature (birth-12 years). Students will be exposed to a wide variety of genres, authors, illustrators, teaching techniques, and literature response appropriate to the elementary school. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequisite: minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.40. (Fall or spring semester, sophomore year).

ED 135 Storytelling: 3 semester hours

This course will investigate the history and universal nature of storytelling. Through wide reading the students will explore contemporary and traditional literature and a variety of ways to share stories. Students will refine their skills in storytelling and oral interpretation by sharing stories and poetry in area schools/libraries.

ED 143 Child and Family Nutrition: 3 semester hours

Examination of the function of nutrition in the child's development and in maintaining good health; study of factors influencing family eating patterns and the formation of eating habits of the young child; review of government funded nutrition programs affecting young children and their families; exploring techniques for planning group eating experiences and nutrition education for young children. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). This course can be taken at Kirkwood Community Colelge as ECE 133: Child Health, Safety and Nutrition the fall semester of freshman, sophomore or junior year.

ED 164 Health Awareness and PE Methods: 3 semester hours

This course will focus on the importance of health, wellness, and physical education for children and those who work with children and families. This course focuses on the research and theories of physical education, wellness, and movement with an analysis of the teaching and learning processes involved. It will provide students with the necessary knowledge to teach fundamental and developmentally appropriate lessons for elementary children in the areas of physical education and wellness. A specific focus will be given to promoting healthy lifestyles in self and others.

ED 165 Art Methods K-8 for Classroom Teachers: 1.5 semester hour

A course for the elementary teacher providing a study of the basic theories of child art as well as opportunities to experience the various media and concepts appropriate for use at the elementary level. Students meet one day a week for two hours. Recommended for elementary education majors of sophomore standing or above. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). $20 lab fee.

ED 166 Art Methods Majors K-8 with reading: 2 semester hours

A course for art majors who wish to teach art in the elementary school. Special emphasis will be on planning the program, setting up the classroom, and examining current methods of teaching. A field experience in an elementary art classroom is required. This course is open to art minors with the permission of the instructor. The course includes one hour of lecture, two hours of laboratory experience and three hours of school observations each week. This course is required for art majors seeking K-8 teaching certification for art. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequisites: Art major, junior standing and ED 232.

ED 203 Theory and Development of Multiple Intelligences: 3 semester hours

This course will focus upon Howard Garner's research surrounding the eight intelligences, as distinct, unique but interrelated in nature. Using research in this new area as a basic working framework, classroom exploration of teaching strategies, application techniques and evaluation methods will be the major emphases. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

ED 210 English Language Learner: Reading/Writing Tutor: 3 semester hours

This course provides students with an overview of working with English Language Learners (ELL). The emphasis is identification of effective strategies for teaching reading/writing to ELL, as well as to develop awareness and sensitivity to their academic needs. Students must complete 20-26 hours of tutoring with individuals experienceing difficulties with reading/writing based on cultural and/or language differences. (It might be possible to receive financial aid from Reading First - Federal Initiative grant). Prerequisites: ED 106 and PS 124, or permission of the instructor. Cumulative GPA of 2.40. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00).

ED 232 Principles of Early Childhood and Elementary Education: 3 semester hours

This course must be taken at Mount Mercy. This course includes a study of instructional planning, patterns, and strategies. In-class practice will be provided for writing goals and objectives, designing learning activities, and peer teaching. A field experience of thirty hours in kindergarten or elementary school is required. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequisites: ED 102. ED 253 and ED 232 may be taken concurrently. Cumulative grade point average of 2.70. (Fall semester, junior year).

ED 234 Principles of Secondary Education: 4 semester hours

This course must be taken at Mount Mercy. This course includes a study of instructional planning, patterns, and strategies. In-class practice will be provided for writing goals and objectives, designing learning activities, and peer teaching. A field experience of forty hours secondary school is required. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequisites: ED 102. ED 253 and ED 234 may be taken concurrently. Cumulative grade point average of 2.70. (Fall semester, junior year).

ED 237 Language Development and Learning Experiences for Young Children: 3 semester hours

An examination of current research and theories related to speech and language development and relationship of language and thought processes, consideration of children's conceptual development in relation to their direct experiences; exploration of current programs and curricula designed to foster language acquisition and cognitive development; emphasis on creating an environment where language is encouraged, including design and implementation of language stimulation activities. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00) prior to early childhood student teaching. Prerequisites: PS 124 or equivalent. Cumulative GPA of 2.40. (Spring semester, sophomore or junior year).

ED 253 Educational Psychology: 3 semester hours

This course examines the psychological conditions and research underlying educational practice. It introduces theories of learning, motivation, pupil variability, assessment, and classroom management. No formal field experience is required, but students will be expected to complete assignments involving up to 10 hours in the schools during semester. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequisites: PS 101, PS 124. ED 102 or ED 253 prior to or in conjunction with ED 263, and cumulative GPA of 2.40.

ED 263 Educating the Exceptional Person: 3 semester hours

An introductory course for students to acquire a general knowledge of each type of exceptionality and available support systems. Emphasis on identification, assessment, and programming for children in a regular classroom . A field experience in a special education setting is required. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequisites: PS 101, PS 124, ED 102 or ED 253 prior to or in conjunction with ED 263 and cumulative GPA of 2.40.

ED 267 Introduction to Gifted Learners: 3 semester hours

This course is an introduction to the unique issues related to teaching high ability students. Emphasis will be on cognitive and affective characteristics of this population, appropriate programming for those needs, and the differentiated integration of such programming into the regular school format.

ED 268 Music Methods Majors K-8 with reading: 2 semester hours

Procedures, materials, and methods in teaching music in the elementary school. Lesson planning and practical teaching demonstrations by students. A widely-used textbook series will be surveyed, and music appreciation material suitable for children will be presented. This course includes a field experience in an elementary music classroom. Content area reading component included. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). (Spring semester).

ED 269 Music Methods K-8 Classroom Teachers: 1.5 semester hour

A course for elementary school teachers who are not majoring in music. Students will be assisted in increasing their ability to sing and play classroom instruments. Methods and content appropriate for the various grades will be studied. Content area reading component included. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). (Fall and spring semesters).

ED 270 Care & Education of Infants & Toddlers: 3 semester hours

This course will provide students with a basic understanding of infant and toddler development and of principles for establishing appropriate programs for this age group. Emphasis will be placed on cooperation with parents, the caregiver's role, use of routines, and developmental issues as key elements in effective home and group-based programs. The class will include a field experience component. this course can be taken at Kirkwood Community College as ECE 221: Infant /Toddler Care and Education. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). (Winter term, sophomore or junior year).

ED 272 Creative Experiences for Young Children: 4 semester hours

A review of young children's physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual growth with implications for instructional procedures, assessments, and guidance practices; Study of the value of play and creative activities in facilitating children's development; using evidence based practice in planning, implementing, managing and evaluation learning experiences to meet individual and group needs of children ages three through six with emphasis on Iowa Early Learning Standards 7,8,9, and 12. weekly field experience in a prekindergarten setting. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00) prior to or in conjunction with ED 272; Cumulative GPA of 2.40, (spring semester, Sophomore or Junior year).

ED 290 Education Travel Abroad: 1 semester hour

This course will allow students in Education to explore, compare, and contrast the education system and teacher preparation programs in the United Kingdom with that of the United States. Students will attend classes at Christ Church in Canterbury in Education. Additionally, they will visit local schools to examine curricula and routines/policies. Students will finally visit London and experience cultural exhibits to determie the value these exhibits might bring to their classrooms here in the Midwest.

ED 305 Adolescent Literature: 3 semester hours

This course emphasizes the role of the classroom teacher in the selection of appropriate literature for middle and high school learners. Students will be exposed to a variety of teaching techniques for reading and responding to literature. Class assignments will provide the opportunity to read and evaluate contemporary as well as classical literature for adolescents. (Alternating spring semesters).

ED 306 Learning Evironments for Young Children: 3 semester hours

A review of history, theory, research, policies, organizational practices, and contemporary curriculum models impacting preschool and kindergarten programs; employing developmentally appropriate assessments and early learning standards to plan and implement challenging learning experiences with application to literacy, mathematics, and science for children ages three to six (Iowa Early Learning Standards 8,10, and 11); supporting key cognitive skills and positive approaches to learning that acknowledge individual differences, support competence, and promote school success of young children. Emphasis on evidence-based practice as a foundation for professional decision making and on identified dispositional qualities on effective educator this course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00) prior to student teaching. Prerequisites: PS 124, ED 117 required, ED 237 recommended. Cumulative GPA of 2.40.

ED 309 Reading and Language Arts in the Primary Classroom: 3 semester hours

This course is designed to offer the prospective Early Childhood teacher a developmental overview of methods, assessments and instructional techniques to support and develop early literacy and the teaching of reading and language arts in and integrated manner. Emphasis is given to both theoretical and practical development as students work in a primary classroom applying various methods and instructional techniques. A field experience of thirty hours in a primary classroom is required. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of a C (2.00) prior to student teaching. Prerequisites: ED 132. Cumulative GPA of 2.60 prerequisite or corequisite of ED 232. (Fall semester, junior year).

ED 311 Reading and Language Arts in the Intermediate Classroom: 3 semester hours

This course is designed to offer the prospective teacher an overview of methods, assessments, and techniques of teaching content area reading and the language arts in an integrated manner. Emphasis is given to both theoretical and practical developments as students work in the classroom applying various techniques. A field experience in an intermediate or middle school is required. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C. Prerequisites: ED 233, acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

ED 313 Prescriptive Reading Instruction: 4 semester hours

This course deals with the nature and cause of reading disability and remedial treatment of reading difficulties. Current techniques as well as research in the field will be discussed. Students will use remedial reading techniques in tutoring children in the schools. A field experience in an elementary reading classroom is required. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of a C (2.00) Prerequisites: ED 237, ED 309, ED 311 prerequisites or corequisite; ED 314 recommended. Cumulative GPA of 2.6. (Spring semester Junior or Senior year).

ED 314 Diagnostic Reading: 3 semester hours

The major emphasis in this course is on diagnosis of reading difficulties. Tests, testing procedures, and informal diagnostic techniques are examined and discussed. Students will have practice adminstering and interpreting test results. Current research in the area of diagnostic reading will be studied. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of a C (2.00). Prerequisites: ED 237 and ED 309 prior to or in conjunction with ED 314. Cumulative GPA of 2.6. (Spring semester, junior or senior year).

ED 315 Middle School Methods: 3 semester hours

The middle school educational philosophy focuses on meeting the unique developmental needs of the early adolescent. This course will prepare the student to implement the middle school philosophy through the study of innovative curricula design and appropriate teaching methods and strategies. This course includes a middle school field experience. This course must be completed with a minimuim grade of C (2.00). Prerequisite: ED 233 or permission of the instructor. Recommend PS 214, characteristics unique to the middle school student, prior to ED 315. (Every other winter term).

ED 319 Social Studies Methods for Elementary Teachers: 3 semester hours

This course concerns the objectives, concepts, and procedures of teaching social studies in the elementary and middle school. Emphasis is given to problems involved in developing and implementing a social studies program as well as considering recent trends in social studies education. This course must be completed with a minimum of a C (2.00). Prerequisite: ED 233 and GPA of 2.60.

ED 323 Art Methods Majors 5-12 (with reading): 2 semester hours

A study and practicum in current theories and methods for teaching art in the secondary classroom. This course includes one hour of lecture, two hours of laboratory experience and field experience. Content area reading component included. This course is required for art majors seeking teacher certification 5-12 in art. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequisites: Art major, junior standing and ED 234. $30 lab fee. (Spring semester).

ED 324 Music Methods Music Majors 5-12 (with reading): 2 semester hours

A study and practicum in current theories and methods for teaching music in the secondary classroom. This course includes a field experience. Content area reading component included. This course is required for music majors seeking teacher certification 5-12. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequisites: music major, junior standing and ED 234. (Spring semester).

ED 325 Methods - Business 5-12 (with reading): 4 semester hours

This course provides prospective secondary school business teachers with instruction in recommended methods and content standards pertinent to the academic subject area. Content area reading skills and teaching techniques are also examined. A field experience in a middle school or high school is required. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequisite: Acceptance into the teacher education program, ED 234.

ED 326 Methods - English Language Arts 5-12 (with reading): 4 semester hours

This course provides prospective secondary school English/Language Arts teachers with instruction in recommended methods and content standards pertinent to the academic subject area. Content area reading skills and teaching techniques are also examined. A field experience in a middle school or high school is required. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequisite: Acceptance into the teacher education program and ED 234.

ED 327 Methods - Mathematics 5-12 (with reading): 4 semester hours

This course provides prospective secondary school mathematics teachers with instruction in recommended methods and content standards pertinent to the academic subject area. Content area reading skills and teaching techniques are also examined. A field experience in a middle school or high school is required. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequisite: Acceptance into the teacher education program and ED 234.

ED 328 Methods - Science 5-12 (with reading): 4 semester hours

This course provides prospective secondary school science teachers with instruction in recommended methods and content standards pertinent to the academic subject area. Content area reading skills and teaching techniques are also examined. A field experience in a middle school or high school is required. This course must abe completed with a minmum grade of C (2.00). Prerequistie: Acceptance into the teacher education program and ED 234.

ED 329 Methods - Social Sciences 5-12 (with reading): 4 semester hours

This course provides prospective secondary school social science teachers with instruction in recommended methods and content standards pertinent to the academic subject area. Content area reading skills and teaching techniques are also examined. A field experience in a middle school or high school is required. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequisite: Acceptance into the teacher education program and ED 234.

ED 331 Parent-School Relationships: 3 semester hours

Study of factors within the home setting which may influence a child's development and behavior with an emphasis on the importance of parent involvement in early childhood and elementary programs; a study of factors affecting parent-school interaction and the need for cooperative effort in encouraging and guiding the learning experiences of children with and without disabilities; examination of techniques for parent involvement and methods of working with home and community resources to enhance development of the child's potential. An elective for elementary education students, offered concurrently with ED 332 but does not include a field experience. Prerequisites: PS 124, senior status or consent of instructor. (Spring semester, senior year).

ED 332 Parent-School Relationships: 3 semester hours

Study of factors within the home setting which may influence a child's development and behavior with an emphasis on the importance of parent involvement in early childhood and elementary programs; a study of factors affecting parent-school interaction and the need for cooperative effort in encouraging and guiding the learning experiences of children with and without disabilities; examination of techniques for parent involvement and methods of working with home and community resources to enhance development of the child's potential. Required for the Teacher-Prekindergarten through Grade 3 including Special Education endoresement and for the Teacher - Prekindergarten endosement. Includes a field experience. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequisites: PS 124, senior status or consent of instructor and cumulative GPA of 2.70. (Spring semester, senior year).

ED 333 Methods 5-12 Journalism: 2 semester hours

This course provides prospective secondary school journalism teachers with instruction in recommended methods pertinent to the subject area. Field work will be included. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Students must also complete one (1) of ED 325 to ED 330. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the teacher education program.

ED 340 Educ Internship: Non-Licensure: 6 semester hours

Supervised internship in school or community agency working in an education capacity with children. This option does not lead to Iowa teaching license.

ED 341 Educ Internship: Non-Licensure: 12 semester hours

Supervised internship in school or community agency working in an education capacity with youth. This option does not lead to Iowa teaching license.

ED 342 Educ Internship: Non-Licensure: 3 semester hours

Supervised internship in school or community agency working in an education capacity with youth. This option does not lead to Iowa teaching license.

ED 345 Math Methods for Elementary Teachers I: 3 semester hours

This course is designed to offer Elementary teachers an introduction to what it means to teach math for understanding including the essential skills and characteristics this entails. Emphasis will be placed on the pedagogical content knowledge necessary for the elementary teacher within the following mathematical stratds: munber and operation (including early number concept development, building meaning for the operations place value concepts adn rational numbers) and measurement. An associated field experience which exceeds state mandated hours is required. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.0) prior to student teaching. Pre or co-requisite: ED 232.

ED 346 Math Methodes for Elementary Teachers II: 3 semester hours

This course is designed to offer elemantary teachers a continuation of the work completed in Math Methods for Elementary Teachers I, to further develop the principles of mathematics education within the strands of algebra, geometry, and data analysis & probability. Focus will be upon integration of the content, teaching strategies and unique content knowledge for teaching necessary for the elementary teacher. Additionally, students will integrate and apply research-based processes to develop student learning including problem-solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representation. An associated field experience which exceeds state mandated hours is required. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.0) prior to student teaching.

ED 347 Science Methods for Elementary Teachers: 3 semester hours

This course examines the instructional methods and associated science content, skills, and attitudes needed in the elementary classroom across the coontant strands of life, physics and earth/space science. Inquiry and technology opportunites as well as science education issues are explored. Enrollment concurrent with the methods field experience is required. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00) prior to student teaching. Prerequisite: ED 232 and a GPA of 2.60.

ED 350 Classroom Managment: Behavior Strategies: 2 semester hours

This course will provide students with a basic understanding of principles of effective classroom managment and preventive approaches. Observation techniques will be taught as a basis for analyzing and addressing special needs. Classroom observations will be required. This course is an elective course for students majoring or minoring in Education. It is a required course for students seeking a special educaiton endorsement. This course must be completed with a minimum of a C (2.00) for endorsement consideration. Prerequisites: ED 102 (ED 253 can be taken concurrently).

ED 351 Student Teaching - Art K-8: 6 semester hours

Student teaching.

ED 352 Student Teaching in the Elementary School: 6 semester hours

Student teaching.

ED 353 Student Teaching in the Elementary School: 12 semester hours

Student teaching.

ED 354 Student Teaching in the Secondary School: 6 semester hours

Student teaching.

ED 355 Student Teaching in the Secondary School: 12 semester hours

Student teaching.

ED 356 Student Teaching - Art 5-12: 6 semester hours

Student teaching.

ED 357 Student Teaching - Music K-8: 6 semester hours

Student teaching.

ED 358 Student Teaching - Music 5-12: 6 semester hours

Student teaching.

ED 359 Student Teaching in Kindergarten: 6 semester hours

Student teaching.

ED 360 Student Teaching in Pre-Kindergarten: 3 semester hours

Student teaching.

ED 361 Student Teaching - Instructional Strategist I K-8: 6 semester hours

Student teaching.

ED 362 Student Teaching - Instructional Strategist I 5-12: 6 semester hours

Student teaching.

ED 363 Student Teaching in Prekindergarten: 6 semester hours

Student teaching.

ED 364 Student Teaching - Art K-8: 12 semester hours

Student teaching.

ED 365 Student Teaching - Art 5-12: 12 semester hours

Student teaching.

ED 366 Student Teaching in Music K-8: 12 semester hours

Student teaching.

ED 367 Student Teaching in Music 5-12: 12 semester hours

Student teaching.

ED 368 Student Teaching - Instructional Strategist II K-8: 6 semester hours

Student teaching.

ED 369 Student Teaching - Instructional Strategist II 5-12: 6 semester hours

Student teaching.

ED 370 Education Leadership Seminar: 2 semester hours

This course focuses on topics of special importance to students culminating their undergraduate preparation and assuming leadership roles in classroom and school settings. Key topics include: classroom management techniques; participating in professional meetings; managing and supervising adults as well as students; conducting parent conferences; developing a professional portfolio; interviewing and resume development; and understanding professional contracts and licensure. This is the capstone seminar in the Teacher Education program, and it is required in conjunction with the appropriate student teaching course(s). Prerquisites: ED 232/234 and ED methods courses with at least a grade of C (2.00) in each. Acceptance into student teaching required. (Fall semester, senior year).

ED 371 Special Education Foundations: 3 semester hours

This course will focus on current trends and issues facing teachers who work in multicategorical programs. Theory and practice and the importance of mulitdisciplinary teams in special education will be examined. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequisite: ED 263 or permission of instructor, cumulative GPA of 2.40.

ED 372 Collaborating with Parents and Professionals: 2 semester hours

Emphasis will be on the development of methods and techniques for working with parents, professionals and paraprofessionals using a team approach. An understanding of the needs of families raising children with special needs and partnership strategies will be stressed. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequsite: ED 263 or permission of instructor, cumulative GPA of 2.40.

ED 373 Teaching the Learning Disabled Student: 3 semester hours

This course focuses on specific strategies and methods to use with students who are learning disabled. Students will have opportunites to examine and develop appropriate curricular materials for the learning disabled student in the areas of reading, language arts, social studies, science and math. Strategies to help students develop appropriate social skills also will be explored. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequisites: ED 263 and ED 371 or permission of instructor.

ED 374 Teaching the Student with a Behavioral Disorder: 3 semester hours

This course focuses on the characteristics and treatment of students with behavior disorders. Curriculum and techniques appropriate for students with behavioral disorders will be examined. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequisites: ED 263 and ED 371 or permission of instructor.

ED 375 Classroom Management for Education Majors: 1 semester hour

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the principles and techniques for establishing a positive learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement, and self-regulation for all students. In addition, this course will provide pre-service teachers a variety of techniques for implementing classroom procedures and routines that supports safety, high learning expectations and effective use of instructional time. Course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Co-requisite: Student Teaching.

ED 376 Methods for Instructional Strategist I K-8: 3 semester hours

Curriculum and instructional techniques for working with the mildly handicapped will be studied. Environmental considerations, teaching methods, and instructional variables will be considered. Ways to design, implement and adapt lessons for the K-8 student with learning problems will be examined. A field experience component is required. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequisites: ED 371, ED 380, and ED 232, cumulative GPA of 2.4.

ED 377 Methods for Instructional Strategist I 5-12: 3 semester hours

Curriclum and instructional techniques for working with the mildly handicapped will be studied. Goals, content, materials, and teaching strategies for specific subject matter at the 5-12 level will be emphasized. Ways to adapt subject materials will be analyzed. A field experience compnent is required. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequisites: ED 371, ED 380, and ED 234, cumulative GPA of 2.70.

ED 378 Transition: 2 semester hours

This course will explore various models used for training students with special needs as they move from school to adulthood. Career assessment, transition planning, supported empoloyment, and interagency services will be examined. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequisite: ED 371.

ED 379 Human Relations: 3 semester hours

This course must be taken at Mount Mercy or an approved 4-year college. A study of cultural diversity in America with emphasis on the development of sensitivity to and appreciation of the ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds of persons and groups found in our pluralistic society. Methods include lectures, discussions, case studies, interviews, and field experiences. The course is designed to satisfy the human relations requirement for teacher certification in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Education will not recognize a letter grade of less than C (2.00) in human relations. Prerequisites: ED 232/234. (Spring semester, junior or senior year).

ED 380 Characteristics of Learners with Mild/Moderate Disabilities: 3 semester hours

This course will introduce students to those common traits and characteristics of students with disabilities that would typically be found in the Level I special education programs in the state of Iowa. Students will develop an understanding of the etiologies of these disabilites, be given an overview of current trends in educational programming for individuals with mild and moderate disabilites, and explore the characteristics of individuals with mild and moderate disabilites. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequisites: ED 263 and ED 371 or permission of instructor.

ED 382 Methods for Instructional Strategist II K-12: 3 semester hours

Curriculum and instructional techniques for working with students in Instructional Strategist II programs will be studied. Environmental considerations, teaching methods, managment, and instructional variables will be considered during this course. In addition, ways in which to adapt curriculum, implement instruction at the Level II setting, and materials available to use at this level will be examined. Students will be exposed to a functional curriculum. A field experience component is required. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.0). Prerequisites: ED 262, ED 232, and ED 371, cumulative GPA of 2.70.

ED 383 Methods for Teaching LD & BD Students: 3 semester hours

This course is designed for the study of those characteristics of students with learning disabilities and/or behavior disorders. Study will include strategies for teaching those with these disabilities. Students will participate in projects, discussions, and activities that will require they apply this knowledge. Students will complete a field experience in a Level II or III Special Education classroom. Co-requisites: ED 232/234, ED 263, ED 371 and cumulative GPA of 2.70.

ED 385 Tests, Measures, and Assessment: 3 semester hours

This course will introduce students to topics in the field of psychological testing and assessment. Topics will include the criteria by which tests are judged, discussion of ethical concerns in testing, and a review of norm referenced and criterion referenced tests used to assess students in special education programs. Students also will explore other diagnostic measures such as progress monitoring and procedures. Classroom assessment will be examined, especially as it relates to the special education process. In addition, students will administer practice tests and probes. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00). Prerequistie: ED 263 and ED 371 or permission of instructor.

ED 391 Student Teaching - Instructional Strategist II K-8: 3 semester hours

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ED 392 Student Teaching - Instructional Strategist II 5-12: 3 semester hours

Student teaching.

ED 393 Student Teaching - Art (K-8): 3 semester hours

Student teaching.

ED 394 Student Teaching - Art 5-12: 3 semester hours

Student teaching.

ED 395 Student Teaching - Music K-8: 3 semester hours

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ED 396 Student Teaching - Music 5-12: 3 semester hours

Student teaching.

ED 415 Field Experience: 1 semester hour

This course is designed primariliy for transfer students who may need a course to satisfy one of the field experience requirements. This course would fulfill the field experience requirement for ED 102 Foundations of Education. Students desiring additional field experience also may enroll in this course with permission of the instructor. Students enrolling in this class will receive placement to work in a community school during the semester. This placement will be in an elementary, middle school or secondary school classroom.

ED 416 Field Experience Exceptional Persons: 1 semester hour

This course is designed primarily for transfer students who may need a course to saatisfy one of the field experience requirements. This course would fulfill the field experience requirement for ED 263 Educating the Exceptional Person. Students desiring additional field experience also may enroll in this course with permission of the instructor. Students enrolling in this class will receive a placement to work in a special education classroom during the semester.

ED 417 Field Experience for Education: 1 semester hour

This course is designed primarily for students who may wish to complete a field experience in a term when they are not placed in the field in association with another education course. Students may also be advised/required to complete this course when taking ED 232 - Principles of Early Childhood and Elementary Education) not in conjunction with another course requiring a field placement. Students enrolling in this course will be placed in an early childhood, elementary, middle or high school classroom.

ED 430 Special Topics: 3 semester hours

This course will focus on important topics and issues in education.

ED 441 Independent Study: 1 semester hour

Study topics will be designed by the student in consultation with the instructor.

ED 442 Independent Study: 2 semester hours

Study topics will be designed by the student in consultation with the instructor.

ED 443 Independent Study: 3 semester hours

Study topics will be designed by the student in consultation with the instructor.