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ED 263 Educating the Exceptional Person: 3 semester hours

This is 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 2.50.


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 experiences 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.

Master of Arts in Education

A three-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 either an independent Action Research Project or an Education Research Project and will present the project to the Mount Mercy community in a poster session.