Elementary Education Initial Licensure

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The MAT Elementary Initial Licensure program is a licensure teacher preparation program for non-teachers. It prepares candidates who possess a bachelor’s degree in an area outside of education to teach grades K-6 in elementary schools. This program is entirely online with the exception of field experiences and student teaching, which can be arranged in your local area.

Program Details



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A Great Fit For

  • Someone with a bachelor’s degree wanting to teach
  • People who have a passion for teaching


EDTE 500: Graduate Study and Initial Licensure

EDTE 502: Principles of Education

EDTE 512: Inclusive Environments

EDTE 520: Foundations of Clinical Practice

EDTE 872: Children’s Literature

EDTE 528: Teaching Fine Arts and Movement

EDTE 530: Foundations of Teaching Reading

EDTE 762: Diagnostic Teaching of Reading

EDTE 532: Methods of Teaching English Language Arts

EDTE 534: Methods of Teaching Social Studies and Science

EDTE 538: Methods of Teaching Mathematics

EDTE 568: Field Experience I

EDTE 569: Field Experience II

EDRS 602: Designing Action Research

EDRS 702: Evaluating Action Research

EDTE 580: Student Teaching for Elementary Education

EDTE 582: Student Teaching Seminar for Elementary Education

EDRS 763: Education Research: Elementary Education

Additional Program Details

Additional Content Course Requirements

All students will undergo a transcript analysis to ensure content requirements for licensure have been met as set forth by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. In some cases, students may need additional coursework to overcome identified deficiencies. Morningside University advisors work closely with students to develop a program of study that includes both required education courses and supplemental content courses as needed.

The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners accepts semester hours of graduate or undergraduate-level college credit for endorsement credit fulfillment. Important: Only college credit is accepted. College credits must be earned through a college or university that has institutional accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Contact Us

Morningside University
Sharon Walker School of Education

1501 Morningside Avenue
Sioux City, IA 51106


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