Welcome to the Education Department of Morningside College


The Education Department at Morningside College defines an Effective Educator as a caring professional who creates interactive learning environments responsive to the diverse needs of students and society.  For a complete description of the Morningside College Effective Educator Conceptual Framework, click here:  effective educator

The Education Department at Morningside College is accredited by the Iowa Department of Education.  Majors are available in Elementary Education and Special Education.   A special education major does not stand alone and must be accompanied by either an elementary education major or a secondary content major.  Content area majors at Morningside College can complete secondary teaching and secondary special education course work.  Content areas include:  Music, Art, Biology, Chemistry, General Science, Physical Science, English/Language Arts, Spanish, Mathematics, American Government, American History, World History.  All the information about the Teacher Preparation Program is in the Teacher Education Handbook.

Candidates for the Teacher Preparation Program are required to maintain a 2.5 GPA and to meet minimum Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) scores.  Students must achieve a total composite score of 520 or greater when totaling the reading, writing and math scores, with no individual score lower than 170.  The PPST test is given once a year on campus in January.  Elementary teaching candidates must pass the Praxis II before licensure.   For information about registering for the PPST exam, call Western Iowa Tech at 274-6443 or register online at www.ets.org/praxis.  The Praxis II is given twice a year on campus.  Contact the Education Department for more information on Praxis II at 712-274-5106.  For other information about admission, contact Morningside Admissions at 712-274-5111, or mcsadm@morningside.edu.  

Teacher Intern Program

This is an alternative teacher licensure program designed for individuals who possess a baccalaureate degree and who have three years of work experience. Click here for the program brochure and program application.


The Morningside College experience cultivates a passion for life-long learning and a dedication to ethical leadership and civic responsibility.
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