Major in Elementary Education Leading to Licensure

Program participants seeking elementary licensure must major in Elementary Education. The Elementary Education major provides K–6 licensure, allowing students to teach in public as well as private/ independent schools. Licensure from the state of Mississippi is reciprocal with many other states. Students are encouraged to double major and/or seek at least two teaching areas of concentration of 21 hours each, one of which must be in the area of reading. A major in Elementary Education requires a minimum of 44 hours, including 12 credit hours in student teaching. These include the following courses:

  • EDUC 1000: Human Development in Cross Cultural Perspective
  • EDUC 3200 Instructional Design, Implementation, and Classroom Management
  • EDUC 3130 Education of the Exceptional Population
  • EDUC 3100 Early Literacy Instruction I
  • EDUC 3120 Early Literacy Instruction II
  • EDUC 3110 Performance Assessment in Content Area Reading
  • EDUC 3840 Reading, Diagnosis, and Remediation
  • EDUC 3850 Field Research in Reading
  • EDUC 4300 Reading Instruction Practicum
  • EDUC 4500 Clinical Practice (12 or 16 credit hours with B- or above)
  • Upon curriculum committee approval, Education majors will be required to complete a 4 hour course pertaining to the Teaching of Mathematics in the Elementary School.

Supplemental Licensure in special education is available with the addition of Advanced Practicum: Special Education I (EDUC 3860). An additional two weeks of student teaching in a Special Education classroom is recommended.

Students must complete senior seminar and a comprehensive exam in their major:

  • Comprehensive Exam
  • EDUC 4900 Educational Theory, Policy, and Practice

Minor in Secondary Education Leading to Licensure

Secondary licensure (7–12) requires a major in another academic discipline and requires the three professional education sequence courses, as detailed below, as well as the student teaching semester. Secondary licensure is available in art education, biology, business, chemistry, general science, English language and literature, drama (performing arts), social studies, mathematics, music education, physics, psychology, and world languages including Latin and Spanish. Students completing the requirements for secondary licensure may apply to receive a minor.

3 Professional Education Sequence Courses:

  • EDUC 1000 Human Development in Cross Cultural Perspective
  • EDUC 3200 Instructional Design, Implementation, and Classroom Management
  • EDUC 3130 Education of the Exceptional Population

Student Teaching:

  • EDUC 4500 Clinical Practice (12 or 16 credit hours are counted toward total hours needed for graduation) (B- or above required)

Supplemental Licensure in Mild/Moderate Education is available with the addition of Advanced Practicum Special Education I (EDUC 3860). An additional three weeks of student teaching in a Special Education classroom is recommended.

Minor in Education Studies Not Leading to Licensure

A non-licensure minor in Education Studies is available and includes the three professional education sequence courses listed below and two other education courses approved by the chair. For a minor in education without eligibility for licensure, students complete the following:

Three Professional Education Sequence Courses:

  • EDUC 1000 Human Development in Cross Cultural Perspective
  • EDUC 3200 Instructional Design, Implementation, and Classroom Management
  • EDUC 3130 Education of the Exceptional Population

Two additional courses approved by the department chair (may include a discipline-specific course relating to education such as Ford Fellows, Honors, etc., with justification) or may include courses below:

  • EDUC 3260 Practicum in Arts Education
  • EDUC 3270 Educating Future Leaders for Peace and Non-Violence
  • EDUC 3250 Problems in Human Creativity
  • EDUC 3280 Child Development in Context
  • *EDUC 3850 Field Research in Reading
  • *EDUC 3110 Performance Assessment in Content Area Reading

* Independent and private schools generally do not require licensure through the Mississippi State Department of Education (MDE) for teaching positions; however independent school administrators have become increasingly interested in teacher candidates who are fully prepared and licensed within a liberal arts curriculum. These are two courses they may be most interested to see have been completed.