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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
* 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.