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Teacher Education Program Details


Program Requirements

Undergraduate teacher education licensure requirements:

  • Successful completion of nationally normed ability/achievement assessment OR teacher education normed entrance test:

1.Minimum ACT composite score of 21 or minimum SAT composite score of 1060.

2.Acceptable scores on Core Academic Skills for Educators Test (CORE): Reading Test Code 5712 with minimum score of 156; Writing Test Code 5722 with minimum score of 162; and Mathematics Test Code 5732 with minimum score of 150.

  • Minimum grade of C in English Composition I and II
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 on 44 semester-hour core curriculum pre-major coursework
  • Subscribe to Watermark Assessment System
  • Clear background check

Other Distinctive Program Elements

The fully online Teacher Assistant Program (TAP) is designed specifically to offer teacher assistants a convenient pathway to earning a Bachelor of Science degree and becoming a certified teacher while continuing their job as a teacher assistant.

The online TAP program meets the unique educational needs of teacher assistants who desire to advance their knowledge and become exemplary, licensed teachers. Coursework is completed online with highly qualified and dedicated university faculty.  If you are employed as a teacher assistant in a public or private school accredited by the Mississippi Department of Education, you may qualify for our program.

Study Abroad Programs

International student teaching experiences are available for elementary education and K-12 licensure majors.   Elementary education majors have two options:  completing a half semester of student teaching in an area just north of London, England, or completing a semester-long experience with a Department of Defense Dependents School (DoDDS).  Our secondary and K-12 licensure majors can apply for a semester-long placement with DoDDS.

The London area placements are in British schools and students live with British families.  DoDDS placements are on U. S. military bases where a U. S. curriculum is used in teaching.

Research Opportunities

More than 70 foundation-based scholarships are available for School of Education students each year. Over $75,000 is dedicated to Elementary and Special Education undergraduate majors.