Admission to Elementary Education or Special Education Teacher Education Programs

Students desiring to major in elementary education (K-6) or special education (K-12) must meet the following requirements before being admitted to the program.

  1. Attain a "C" or better grade for the required six hours of English composition, world literature and college algebra.
  2. Complete the College of Education and Psychology’s Department of CISE’s General Education Core requirements (44 hours of
    specified courses).
  3. Demonstrate basic technology literacy by passing the Basic Technology Literacy Examination (BTLE).
  4. Attain a minimum grade point average of 2.65 based on the 44 hours of general education. File application for formal admission to the Teacher Education Program.
  5. Attain the minimum scores set by the Mississippi Department of Education on one of the following the ACT (composite 21 with no subscore below 18, prior to enrollment in higher education), SAT (860, verbal plus quantitative, prior to enrollment in higher
    education), Praxis I subscales or computerized PPST: Reading (170), Writing (172) and Mathematics (169).
  6. Meet with a departmental assigned adviser and complete a program plan.
  7. Meet with the certification officers to obtain Gold Card.

Students will not be admitted to the elementary or special education programs while on probation, probation continued or while suspended.

For more information, students should also see their assigned adviser, the coordinator or the undergraduate academic adviser for the CISE department (Dr. Jennifer Ducksworth, Hattiesburg; Mary Funk, Gulf Coast).