Child development students may also pursue certification to teach pre-kindergarten through kindergarten in the public school system.

Students wishing to pursue this certification are required to complete Praxis I before their supervised practicum. Before the Mississippi state Department of Education will license teachers, the Praxis I and Praxis II must be successfully completed.

Students must work closely with an academic adviser in selecting an emphasis and elective courses best suited to their interests and career goals. 

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses required for the major area of study, specialization area and any courses substituted for major and specialization area courses in order to graduate.

Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 to transfer into child and family studies. 

In cases where students claim to have mastered the concepts covered in courses for which no College Level Examination Program (CLEP) equivalent exists, faculty will design examinations covering content in those courses to provide a venue for students to prove mastery.

Laboratory experiences are required in most circumstances, even if a student is able to pass a challenge examination over the lecture material.

Faculty designing challenge examinations can require students to produce additional evidence of mastery, including projects that were a part of previous course work or additional documentation that provides a more complete assessment of the student’s experience.