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Teacher Education & Leadership

Online Instruction and Design Program

The Online Instruction and Design K-12 program is designed for students seeking training and preparation in developing, teaching, managing, and assessing effective online instruction in today’s K-12 schools

Online Instruction and Design Program 

The Online Instruction and Design K-12 program is designed for students who are seeking training and preparation in developing, teaching, managing, and assessing effective online instruction in today’s K-12 schools by studying learning theories, instructional strategies, technology, and best practices for application in the virtual classroom. The program further prepares students to support diverse, online learners through differentiated instructional practices while equipping participants with the necessary leadership tools to administer and support online instructional programs at the school or district level.


Certificate in Online Instruction (K-12) (12 sem. hrs.)

Due to the current pandemic, educators must become versed in online instructional delivery and design to meet current needs of K-12 learners. The Online Instruction K-12 certification program is designed for students who are seeking training and preparation in developing, teaching, managing, and assessing effective online instruction in today’s K-12 schools by studying learning theories, instructional strategies, technology, and best practices for application in the virtual classroom. This program is currently pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Tuition Assistance

Tution Assistance is available from GEER grant funding for a limited number of Mississippi educators to complete the four certification classes in the Online Instruction and Design program.  Students are responsible for applicable University fees.

For more information on the Online Instruction and Design program please contact:

Abbygail Franklin, admissions counselor, 601-925-3979,  anhicks@mc.edu if you have any questions regarding admissions.

DeSean Dyson, academic advisor, 601-925-3411, ddyson@mc.edu if you have any questions regarding the program or courses.

Questions regarding the program?  Please contact the Program Director,  Dr. Cindy Melton, at  cmelton@mc.edu or click here to apply.


Master’s Degree in Online Instruction and Design

The Master’s of Education degree program was designed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to create and conduct opportunities for current educators to enhance and improve their online teaching skillset, specifically to assist with the K-12 academic needs from the pandemic.  The program is supported by funding from a GEER grant.  This degree program includes a 30-hour Master of Education in Online Instruction (K-12) program and a 12-hour certificate program in Online Instruction. Courses will be offered in both online and face-to-face delivery formats. This program is currently pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

For more information on the Online Instruction and Design program contact Dr. Cindy Melton at 601-925-3250 or cmelton@mc.edu or click here to apply.

Other Programs

  • Educational Leadership - Leadership Institute Certificate
  • Gifted Education Certificate
  • Graduate Certificate & Higher Education Administration
  • Media Arts Certificate
  • Master of Science in Higher Education Administration

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