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Teacher Education & Leadership

Bachelor of Science in Education

MC’s B.S. in Education leads to initial Mississippi Educator licensure in Elementary Education (K-6), Secondary Education (7-12), or Specialized Subject-Area Education (K-12)

Discover The Science And The Art (And So Much More) to Becoming A Successful Teacher with MC’s B.S. in Education

Theoretical knowledge is integrated with classroom experience and fieldwork for a learning experience tied directly to teaching in the real world.

Make a positive impact in your community with B.S. in Education from MC.

Education majors at MC complete a curriculum that emphasizes a strong, liberal arts background. The array of coursework in these programs provides critical background knowledge and skills for the education major along with specialized knowledge for the chosen content area. Classes you take will prepare you for the PRAXIS II exam and the teaching profession. 

Once candidates complete the University Core and Interdisciplinary requirements, they are enrolled in the more specific Professional Education courses. Our program framework is grounded in standards put forth by the Mississippi Department of Education, the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Professional Education and subject matter course requirements at MC are periodically reviewed by the State Board of Education and licensure requirements are subject to change by actions of the Office of Educator Licensure. 

TEP Field Experiences

Courses in the Teacher Education Program (TEP) bring reality to theory and research by illustrating and translating the abstract into concrete suggestions and activities for use in the classroom. Teacher candidates are involved in guided, active observation of students, teachers, administrators, schools, and communities. 

The geographic location of Mississippi College provides a variety of settings for field experiences. Located just ten miles west of the state capital, our partner school districts range from the largest urban school district in Mississippi to much smaller rural districts. Teacher candidates learn how to work with students from many culturally diverse communities, as well as experience a variety of teaching, learning, and behavior styles throughout their various field and clinical experiences. As you progress through your education, you will transition from observing a teaching professional in a secondary classroom setting to teaching your own classroom with an experienced teacher nearby.

Areas of Concentration

MC's B.S. in education offers three areas of concentration for licensure. In addition to initial educator licensure, students can complete specific coursework leading to supplemental endorsements.

Teacher Education Program (TEP) Admission Requirements 

All degree candidates will apply for admission to the TEP as part of the course requirements for EDU 300, Introduction to Education. All students applying for entrance into the TEP must: 

  • Successfully complete 44 semester hours of university core courses 
  • Maintain an overall (cumulative) GPA of at least 2.75 
  • Maintain minimum GPA of 2.75 in the area(s) of expected certification 
  • Pass the PRAXIS I CASE: Reading 156: Writing 162: Mathematics 130 * 
    *Praxis I requirements can be waived if the student has an ACT composite score of at least 21 or SAT composite score of at least 1060 and provides official score reports. 
  • Pass the Writing Proficiency Exam or successfully complete ENG 299.