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Elementary Education

Theoretical knowledge is integrated with classroom experience and fieldwork, for a learning experience that’s strongly tied to teaching in the real world. Faculty stay up-to-date with standards for best practice, helping teachers-in-training develop into educational leaders who can make a positive impact on their communities through their work in the 21st-century classroom.

The MC Experience

One crucial aspect of our success is the Professional Education Advisory Committee (PEAC), a committee we formed to facilitate collaboration between the Department of Teacher Education and Leadership, other departments at the university, and local public school districts.

Since 1996, more than 94 percent of MC’s graduates have successfully taken the PRAXIS II Examination, the test leading to teacher licensure. More recently, the department is proud to tout that 100% of their graduates have passed this exam over the last two years.  Today, Mississippi College serves more than 350 undergraduates enrolled in programs leading to teacher licensure. Our teacher education graduates continue to enjoy exemplary rates of job placement throughout the state.

What You’ll Do

Participate in Iota Beta, our student chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the National Academic Honor Society in Education. With more than 50 active members, Iota Beta is a dynamic, productive organization here on MC’s campus, promoting education and honoring educators. Recently, they’ve been supporting community literary by collecting books for donation and reading to children in local schools.


Choose Your Focus


Classes you take at MC will prepare you for the PRAXIS II exam and the teaching profession. Professional Education and subject matter course requirements at MC are periodically reviewed by the State Board of Education. Licensure requirements are subject to change by actions of the Office of Educator Licensure. 

Elementary Education

You’ll take courses in topics such as:

  • Introduction to education
  • Educational and child psychology 
  • Instructional technology 
  • Early literacy 
  • Social science, science, mathematics and language arts for children 
  • Foundational courses in math, science, history, and literature

Mississippi College has long played an important role in the state’s educational infrastructure; its graduates were among the first to teach young students in classrooms throughout Mississippi, even before the public school system existed. We’ve remained at the frontier of youth education, continually updating and refining our approach to teacher training and staying current with standards advanced by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education — by whom we’ve been accredited since 1960, making us one of the first NCATE-recognized institutions in the South

Elementary Education

Outstanding Alumni

  • Susan Lindsay is the Headmaster at Jackson Prep.
  • Tim Martin is Assistant Superintendent of Clinton Public Schools.
  • Dr. Tom Burnham is the Mississippi State Superintendent of Education.

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