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Majors & Degrees

Elementary Education

Theoretical knowledge is integrated with classroom experience and fieldwork for a learning experience that is 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

Elementary Education majors, seeking to obtain a K-6 educator license, complete a curriculum that emphasizes a strong, liberal arts background. The array of coursework in this 131-hour program provides critical background knowledge and skills for the Elementary Education major.

Once candidates complete the Education Core and Interdisciplinary requirements, they are enrolled in the more specific Professional Education and Elementary Education Subject Matter 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).

Field Experience

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.

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. 

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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.

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Outstanding Alumni

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

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