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Majors & Degrees

Secondary Education

Students gain the confidence to manage their own classrooms through fieldwork and directed teaching experience. 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.

The MC Experience

Secondary Education majors, seeking to obtain a 7-12 educator license, 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. Secondary Education majors choose from the following areas: Biology Education, Chemistry Education, English Education, Mathematics Education, Social Studies Education.

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).

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

Your area of specialization is central to your Secondary Education major. You’ll choose a specific concentration for detailed coursework and eventual teacher licensure. 

Grades 7-12 Licensure

This focus will allow candidates to teach in Junior high and High schools upon completion. 


This focus will allow students to teach English courses upon completion. Possible courses include Language Arts, Reading, and Writing. 


This focus will allow students to teach mathematics classes upon completion. Possible courses include pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, and others. 


This focus will allow students to teach biology courses upon completion. Possible courses include human biology and earth science. 


This focus will allow students to teach chemistry courses upon completion. Possible courses include elementary chemistry and advanced chemistry. 

Social Studies

This focus will allow students to teach social studies upon completion. Possible courses include American history and world history. 

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As a Secondary Education major, your curriculum will include:

  • Foundational courses in the humanities, natural science, math, social studies, fine arts, religion and physical education
  • Introduction to education
  • Educational psychology 
  • Directed teaching 
  • Required subject-matter specialization in your chosen area of licensure

Since 1996, more than 94 percent of MC’s graduates have successfully taken the PRAXIS II Examination, the test leading to teacher licensure. 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.

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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 the Mississippi State Superintendent of Education

Take the next step

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