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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

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. 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.

Student Teaching Opportunities

Students get field teaching experience at local high schools in Jackson, Clinton, Madison, Rankin, Pearl, Hinds and Vicksburg-Warren counties.

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 local classrooms.

Where You’ll Go

Recent Graduates

Over the past 10 years, nearly 1,000 of our teacher education graduates have been licensed by the State of Mississippi. Our graduates continue to be in high demand in schools throughout the state. Supporting their success is an essential aspect of our program. We provide on-going support for first-year teachers, encouraging them to contact any faculty member for assistance in navigating the challenges of their first classroom.

Other teacher education graduates are pursuing additional study at Mississippi College, the University of Mississippi, and the University of Tennessee.

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 students to teach in Junior high and High schools upon completion. 

Business Education

This focus will allow students to teach Business courses upon completion. Possible teaching opportunities include Consumer's Education and Business Law. 

English

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

Mathematics

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

Biology

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

Chemistry

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

Social Studies Special Area Licensure (K-12)

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

Art

This focus will allow students to teach art classes upon completion. Possible courses include painting and drawing. 

Special Education

This focus will allow students to teach in special education classes. Students will learn how to teach others with disabilities. 

Music – Instrumental

This focus will allow students to teach music classes upon completion. Possible courses include piano and guitar. 

Music – Voice/Piano

This focus will allow students to teach music classes upon completion. Possible classes include piano and singing lessons. 

Physical Education

This focus will allow students to teach physical education courses upon completion. Students will learn the basics of human anatomy and kinesiology. 

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.

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

We’d love to connect with you to help you begin your journey to becoming a
Mississippi College graduate. Visit campus, request info, or apply today.