Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose the College of Education?
The College of Education provides training for a wide variety of career choices, both in the field of teaching and in non-teaching fields. If you are interested in teaching, the College of Education is the obvious choice. With degrees in elementary education, special education, teaching/coaching, and in the various concentrations at the secondary education level (Math education, English education, Social Studies education, etc.), and others, we train students to teach at all levels. Even if your interests are not in the field of teaching, the College of Education may have something for you.
We train students to be counselors and musicians, to work in industrial settings or in Allied Health professions, and for a variety of other career choices as well. We encourage students who are interested to visit our department's home pages and review the degree programs available. If your interests lie in teaching or in one of the other career options available to our graduates, the College of Education is right for you.
If I have a BA already, what do I need to do to become a licensed teacher?
If you already have a bachelor's degree but did not complete a teacher education program that included student teaching, you can still be a teacher in Mississippi.
The College of Education has two approved Alternate Route Programs that lead to teacher certification. You must complete one of these programs. They are the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), which trains graduates to teach at the secondary level, and the Teach Mississippi Institute (TMI), which trains teachers to teach special education.
Both programs have the following components:
- Training program or coursework
- One-year teaching internship
The steps you need to take for alternate route certification are:
- Decide what subject and age level you want to teach. This decision will help you choose which alternate route program will work for you.
- All programs require testing:
- Praxis I (Reading, Writing and Math basic skills test)
- Praxis II: Subject Area test in the area you want to teach.
- Once you have successfully completed your testing you must enroll in an alternate route program and complete the training or coursework required. You will then be ready for your initial alternate license and internship. Submit to the Office of Educator Licensure a completed licensure application, sealed transcript showing degree, your original Praxis scores and proof of alternate route enrollment.
- The internship is your first year of teaching. Mentoring will be provided during the internship. You will be paid based on your bachelor's degree status as a first year teacher. The internship period will be provisional based upon successful completion of the school year.
- Upon completion of the internship, you are ready to apply for your five-year standard teaching license. Submit to the Office of Educator Licensure a completed licensure application and proof of internship completion.
Note: There is no alternate route for Elementary K-3. You must complete an approved program in Elementary Education K-3 to earn that license.
What options does the College of Education offer for non-teachers?
The departments in the College of Education offer a variety of degree programs which train students for careers outside of teaching.
The Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology offers an undergraduate program in Educational Psychology and Graduate programs in Counseling, Educational Psychology, and School Psychology.
The Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development offers undergraduate programs in Industrial Technology and Information Technology Services (ITS) and graduate programs in Technology, Instructional Technology, and Instructional Systems and Workforce Development. These can prepare students for employment leading to supervisory and management positions in the production, automation, maintenance or logistics areas of industry (Industrial Technology); or for the use of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and hardware, and the development and implementation of technology user support (ITS).
The Department of Kinesiology offers undergraduate programs in Clinical Exercise Physiology, Health Fitness Studies, and Sport Studies; and graduate programs in Applied Physiology and Sport Administration. These degree programs offer students training for a variety of Allied Health and sports-related professions.
The Department of Leadership and Foundations offers graduate programs for students interested in school administration: School Administration; Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Education Administration; Community College Leadership; and Workforce Education Leadership. These prepare students to work with teachers in an administrative capacity.
The Department of Music offers an undergraduate degree in Music, which is a flexible program designed to provide the talented musician the opportunity to explore music study on various levels and varied areas.
Does the College of Education offer scholarships?
Students in the College of Education can qualify for a number of scholarships, viewable here:
Applications can be found at:
In addition, the following programs may be of interest:
Mississippi Critical Teacher Shortage Act
There are 48 school districts eligible for the incentives and scholarships made available through funds from HB #609, the Mississippi Critical Teacher Shortage Act. Critical Shortage Areas
Mississippi Troops to Teachers
The Troops to Teachers (TTT) program enriches the quality of American education by placing mature, motivated, experienced, and dedicated individuals in our nation's classrooms. Thousands of military retirees, separating active duty, and currently drilling members of the reserve components are discovering new and rewarding careers in teaching our nation's children. Veterans who become public school teachers are "proud to serve again." Click here to visit the website.
What are the admission requirements for the College of Education?
Teacher Education programs generally have the following admission requirements:
- Completion of 44 hours of coursework (including the 36-hour core)
- Overall GPA of 2.5 (or 2.75 for Elementary Education and Secondary Education)
- Grades of C or higher in English Composition I and II and in your college Algebra, Quantitative Reasoning, or other higher level math course
- An SAT score of 860, OR and ACT composite score of 21 (with no subset below 18) OR the following Praxis I scores: Reading — 172, Writing —173, and Math — 172
- Verification of 40 hours of work with children/youth
- Two recommendations from educators
- Completion of a Licensure Advisory Form and a Dispositions Advisory Form
- Submission to a Criminal Background check
Non-Teacher program admission requirements vary by program. Students are encouraged to check with the departments offering the program you are interested in.
What teaching positions are currently available in Mississippi?
You can visit http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/mtc/vacancy.htm to see where teaching positions are currently open in the state of Mississippi. Further, graduating students can participate in Education Interview Day, a one-day interview event held each November and April, where up to 60 Mississippi and out-of-state school districts come to MSU to interview potential new teachers.