The Educational Specialist in Elementary Education program is designed to prepare quality elementary teachers who can provide effective instruction and provide leadership for fellow teachers at both the primary and intermediate levels.
Online delivery affords you the flexibility needed for advancing your career without interrupting your current work duties while engaging you in an online learning community that is rich in diverse teaching experiences.
The content of the courses and related experiences give the teachers an in-depth perspective of teaching from a holistic and reflective point of view.
Course instructors are highly credentialed and provide a wealth of knowledge that will facilitate your ability to translate current research and best practices into practical classroom experiences.
All applicants who meet the GPA and license requirements will be admitted.
Master’s degree with an earned overall GPA of at least 3.25 on the planned program of study from an institution fully accredited by one of the recognized accrediting agencies.
Valid AA teaching license.
Satisfactory writing proficiency score on one of the following:
- Praxis I Writing Test- minimum score of 174 on PPST or 320 on CBT National Teacher Examination (NTE) Communication Skills-minimum score of 653
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal Test- minimum score of 370
- Miller Analogies Test (MAT)- minimum score of 30
- Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) Essay Test- minimum score of 3
- Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) Writing Essay Test- minimum score of 3
Passing score on PRAXIS II, Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment (K-5), or Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment (4-8); or passing score on test in Elementary Education approved by Mississippi State Department of Education.
All Education Specialist candidates must have credit for the following courses or the equivalent:
- EPY 601- Psychology of Learning
- CEL 610- Effective Instruction in the Elementary School
- CEL 611- Classroom Management
- CRD 624- Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School
Any of the credits that are not transferred upon admission to the Education Specialist program must be added to the candidate’s Program of Study.
How to Apply for Graduation
Use the online application process to apply for graduation at least one semester prior to the semester of graduation. Paper applications are no longer accepted. Complete the process by going to the Registrar’s Office website.
Graduate students must have completed at least 18 earned credit hours (not including the current semester) in order to apply for graduation.