Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research

Master of Education in Elementary Education


The Master of Education degree in Elementary Education program is designed to prepare quality teachers who possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that enable them to deliver effective instruction at all levels of the elementary school.


Course content and practical learning experiences are balanced so that the educator receiving the degree has sound knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of all facets of elementary education as well as the pedagogy that characterizes master elementary teachers.


You can now earn your Master of Education in Elementary Education degree in one year. Candidates will focus on one class at a time during the spring and fall semesters and will engage in two courses simultaneously during the summer sessions.

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. Advancing your degree is only a click away.

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an institution fully accredited by one of the recognized accrediting agencies.
  2. Overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of a minimum of 2.5, or 2.75 on the last 64 hours of required coursework.
  3. Class A teaching certificate or its equivalent.
  4. Satisfactory score on a nationally recognized, standardized test of verbal skills.
    • CORE Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (Test # 5722)-minimum score of 162
    • 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 (Old Scale) or 144 (New Scale)
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT)- minimum score of 30
    • Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) Writing Essay Test- minimum score of 3
  5. Evidence of a 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.
Fall 2018 Class Schedule
Course # Course Title Dates
CEL 630 Practicum in Elementary Education Sept 21 – Oct 26
*ELR 605 Methods of Educ Research & Statistics Aug 20 – Dec 6
CEL 621 Edu in the Intermediate Grades Oct 29 – Dec 6

*Full semester course

Fall 2018 Class Schedule – Tishomingo Cohort
Course # Course Title Dates
CEL 610 Eff Instruction in the Elem School Aug 20 – Sept 21
CEL 611 Classroom Management Sept 24 – Oct 26
CEL 621 Edu in the Intermediate Grades Oct 29 – Dec 7

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 webpage.

Graduate students must have completed at least 18 earned credit hours (not including the current semester) in order to apply for graduation.

According to The University of Mississippi, “The Mississippi Teacher Fellowship Program is designed as an innovative partnership to address Mississippi’s teacher shortage. The purpose of the program is to attract qualified teachers to the critical teacher shortage areas of Mississippi. Scholarships will be made available to persons seeking a Master of Education or Educational Specialist degree at a Mississippi institution of higher learning in exchange for employment in these geographical shortage areas.”

The Mississippi Teacher Fellowship Program is managed by The University of Mississippi. Please see the link below for more information.

Mississippi Teacher Fellowship Program
School Districts that qualify for the MTFP scholarship opportunity


Corlis Snow, Ed.D.
Phone: 205-655-4878
Fax: 662-846-4309

Merideth Van Namen, Ed.D.
Chair, Division of Teacher Education, Leadership & Research

Tim Watkins, Ed.D.
Associate Professor