Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Program Overview

The Elementary Education Program at Delta State University is known for creating high quality educators for the classroom. Candidates who complete the program, will fulfill requirements for K-6 licensure in the state of Mississippi with additional licensure for grades 7-8 and 7-12 available with supplemental endorsements.  Through our clinical model of preparation, candidates will enter the classroom and be Day 1 Ready.

Are you in?

Students must meet the following requirements to be admitted to the Elementary Education program.

  • Junior year status
  • Acceptable scores on one of the following options:
    • Passing Scores Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests (Reading, Writing, and Math)
    • ACT of 21 or higher and passing score on Praxis Core Writing
  • General education GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Recommendation from elementary education faculty

More information regarding admission requirements, tuition & fees, financial aid and campus life can be found at:

Freshman Admissions – Students who are currently attending high school or have graduated but not enrolled in a regular session at another college or university
Transfer Admissions – Students who are currently enrolled or have previous college credit hours

Elementary Education includes course work, clinical experiences, and research-based practices. The K-6 program includes a minimum of 44 core subject hours, a minimum of 2 areas of concentration (18 hours), and an interdisciplinary program of study.

Program of Study

Concentration courses are focused subject areas in the program of study. Students must obtain 18 or more hours in at least two concentration areas. To obtain supplemental endorsements, students may take 21 hours in these subject areas, achieving a C or better.

  • Art
  • English
  • Foreign Language
  • Physical Education
  • Math
  • Music
  • General Science
  • Social Studies

Each student who is admitted to Delta State University will be assigned an advisor. Advisee assignments may be obtained from the main office in Ewing 384, or at 662-846-4370. All elementary education advisors have offices on the third floor of Ewing where students will find posted charts of office hours, phone numbers, and class schedules.

Students may schedule a conference with an advisor via phone call, email, or by leaving a message on the office door. Students must schedule an appointment with their advisors to register or pre-register. Advisors are also more than willing to address students’ questions or concerns.


How will I know what to take and in what order?

A current Delta State University Bulletin (catalog) should be the first thing that a prospective or new student reads. The academic catalog will have information not only about the Elementary Education Program, but also about the University as a whole. In addition to the catalog, students may access the Course Checklist. Transfer students must obtain a transcript evaluation for elementary education from the Office of the Registrar. Contact the faculty/staff for any further detail. Click HERE for the current program of study.

What are concentration courses?

Students must obtain 18 or more hours in two of the following areas. Obtaining 21 hours of C or better leads to a supplemental endorsement. Art, English, Physical Education, Mathematics, Music Education, General Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language (one language), Math, and Reading are options for an endorsement.

What is required to be admitted to Teacher Education?

Actual admission cannot be obtained until the junior year. Admission requirements include passage of Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Reading, Writing, and Mathematics Tests or a score of 21 or higher on the ACT and passing Praxis Core Writing score; having a 2.75 GPA on courses designated as General Education on the Course of Study sheet; and being recommended by the faculty in Elementary Education. Your advisor can address further questions about Praxis tests.


Nicole Spinks
Coordinator of Undergraduate Elementary Education

Dr. Jacqueline Craven
Associate Professor

Dr. Keon Shelby
Assistant Professor

Bib Belenchia

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

James M. Ewing Hall 384
Cleveland, MS 38733
P: 662-846-4370
F: 662-846-4309