Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research

Education Specialist in Elementary Education

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.

  1. A Master’s degree from an institution fully accredited by one of the recognized accrediting agencies.
  2. A Class AA teaching certificate, or its equivalent, and a Master’s degree in a related field.
  3. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 on coursework completed for the Master’s degree.
  4. Satisfactory score on one of the nationally recognized, standardized test of verbal skills listed below.
    a. CORE Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (Test #5723)-minimum score of 162
    b. Praxis I Writing Test- minimum score of 174 on PPST or 320 on CBT
    c. National Teacher Examination (NTE) Communication Skills- minimum score of 653
    d. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal Test- minimum score of 370 (Old Scale) or 144 (New Scale)
    e. Miller Analogies Test (MAT)- minimum score of 30
    f. Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) Writing Essay Test- minimum score of 3
  5. A passing score on the PRAXIS II, Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment (K-5), or Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment (4-8); or passing score on a test in Elementary Education approved by the Mississippi State Department of Education (for the Educational Specialist degree in Elementary Education).
  6. Evidence of a passing score on the Foundations of Reading test for those seeking elementary endorsement for the first time.
Spring 2022 Class Schedule
Course # Course Title Dates
CEL 706 Practicum – Upper Elem/Middle School 4-8 Jan 10 – May 5
ELR 701 Educational Research and Design Jan 10 – May 5
CEL 712 Leadership Roles in Elementary Education Jan 10 – May 5
CUR 701 Philosophy of Education Jan 10 – May 5
CSP 674 Advanced Instructional Planning in Sp. Ed. Mar 2 – Apr 28
EPY 601 Educational Psychology Jan 10 – May 5
CRD 624 Literacy Instruction in the Elem School Feb 14 – Mar 24
CEL 610 Effective Instruction in Elem School Jan 10 – Feb 11
CEL 611 Classroom Management Jan 10 – May 5

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.


Tim Watkins, Ed.D.
P: 662-846-4395
F: 662-846-4309

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