Mississippi College

Master of Education

All students who currently teach full-time in a K-6 setting are eligible for the Professional Development Scholarship which is a 30% reduction in tuition. The Master of Education program offers degree tracks in the areas listed below.

Teacher Education offers an Elementary Education program on the Clinton campus and in Brookhaven, MS.

Elementary Education Program (Brookhaven, MS)

This program is for teachers in the Brookhaven, MS area that are seeking a Master Degree in Elementary Education. All MC students who currently teach full-time in a K-6 setting are eligible for the Professional Development Scholarship which is a 30% reduction in tuition. Applicants may register online by clicking the link above.

Requirement Class Name Hours
Core Courses   9
EDU 6504 Research - Methods & Procedures 3
EDU 6535 Curriculum Development 3
EDU 6522 Current Methodology in Elementary Education 3
Advanced Content Methods/Materials   15
EDU 6503 Teaching Elementary & Junior High Mathematics 3
EDU 6524 Teaching Skills of Reading & Comprehension 3
EDU 6525 Studies in the Teaching of Elementary School Language Arts 3
EDU 6528 Social Studies Education in the Elementary School 3
EDU 6540 Project-Based Science Curriculum 3
Elementary Electives   6
Comprehensive Exams In their last semester of enrollment, candidates for the M.Ed. in Elementary Education degree must take an oral comprehensive examination based upon course work used to satisfy degree requirements if their overall grade point average on graduate work is below 3.75. If judged unsatisfactory, all or part of the oral examination may be retaken once in the following semester or summer term. Candidates with a grade point average on graduate work equal to, or greater than, 3.75 will be exempt from the oral examination process.  
Total Hours   30

Alternate Route Licensure (Master Teaching Arts)

This program has been designed to enable candidates to seek Mississippi Alternate Route Licensure with either an Elementary (4-8) or Secondary (7-12/K-12) concentration. This program is available in both the traditional and online formats. Candidates for admission must have satisfactory scores on the PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II (Specialty Area Exam) Tests and a minimum of 2.75 GPA.

Following admission and successful completion of the pre-teaching required courses in EDU 6505 and 6554, candidates are eligible to apply for a Special Class A License (3-year nonrenewable) with the Mississippi Department of Education. After successful completion of the pre-teaching and internship requirements, EDU 6537 and 6538, (12 hours) students may apply for a Mississippi Standard A Alternate Route Educator License (5-year renewable).

Requirement Class Name Hours
EDU 6506 Classroom Management for Elementary & Secondary Teachers 3
EDU 6554 Tests & Measurements 3
EDU 6537 * Dimensions of Learning I 3
EDU 6538 * Dimensions of Learning II 3
PSY 5435 Psychology of Exceptional Children 3
EDU 6542 Technology in Education 3
EDU 6504 Research - Methods & Procedures 3
Elementary Education (4-8) Concentration   12
EDU 6524 Teaching Skills or Reading & Comprehension 3
EDU 6411 Children's Literature/Reading 3
EDU 6488 Diagnostics/Prescriptive Reading 3
EDU 6522 Currenth Methodology in Elementary Education 3
or    
Secondary (7-12/K-12) Concentration   9
EDU 6523 Current Methodology in Secondary Education 3
EDU 6438 Teaching Reading in Content Areas 3
EDU 6535 Curriculum Development 3
Comprehensive Exams In their last semester of enrollment, candidates for the M.Ed. in Teaching Arts degree must take an oral comprehensive examination based upon course work used to satisfy degree requirements if their overall grade point average on graduate work is below 3.75. If judged unsatisfactory, all or part of the oral examination may be retaken once in the following semester or summer term. Candidates with a grade point average on graduate work equal to, or greater than, 3.75 will be exempt from the oral examination process.  
Total Hours   30-33

Students must complete EDU 6506 and EDU 6554 and provide a copy of a valid teaching contract prior to enrollment in either EDU 6537 or EDU 6538. Students may not complete EDU 6537 or EDU 6538 while teaching under an emergency, or interim, license.)

Requirement Class Name Hours
Core Courses   24
EDU 6571 Introduction to Dyslexia Therapy & Multisensory Teaching 3
EDU 6572 Dyslexia Therapy - Theory & Practice 3
EDU 6573 Dyslexia Therapy - Planning & Applications 3
EDU 6574 Dyslexia Therapy - Assessment & Evaluation 3
EDU 6575 Dyslexia Therapy - Internship I 3
EDU 6576 Dyslexia Therapy - Internship II 3
EDU 6577 Dyslexia Therapy - Internship III 3
EDU 6578 Dyslexia Therapy - Internship IV 3
Electives   6
Total Hours   30

General Admission Requirements

  1. All general requirements for admission to Graduate School at Mississippi College must be met.
  2. Requirements for admission to a Master of Education Degree must be met.
  3. GRE or PRAXIS scores must be provided.
  4. Standard educator’s license and a minimum of 3-years teaching experience must be documented.
  5. A structured resume and portfolio are required.  A writing sample and interview are required.

Application Deadline: May 15

Admission to the program is limited and is at the discretion of the Educational Leadership Screening and Selection Committee. Consult the Program Coordinator or the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education and Leadership for additional information concerning the cohort group selection process and specific program requirements.

Only applicants who have completed all components of the application process, including the writing sample and interview, will be considered. First consideration will be given to those with the highest overall ratings. For application guidelines, click Guidelines link above.

Financial Aid

Mississippi College is one of America's top values in Christian Education. Candidates are encouraged to explore financial aid opportunities and see just how affordable a quality university can be. Access Financial Aid on the MC website or click here for more information.

Features of the Course of Study

  • Program anchors include teaching/learning, technology, assessment, diversity, law and public policy, and collaboration.
  • A cohesive sequential delivery structure driven by problem-based and problem-centered learning activities is offered.
  • Clinical experiences are integrated with course content.
  • Students benefit from applied and focused internship experiences in both school and non-school settings.
  • There are opportunities for workplace experiences with on-site mentors who are practicing school leaders.
  • Reflective seminars to share experiences and to collaborate with other cohort members and university supervisors are provided.

Master of Education Guidelines

Each applicant must file with the Dean of Graduate Studies a complete dossier consisting of the following:

  • Graduate School Application for Admission - Application may be completed on-line.
  • Application Fee - a $30.00 application fee (nonrefundable, must accompany application).
  • Transcript(s) - One copy of official transcript(s) for all previous collegiate work. (Only official transcripts mailed from the school or college directly to the Dean of Graduate Studies will be accepted.) 
  • License - A photocopy of his/her Standard Class Educator’s License issued by a state department of education. You must hold a STANDARD, 5-YEAR, RENEWABLE LICENSE to be considered. If you do not have a copy, your school district usually has one on file and will make a copy for you, or an individual may request a duplicate copy of a license by submitting a completed Licensure Application and a $5 money order (personal checks not accepted) to the Mississippi Department of Education; Office of Educator Licensure; P.O. Box 771; Jackson, MS 39205. The application packet may be downloaded here.
  • Exam Scores - Documentation of acceptable scores on required professional exams. You may request the Office of Educator Licensure to provide scores on file by submitting a written request to the Mississippi Department of Education; Office of Educator Licensure; P.O. Box 771; Jackson, MS 39205. The request may also be sent by email to Kathy Hallman at khallman@mde.k12.ms.us. Be sure to include your full name and social security number in correspondence.

Each applicant must also file a professional portfolio with the program coordinator. Click here for portfolio requirements.

Upon receipt of all required documents, an interview and writing sample will be requested. For information on this process, click here.

Our vision is to produce the best prepared educational leaders in the history of Mississippi.

Requirement Class Name Hours
EDU 6517 Introduction to Administrator Preparation  1
EDU 6518 Personal/Interpersonal Dimension of Leadership 3
EDU 6526  Instructional Dimension of Leadership  1-10 
EDU 6527 Organizational Dimension of Education Leadership 3
EDU 6532 Resource Dimension of Leadership 1-8
EDU 6533 Information Management Dimension of Leadership 1-4
EDU 6534 Poiltical Dimension of Leadership 1-4
EDU 6536 Focused Internship 1-6 (300 clock hours)
Comprehensive Exams In their last semester of enrollment, candidates for the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership must take an oral comprehensive examination based upon a portfolio developed from 600 hours of field experience. If judged unsatisfactory, all or part of the oral examination may be retaken once in the following semester or summer term.  
Total Hours   39

Biological Science Requirements

  1. Twelve hours of graduate credit in professional education core courses. EDU 6504 - Research: Methods & Procedures and EDU 6535 - Curriculum Development are required as part of the 12 hours.
  2. Eighteen hours of graduate work in biological science. Biochemistry may count for biological science credit.
  3. Comprehensive Oral Examination. In their last semester of enrollment, candidates for the M.Ed. degree must take an oral comprehensive examination based upon course work used to satisfy degree requirements. If judged unsatisfactory, all or part of the oral examination may be retaken once in the following semester or summer term.

Note: The Mississippi Department of Education will not issue the Class AA Standard Educator License unless the applicant holds a Class A Standard Educator License.

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

Mississippi College is one of the thirty senior colleges and universities affiliated with the University of Southern Mississippi, Institute of Marine Sciences, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) located in Ocean Springs. Mississippi College students participating in the Master of Education in Sciences program may elect to take a maximum of 12 hours of biological sciences selected from the courses listed below or other approved courses. Each of these is offered only during the summer program at the laboratory. Many courses at the GCRL are offered only in the summer. For more information, contact Dr. Dunigan.

Class Class Name Hours
BIO 5472 Coastal Vegetation 5
BIO 5473 Salt Marsh Plant Ecology 4
BIO 5474 Aquarium Management 3-6
BIO 5475 Comparative Histology of Marine Fishes 6
BIO 5476 Marine Ichthyology 6
BIO 5477 Marine Mammals 5
BIO 5478 Marine Phycology 4
BIO 5481 Marine Invertebrate Zoology 5
BIO 5482 Fauna & Faunistic Ecology of Tidal Marshes, Seagrasses, & Sandy Beaches 5
BIO 5485 Marine Vertebrate Zoology 5
BIO 5486 Early Life History of Marine Fishes 4
BIO 5487 Marine Ecology 5
BIO 5489 Parasites of Marine Animals 6
BIO 5495 Marine Microbiology 5
BIO 5496 Special Problems in Marine Sciences 1-6
BIO 6524 Coastal Ecology in Marine Sciences 5
BIO 6525 Marine Sciences for Teachers 3
BIO 6528 Marine Science for Elementary Teachers 3

Master of Business Education

Must have 24 semester hours of undergraduate credit from one or more of the following areas: Business Administration, Economics, Business Technology and Accounting.

  1. Twelve semester hours of graduate credit in professional education core courses.
  2. A minimum of 18 semester hours of graduate work in Management Information Systems or Business Administration. The program should be planned with the graduate advisor to determine if undergraduate prerequisites have been met.
  3. In their last semester of enrollment, candidates for the M.Ed. in Business Education must take written and oral comprehensive examinations based upon course work used to satisfy degree requirements. If applicable, the oral exam will also include a defense of the thesis. If judged unsatisfactory, all or part of the written and/or oral examination may be retaken once in the following semester or summer term.

The Master of Education in Business Education is a Secondary Subject Endorsement area.

Admission

The student entering the Computer Science, M.Ed. program must have 12 hours of undergraduate courses in computer science, including CSC 216 and CSC 314.

Requirements

  1. Twelve semester hours of graduate credit in Professional Education core courses
  2. Eighteen semester hours of graduate level computer science courses
  3. Comprehensive oral examination

Requirements

  1. Twelve semester hours of graduate credit in Professional Education core courses
  2. Eighteen semester hours of graduate work in Mathematics including
    1. MAT 6541 - Current Topics in Mathematics Education, 3 hrs
    2. MAT 6551 - Modern Geometry, 3 hrs
  3. Comprehensive oral examination

Admission

Applicants must have a minimum of six semester hours in history and three semester hours in sociology at the undergraduate level. Any deficiency must be completed prior to admission to candidacy for a degree.

Requirements

  1. Twelve semester hours of graduate credit in Profesional Education core courses
  2. Eighteen semester hours in social sciences, of which a minimum of three semester hours must be taken in each of the disciplines of history, political science, and sociology, but no more than nine hours in any one discipline
  3. In the last semester of enrollment, candidates for the M.Ed. in Social Sciences must take written and oral comprehensive examinations based upon course work used to satisfy degree requirements. If applicable, the oral exam will also include a defense of the thesis. If judged unsatisfactory, all or part of the written and/or oral examination may be retaken once in the following semester or summer term. 


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