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    Mississippi College
  Jun 29, 2022
GRADUATE CATALOG 2015-2016 [Archived Catalog]

Teaching Arts, M.Ed. (available in traditional and online formats)

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 offered in both the traditional and online formats. Candidates for admission must have the following: 

  • satisfactory scores on the PRAXIS I Core CASE (Core Academic Skills for Educators) Reading-5712 (passing score 156); Writing-5722 (passing score 162); Math-5732 (passing score 150)

Praxis I PPST will end December 31, 2013.  The Praxis I Core CASE test will replace the Praxis I PPST.  The educator cannot combine parts of the PPST and parts of the CASE to meet certification requirements.  Beginning January 1, 2014, educators must take and pass CASE in order to meet certification requirements.

  •  PRAXIS II (Content Area Exam)**
  •  a minimum of 2.75 GPA , in addition to all other Master of Education admission requirements except the teacher's license as previously indicated.

**Approved content area tests and passing scores are determined by MDE, are subject to change pending MDE approval, and are listed at the State Dept of Education website,

Following admission and successful completion of the pre-teaching required courses, 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 (12 hours) students may apply for a Mississippi Standard A Alternate Route Educator License (5-year renewable). Upon completion of the degree program in Teaching Arts candidates may apply for the Mississippi Standard AA License (5-year renewable).

Note:  ACT equivalent scores (composite 21 and no sub-scores below 18) can be used in lieu of passing Praxis I score requirements for entrance to the Alternate Route teaching programs (Masters of Teaching Arts.)

The degree consists of the following requirements.

1. Completion of the following six hours of pre-teaching required courses:

2. Completion of the following six hours of internship courses:


(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.)

3. Completion of the following nine hours of core courses:

4. Choose one Concentration

Total: 30-33 sem. hrs.

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.