This program has been designed to enable candidates to seek Mississippi Alternate Route Licensure with either an Elementary (4-6), Secondary 7-12 (Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Social Studies), or K-12 (Art, Music, Physical Education) concentrations. 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-5713 (passing score 156); Writing-5723 (passing score 162); Math-5733 (passing score 130)
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.
- Foundations of Reading Test- Effective July 1, 2016, for initial elementary licensure, a teacher candidate must earn a passing score as approved by the State Board of EducationMississippi Department of Education (MDE). Teacher candidates may take the Foundation of Reading test to satisfy the new requirement. The requirement is in addition to the current testing requirements for Mississippi. Candidates should visit http://www.ms.neisnc.com and click “Register” tab to create an account.
- Candidates seeking admission to the M.Ed. in Teaching Arts and Alternate Route educator licensure must either have an undergraduate degree or 18 undergraduate credit hours in a concentration area as required by MDE.
**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the standardized testing requirement is waived for admission to the M.Ed. in Teaching Arts program for Secondary 7-12 and K-12 concentrations through December 31, 2021. All other admission requirements remain inforce.
**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, http://www.mde.k12.ms.us.
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) 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
In their last semester of enrollment, candidates for the M.Ed. in Teaching Arts degree must take a 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 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 examination process.