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School of Education and Psychology

The School of Education and Psychology (SOEP) located in the Walter Washington Administration/Classroom Building (WWACB), also offers a non-teaching degree in psychology for students who plan to pursue graduate studies in psychology and related fields. You also can pursue a bachelor’s degree in general studies, working with your advisor to create a personalized program of study.

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Special Announcements for Teacher Education

The Mississippi Board of Education met in Special-Called Teleconference to address many of the issues brought about by COVID-19 including student teaching, licensure exams, and becoming a licensed educator in the state of Mississippi.

Students Entering a Licensure Program

Effective immediately, the requirement of a twenty-one (21) on the ACT or passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators is suspended for all candidates seeking admission to traditional or non-traditional (alternate route) educator preparation programs on or before December 31, 2021.

  • Students may be admitted to a traditional teacher education program with a 2.75 GPA on the 44-hour pre-major core.
  • Candidates for the alternate route program for teacher licensure (MAT) may be admitted with at least a bachelor’s degree in the area of licensure sought: at least a bachelor’s degree in any area with 18 hours of undergraduate/graduate coursework with a grade of “C” or higher in the area of licensure sought; or at least a bachelor’s degree in any area and a passing score on the appropriate Subject Area Assessment.
  • Applicants for Mississippi Department of Education licensure as educators who have completed a traditional or non-traditional (alternate route) program from an education preparation program will not be required to submit evidence of licensure testing requirements including Praxis Content, PLT, and Foundations of Reading in order to obtain a Five-Year Standard license.

Changes to Current Student Teaching

  • The requirement for 12 weeks of student teaching in a school setting has been suspended.
  • MDE will allow candidates’ virtual experiences to be counted toward the student teaching time requirement.
    • Student teachers are to continue in virtual activities through Friday, April 17, 2020
    • Alternate assignments to be completed virtually are being developed by Director of Student Teaching and Field Experience and will be posted in Canvas.
    • All alternate assignments and an activity log are to be uploaded into Canvas.
  • Testing requirements have been suspended for all student teachers who apply for a license now through December 31, 2021.
    • If you have not taken the Praxis Content, PLT, and/or Foundations of Reading Test, you do not have to schedule the test(s). You will be eligible for your five-year teaching license without reporting any of these scores.
    • If you have already taken all of your required tests, but did not pass one or all, you do not have to reschedule those tests. You will be eligible for your five-year teaching license without reporting any additional scores.
    • If you have already taken and passed all of the (formerly) required tests, then you have met the state’s requirements, and would be eligible for reciprocity in other states.

Further information in regards to these changes as well as information for changes to license renewal and reciprocity may be found on the Mississippi Department of Education website.