Elementary Education

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Elementary Education teachers work with students from kindergarten through eighth grade across all disciplines. If you are interested in being part of a field where you have the opportunity to make a difference and work with children, and you want to engage in a service-oriented profession, we welcome you to Elementary Education.

Major Options: The first step toward teaching certification in Mississippi is completing the education requirements. Students will have to decide in what areas they want to specialize for their licensure. For a Class A license, candidates must have at least a 2.75 GPA in the subject area(s) for which a license endorsement is sought. Various options include:

  • K-6 Option
  • 7-8 or 7-12 endorsements available in the following areas: Math, English, Science, Social Studies, or Special Education

Transfer Opportunities: When choosing Elementary Education, it is important to determine where you would like to transfer. Each transferring institution requires specific prerequisites, so it is helpful to meet your adviser soon to decide the best destination. A few of the options are below:

  • Mississippi University for Women, which has a Partnership Pathway with Co-Lin, available completely online (MUW Program Plan*). Learn more about transfer options here.
  • The University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State University, and Delta State University, which offer degrees completely online as well as traditional on-ground options
  • Other institutions of higher learning, such as The University of Mississippi, Mississippi College, Alcorn State University, Jackson State University, and Mississippi Valley State University also have transfer opportunities. 

Elementary Education Requirements: In order to be accepted into a teacher education program at a senior college or university, a student must have completed ONE of the following options:

  • ACT Requirements – composite score of 21 or higher
  • Praxis Core test – Passing score in reading, writing, and mathematics