The Teacher Education Program (TEP) prepares undergraduate students to become highly effective and responsive educators. The program leads to an Initial license in Mississippi at the elementary or secondary school level.
Grounded in urban-focused teaching and learning opportunities, the TEP has three primary components:
- A comprehensive program of study in Education coursework
- A solid grounding in subject matter knowledge
- A robust sequence of field-based experiences
Each of these components includes an emphasis on the responsive educator.
The preparation of TEP students is guided by the College of Education and Human Development Responsive Educator Framework, state, and national standards. The Mississippi Department of Education outlines the regulations for Educator Licensure and Preparation Program Approval.
The Professional Standards for Teachers identify the knowledge and skills that all teachers must demonstrate, organized into five standards:
- Plans Curriculum and Instruction
- Delivers Effective Instruction
- Manages Classroom and Climate
- Promotes Equity
- Meets Professional Responsibilities
Students who are or will be majoring in education MUST be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. To enroll in the program students must:
- Conference with departmental/program advisor.
- Follow prescribed program curriculum sheet as provided by your department.
- Complete a minimum of 44 credit hours of the Core Courses, a grade of “C” or better is required for graduation in the prescribed math and English courses (see core curriculum checklist).
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a core GPA of 2.5 (Fall 2012, New Freshman students must have minimum cumulative/Core GPA of 2.75).
- Participate in the Professional Test Preparation Clinic workshops, and use the Learning Plus software program to prepare for the Praxis 1 Examination by the end of your first two semester at the university.
- Register and take the Praxis I Examination by the end of your freshman year.
- Complete an application for admission to teacher education including two recommendations for admission; original Praxis I scores (passing scores for reading, writing and math), ACT score of 21 or better with a minimum score of 18 on each of the sub-tests, or SAT score of 860 or better; a completed curriculum sheet signed by your advisor and Department chair; and a current transcript. The core courses listed on the checklist must be highlighted on the transcript. (Application must be typed)
- Schedule an interview.
- Sign acknowledgement that you have been informed that a background check is required by most school districts prior to employment.
- Obtain a written statement regarding your admitted status.
- Review the MS Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct video on the Center For Teacher Quality Website. Then sign the attached Oath Agreement.
Application Deadline dates:
Fall Semester – May 1; Spring Semester – November 1; Summer II – May 31
ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION APPLICATION