Skip to main content

College Of Education And Human Development

JSU student smiling

Undergraduate Candidate Assessment

All Jackson State University teacher education candidates are responsible for completion of a series of professional education coursework and assessments designed to ensure that candidates learn and exhibit mastery of key content and pedagogical knowledge and skills prior to program completion. Course-based key assessments are designed to test candidate mastery of key knowledge and skills as they matriculate through the program. These assessments are aligned to INTASC, TGR (Mississippi Standards), and program standards. Candidate dispositional assessments are designed to assess candidate’s habits of professional action and moral commitment that underlie performance. Jackson State University utilizes dispositional assessments unique to the university at Level I and Level II and state of Mississippi mandated dispositions at Level III. Level I and II dispositions enable faculty to assess candidates on observable behaviors regularly exhibited by candidates in class and/or field experiences. You may view any assessment below by clicking on the associated link. This will let you know what will be expected of you upon enrollment in the course associated with the key assessment.

Course-based EPP Key Assessments:

Candidate Dispositions Assessment:

Recommended Completion Schedule for Licensure Exams:

  • PRAXIS CORE: Successfully Completed by the End of Sophomore Year (Exempt with ACT Score of 21 or higher, SAT score of 1060 or higher, or GPA of 3.0 or higher on 60 designated hours of coursework)
  • PRAXIS II Content: Successfully Completed by the End of Junior Year
  • PRAXIS II PLT: Successfully Completed by the End of Junior Year
  • Foundations of Reading Exam: Successfully Completed by the End of Junior Year (Elementary Only)


Administration and Scoring of Course-based Key Assessments Policy

*This policy only applies to the designated course-based key assessments listed above.

       a. Course-based key assessments and scoring criteria must be introduced and explained to candidates enrolled in an assessment course when reviewing course syllabus and requirements at the beginning of the semester.

       b. Candidates are allowed one (1) resubmission of course-based key assessment after receiving feedback and/or remediation on the initial submission of the key assessment

       c. Course-based key assessments are due a minimum of three (3) weeks prior to the end of the semester to allow time for scoring, resubmission by candidate(s) if necessary, and whole class discussion and/or remediation if necessary

       d. Whole class discussion and/or remediation is required for knowledge/skills where class performs at or below the “Needs Improvement” level

       e. Candidates must successfully complete the course-based key assessment in order to pass a key assessment course


11JSU students conversing

Our college is committed to preparing future educators, counselors, and leaders who are dedicated to making a positive impact on the world.

We offer a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs that provide students with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience necessary to succeed in their chosen field. Our faculty are experienced professionals who are passionate about teaching and mentorship, and who are actively engaged in research that informs and improves their work in the classroom.

In addition to our academic programs, we offer a variety of resources and support services to help students succeed. Our Center for Student Success provides academic advising, tutoring, and other services designed to help students achieve their academic goals. We also offer a number of experiential learning opportunities, such as student teaching, internships, and service learning, that allow students to gain hands-on experience in their field.

At the College of Education and Human Development, we believe that education is the key to creating a better world. Whether you are interested in teaching, counseling, leadership, or any other field related to education and human development, we are here to help you achieve your goals and make a difference in the world.

Our Vision

The vision of the College of Education and Human Development is to be the premier Urban institution of choice within the state of Mississippi, the region, and the nation for the preparation of teachers, counselors and mental health professionals, professional development specialists, school leaders, and other school related professional practitioners with the latest in technology, best practices and as responsive educators with adaptive expertise.

We are also proud of our designation as a provider institution and partner with the U.S. PREP National Center for Educator Preparation Transformation.

JSU student reading books
College Of Education And Human Development


College of Education and Human Development
1400 John R. Lynch Street
Jackson, MS 39217-0280

Phone: 601.979.2433

JSU Students