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Department of Educational, Multicultural, and Exceptional Studies
College of Education and Human Development


The mission of the Department of Educational, Multicultural, and Exceptional Studies is to provide academic and professional training that leads to licensure in Special Education, Social Science Education, and alternate route Teacher Education.

STEM Stars Institute

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Scholars Teacher Academy Resident System (STEM STARS) Institute recruits traditional and non-traditional students with a solid background in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. If you are willing to commit to teaching in high-needs school and meet the following criteria, then STEM STARS is for you:


  • Graduating college seniors (Traditional students)
  • College graduates (Traditional students)
  • Individuals interested in making a career change to enter the teaching profession (Non-traditional students)



  • A Master of Art in Teaching (MAT) degree from Jackson State University
  • A middle or secondary certification in Science or Mathematics
  • Placement in a high-needs elementary or secondary school
  • Access to the Cyber Mentoring Network
  • Learn to teach by observing and teaching in actual classrooms
  • Gradually take on teaching and classroom responsibilities over time
  • Receive ongoing professional support during and after the program
  • Make graduate studies more affordable
  • Get a head start on your professional credentials to become Board Certified


Admission Protocol:


Immunization Requirements (URGENT)

    • All students admitted to Jackson State University are required to submit proof of having received two immunization shots for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) in order to complete registration for classes.
    • If an applicant has already been admitted and plans to attend the University as a first time student (undergraduate, graduate or transfer), he/she must submit a copy of the required immunization record to the University Health Center prior to registration for courses.
    • Students who have been admitted but do not submit the required immunization verification will be unable to complete registration for classes in the school’s computer enrollment system. Please see further immunization information at the link provided above.


  • Complete MAT and STEM STARS application
  • Interview and Writing Prompt
  • View MDE Code of Ethics and Conduct Brochure or Website
  • Enroll in pre-teaching courses (Classroom Management & Principles of Measurements)
  • Apply for the 3-Year Alternate Route License upon completion of the pre-teaching courses
  • Secure a teaching position in a STEM subject area, then complete two semesters of internship
  • Upgrade the 3-Year Alternate Route License to a standard 5-Year teaching license (Class A)
  • Complete the of remaining MAT courses to upgrade license to a Class AA.


MAT Degree Curriculum

Click here for more information on the STEM STARS Institute



Dr. Dennis D. Williams
Coordinator of MAT/Co-Director of STEM STAR Institute
Jackson State University
College of Education and Human Development
Joseph H. Jackson College of Education Building, Room 309
(601) 979-2439
Email address:


Education For All
Our educational, multicultural, and exceptional studies degree is a specialized academic program that provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to work in diverse educational settings, particularly those serving students with exceptionalities. Program completion depends on routes set by the Department and covers a range of topics related to education, multiculturalism, and exceptionalities. The curriculum for an educational, multicultural, and exceptional studies degree includes courses in educational psychology, learning and behavior management, exceptionalities, and cultural diversity. Students also take courses in research methods, ethics, and instructional design to gain a better understanding of the broader educational context in which teaching and learning occurs.


 In addition to classroom instruction, educational, multicultural, and exceptional studies degree programs often provide opportunities for hands-on learning through internships, practicums, and field experiences. These experiences can help students develop practical skills and gain real-world experience working with students in various educational settings, such as elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as in special education and inclusive classrooms.

“Challenging Minds, Changing Lives.”


Graduates of educational, multicultural, and exceptional studies degree programs are well-prepared for a variety of career paths in education and related fields. They have the skills and knowledge needed to work with diverse populations, particularly those with exceptionalities, and to design and deliver effective educational programs that meet the needs of all learners.


Educational, multicultural, and exceptional studies majors have a plethora of career options:

Elementary School Teacher Middle School Teacher Secondary School Teacher Translator
Teaching Assistant Cultural Events Coordinator Literacy Teacher Immigration Officer


The Department of Educational, Multicultural, and Exceptional Studies offers additional programs for program enrichment.

Want to learn more? Click below to view our programs.



Student Success

University Catalogs

Social and Cultural Studies

Special Education

Educational Technology




For more information, please contact us at (601) 979- 2370.  We look forward to meeting with you and seeing how our program can help you achieve your goals.



Department of Educational, Multicultural, and Exceptional Studies
College of Education and Human Development
1400 John R, Lynch Street
Jackson, MS 39217-0280