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Elementary / Special Education

To be admitted into a teacher education program that leads to a baccalaureate degree, students will either have to pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) - (formerly Praxis I) examination prior to transferring (if required) OR have scored at least a 21 composite ACT equivalent (consult chosen transfer college for specifics).

**Endorsement Areas: For Mississippi K-6 Licensure in Elementary Education, the Mississippi Department of Education requires that candidates have completed at least 18 hours, in each of two endorsement areas, with no grade lower than a "C". In addition, some IHL universities also offer Elementary Education programs, K-6 with 2 add-on endorsements. In these programs, candidates earn an additional three (3) hours, or twenty-one (21) hours in each of the two endorsement areas, with no grade lower than a "C". These programs prepare the students for Mississippi K-6 licensure, with add-on licenses for grades 7 - 12 in the two endorsement areas. English, General Science, Math, and Social Studies are endorsement areas accepted by all eight (8) IHL universities. Consult with your chosen transfer college to determine acceptable transfer courses for your endorsement areas.
Education Pathway

Program Curriculum

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS

FIRST YEAR:
First Semester
  • English Composition I ENG 1113
  • College Algebra MAT 1313
  • World Regional Geography GEO 1113
  • Physical Science w/Lab (4)
  • History Elective (Continuous) (3)
Total 16 Hours
Second Semester
  • English Composition II ENG 1123
  • The Real Number System MAT 1723
  • Public Speaking I SPT/COM 1113
  • *American National Government PSC 1113 OR Introduction to Sociology SOC 21113
  • History Elective (Continuous) (3)
Total 15 Hours
SECOND YEAR:
First Semester
  • Geometry, Measurement, & Probability MAT 1733
  • Biological Science w/Lab (4)
  • *Literature Elective (Continuous) (3)
  • **Elective (3)
  • **Elective (3)
Total 16 Hours
Second Semester
  • ****Foundations in Education EDU 1613
  • ***Fine Arts Elective (3)
  • *Literature Elective (Continuous) (3)
  • **Elective (3)
  • **Elective (3)
Total 15 Hours
*Consult with your chosen transfer university/college to determine changes to this curriculum.

***ART 1113 Art Appreciation, MUS 1113 Music Appreciation, or SPT 2233 Theatre Appreciation

****Foundations of Education requires 30 hours of observation hours in a school setting set up by the instructor of the course. Some districts will require you to have a background check at an additional cost.
Enrollment in a minimum of 15 hours each semester is recommended for eligibility for state aid, institutional scholarships, and the tuition break.