How far do you want to go?

Ole Miss can take you further. Our degree programs in education will prepare you for a meaningful career where you can make a positive impact in the lives of children in Mississippi and beyond. Our undergraduate and graduate degrees will help you find your place in P-12 education and more.

Undergraduate Graduate

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Experience-Based

Each year, over 700 undergraduate students participate in classroom-based experiences ranging from sophomore-year observations to senior-year student teaching. With more than 40 school placement sites, UM education majors get to learn in a hands-on environment. Our clinical instructors mentor student teachers in their own classrooms. And before you step foot in the classroom, you will log hours in our TeachLive digital classroom, which uses the latest technology to simulate live classroom settings with student avatars.

Teacher high-fiving young students

From assistantships and practicums to field experience and embedded internships, our graduate programs also emphasize the value of hands-on learning. Graduate students in a variety of programs are provided with meaningful and convenient field experience opportunities to help them take their degrees further.

Choose Your Undergraduate Degree

We offer the Bachelor of Arts in Education in three fields. You will observe and teach in real world classrooms and work alongside professional teachers and school students at varying grade levels.


Elementary Education

Elementary Education

  • Teach grades K-6
  • Graduate with 854+ hours of teaching experience
  • 100% of graduates can earn special education endorsement

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Secondary Education

Secondary Education

  • Teach grades 7-12
  • Specialize in English, math, social studies, or science (biology, chemistry, and physics)
  • Graduate with 655-1,000+ hours of teaching experience
  • Earn special education endorsement with two extra courses

English Math Science Social Studies

Special Education

Special Education

  • Teach K-12 students with diverse needs
  • Graduate with 725 hours of teaching experience
  • Earn licensure to teach students with mild/moderate and severe/profound disabilities
  • Oxford campus only

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Online Programs

Our 100% online master’s and specialist degrees can be completed in 18-to-24 months and are designed to help you grow as a professional. With part-time degree paths, you can balance your studies with your already busy schedule.


M.A. in Teaching (MAT)

M.A. in Teaching (MAT)

There’s a new route to teaching. Our Online M.A.in Teaching (MAT) degree is an alternate-route certification program for bachelor’s degree holders who want to teach grades 7-12. Our coursework focuses on building a pedagogical foundation for candidates with strong content knowledge—people like you. MAT candidates can teach math, science, English or social studies, and more. After your first semester, you can be certified to teach in Mississippi public schools and earn an advanced license after two years. Licensed teachers can also enroll to earn advanced licensure in secondary education.

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Admissions Requirements

  • 3.0 GPA on last 60 hours of undergraduate work
  • 21 ACT composite score or passing scores on the Praxis Core (Reading: 156, Writing: 162, Math 150)
  • Passing Praxis II score test in the subject area you wish to teach
  • Writing sample responding to the following prompt:
    • What do you view as the greatest need in education and what characteristics do you possess that would allow you to address this need?
    • What would you like to have accomplished after five years in the teaching profession?

You can apply (and be accepted) to the program before taking Praxis exams. You must pass all of the Praxis requirements before beginning coursework.


M.A. in Higher Education

M.A. in Higher Education

Take your job in higher education to the next level. Our Online M.A. degree is designed for a wide range of college and university professionals. Our multi-disciplinary curriculum prepares graduates to excel in student services, human resources, finance, law and more. The Online M.A. delivers the same coursework as our face-to-face program, which has served college administrators for decades.

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Admissions Requirements

  • 3.0 Undergraduate GPA

  • Competitive GRE Scores



M.Ed. in Elementary Education

M.Ed. in Elementary Education

Don’t just earn your master’s—become a Master Teacher. Our Online M.Ed. degree helps educators like you utilize the best practices and latest research related to the education of children in grades K-6. Our flexible program is designed so you can pursue your master’s without having to leave work or commute long distances. If you already hold a Mississippi teaching license, you will have the opportunity to earn a Pre-K license endorsement from the state.

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Admissions Requirements

  • 3.0 Undergraduate GPA
  • Current teaching license
  • Passing Praxis II content scores



M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education

M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education

Quality Pre-K educators make a lifelong impact on children. Can you? Our Online M.Ed. degree helps teachers, administrators and others utilize the best practices and latest research related to the cognitive, social and emotional development of young children. If you already hold a Mississippi teaching license, you will have the opportunity to earn a Pre-K license endorsement from the state.

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Admissions Requirements

  • 3.0 Undergraduate GPA
  • Passing Praxis II content scores





M.Ed./Ed.S. in Educational Leadership

M.Ed./Ed.S. in Educational Leadership

We see leadership potential in you. Take your career to the next level with our certification program in K-12 Educational Leadership. Our research-based program focuses on best practices of effective school leaders and offers collaborative, transformative internship opportunities no matter where you are. We have the state’s highest first-time pass rate on the School Leaders Licensure Exam. Our program will be a challenging and transformative investment into your career.

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Admissions Requirements

  • Current teaching license
  • Three years of full-time teaching experience
  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Statement of goals
  • No GRE required!
  • Tuition reduction!


Ed.S. in Counselor Education/Play Therapy

Ed.S. in Counselor Education/Play Therapy

The Ed.S. in Counselor Education with emphasis in Play Therapy is an online program where you can complete the training and experience hours required to obtain the RPT (Registered Play Therapist) credential in one year. Play Therapy is a rapidly growing field among a wide range of mental health professions and our Online Ed.S. is the only degree of its kind and brings together mental health clinicians (counselors, clinical social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and more). In this program you will study alongside mental health professionals across the nation and graduate in approximately one year.

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Admissions Requirements

  • Master’s degree in a mental health field

  • State-issued license to practice in mental health field


 

Face-to-Face Programs

We offer over 20 face-to-face master’s, specialist or doctoral degrees. Learn more about how you can advance your career in P-12 education, higher education, counseling and more.

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Are you ready? It’s time to go further.

Are you ready?  It’s time to go further.

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