Education is a science, but also a gift. Education is a career, and also a cause if you want to make a difference in the lives of others. The Millsaps Department of Education offers a major to equip future elementary education practitioners (K–6) as well as a minor for future secondary teachers (7-12) who desire to acquire deep content area expertise through majoring in their discipline (e.g. history, English, etc.) Successful completion of either a major or minor in education results in teacher licensure and thus opens the door to immediate employment after graduation. Numerous supplemental licensure areas are also available, including licensure in special education.

The streamlined and field-based program maximizes your time and potential. Whether in the classroom or a research setting, students will work closely with faculty mentors to develop the skills necessary to advance as an educational leader.

  • Debra Burson

    Debra B. Burson

    Department Chair of Education

    601.974.1353 | Email


    BS, University of Alabama; MEd, University of South Alabama; PhD, Jackson State University

    "What do you think when you hear, “Those who can, do; those who can't, teach”? I hope this statement sends chills up your spine; it does mine!  This critical quote is so very far from the truth—teaching is the one profession that makes all other professions possible. Remember, everyone got their start in an elementary classroom.

    "Education is undoubtedly the most important function in any society; therefore, we need great teachers. We need passionate teachers who are multi-faceted, multi-talented, and committed to life-long learning. In the Education Department at Millsaps, our goal is to nurture teachers who possess these dynamic attributes. Through coursework and numerous clinical field opportunities, we see students develop into talented teachers who experience the satisfaction and joy of impacting the lives of others by making a real difference in children’s lives.

    "Teaching is my vocation not just my job; it provides me a great deal of personal and professional fulfillment. I am proud to say that I bring over a decade of K-12 classroom experience and real-world application to the classes I teach. Each day, I have the opportunity to change the world through my interactions with students here at Millsaps, and with any luck, make it a better place!  

    "I am always happy to talk to anyone interested in learning more about a career in the field of education, so stop by my office anytime and let me help you put your MAJOR to work!"

  • Stacy DeZutter

    Stacy L. DeZutter

    Associate Professor of Education

    601.974.1355 | Email


    BA, Rhodes College; MA, University of Pittsburgh; PhD Washington University

  • Julie Rust

    Julie Rust

    Assistant Professor of Education

    601.974.1350 | Email


    BA, Taylor University; PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington

    "Teaching young people is no one-size-fits-all endeavor; it is the most complex challenge that any professional could ever undertake. It forces you to think about identity and philosophy and logistics in concert; you can’t effectively teach without being incredibly wise to all of the contextual factors at play. This is why I love being a teacher of teachers at a deep-thinking place like Millsaps College. I am especially interested in pushing the envelope of what is conceived as “traditional” literacy education, and I define literacy as an inherently social form of “meaning-making.” I enjoy exploring with students and practicing teachers just how reading and writing practices are shifting, adapting, or remaining the same as learners interact with new media.

    "In all of my courses, students will find themselves surrounded by a variety of texts (e.g. articles, textbooks, podcasts, blogs) and a variety of instructional approaches (collaborative, project-based, etc.). They will constantly be pushed to make connections between their community-engaged learning experiences (often situated in schools) and the theories we are discussing in class. I believe that learning spaces are co-constructed, and I actively invite students to stamp their own identities, passions, interests, and question marks into the curriculum. Millsaps' commitments to cross-disciplinary connections and local-global partnerships make it a fertile space to explore the intersections of education, new media, society, and literacy practices in the 21st century."

  • Marlys Vaughn

    Marlys T. Vaughn

    Professor of Education

    601.974.1351 | Email


    BS, MEd, Mississippi State University; PhD, University of Southern Mississippi

    "I am a professor in the Department of Education. In our department, we teach courses for students majoring in Education and seeking elementary licensure (K–6); we also teach courses for students earning secondary licensure (7–12) and majoring in another discipline. Many Millsaps students earn a minor in Education. I teach a field-based literacy course in which our students provide literacy intervention instruction for at-risk elementary students in a nearby public school. I also teach our assessment course and our senior capstone course, Education Theory, Policy, and Practice.

    "It is exciting to watch our students develop confidence in their professional abilities to impact K–12 student learning. Especially during the clinical practice semester, our students participate in 13 weeks of student teaching and manage K–12 student learning as they prepare for a career in teaching and serving others. Many of our students are employed prior to graduation from Millsaps.

    "Our classes in the licensure programs are designed for teaching and learning for understanding with active in-depth learning activities and emphasis on authentic performance in field based settings."

CAEP AccreditationMillsaps College has earned national accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement. Our excellence is demonstrated by the performance data found here.