From the 2012-2013 Millsaps College Catalog
The Teacher Education Program's interdepartmental course of study for undergraduates is composed of a unique mix of course work in the student's major combined with fieldwork, seminars, and clinical practice experiences. The program, accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the Mississippi Department of Education, allows students who complete licensure requirements to teach within or outside the state of Mississippi. Elementary (K-6) and secondary (7-12) licensure areas are available. Numerous supplemental licensure areas are also available, including licensure in mild/ moderate disabilities.
Elementary licensure requires a major in elementary education. See next page for requirements.
Secondary licensure requires a major in another academic discipline and requires the three professional education sequence courses, Human Development (IDST 1610); Instructional Design, Implementation, and Classroom Management (EDUC 3200); and Education of Exceptional Population Through the Images of Film and the Reality of Work (EDUC 3130); as well as the student teaching semester. Secondary licensure is available in art education, biology, business education, chemistry, general science, English language and literature, drama (performing arts), social studies, mathematics, music education instrumental, music education vocal, physics, psychology, theatre, and world languages including French, Latin, and Spanish. Students completing the requirements for secondary licensure will also meet the requirements for a minor in education, and may apply to receive a minor.
In addition, candidates may obtain one or more supplemental licensures by becoming "highly qualified" in other discipline-specific areas with a minimum of 21 hours in the discipline or passage of the Praxis II Area Specialty test specific to the discipline. With careful course planning, licensure in several teaching areas is possible. Many Millsaps licensure candidates fulfill these licenses by matriculation through the College's Core Curriculum and by meeting requirements for minors. We encourage students to receive Supplemental Licensure in Mild/Moderate Education.
In accordance with Title II federal regulations, all students seeking licensure must pass the national Praxis examinations as required by MDE in their subject areas prior to the student teaching semester. The licensure that candidates earn upon program completion is granted by the state of Mississippi for teaching in the public schools. The license is valid in most states through reciprocity agreements.
A non-licensure minor in education studies is available and includes the three professional education sequence courses listed above and one other education course approved by the chair. Students interested in teaching in independent or private schools, or in working in other educational settings, may take one or several courses: Human Development in Cross Cultural Perspective (IDST 1610); Instructional Design, Implementation, and Management (EDUC 3200); Practicum in Arts Education (EDUC 3270); Educating Future Leaders for Peace and Non-Violence (EDUC 3270); Get Creative! Interdisciplinary Approaches for Developing Creativity (IDST 1660/EDUC 3250); Education of the Exceptional Population Through the Images of Film and the Reality of Work (EDUC 3130); Field Research in Reading (EDUC 3850) or Performance Assessment in Content Area Reading (EDUC 3110). Independent and private schools generally do not require licensure through the Mississippi State Department of Education (MDE) for teaching positions; however independent school administrators have become increasingly interested in teacher candidates who are fully prepared and licensed within a liberal arts curriculum.
Program participants seeking elementary licensure must major in elementary education. Standard elementary licensure offers K-6 licensure, allowing students to teach in public as well as private/independent schools. Elementary licensure also provides reciprocity with most states. Students are encouraged to double major and/or seek at least two teaching areas of concentration of 21 hours each, one of which must be in the area of reading. Students are also encouraged to obtain Supplemental Licensure in mild/moderate education by taking Advanced Practicum and adding two weeks in a special education classroom during the Student Teaching semester. A major in elementary education requires a minimum of 44 hours (9 education courses plus at least 12 credit hours student teaching). These include the following courses:
Supplemental Licensure in mild/moderate education is available with the addition of Advanced Practicum: A Colloquium and Field Experience in Special Education I (EDUC 3860) and an additional two weeks of student teaching in a Special Education classroom.
Program participants seeking secondary licensure (7-12) must take the professional education sequence (3 courses) as well as the clinical practice semester (student teaching). The professional education sequence plus the clinical practice semester constitute a minor in education. Students must complete paperwork in the Office of Records to apply to receive a minor.
The clinical practice semester (student teaching) is 16 credit hours, but can be reduced to 12 credit hours if a student needs another course during that semester to graduate. The professional education sequence required for secondary licensure includes the following:
Supplemental Licensure in Mild/Moderate Education is available with the addition of Advanced Practicum: A Colloquium and Field Experience in Special Education I (EDUC 3860) and an additional two weeks of student teaching in a Special Education classroom.
For a minor in education without eligibility for licensure, students complete the professional education sequence and one additional course as approved by the department chair:
For students pursuing a non-licensure major but planning to enter the teaching profession, we strongly recommend Field Research in Reading (EDUC 3850) and Performance Assessment in Content Area Reading (EDUC 3110). Which program is appropriate for you?
What can I do with...
An education major with elementary licensure?
An education minor with secondary licensure and a major in my area of interest?
An education studies minor (non-licensure) and a major in my area of interest?
Sequencing of Coursework
IDST 1610 is the first course in the professional education course sequence, and must be taken before all other courses in the department except Deaf Culture/American Sign Language (EDUC 2100), Get Creative (IDST 1660/EDUC 3250) and Educating Future Leaders for Peace and Nonviolence (EDUC 3270).
Instructional Design, Implementation, and Classroom Management (EDUC 3200) is a prerequisite to most other education courses (except EDUC 2100, IDST 1660/EDUC 3250, EDUC 3270, and EDUC 3850) and therefore should be taken in the sophomore year or as early as possible. EDUC 3200 requires sophomore standing or above.
Education of the Exceptional Population (EDUC 3130) may be taken concurrently with IDST 1610 or after the completion of IDST 1610. EDUC 3130 may be taken before Instructional Design, Implementation, and Classroom Management (EDUC 3200). EDUC 3130 requires Sophomore standing or above.
Several other education courses have prerequisites or requirements of sophomore standing. Please consult the course descriptions below for further information. Exceptions to prerequisites or class standing are by permission of the course instructor only.
Areas of Licensure & Supplementary Licensure
Elementary Education (K-6)
Secondary Licensure (7-12) areas:
English language and literature
Drama (performing arts)
Music education instrumental
Music education vocal
World languages (including French, Latin, Spanish, and German)
Mildly/Moderately handicapped (K-6)
Mildly/Moderately handicapped (7-12)
Content areas of concentration (minimum of 21 semester hours)
A total of 32 courses is required for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees. Of this total, at least 30 courses or 120 semester hours must be letter-graded academic credit. For transfer purposes, one course unit is the equivalent of four semester hours credit. All Millsaps students must complete the following Core courses specifically designed to develop the general abilities of a liberally educated person:
Core 1: Freshman Seminar: Critical Thinking and Academic Literacy - 4 semester hours
Core 2: Multi-disciplinary Topics in the Ancient World - 4 semester hours
Core 3: Multi-disciplinary Topics in the Pre-Modern World - 4 semester hours
Core 4: Multi-disciplinary Topics in the Modern World - 4 semester hours
Core 5: Multi-disciplinary Topics in the Contemporary World - 4 semester hours
Core 6: Topics in Social and Behavioral Science - 4 semester hours
Core 7: Topics in Natural Science with Laboratory - 4 semester hours
Core 8: Topics in Mathematics - 4 semester hours
Core 9: Topics in Mathematics, Natural Science, or Computer Science - 4 semester hours
Courses that satisfy Core requirements are selected from an approved list published each semester with the class schedule. It is the student's responsibility to be sure that courses completed satisfy college Core requirements.
All incoming students are required to complete Core 1 in the first year. All other Core courses should be completed by the end of the sophomore year. Transfer students who cannot meet this schedule should complete their Core requirements as early in their college careers as possible. Failure to complete Core requirements may result in disqualification from enrollment in the student teaching semester.
Admission to the Program
In order to receive licensure or a major or minor in education, students must formally apply to the education program. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible, preferably during the freshman or sophomore years. Admission is based on academic standing and expressed interest in teaching. Applicants must be able to schedule departmental and sequenced program requirements with a reasonable degree of flexibility. Applicants are notified when they have a minimum of 44 semester hours of Core Curriculum coursework required by the Mississippi Department of Education and achieve a GPA of 2.75. In addition the student must have an ACT score of 21 with no score lower than 18 on any subcategory or a minimum SAT score of 860, or attain a minimum score on the Praxis I (Reading, Writing, and Math) test provided by the state.
Professors in the Department of Education as well as the licensure candidate's other academic advisers are available for consultation and guidance about particular programs of study. It is the licensure candidate's responsibility to make certain that all academic requirements are met for a degree, licensure, and graduation. Program requirements for each licensure area are on file in the education department. Successful completion of academic requirements depends heavily on student initiative, strategic planning, and record keeping. Appropriate questions and documentation are essential for successful program completion. Permanent records are kept in the Office of Records. Programs for licensure are kept in the education department.
To receive the College's recommendation for teacher licensure, the licensure candidate must meet the following exit requirements:
1. Pass the Praxis II and Specialty Area Praxis Examinations tests no later than the semester prior to graduation.
2. Complete clinical practice with a grade no lower than a B-.
3. Pass all parts of the comprehensive examination process.
4. Send copies of Praxis and Specialty scores directly to Millsaps College and to themselves.
5. Complete the exit report for the permanent file.
Preparation for Independent School Teaching
Students wishing to pursue course work to prepare for (non-licensed) independent or private school teaching may do so without admission to the education program. Students considering this option should meet with a program staff member early in the spring semester of the sophomore or junior year.
Student Teaching & Coursework Abroad
Program participants may elect to teach abroad during their student teaching semester, or take other courses towards their majors or areas of concentration abroad. A variety of options is available, including Department of Defense schools. If a student is interested in this possibility, the student needs to contact the Department of Education faculty as soon as possible so that application procedures can begin.
Ninth and Tenth Semester Licensure Program
Millsaps graduates may return as non-degree seeking licensure candidates to complete coursework, if necessary, during a "ninth" semester (that is, a semester after graduation) and then student teach during the "tenth" semester at reduced tuition rates in order to meet qualifications for elementary or secondary licensure.
The teacher preparation program provides placement services to Millsaps students and alumni seeking teaching positions in elementary and secondary schools, both public and private.
Lilly Service Intern & Lilly Fellow Programs
Students may opt to become Lilly Service Interns or Lilly Fellows, programs designed to encourage exploration into the relationship between work, meaning, and service to others. Both interns and fellows must take the course The Meaning of Work (FWRK 2400), crosslisted in religion (RLST 2400) and philosophy (PHIL 2750). Lilly Service Interns also take one service-learning course - Human Development (IDST 1610); Field Research in Reading (EDUC 3850); Instructional Design, Implementation, and Classroom Management (EDUC 3200); Performance Assessment (EDUC 3110); Early Literacy I (EDUC 3100), Education of the Exceptional Population Through the Images of Film and the Reality of Work (EDUC 3130) - or complete one Lilly internship. The clinical practice semester can meet this requirement. Lilly Fellows complete The Meaning of Work (FWRK 2400), an applied ethics course, and two semesters of Lilly internship. Fellows receive a $1,000.00 stipend for their internship work. Both the service interns and the fellows programs, when successfully completed, appear on students' permanent transcript. For more information, visit www.millsaps.edu/faithwrk, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Millsaps Principals' and Teachers' Institute
The Millsaps College Principals' and Teachers' Institute provides personal and professional growth opportunities for principals and assistant principals, and teachers in public, private, and parochial schools. The institute is an effort to form partnerships between Millsaps College and the K-12 education community to strengthen education in Mississippi. The institute awards professional development credits to administrators and teachers who participate in its programs.