The Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education is an innovative and dynamic department within the College of Education. The department offers NCATE - accredited undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs (at the main campus, the Meridian campus, and online) in elementary education, secondary education, special education, and curriculum and instruction. Students can pursue a bachelors degree, a masters degree, an educational specialist degree, and/or a doctoral degree.
The department's outstanding faculty possess an array of expertise in teaching and learning in the areas of elementary, secondary, and special education and in curriculum development and teacher education. The overarching goal of the department is to recruit and train high quality professional educators for Mississippi classrooms and beyond and to prepare researchers and educators for a variety of roles beyond the K-12 classroom. Participants in each of the department's programs are provided extensive opportunities to make connections between research and practice and to experience interactive teaching and learning.
Degree recipients may be recommended for licensure by the State of Mississippi in the appropriate areas and levels. Because of the rigorous preparatory model inherent in each of the programs of study, the department is highly rated by its graduates and their employers.