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Online Teacher Education

Distance Learning

The Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education offers four degree programs that can be completed in an online format.

Elementary Education Undergraduate Degree

The Elementary Education degree program can be completed online, including both the middle school and the early childhood concentrations. While the courses are all offered online, several of the elementary education courses taken during the last two years of the degree program require extensive field experiences. Early block (RDG 3113, RDG 3123 and EDE 3123) requires 20 hours of fieldwork in a K-3 classroom. Middle block (RDG 3413, RDG 3423 and EDE 3223) requires 45 hours of fieldwork in a 4-8 classroom. The senior methods block (EDE 4113, EDE 4123, RDG 4133 and EDE 4143) requires more than 100 hours of fieldwork in a K-8 classroom, and the degree program culminates with the elementary education internship, which requires participation in a K-8 classroom all day, every day, for 16 weeks. While the courses are online and largely asynchronous, you must be able to complete these field experiences to complete the degree.

Secondary Education Master’s Degree

The Master’s Degree can be completed entirely online via distance education or in combination with on-campus face-to-face courses. The secondary education Master’s degree provides for in-depth study of teaching, assessment, management, and other topics for secondary educators. This master's program is designed to provide new and veteran classroom teachers the opportunity to expand their knowledge and vision of education in terms of theory, research, and practice. Program graduates are eligible to be recommended for the Class AA Mississippi Educator License.

Master of Arts in Teaching-Secondary

The Master of Arts in Teaching-Secondary degree leads to an initial teaching license in secondary education. Students earn initial licensure and then teach full time in a K-12 classroom while completing the degree. The degree can be completed almost entirely online via distance learning from virtually anywhere in the state of Mississippi and beyond. Students can also complete some coursework via distance and some coursework face-to-face on the Starkville or Meridian campuses. Concentrations in the MAT-S degree that lead to 7-12 licensure include chemistry, biology, physics, math, English/Language Arts, social studies and business. Concentrations that lead to K-12 licensure include music, art, and physical education.