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Mississippi Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

This guide to teaching schools in Mississippi is designed to assist anyone who is looking to become a certified teacher in the state. In order to obtain a teaching degree in Mississippi, aspiring teachers must complete a qualified teacher preparation program in the state. Therefore, it is essential to find the right school that can properly prepare you for a career as an educator. On this page, we have a table of top-rated teaching programs, a list of accredited teacher preparation programs, and student reviews to assist you in finding a school that meets your individual needs and career goals.

Quick Facts

  • There are 24 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Mississippi.1
  • 11 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in education.*1
  • 14 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in education.*1
  • 12 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.*1
  • 1 school ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2017.2
  • 3 schools ranked in US News Best Graduate Education Programs in 2017.3
  • 3 schools ranked in US News Best Online Graduate Education Programs in 2017.4
  • 11 not-for-profit teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.

*For not-for-profit colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Mississippi

Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges 2017*

  • University of Mississippi (#88 in-state, #80 out-of-state)

*Institution-wide ranking.

US News Best Graduate Education Programs 2017

  • University of Mississippi (#101)
  • Mississippi State University (#141)
  • University of Southern Mississippi (#179)

US News Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2017

  • William Carey University (#29)
  • University of Mississippi (#43)
  • Mississippi State University (#84)

Teacher Preparation Programs Accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP

  • Alcorn State University
  • Delta State University
  • Jackson State University
  • Millsaps College
  • Mississippi College
  • Mississippi State University
  • Mississippi University for Women
  • Mississippi Valley State University
  • The University of Mississippi
  • The University of Southern Mississippi
  • William Carey University

Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies.

Comparison of Teacher Preparation Programs

We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in Mississippi according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Mississippi State Board of Education for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.

While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states. We have also included rankings from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a research and policy group that scores teacher preparation programs at the national level using key standards chosen to measure students’ preparation for success in teaching. For further information on the NCTQ’s program rankings, please see the notes below the table.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution for the 2014-2015 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality.

Programs that are not ranked, or for which data is not available, in a given category are denoted as “-“.

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?5NCTQ Undergrad Elementary Prog. % (2016)**6NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)**6Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment7Teacher Prep Prog. Completers7Licensing Exams Pass Rate7Net Price***1
Alcorn State UniversityYes25%348$14,600
Belhaven UniversityNo43%8516100%$18,486
Blue Mountain CollegeNo72%21%4031100%$10,944
Delta State UniversityYes88%57%816698%$12,792
Jackson State UniversityYes7%12238100%$12,873
Millsaps CollegeYes60%1910$22,834
Mississippi CollegeYes92%1635898%$16,804
Mississippi State UniversityYes70%67%53624897%$15,628
Mississippi University for WomenYes57%25%5232100%$10,018
Mississippi Valley State UniversityYes29%2%1355$11,591
Rust CollegeNo53$9,360
Tougaloo CollegeNo13%6%94$12,453
University of MississippiYes99%97%32725993%$14,678
University of Southern MississippiYes97%98%83725694%$11,916
William Carey UniversityYes91%44%40068100%$14,717

*The NCTQ rated undergraduate elementary teaching programs in 2016 and undergraduate secondary teaching programs in 2017 by national percentile based on their overall scores on the NCTQ’s standards for teacher education. Schools that do not provide data on all key standards or that fall below the top 50% of schools nationally are not included by the NCTQ in their ratings. Visit the NCTQ website for more information on its standards and methodologies.
**Net price is per year for undergraduate tuition as calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

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Alcorn State University: Just outside Lorman, Mississippi and founded in 1871, lies Alcorn State University, home of the Alcorn A’s. The university is recognized in the state as a leader in education and boasts a prominent School of Education and Psychology that grants bachelor and master degrees in a variety of education disciplines. The Department of Education offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Elementary Education, Special Education, Psychology and General Studies. The special education program offers a curriculum that leads toward a non-categorical degree for the assistance of mild and moderate handicapped children. The Master of Science in Education and the Educational Specialist degree is offered exclusively in Elementary Education and prepares professional teachers with advanced education, as well as bachelor degree candidates the opportunity to continue their college career.

Jackson State University: The Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education is under the ospreys of the five Departments in the College of Education and Human Development at Jackson State University, a well-respected and accredited university in Jackson, Mississippi. Both undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered within the education department with bachelor, master and doctoral degrees issued. Bachelor of Science degrees are among the most common degree earned in the Education Department at Jackson State, while Master of Arts in Teaching ranks high on the charts as a close second. Doctorate Degree in Early Childhood Education is available for students who wish to educate as high as they can go as an expert in the field of teaching and learning. The graduate degree programs are designed to provide the education needed for professionals to soar within the field and become experts among their colleagues and staff.

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Mississippi

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Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Mississippi

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Alcorn State University
1000 ASU Dr Ste 359
Alcorn State, MS 39096-7500
(601) 877-6100
www.alcorn.edu

Blue Mountain College
201 W Main St
Blue Mountain, MS 38610-9509
(662) 685-4771
www.bmc.edu

Coahoma Community College*
3240 Friars Point Rd
Clarksdale, MS 38614
(662) 627-2571
www.coahomacc.edu

Copiah-Lincoln Community College*
1001 Co-Lin Ln
Wesson, MS 39191
(601) 643-8306
www.colin.edu

Delta State University
Hwy 8 West
Cleveland, MS 38733
(662) 846-3000
www.deltastate.edu

East Mississippi Community College*
1512 Kemper St
Scooba, MS 39358-0158
(662) 476-5000

Hinds Community College*
501 E Main St
Raymond, MS 39154
(601) 857-5261

Itawamba Community College*
602 W Hill St
Fulton, MS 38843-1099
(601) 862-8000
www.iccms.edu

Jackson State University
1440 J R Lynch St
Jackson, MS 39217
(601) 979-2121
oim.jsums.edu

Mississippi College
200 S Capitol St
Clinton, MS 39058
(601) 925-3000
www.mc.edu

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College*
51 Main St
Perkinston, MS 39573
(601) 928-5211

Mississippi State University
B.S. Hood Rd
Starkville, MS 39759
(662) 325-2323
https://www.msstate.edu/

Student Review: “The Teacher Preparation Program at Mississippi State University was wonderful for me and too me. This was one of the best experiences of my life. This course work set the foundation in stone for my future. The school work wasn’t the easiest but I studied every single day to make sure I know what was going in in the classes. I worked very hard to make sure I passed everything and to make sure I progressed in life. I learned a lot from this school and the program. I learned not just about school but I also learned a lot of life experiences from the teachers. After the course work there were people that got us in touch with local schools to set up job interviews and helped us get employment right away. This program and school receive a 10/10 from me.” -Student at Mississippi State University
stars-5

Mississippi University for Women
1100 College St
Columbus, MS 39701
(662) 329-4750
www.muw.edu

Mississippi Valley State University
14000 Highway 82 W
Itta Bena, MS 38941-1400
(662) 254-9041
www.mvsu.edu

Northeast Mississippi Community College*
Cunningham Blvd
Booneville, MS 38829
(662) 728-7751

Northwest Mississippi Community College*
4975 Hwy 51 N
Senatobia, MS 38668-1714
(662) 562-3200
www.northwestms.edu

Rust College
150 Rust Ave
Holly Springs, MS 38635
(601) 252-8000
www.rustcollege.edu

University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677-1848
(662) 915-7211
http://www.olemiss.edu/

Student Review: “The University of Mississippi offers an excellent, fast-track way to become a teacher with its Teach Mississippi Institute program. Under this program, a person already holding a bachelor’s degree can become certified to be a classroom teacher within 12 weeks. The program is online and can be completed even by students who are out of state. The program was very helpful in giving me the knowledge needed to prepare for me to teach in a classroom. What I liked about the program was that it was flexible and I could pretty much complete the coursework at my own pace. I did not have to quit my full-time job while completing the program. The only complaint I have with the program was that it did not offer enough resources to help study for the Praxis subject area tests. However, I did pass them through studying with outside material. Overall, the University of Mississippi’s teacher certification program is a very fast, cost-effective way to become a teacher.” – Student at University of Mississippi
stars-5
Student Review: “I enrolled and completed the Teach Mississippi Institute alternative route teacher licensure program offered through The University of Southern Mississippi. This educational program was a great option and resource for a working professional looking to make a career change. It allowed for over 90% of the work to be done online. At completion of the course I was able to obtain my teaching license from the State of Mississippi and immediately begin seeking employment. Overall, I believe the program covers a lot of the necessary information needed to prepare someone for entering the classroom. The main weak spot perhaps was the lack of discussion tying lesson planning into meeting state standards. I would recommend this program.” – Student at University of Mississippi
stars-3

University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Dr #0001
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
(601) 266-1000
www.usm.edu

William Carey University
498 Tuscan Ave
Hattiesburg, MS 39401-5499
(601) 318-5051
https://www.wmcarey.edu/

Student Review: “My experience at William Carey University has been wonderful! I am currently working on my master’s degree in gifted education. This program is 10 courses that can be finished in 5 terms. The school uses trimesters rather than semesters so I’m able to finish faster. The teachers have been fantastic. They are always open for communication and are truly there to help me when I need it. All of my classes are either online or meet on Saturdays. I love the format of the online classes and truly have learned from them. The Saturday classes aren’t as bad as they might sound because we only meet once a month and usually have interactive lessons, not just lectures. After just three terms I already feel much more prepared to be a teacher than I did with just my bachelor’s degree.” Christina B., student at William Carey University
stars-5

An asterisk (*) denotes a two-year or certificate program in education. While a two-year degree will not qualify graduates for teacher certification, it can be a good starting point for a teaching career. To learn more about what you can do with this degree, see our guide to associate’s degrees in education.

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/
3. 2017 US News Best Graduate Education Schools: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
4. 2017 US News Best Online Graduate Education Schools: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
5. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
6. National Council on Teacher Quality 2014-2016 Teacher Preparation Program Review: https://www.nctq.org/review/home
7. US Department of Education 2016 Title II Reports: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx