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Undergraduate Educator Preparation Program Progression


STEP 1:  Be Admitted into The W

Apply to The W. If you have any questions about the admissions process or items needed for admission into the university, please contact Admissions at (662) 329-7106. During the admission process, you will declare your major of study.

STEP 2:  Meet with Your Advisor

Your advisor will discuss the required courses and a degree plan for your individual needs.  Advisors are here to help you obtain your teaching goals, so please feel comfortable to contact them with any questions or concerns about your program. If you do not have an advisor or you are not sure who your advisor might be, please contact Brook Louviere in the Division of Education & Outreach at (662) 329-7191.  

STEP 3:  Complete Your Core Classes and Pass the Praxis Core or Obtain a Composite ACT Score of 21 or Higher

During registration time, you will meet with your advisor to determine which courses are available for you to take in the coming semester.  If you are transferring into The W from another college, you may have already completed most of your core classes.  It is recommended that you complete the core classes before you begin your major classes. The Mississippi Department of Education states that a student must have passing Praxis Core scores or a composite score of 21 or higher on the ACT for a student to obtain the Student Teaching 101 License.  Being that you have to apply for the license during the semester before your internship, we require the score requirements be obtained before you can be admitted into the Teacher Education Program and enroll in Methods courses, which are generally taken in the first semester of your senior year.  Students of The W are eligible to take the Residual ACT through our Student Success Center to meet this requirement. 

STEP 4:  Be Admitted to the Teacher Education Program

When you meet the following requirements, you will be able to apply for the Teacher Education Program:  

  • Criminal Background Check
  • Minimum grade of "C" in ED 300
  • Minimum grade of "B" in ED 302
  • Completion of 44 semester hours
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.75
  • Passing scores on Praxis CORE or ACT composite score of 21 or higher   

Once you meet the requirements, contact your advisor or Brook Louviere to obtain the instructions for completing the application to the Teacher Education Program.

STEP 5:  Be Admitted to the Teacher Internship Semester

During your Methods courses, you will apply for your internship semester.  The application will be completed on Taskstream and will give you the opportunity to select three preferred school locations for your internship semester.  
To participate in the internship semester, you must achieve the following items:

  • Admission into the Teacher Education Program
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.75
  • Minimum grade of "C" in English Composition I, English Composition II, Oral Communication, and College Algebra
  • Minimum grade of "C" in Modern Elementary Math I and Modern Elementary Math II for Elementary Education majors