Secondary Education: Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Education (B.A.Ed.)

Program Description

The BAE in Social Studies Education is a minimum 122 semester hours program that includes 51 hours in core history and related fields. The degree program is approved for grades 7-12 licensure in secondary social studies. There are three phases for education majors: Phase I: Core Curriculum; Phase II: Teacher Education Program; and Phase III: Student Teaching. For more information go to the SAFE admission page.

During the professional education common-core coursework, teacher education candidates are required to observe and teach in selected classrooms, learning about effective teaching, developing professional dispositions working directly with practitioners and school students at varying grade and developmental levels. The Student Advising and Field Experience (SAFE) office works with school partners in establishing placement for these observations.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the program must meet these requirements:

  • 2.5 grade point average (entry admission for transfer students and change of major)
  • 2.75 grade point average (admission for Phase II: Teacher Education Program) and appropriate scores on either the ACT, SAT or Praxis CORE(link to Phase II information is posted above under Program Description)

Career Opportunities

Candidates must take additional Praxis exams to qualify for licensure in Mississippi. Once licensed candidates will be highly qualified to teach their emphasis subject grades 7-12. Candidates may also qualify for additional add-on endorsements through coursework or Praxis II exams. For information on seeking licensure outside Mississippi, please review the Certification information.

Online/Regional Campus Options

The full program of study for the Secondary Education – Social Studies degree program is offered at the Oxford campus. A majority of coursework is also offered at the Tupelo and DeSoto campus but will require travel to Oxford for completion of degree program.

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