Admissions - MS Teacher Education

For admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree Program, applicants must:

1.* Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;

2.* Have left the last college or university attended in good standing;

3. Present evidence, by official transcript, of a minimum grade point average of 2.50 on all undergraduate study on a 4.00 GPA system;

4. Present PRAXIS I (Professional Skills Test-PPST) or Computer-Base Test scores which meet Mississippi Certification requirements for all subjects;

5. Present PRAXIS II Specialty Area scores which meet Mississippi Certification requirements in the content area required;

6. Submit three letters of recommendation which address professional qualifications, potential for success as a classroom teacher, and potential for program completion. Applicants must request their references to address these characteristics; and

7. Demonstrate writing ability. All applicants are required to submit a two-page (minimum), computer generated, self-created essay on their philosophy of education and why they wish to pursue the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree.

Note: *These must be on file to qualify for conditional admission. Applicants are responsible for securing their own transcripts, even from Mississippi Valley State University.

An applicant who meets all admission requirements specified above is granted full admission.

Conditional admission may be assigned to students who either (1) have not fulfilled one or more admission requirements, or (2) do not posses a GPA of 2.50 at the undergraduate level (on a 4.00 scale), but meet other criteria for full admission. Students can earn full admission in the first semester of full-time enrollment or in the first 12 hours of part-time enrollment (1) by supplying any missing credentials and (2) by acquiring a GPA of 3.00 on all graduate work within the first 12 hours as well as a “B” average in the courses prescribed to correct deficiencies.