Admission Requirements

Students must be admitted to, remain in good academic standing and successfully complete the Teacher Education Program to receive a recommendation for teacher licensure. Admission to the program is considered twice during the academic year and a formal application (PDF) for admission to the Teacher Education Program must be filed in the Office of the Dean.

Teacher Education Program Application Deadlines:

Spring Applications Due by November 15th
Fall Applications Due by April 15th

Undergraduate students are admitted into the Teacher Education Program prior to enrolling in junior/senior level education courses. Undergraduate students must meet the following requirements for admissions into the Teacher Education Program:

  1. Successful completioin of forty-four semester hours of General Education requirements
  2. Recieve a 2.75 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) or above on a 4.0 scale for the semester hours described above
  3. Teacher Education application submitted at the end of your sophomore year
  4. Appropriate scores on the New praxis Test:  Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) or exempt with a SAT composite score of 860 or ACT score of at 21 or higher. CASE (Core) scores required: Reading (156), Writing (162), and Mathematics (150). Students who provide proof of a SAT composite score of at least 860 (verbal and quantitative) or an ACT composite score of at 21 with no subtest score below 18 may be admitted to the Teacher Education Program.

    [Note: The MDE will no longer offer the PRAXIS I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) after 12/31/2013. Beginning 01/01/2014, the PPST will no longer be offered and you CANNOT combine parts of the PPST and parts of the Core to meet certification requirements. MDE will accept the old passing PPST scores taken before 09/1/2012 if you took and passed the test before 09/12/2012 and you apply for a license by 09/01/2014. This means you must have completed your degree program and have a recommendation by Tougaloo’s Division of Education. In addition, if you took and passed the PPST before 09/01/2012 your old score will be accepted by MDE until 09/21/2014, however if you took the PPST between 09/01/2012 and 09/01/2013, MDE will only accept the new passing scores -- Reading (172), Writing (173), and Mathematics (172) until 09/01/2015 to meet certification requirements.]

  5. Obtain two (2) professional recommendations using the Teacher Education Program Recommendation Form (PDF)

The components of our approved teacher education program include:

  1. an earned bachelor’s degree
  2. completion of two emphases, a Reading emphasis, and one additional emphasis in Early Childhood Education or Special Education
  3. completion of the degree requirements listed below for:

Elementary Education (AA)
Elementary Education (BA)
Special Education (BA)
Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (BA)
Secondary Education (BA)

The Division of Education is responsible for monitoring a student’s matriculation through the teacher education program, and recommend to the Mississippi Department of Education that a teaching candidate be awarded a state teaching Class A license.

Elementary Education (AA) Program Completion Requirements

Students majoring in Child Development or Early Childhood Education are not required to apply to the Teacher Education program. Students must earn a 2.0 GPA or above in all major coursework, a score of 75% or above for the Learning Assessment and Child Development Assessment Portfolios which includes assessment techniques, learning activities, observation experiences, etc., successfully complete 12 units (60 days) of clinically field-based experiences in a daycare, nursery, or K-3 setting, and take and pass a comprehensive exam. The comprehensive exam format may consist of multiple choice questions, essays, and critical-thinking exercises that demonstrate the student’s knowledge and skills in their understanding of children, their families and developmental appropriate practices. Students are tested on competencies in early childhood theoretical principles, early childhood curriculum, and best teaching practices in early childhood classroom management.

Elementary Education (BA) Program Completion Requirements

Students in the Elementary Education Department are offered three options for a bachelor degree: Child Development, Elementary Education, or Special Education. Students wishing to pursue a Child Development degree must earn a 2.0 GPA or above in all major coursework, a score of 75% or above for their Child Development Program Manual that includes planning, implementing, administering a child development program, successfully complete 12 units (60 days) of clinically field-based experiences in a daycare, nursery, or K-3 setting, and complete a senior thesis (or major written project) for approval by advisor and department chair that represents a comprehensive intellectual body of work. Students who complete the Child Development program of studies (AA or BA) have a deeper understanding of children, their families and developmental appropriate practices, and gain competencies in early childhood theoretical principles and practices, early childhood curriculum, and best practices in early childhood instructional and classroom management.

Students majoring in Elementary Education or Special Education wishing to become licensed elementary school teachers must be admitted to and complete the Teacher Education Program at Tougaloo College with a 2.50 GPA or above in all major and emphases coursework, take and pass the Praxis I (general knowledge), Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching examination and the Praxis II (specialty area) examination, a score of 75% or above for their Teaching Portfolio that demonstrates the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and behaviors related to the student’s chosen subject field, successfully complete 15 units (75 days) of clinically field-based experiences in K-3 and 4-6 classroom settings. In addition, students must submit to their advisor and department chair for approval of their senior paper (or written project) that represents a major intellectual body of work.

Students pursuing degrees in elementary education and special education programs acquire knowledge, skills and behavior that’s grounded in major philosophical thinking about the nature of education, gains and demonstrates the knowledge, skills and competencies related to theoretical principles and practical strategies in classroom behavioral management and best teaching practices in subject matter content areas. Upon completion of the expected outcomes students are recommended for a State of Mississippi Class A teaching license.

Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Program Completion Requirements

Students in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department are offered two options for a bachelor degree: Health and Physical Education or Health and Recreation. Students majoring in Health and Recreation must earn a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or above in all major coursework, take and pass the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and successfully complete 6-9 units (30 to 45 days) of clinically field-based internships in a professional health and physical education setting. Students graduating in Health and Recreation are expected to gain knowledge and skills in theoretical and practical principles of school and community health and recreation programs, instructional methods and strategies that relate to teaching health and recreation from exceptional children, adolescents to aging adults, and develop leadership and administrative skills for managing health and recreation centers and programs.

Students majoring in Health and Physical Education wishing to become licensed elementary or secondary physical education teacher must be admitted to and complete the Teacher Education Program at Tougaloo College with a 2.5 cumulative grade point average or above in all major coursework, take and pass the Praxis I (general knowledge), Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching examination and the Praxis II (specialty area) examination, a score of 75% or above for their Teaching Portfolio that demonstrates the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and behaviors related to the student’s discipline, and successfully complete 15 units (75 days) of clinically field-based experiences in K-6 and 7-12 classroom settings.

Students earning a degree in Health and Physical Education are expected to acquire knowledge, skills and behaviors in theoretical and practical principles of health and physical education in the K-12 school setting. In addition, students acquire knowledge and methods in teaching and learning health and physical education curriculum, and the use of assessment techniques in the aspects of teaching health and physical education. Upon completion of the expected outcomes students are recommended for a State of Mississippi Class A teaching license.

In addition, all students in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department are required to submit a senior thesis research paper (or written project) to their advisor and department chair for approval that represents a major intellectual body of work in their field.

Secondary Education Program Completion Requirements

Students majoring in Secondary Education are offered nine (9) options for a bachelor of arts degree through the Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences Division in collaboration with the Division of Education, Supervision and Instruction in Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics, Mathematics/Computer Science, Music and Physics. Students wishing to become licensed secondary school teachers in subject content areas must be admitted to and complete the Teacher Education Program at Tougaloo College with a 2.5 cumulative grade point average or above in all major coursework, take and pass the Praxis I (general knowledge), Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching examination and the Praxis II (specialty area) examination, a score of 75% or above for their Teaching Portfolio that demonstrates the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and behaviors related to the student’s discipline field, successfully complete 15 units (75 days) of clinically field-based experiences in 7-12 (middle and high school) classroom settings.

Students earning a degree in Secondary Education are expected to acquire knowledge, skills and behaviors in theoretical and practical principles related to their subject matter content area of teaching and learning in 7-12 classroom settings. In addition, students acquire knowledge, skills and strategies in teaching and learning for specific subject matter content area delivery of curriculum, including the delivery of technology into the curriculum, and the use of best teaching practices for classroom behavioral management, and the use of assessment techniques for the evaluation of learning objectives for middle and high school students. Upon completion of the expected outcomes students are recommended for a State of Mississippi Class A teaching license.