Prospective Students in Education

Education is one of the most rewarding fields of study. As an educator, you will touch many lives. You will not only encourage children to explore their dreams, but give them the tools to do so. Here at The W, we offer many routes for you to gain entry into this rewarding field and will support you throughout your teaching career.

Undergraduate Majors in Education

The W's Early Childhood Development (ECD) program is designed to train entry-level early childhood education leaders. The curriculum is designed to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age eight, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research with quality instruction.

For prospective teachers interested Elementary Education, The W offers a K-6 licensure route. Under the K-6 licensure route, you will choose two concentration areas from English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. You also have the option to obtain licensure endorsements to teach your selected concentration areas in grades 7-12.

For those who would rather teach a certain subject or an older age range, we offer Secondary Education and Specialty Programs. The specialty licensure routes of Music, Spanish, and Theatre allow you to teach the respective subject in grades K-12.

Graduate Studies in Education

Building upon The W’s rich tradition of preparing teacher candidates for the profession, the Graduate Programs in Education offer online and on-campus options for career teachers to expand and improve their expertise in the field.
The W also offers an alternate path to becoming a teacher, for professionals with a Bachelor's Degree in any subject, through the Master of Arts in Teaching.

A Legacy of Affordable Quality

Teacher Education at The W traces its history to the normal school at Columbus Female Institute in 1847. Alumnae and alumni from The W have gone on to pursue careers with school districts across the country. Our graduates have risen to administrative positions at the district, state, and federal level, and most importantly have developed generations of Mississippians.

The university was founded in 1884 with the purpose of educating the under-served populations of Mississippi, and it is a tradition we strongly believe in to this day. The W consistently ranks as one of the best public universities in the Southeast according to U.S. News & World Report and Washington Monthly. Our commitment to an affordable education means we have one of the lowest tuition rates in the region.

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Making Higher Education Affordable

Cost shouldn't be a barrier. At The W it won't be. We believe that the cost of a college education should not be a deterrent to your pursuit of earning a bachelor's degree. The W has kept tuition among the lowest in the Southeast. We offer that same low tuition to residents of every state, and a range of scholarships, and grants to help you pay for your education.

See for yourself! Our Net Price Calculators can tell you what you can expect to pay in tuition and the scholarships you are eligible to receive.

No Out-of-State Fees

We've eliminated all Out-of-State Fees, so no matter where you are from, you can get the same great education for the same price as a Mississippi resident. Really!

Scholarships Opportunities

The W Life

We know college is not just about academics. Here at The W, it's easy to find a fit in one of more than 70 student organizations. You can plan a concert, compete in intramural sports, serve in student government, participate in a social club, sorority, or fraternity. You can even start your own organization. There's plenty to do!

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What's Next?

If you would like more information about everything The W has to offer:

Request Information

If you think The W would be a good fit, complete the free application to be admitted to the university.

Apply to The W

If you would like to take a tour of campus, we are happy to show you around and discuss our program.

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And if you have a question, or would like to speak to a person about our programs, please feel free to contact us:

Undergraduate Students

Jackson Ellard
School of Education Student Success Navigator
(662) 329-7190


Graduate Studies in Education

Chrystal Hodges, Ed.D.
Master of Education Program Coordinator
(662) 241-6949


MAT/Alternate Route Licenses

Kelly Bennett, Ph.D.
Director of Field Experiences, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program Coordinator
(662) 329-7186


Office of Admissions
(662) 329-7106

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