Program Overview

Jackson State University offers a Master of Arts degree in Teaching for students and professionals in education who are interested in earning secondary and advanced teacher certification. The program’s goal is to train educators who are capable of demonstrating research-based and practice accepted strategies for teaching and learning. Other program objectives involves introducing subjects to a diverse student body, analyzing their practice for effectiveness in promoting student learning, and integrating technology to promote personal and student growth.

Students will take part in a curriculum which will impart advanced knowledge and training in education. Those classes include Planning for Instruction, Elementary Instructional Practices, and Elementary Language Arts and Social Studies Pedagogy, among others.

Students completing the program may be qualified for roles in education and licensing in secondary education. Those qualifications include the ability to treat students equitably, recognizing the individual differences that distinguish one student from another and adjusting their practice based on observation and knowledge of their students’ interests, abilities, skills, knowledge, family circumstances, and peer relationships. Graduates should also be able to create multiple paths to the subjects they teach, through their knowledge of how the subject is created, organized, linked to other disciplines, and applied to real-world settings, and be able to manage and monitor student learning to create, enrich, maintain, and alter instructional settings to capture and sustain the interest of their students and to make the most effective use of time. Successful graduates may be able to draw on knowledge of human development, subject matter and instruction, and understanding of students to make principled judgments about sound practice.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Online Graduate Application
    Regular Admission: GPA 2.5 or greater
    Official transcripts from all colleges attended
    Official PRAXIS I and II test scores

    School Overview

    Jackson State University was founded in Natchez, Mississippi, under the name Natchez Seminary in 1877. The university moved to Jackson, Mississippi in 1882 and officially became Jackson State University in 1974 after the curriculum expanded several times throughout the school’s history. Today, Jackson State University is a public 4-year university with the following mission: “The University produces technologically-advanced, diverse, ethical, global leaders who think critically, address societal problems and compete effectively.”

    Jackson State University is a research-intensive university that offers bachelor’s, master's, and doctoral degree programs. The school offers traditional courses on campus, online courses, hybrid courses, and enhanced courses


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