The School of Education

Welcome to the School of Education!

Never before has the challenge or the need for excellent teachers and education leaders been as great as it is in today’s society.

The faculty members in the Belhaven University School of Education are convinced that teaching and leading in education is more than an occupation, it is also a calling and an important ministry of service to families, the community, the greater global society, and to the next generation.  

As exhibited in our Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) Conceptual Framework and defined by our core values, the Belhaven Undergraduate School of Education, prepares teachers to be Servant Leaders: Learning to Teach – Teaching to Serve.

In the Graduate School of Education, candidates are Servant Leaders who are Learning to Lead – Leading to Serve.

If you are interested in helping improve schooling and the education environment, if you enjoy working with elementary children or middle school/high school students, or if you have a desire to be an educational leader and make an impact on the next generation, then the Belhaven University School of Education is for you.

The Belhaven University Undergraduate School of Education offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, leading to teacher certification for grades K-6, with an endorsement in Reading. In addition to the Reading Endorsement, successful candidates also complete the requirements for a second area of endorsement, making them more marketable in the school workforce environment.

The Belhaven School of Education also works in conjunction with the Belhaven Department of Music to offer a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education, leading to teacher certification for K-12 th grades. Those seeking teacher certification at the Secondary level are encouraged to look into the School of Education’s Dual Enrolment: Secondary Teacher Certification Program for information on becoming a middle school or high school teacher.

The Belhaven University Graduate School of Education offers a Master of Arts in Teaching Degree, leading to teacher certification at the 4-6 th and 7-12th grade levels.

The Graduate School of Education also offers a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (M.Ed./C&I) with several areas of emphasis, a Master of Education in Reading Literacy (M.Ed./RL) and a Master of Education and/or Education Specialist (M.Ed. or Ed.S.) degree in Educational Leadership, Supervision, and Administration, a well as a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Educational Leadership.

The goal of the School of Education is to prepare competent teachers, administrators, and other educational leaders who can demonstrate academic excellence, professional dispositions, and in-depth knowledge and skills based on best practices while providing distinctive Christian leadership and service to those they will serve in the learning community.

Teacher as Servant Leader
Learning to Teach - Teaching to Serve


The Belhaven University Educator Licensure Preparation Programs are in compliance with Federal Regulation: 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) and 34 CFR 668.43 (c), requiring disclosures by institutions regarding educational requirements for programs leading to professional licensure or certification regardless of modality.

The Belhaven University School of Education has made No Determination as to whether Belhaven’s Educator Preparation Programs and curriculum meet other state educational requirements for educator licensure other than those educator licensure programs approved by the state of Mississippi.  All of the Belhaven University School of Education educator preparation degree programs leading to educator licensure have been approved by the Mississippi Department of Education.

The Belhaven University School of Education’s Educator Preparation Licensure Programs do not automatically qualify candidates for an educator licensure, certification upgrade, endorsement, or pay increase within their state of residence or state of their employment.  Out-of-state candidates are responsible for ascertaining the requirements for licensure, endorsement, or pay increase by the state where they seek employment or licensure.

Applicants and Candidates may contact the State of their interest for educator employment and licensure by following this link to the Professional Licensure Directory

View the The School of Education Title II Reports.