Undergraduate School of Education

Undergraduate School of Education

Elementary Education K-6

Dual Enrollment: Secondary Teacher

Music Education: Vocal or Instrumental


School of Education
Dr. David Hand, Dean

The School of Education seeks to produce not only effective professional educators and state-certified teachers but also concerned, compassionate individuals who value each student's life and who are dedicated to helping all students to learn and fulfill his or her God-given potential. The School of Education's goal is the development of Teachers as Servant Leaders, supported by its program that emphasizes academic excellence, professional knowledge, character development, and leadership opportunities. Education candidates will have real-world experience through internships, practicum and directed observation and teaching in elementary schools.

Elementary Education

Candidates planning to teach in elementary schools must not only meet the requirements for graduation from Belhaven University but also must complete courses specified for teacher licensure. All course requirements are subject to change reflecting requirements from the Mississippi Department of Education. Prospective elementary teachers should major in Elementary Education.

Dual Enrollment: Secondary Teacher Certification Program

Prospective candidates wanting to teach at the middle/high school levels should major in the subject/content area in which they plan to earn their degree and should also consider the Dual Enrollment: Secondary Teacher Certification Program leading to a Mississippi Middle and/or High School Teacher License.

Five Year Mississippi K-12 Teacher License for Those Majoring in the Performance or Visual Arts

Students majoring in Dance, Theatre, Music, or Visual Arts, the Mississippi State Department of Education will issue a K-12 Five Year Renewable Teacher License once an individual has completed their Bachelor’s Degree in one of the approved Performance or Visual Arts degree programs and meets the state teacher test requirements.  The only additional requirements are that the individual has a qualifying ACT or Praxis Core Test score and has taken and passed the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Test.  Individuals are not required to take any School of Education courses and are not required to have Clinical Intern Student Teaching hours.  See the the Special MDE Performance and Visual Arts Teacher License document.

Licenses that entitle the holder to teach in public schools in Mississippi are issued by the Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Educator Licensure, Jackson, Mississippi. Applications for licensure may be secured from the Dean of the School of Education. Students who plan to teach in states other than Mississippi are responsible for securing all requirements and forms.

Admission to the Teacher Educator Preparation Program (TEPP)

Admission to Belhaven University and being a Pre-Education Major in the School of Education DOES NOT automatically admit an individual to the Teacher Educator Preparation Program (TEPP). View requirements for admission to the TEPP Teacher Education Preparation Program.

Important to note: Candidates are allowed to take only a limited number of courses as a Pre-Education Candidate in the School of Education before they can make application for admission into the Teacher Educator Preparation Program (TEPP). If a candidate is not admitted to the TEPP they can no longer take courses from the School of Education and will be required to change their major.  Candidates are admitted to the TEPP after successfully passing the required Mississippi Teacher Educator Entrance Exams, having successfully completed the requisite Education courses, having met and successfully been interviewed by the School of Education TEPP Candidate Approval Committee, and approved as a Teacher Candidate for the Belhaven Teacher Educator Preparation Program.