• K-6 – 126 designated semester hours
The Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Elementary Education leads to certification in grades Kindergarten (K) – Grade 3 or in K – Grade 6. The program of study for the K – 6 certification requires two areas of concentration. These areas of concentration require a minimum of 18 semester hours each to be selected from among the following: Computers, English, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Special Education, or Spanish. A concentration provides a “highly qualified” designation through Grade 6. Elementary Education majors may complete additional coursework in a concentration area to provide a “highly qualified” designation for grades 7 – 12, or, in the case of Mathematics, grades 7 – 8.
The State offers three routes for earning supplemental endorsements in specific subjects: passing the PRAXIS II Specialty Area Test, earning 21 hours of course credit with a “C” or higher in coursework, and/or following a prescribed approved program in a specific field. Blue Mountain College has approved programs for supplemental endorsements in grades 7 – 12 Mathematics; in grades 7 – 12 Physical Science; and in grades K – 6,7 – 12, and K – 12 Special Education (Mildly/Moderately Disabled). For more information, contact the Blue Mountain College Department of Education.
• K-12 Physical Education – 120 designated semester hours
The BS in Education with a major in Physical Education is designed for those seeking initial certification to teach K-12 physical education in the public schools of Mississippi.
• K-12 Music Education – 135 designated semester hours
In addition to the obvious Music teaching career in K-12 schools, a degree in Music Education can lead to a variety of opportunities. The degree also affords opportunities in Christian ministry, worship leadership, and missions which involve working with diverse populations to proclaim Christ through music.
• Secondary English Education – 120 designated semester hours
In addition to the obvious English teaching career, a degree in English Education can lead to a variety of job opportunities. The degree affords opportunities in media relation, which involves working with media to communicate the goals, vision, policies, and practices of an organization to the public. Similarly, another field where a student may use this degree is public relations. Writing and editing positions are available for English education majors also. Because of the growth of online publications and services, writers and editors with web or media experience are in constant demand. Business is another option for English education majors. Tasks like creating memos, letters, and presentations require good English writing and verbal skills, as well as teaching skills. If persons are interested in practicing law, they need at least a Bachelor’s Degree like English education to enter any law school, and good communication skills, as well as teaching skills, are beneficial to prospective lawyers.
• Secondary Biology Education – 135 designated semester hours
The B.S. Ed. degree in Biology is designed to qualify the student to teach the biological sciences in secondary schools. In addition, the student may also seek endorsements in chemistry and physical science. Blue Mountain College graduates are recognized as highly qualified educators in the natural sciences due to the strong content background they receive. This degree will provide the needed background for entrance into graduate studies.
• Secondary Mathematics Education – 120 designated semester hours
The B.S. Ed. degree in Mathematics is designed to qualify the student to teach in the area of mathematics in middle and secondary schools. In addition, the student may also seek endorsements in calculus and other mathematics areas. This Blue Mountain College degree will also provide the needed background for entrance into graduate studies.
• Secondary Social Science Education – 123 designated semester hours
The B.S. Ed. degree in Social Studies Education will qualify the student to teach in the many areas of social science in middle and secondary schools.
• Secondary Spanish Education – 120 designated semester hours