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SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

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Opportunities

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A graduate degree from the University of Mississippi School of Education (SOE) means more than just a diploma. It means opportunity. Opportunities that fit your life without ever sacrificing academic quality. Our master’s, specialist and doctoral programs are designed for people who seek to do more, be greater and see the world through a wider lens. People like you.

96%

Satisfaction rate among recent alumni in the last five years

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Hybrid Ed.D. programs designed for working educators

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Online graduate degrees: early childhood education elementary education higher education play therapy

$408

Typical cost per credit for in-state graduate students


Hybrid Degrees

Rethinking graduate school Our hybrid Ed.D. programs combine online and traditional course work with learning experiences across Mississippi. Some individual courses also use this model, allowing working educators to take a combination of in-person and online classes. UM is a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, or CPED, a consortium of more than 80 colleges and universities working to advance the understanding of the contemporary Ed.D.

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52%

Graduate students who take some online courses

790%

Increase in STEM education Ph.D. or Ed.D. degrees earned since 2005

85%

Increase in online program enrollment since 2010


OPPORTUNITies with value

Grounded in problem-based learning, the SOE packs each course with real-world value to enhance your professional practice long before graduation. Our programs are led by accomplished faculty members who understand the theory and skills needed to advance educational professions.

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100%

2016 pass rate on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE)

$30,000 The annual value of graduate research fellowships awarded by the Center for Mathematics and Science Education

90%

Full-time M.A. in higher education students with tuitionwaiving graduate assistantships

$20,000 Amount graduate students can receive each year via Noyce scholarship program


Select Funding Opportunities

Bank Hours Scholarships awarded to P-12 schools in return for hosting UM student teachers. More than 150 schools statewide currently receive UM bank hours. Ask your principal if you qualify. Diversity Fellowship Program This fellowship is available to individuals who are members of minority groups that historically have been underrepresented in graduate programs. The fellowship provides a stipend and a tuition scholarship. Graduate Assistantships Full-time graduate students may serve as graduate assistants in teaching or administrative capacities within the SOE. These 10- or 20-hour per week positions may cover 75 percent to 100 percent of tuition and provide a monthly living stipend. Assistantships are offered to accepted graduate students based on availability. CMSE Graduate Research Fellowships Valued at approximately $30,000 per year, graduate research fellowships at the Center for Mathematics and Science Education provide full-time graduate students studying STEM or STEM education with tuition, professional development and a $20,000 annual living stipend.

100%

Job placement for Mississippi Teacher Corps recruits who complete summer training

Noyce Teachers for a New Tomorrow Scholar Program Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, these scholarships offer up to $20,000 per year to students pursuing a graduate degree in STEM education fields. Noyce scholars commit to teach two years in a high-needs school for each year of funding.

2016 Tuition Resident Full-time Part-time

Nonresident

$3,672 $10,278 (per semester) (per semester) $408 (per hour)

$1,143 (per hour)

Does not include fees

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Opportunities to open doors

With thousands of working alumni across the state and nation, SOE graduates are continually recognized as change agents, master teachers, innovative leaders and professionals dedicated to service.

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66%

Mississippi school districts employing SOE alumni

$8.6 million

Amount of external funding for SOE programs

3 in 4

Graduates reporting an increase in salary following graduation

99%

Principal Corps graduates who receive P-12 leadership job offers


Cohort Focused

Meet your future colleagues Nearly all programs offered through the SOE use the cohort model. This allows you to meet and study alongside peers in your field and engage in meaningful and engaging discussion and intellectual exploration. Many graduates maintain communication with their cohort members years into their careers and use them as professional resources.

Select Recent Alumni Susan Burrow (Ph.D. 13) president, Central Alabama Community College Brian Buckhalter (M.Ed. 15) mathematics coach, Oxford School District Jacob Dykes (Ed.S. 14) assistant principal, Ocean Springs High School Cloyd Garth Jr. (M.A. 11, Ed.S. 14) principal, Aberdeen High School Tamara Hillmer (M.Ed. 05, Ed.S. 11) principal, Oxford Elementary School Efia Mentuhotep (M.Ed. 12) dean of academics, Freedom Preparatory Academy Hanna Olivier (M.A. 12) dean of students, North Panola High School Lacy Crumrine Overly (Ph.D. 12) assistant professor of counseling, Arkansas State University

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Average alumni score on School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA)

Felicia Pollard (M.Ed. 06, Ed.S. 12) assistant principal, Lafayette Upper Elementary School Jenny Soloman (M.Ed. 15) school counselor, DeSoto Central Elementary School Ryan Upshaw (M.A. 08) assistant dean for student services, University of Mississippi School of Engineering

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Grad School Road Map

choose a level

Master’s

Specialist

Ed Leadership, Higher Ed, Teacher Ed, or Counseling?

Ed Leadership, Teacher Ed, or Counseling?

Counseling

Higher Ed

Teacher Ed

traditional

online or traditional?

online or traditional?

(nonteaching)

Ed Leadership

Ed Leadership

traditional traditional

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online

traditional

traditional

Counselor Education

online

Ed.S. in Play Therapy

traditional

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Counseling

M.Ed. in Ed Leadership

Principal Corps

Ed.S. in Ed Leadership

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School Counseling

Are you a licensed teacher?

M.A. in Higher Ed

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Ed.S. in Elementary Ed page 13

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yes

M.Ed. in Early Childhood Ed page 11

no

M.Ed. in Elementary Ed

M.Ed. in Literacy Ed

M.Ed. in Secondary Ed

M.Ed. in Special Ed

M.A. in Teaching

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English

Math

Science

Social Studies

Mississippi Teacher Corps page 9


Doctoral

hybrid

hybrid or traditional? traditional

Teacher Ed

Ed Leadership

Ed Leadership, Higher Ed, Teacher Ed, or Counseling?

Higher Ed

Teacher Ed

Ph.D. in Higher Ed

traditional

Ph.D. in Ed Leadership

Higher Ed, Ed Leadership, or Teacher Ed?

Counseling

Ph.D. in Counselor Ed & Supervision

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Ed.S. in Secondary Ed

Ed.S. in Special Ed

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English

Math

Science

Social Studies

Ed.D. in Elementary Ed

Ph.D. in Secondary Ed

Ph.D. in Special Ed

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English

Math

Science

Social Studies

Higher Ed Ed.D. in Higher Ed page 15

Ed Leadership

Ed.D. in Ed Leadership page 14

Teacher Ed Ed.D. in Math Ed page 15

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Graduate Degrees

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M.A.

M.Ed.

Ed.S.

Ed.D.

Ph.D.

Master of Arts

Master of Education

Specialist in Education

Doctor of Education

Doctor of Philosophy

Terminal degree in field

Terminal degree in field

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Program Formats Online All required courses offered online

Traditional Many required courses offered face to face, although online courses may be taken Hybrid A specific combination of online and traditional courses designed for working educators


What You’ll Learn The Mississippi Teacher Corps is a two-year program that trains noneducation majors to teach in Mississippi critical-needs schools. In addition to teaching, participants earn an M.A. in curriculum and instruction. Each year, the program accepts between 25 and 35 candidates. Due to the size of the program, the MTC offers individualized support, and all participants move as a cohort through each stage of the training and course work. During the school year, all MTC participants teach in critical-needs school districts in Mississippi and attend SOE graduate classes on a full scholarship. Admission • Undergraduate degree with significant 12-18 hours of course work in at least one of the following areas: English, math, science or social studies • 3.0 GPA in undergraduate course work • 21 ACT composite score or 990 SAT composite score or passing scores on the Praxis Core test (Reading: 156, Writing: 162, Math 150) • Passing score on the Praxis II test in the subject area you wish to teach

Faculty Director: Joe Sweeney, Ed.D. Contact: jsweeney@go.olemiss.edu

What You’ll Learn The Principal Corps is a comprehensive training program designed to transform classroom teachers into P-12 leaders who are equipped to guide children, teachers and schools to success. Our 13-month program takes an innovative approach to transforming teachers into school leaders. Through graduate course work, recruits are exposed to the theories behind learning and leadership. Through two full-time internships under veteran principals, they gain knowledge that only comes from experience. Upon successful completion of the program, Principal Corps graduates receive either an M.Ed. or Ed.S. degree in educational leadership from UM. Admission • Hold a Class A teacher’s certificate • Minimum three years’ successful (K-12) teaching experience • Have at least 3.0 GPA on all college course work • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination, less than five years old • Goals statement with proficient writing skills • Evidence of leadership potential • Two letters of reference • Letter of reference from superintendent • Successful interview

Faculty Director: Tom Burnham, Ed.D. Contact: tburnham@olemiss.edu

Master of Arts (M.A.) M.A. in Teaching

What You’ll Learn The M.A. program focuses on providing the pedagogical knowledge and skills needed for secondary instruction to those with sufficient content knowledge. M.A. candidates may apply for certification in English, math, science (biology, chemistry, physics) or social studies. After the initial summer training consisting of three courses, M.A. candidates become certified teachers and will be able to pursue employment to teach grades 7-12. Admission • 3.0 GPA overall or on last 60 hours of undergraduate work • Pass Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) assessment • Praxis II (priority for admission given to those who pass by March 1 deadline) • Writing sample

Faculty Director: Joe Sweeney, Ed.D. Contact: jsweeney@go.olemiss.edu

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M.A. in Higher Education

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Traditional and online! What You’ll Learn The M.A. program examines the various aspects of higher education administration and fosters a strong theoretical understanding of college and university functions, including the functions of student life. This program also provides professional preparation through practicum and graduate assistantship opportunities for those seeking full-time enrollment. The program is designed for those who seek to work at a college or university in different administrative roles such as financial aid, housing or other areas of postsecondary education.

Admission • 3.0 GPA overall or on last 60 hours of undergraduate work • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination, less than five years old • Current resume • Three references • Statement of purpose • Interview with faculty

Faculty Director: John Holleman, Ed.D. Contact: holleman@olemiss.edu

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

M.Ed. in Counselor Education – Community Mental Health Counseling

What You’ll Learn A community mental health counselor is a licensed professional who provides mental health services, which include but are not limited to diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders, individual counseling, and counseling with couples, families, groups and organizations. The program requires that all students successfully complete a range of program experiences. These experiences include satisfactory completion of required courses and course experiences, development of basic counseling skills, performance in practicum and internship, and demonstration of specific clinical competencies beyond class requirements. The M.Ed. program is a 60-credit-hour program. Admission • 3.0 GPA overall or on last 60 hours of undergraduate work • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination, less than five years old • Current resume • Interview with faculty

Faculty Director: Suzanne Dugger, Ed.D. Contact: smdugger@olemiss.edu

M.Ed. in Counselor Education – School Counseling

What You’ll Learn A school counselor is a licensed professional educator who assists students, teachers, parents and administrators through counseling, consulting and coordinating. The program requires that all students successfully complete a range of program experiences. These experiences include satisfactory completion of required courses and course experiences, development of basic counseling skills, performance in practicum and internship, and demonstration of specific clinical competencies beyond class requirements. The M.Ed. program is a 48-credit-hour program. Admission • 3.0 GPA overall or on last 60 hours of undergraduate work • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination, less than five years old • Current resume • Interview with faculty

Faculty Director: Suzanne Dugger, Ed.D. Contact: smdugger@olemiss.edu


Admission • 3.0 GPA on last 60 hours of undergraduate work • Praxis II content scores (six points higher than Mississippi Department of Education licensure requirement) • Two graduate reference forms • Track I: Hold or eligible to hold an A educator licensure in elementary education • Track II: No licensure is required

Faculty Director: Burhanettin Keskin, Ph.D. Contact: bkeskin@olemiss.edu

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

What You’ll Learn The M.Ed. program prepares candidates for administrative positions in P-12 school settings. Each component of the program is invaluable to the overall goal of preparing entry-level school leaders. The program also provides the necessary skills and knowledge to meet Mississippi licensure – AA certification. The program is an 18-month cohort program. Students enter the program in June and take 6 credit hours of course work each semester. The program also includes a 400-hour administrative internship that runs the entire length of the program. Admission • Hold a Class A teacher’s certificate • Minimum three years’ successful (K-12) teaching experience • Have at least 3.0 GPA on all college course work • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination, less than five years old • Goals statement with proficient writing skills • Evidence of leadership potential • Two letters of reference • Successful interview

Faculty Director: Dennis Bunch, Ed.D. Contact: dbunch@olemiss.edu

M.Ed. in Elementary Education

Traditional and online! What You’ll Learn Both the online and traditional M.Ed. program in elementary education enhances teaching skills by encouraging professional growth and the application of research-based techniques and emerging theory in the classroom. In addition, the program builds on basic-level preparation that teachers have received as undergraduates and requires in-depth study and research in a professional, collegial academic setting.

Admission • 3.0 GPA on last 60 hours of undergraduate work • Praxis II content scores (six points higher than Mississippi Department of Education licensure requirement) • Two graduate reference forms • Hold or eligible to hold an A educator licensure in elementary education

Faculty Director: William J. Sumrall, Ph.D. (traditional); Virginia Moore, Ed.D. (online) Contact: sumrall@olemiss.edu (traditional), vjmoore@olemiss.edu (online)

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Online! What You’ll Learn The online M.Ed. in early childhood education program effectively prepares candidates to become professionals in a variety of roles within the field of early childhood education, including (but not limited to) educators of young children, administrators/directors of early childhood programs, community college instructors and trainers, professional development coordinators, curriculum coordinators, policy regulators, program managers, family specialists, child development specialists, early intervention specialists and coordinators, consultants, researchers, early childhood program officers, and child and family policy advocates. The program offers two tracks: licensure and nonlicensure.

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M.Ed. in Literacy Education

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What You’ll Learn The M.Ed. program examines the roles and responsibilities of a reading specialist/literacy coach. The program provides strong, foundational course work that builds to 6 hours of internship course work, where candidates function in literacy leadership roles in their schools, districts and/or communities. This program is designed for teachers who seek to become more specialized literacy teachers who can serve as reading specialists and literacy coaches or leaders in their schools and districts. Admission • 3.0 GPA on last 60 hours of undergraduate work • Praxis II content scores (six points higher than Mississippi Department of Education licensure requirement) • Two graduate reference forms • Hold or eligible to hold an A educator license

Faculty Director: Michael Mott, Ph.D. Contact: msmott@olemiss.edu

M.Ed. in Secondary Education

What You’ll Learn The M.Ed. program enhances the knowledge and skills of content teachers in the secondary (7-12) classroom. The candidate may choose one of four content areas as a specialization: English, mathematics, science (biology, chemistry, physics) or social studies. The program allows for two tracks: Track I is geared toward candidates who wish to remain as high school teachers, while Track II is for candidates who wish to pursue employment at the community college level. The program addresses current state and national standards with special emphases placed on lifelong learning, research findings and innovative curricula. Admission • 3.0 GPA on last 60 hours of undergraduate work • Praxis II content scores (six points higher than Mississippi Department of Education licensure requirement) • Two graduate reference forms • Hold or eligible to hold an A educator licensure in English, mathematics, science (biology, chemistry, physics) or social studies

Faculty Director: Rosemary Oliphant-Ingham, Ed.D. Contact: ringham@olemiss.edu

M.Ed. in Special Education

What You’ll Learn The M.Ed. program fosters understanding of the connection between theory, research and practice in the field of special education. This program includes 15 semester hours in special education course work, practicum and field experiences serving individuals with exceptional learning needs. Admission • 3.0 GPA on last 60 hours of undergraduate work • Praxis II content scores (six points higher than Mississippi Department of Education licensure requirement) • Two graduate reference forms • Undergraduate major in special education, education or closely related field (e.g., psychology, social work, counseling, speech, communications)

Faculty Director: Denise A. Soares, Ph.D. Contact: dasoares@olemiss.edu


What You’ll Learn The Ed.S. program prepares candidates for administrative positions in P-12 school settings. Each component of the program is invaluable to the overall goal of preparing entry-level school leaders. The program also provides the necessary skills and knowledge to meet Mississippi licensure – AA certification. The program is an 18-month cohort program. Students enter the program in June and take 6 credit hours of course work each semester. The program also includes a 400-hour administrative internship that runs the entire length of the program. Admission • Hold a Class A teacher’s certificate • Minimum three years’ successful (K-12) teaching experience • Have at least 3.0 GPA on all college course work • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination, less than five years old • Exhibit proficient writing skills on goals statement • Evidence of leadership potential • Two letters of reference • Successful interview

Faculty Director: Dennis Bunch, Ed.D. Contact: dbunch@olemiss.edu

What You’ll Learn The Ed.S. requires 30 hours of graduate study beyond the master’s degree. The specialist degree in elementary education is intended for candidates who wish to earn a post-master’s graduate degree that leads to AAA certification. All Ed.S. candidates complete a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed periodical, present the manuscript to departmental faculty and complete 65 clock hours of field-based learning opportunities. Admission • 3.25 GPA on all previous graduate course work • AA license (or eligibility for license) in elementary education or related area • Two years’ teaching or relevant experience • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination, less than five years old • Writing sample • Two graduate reference forms

Faculty Director: James Payne, Ed.D. Contact: edjp@olemiss.edu

Ed.S. in Play Therapy (Counselor Education)

Online! What You’ll Learn The Ed.S. in play therapy is coordinated through the UM Counselor Education Clinic for Outreach and Personal Enrichment, an approved center for play therapy education by the Association for Play Therapy. The Ed.S. is an online postmaster’s degree for those interested in becoming a registered play therapist. The one-year program requires a clinical practicum experience and an intensive supervision residency. Students complete 18 credit hours, 335 hours of play-therapy sessions and receive 35 hours of supervision. An on-site residency at UM is required for three days in the summer.

Admission • Current state license or certification to engage in independent or supervised clinical mental health practice (LPC, LCSW, LMFT, LSC, LCP, LLP, licensed psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health nurses) • Graduate degree in a mental health field from an accredited institution (must have also completed designated core graduate course work, i.e., ethics, child development, theories of personality, principles of psychotherapy and child/adolescent psychopathology) • Clinical experience (one year and 1,000 hours of supervised post-master’s clinical experience, preferably including significant time working with children) • Proof of current professional liability insurance • Criminal background check • Formal phone interview • Access to at least 10 hours of play-therapy experiences per week over a 35-week period from October to July

Faculty Director: Suzanne Dugger, Ed.D. Contact: smdugger@olemiss.edu

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Ed.S. in Educational Leadership

Ed.S. in Elementary Education

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Ed.S. in Secondary Education

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What You’ll Learn The Ed.S. requires 30 hours of graduate study beyond the master’s degree. The specialist degree in secondary education is intended for candidates who wish to earn a post-master’s graduate degree that leads to AAA certification. All Ed.S. candidates expand their pedagogical knowledge in writing and oral presentations as it pertains to their specific content area. Candidates are exposed to the skills needed for research, grant writing and article submission. National and state standards are addressed with special emphasis on lifelong learning and development of leadership skills.

Ed.S. in Special Education

What You’ll Learn The Ed.S. requires 30 hours of graduate study beyond the master’s degree. The specialist degree in special education is intended for candidates who wish to earn a post-master’s graduate degree that leads to AAA certification. All Ed.S. candidates expand their pedagogical knowledge in writing and oral presentations as it pertains to their specific content area. Candidates are exposed to the skills needed for research, grant writing and article submission. National and state standards are addressed with special emphasis on lifelong learning and development of leadership skills.

Admission • 3.25 GPA on all previous graduate course work • AA license (or eligibility for license) in secondary education or related area • Two years’ teaching or relevant experience • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination, less than five years old • Writing sample • Two graduate reference forms

Admission • 3.25 GPA on all previous graduate course work • AA license (or eligibility for license) in secondary education or related area • Two years’ teaching or relevant experience • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination, less than five years old • Writing sample • Two graduate reference forms

Faculty Director: James Payne, Ed.D. Contact: edjp@olemiss.edu

Faculty Director: James Payne, Ed.D. Contact: edjp@olemiss.edu

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

Hybrid! What You’ll Learn The hybrid Ed.D. in educational leadership prepares leaders for advanced administrative practice at the school or district level. Our curriculum combines both online and traditional course work and is rooted in robust research on effective leadership practice. Ed.D. candidates receive advanced skill development in applied leadership and research. The three-year, 57-credit cohort program requires six weekend seminars each semester. All learning in the program uses practice-based application of state-of-the-art research on school transformation. The program requires an applied dissertation-in-practice in which candidates will engage in planning, implementing, assessing and revising a three-year organizational improvement project. Candidates must receive permission from the appropriate officials to engage in the intensive project.

Admission • Graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution • Current state school administrative license • Current employment as a school or district-level administrator • Three years’ full-time experience working as a licensed administrator • 3.5 GPA on all previous graduate work • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination, less than five years old • Exhibit proficient writing skills on a formal assessment • Evidence of effective leadership potential • Three letters of references (one from a direct supervisor) • Successful interview

Faculty Director: Douglas Davis, Ph.D. Contact: drdavis@olemiss.edu


Ed.D. in Higher Education

Hybrid! What You’ll Learn The hybrid Ed.D. in higher education is a cohort-style program designed for current college and university administrators who desire a practitioner focus in their doctoral studies. The Ed.D combines in-person, on-site class meetings with alternative methods of delivering course content, including Internet learning systems and audio/video conferencing.

Admission • 3.5 GPA on all previous graduate course work • Two years’ teaching or relevant experience (letter from employer on letterhead) • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination, less than five years old • Hold AA license (or eligibility for license) in elementary education or related area • Admissions statement/writing sample • Preliminary written exam and interview • Two graduate reference forms

Admission • A graduate degree • Employment in the field of higher education • 3.25 GPA on all previous graduate course work • Two years’ full-time experience working in higher education after obtaining a graduate degree • A completed online Graduate School application • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination, less than five years old • Statement of purpose • Resume • Three references • Faculty interview

Faculty Director: Joel C. Amidon, Ph.D. Contact: jcamidon@olemiss.edu

Faculty Director: John Holleman, Ed.D. Contact: holleman@olemiss.edu

Ed.D. in Secondary Mathematics Education

Hybrid! What You’ll Learn The hybrid Ed.D., designed for current middle and high school mathematics educators, emphasizes a practitioner focus in doctoral studies. The purpose of the Ed.D. is to enhance the practice of classroom teachers, local curriculum specialists and other mathematicians actively involved in classroom instruction, supervision or professional development in mathematics. This may be achieved through advanced courses in educational foundations, inquiry, analysis and evaluation methods for problems of practice, and an emphasis area of study. Designed to be completed in three years, the Ed.D. requires 48 semester hours of post-master’s course work.

Admission • A graduate degree in mathematics or mathematics education with at least 30 hours of graduate-level mathematics courses completed • Employment in the field of education • 3.25 GPA on all previous graduate course work • Two years’ full-time experience working in math education after obtaining a graduate degree • A completed online Graduate School application • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination, less than five years old • Statement of purpose • Resume • Three references • Faculty interview

Faculty Director: Joel C. Amidon, Ph.D. Contact: jcamidon@olemiss.edu

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What You’ll Learn The Ed.D. requires a minimum of 99 graduate hours of course work post bachelor’s degree, including 18 hours of dissertation credits. A minimum of 30 hours above the master’s degree must be taken at the University of Mississippi. These hours do not include dissertation hours. In addition, Ed.D. candidates must successfully complete and orally defend a dissertation representing independent and original research. Each doctoral graduate will complete 75 clock hours of field-based learning opportunities and successfully complete a written comprehensive examination.

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Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision

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What You’ll Learn The Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision is designed to develop counselor educators who are prepared to be skillful teachers, expert supervisors, competent quantitative and qualitative researchers, and outstanding professional faculty at a college or university. Fundamental to the program is the conviction that the master’s degree in counseling is the clinical degree and that doctoral study, while it enhances the clinical skill of students, has the purpose of developing effective counselor educators. Admission • A graduate degree in counseling or a closely related field • 3.25 GPA on all previous graduate course work • A completed online Graduate School application • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination, less than five years old • Statement of purpose • Resume • Three references • Faculty interview

Faculty Director: Suzanne Dugger, Ed.D. Contact: smdugger@olemiss.edu

Ph.D. in Educational Leadership

What You'll Learn The Ph.D. program prepares candidates for faculty positions in higher education. Ph.D. candidates receive advanced training in leadership, research and organizational development. Candidates may also examine leadership from the perspective of other disciplines (i.e., law, political science or sociology). A minimum of 51 credit hours of course work beyond a master’s degree and a minimum of 18 credit hours of dissertation are required. Admission • A graduate degree from an accredited college or university • 3.0 GPA on all previous graduate work • Minimum two years’ experience as a licensed educator • A completed Graduate School application • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination, less than five years old • Statement of purpose • Three letters of reference • Faculty interview

Faculty Director: Douglas Davis, Ph.D. Contact: drdavis@olemiss.edu

Ph.D. in Higher Education

What You’ll Learn The Ph.D. in higher education is designed for students who desire to gain an academic understanding of higher education issues and institutions for the purpose of cultivating advanced knowledge in educational foundations, developing critical perspectives on contemporary policy and practice, and conducting original research. Sustained engagement with research and independent inquiry is expected of Ph.D. candidates, and courses are offered in an elective-style format. The degree may be pursued part time. The program is designed to foster essential academic values and prepare scholarly practitioners for stewardship of the academy and the field. Admission • An earned master’s degree • 3.25 GPA on all previous graduate course work • Two years’ full-time experience in higher education postmaster’s degree • A completed online Graduate School application • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination, less than five years old • Statement of purpose • Resume • Three references • Faculty interview

Faculty Director: John Holleman, Ed.D. Contact: holleman@olemiss.edu


Admission • 3.5 GPA on all previous graduate course work • Two years’ teaching or relevant experience (letter from employer on letterhead) • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination, less than five years old • Hold AA License (or eligibility for license) in special education or related area • Admissions statement/writing sample • Preliminary written exam and interview • Two graduate reference forms

Faculty Director: Rosemary Oliphant-Ingham, Ed.D. Contact: ringham@olemiss.edu

Faculty Director: Denise A. Soares, Ph.D. Contact: dasoares@olemiss.edu

What You’ll Learn The Ph.D. in special education requires 99 hours above the bachelor’s degree with 30 hours completed at UM. Candidates in the program acquire deeper and broader skills and knowledge of the field of special education. Doctorallevel classes generate and use research, apply research and theory in curriculum development, and communicate ideas through writing and speaking with other professionals in the field. Each doctoral graduate will complete 75 hours of field-based learning opportunities and successfully complete a written comprehensive examination.

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Admission • 3.5 GPA on all previous graduate course work • Two years’ teaching or relevant experience (letter from employer on letterhead) • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination, less than five years old • Hold AA license (or eligibility for license) in secondary education or related area • Admissions statement/writing sample • Preliminary written exam and interview • Two graduate reference forms

What You’ll Learn The Ph.D. in secondary education may be completed with specializations in English, mathematics, science (biology, chemistry, physics) or social studies. The program requires 99 hours above the bachelor’s degree with 30 hours completed at UM. Candidates in the program acquire deeper and broader skills and knowledge as they pertain to the specific content chosen and the secondary curriculum. Doctoral classes generate and use research, apply research and theory in curriculum development, and communicate ideas through writing and collaboration with other professionals in the field.

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