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Mississippi Children’s Museum teaches grown-ups!

The Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) will provide innovative and interactive professional development courses for educators state-wide July 11-14 in the museum’s classroom.

Four unique workshops allow educators and administrators across the state to be inspired before they return to the classroom. Teachers explore the museum during professional development just as their students would on a field trip to make connections between classroom lessons and real-world concepts. Subjects range from critical thinking in literacy to math and nature. All workshops are aligned with state standards:

• I Wonder?: Critical Thinking
• Mad About Math
• How Does Your Garden Grow?
• Wild About Reading

Each workshop is six hours, including an hour-long lunch break, and counts as .5 CEU credit hours. Specified courses are certified through Millsaps College and Mississippi College. Registration is currently available in advance online at www.mcm.ms and at the museum. For more information about MCM’s educational resources, visit www.mcm.ms or contact MCM’s Director of Education and Programs, Jana Perry at jana@mcm.ms.


Online M.Ed. Programs at Ole Miss

The School of Education at the University of Mississippi offers online graduate programs to serve the graduate education needs of educators throughout the state and beyond. The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education and M.Ed. in Elementary Education provide the opportunity to for educators to capture the vision for their careers.  Courses for both degrees are delivered in an online format - giving educators the most flexibility possible to fit coursework into both work and an individual's personal schedule.
The online, 30-hour M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education is a two-track (for either licensed or unlicensed educators) program to effectively prepare candidates to become professionals in a variety of roles within the field of early childhood education. 

The online, 30-hour M.Ed. in Elementary Education program seeks to enhance excellence in teaching by encouraging individual growth and application of research-based techniques and emerging theory in the elementary classroom.  Information at 


MDE News

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Teacher Center Job Board

Understanding the need to notify potential employees about school district vacancies in real time, the Mississippi Teacher Center’s job board allows each district to post vacancies directly to reach applicants faster. To post to the job board, visit http://teach.k12.ms.us/. For more information, call the Teacher Center at 601-359-3631.