Degree plan

GENERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM

GEC 01. Written Communication (6 hours)
01. ENG 101
02. ENG 102

GEC 02. Natural Science and Mathematics (11 hours minimum)  

Science Requirement (8 hours minimum)
01. Select 2 courses with labs:

  • AST 111/L
  • AST 112/L
  • BSC 103/L****
  • BSC 110/L****
  • BSC 111/L****
  • BSC 250/L
  • BSC 251/L
  • CHE 104/L
  • CHE 106/L
  • CHE 107/L
  • GHY 104/L
  • GHY 105/L
  • GLY 101/L
  • GLY 103/L
  • MAR 151/L
  • PHY 103/L
  • PHY 111/L
  • PHY 112/L
  • PHY 201/L
  • PHY 202/L
  • PSC 190/L

Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)

02. Select 1 course:

  • MAT 100***
  • MAT 101*
  • Higher-level MAT course 

GEC 03. Humanities (9 hours)

01. ENG 203*
02. Select 2 courses, 1 History required:

  • HIS 101*
  • HIS 102*
  • PHI 151
  • PHI 171
  • REL 131                               

GEC 04. Aesthetic Values (3 hours)
01. Select 1 course:

  • ART 130
  • DAN 130
  • MUS 165
  • THE 100

GEC 05. Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)

01. Select 2 courses:

  • ANT 101
  • COH 100*
  • ECO 101
  • GHY 101*
  • PS 101
  • PSY 110*              
  • SOC 101

GEC 06. Computer Competency Requirement

01. Successful completion of the BTLE or 1C3  certification

GEC 07. Writing-Intensive Requirement (Major Area)

01. C1R 411 (WI)
ENG 101 & ENG 102 prerequisites

GEC 08. Speaking-Intensive Requirement (3 hours)

01. Select 1 course:

  • CMS 111 (SI)
  • CMS 305 (SI) 
  • CMS 320 (SI)
  • CMS 330 (SI)

GEC 09. Capstone Requirement (Major Area)

01. CIE 480 (Capstone)
02. CIE 482 (Capstone)

Must be taken Senior Year; ENG 101 & ENG 102 prerequisites

*This course satisfies both the GEC requirement and a program requirement for this major. 

**This GEC course is recommended by this major.

***This course does not satisfy prerequisites for any other math course.

****GEC restrictions apply. View a full description of the GEC.

GEC 06 - GEC 09 courses are specific to the major.

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

DEG 01. Major Area of Study Requirements (59 hours)

Certain courses are restricted. Gold Card required.

Introductory Block Courses

01. CIP 340
02. CIR 306
03. IT 365
04. SME 432
05. SPE 400

Intermediate Block Courses

06. CIE 305
07. CIR 309/L
08. CIE 343/L
09. CIR 407/L

Senior Block Courses

10. CIE 301/L
11. CIE  302
12. CIR 411 (WI)
13. CIR 412/L
14. Select 1 course:

  • CISE 403
  • REF 469

15. Teacher education majors are required to take Praxis II content and PLT tests and have scores reported to Southern Miss (code #1479) prior to graduation.

Student Teaching

16. CIE 480 (Capstone)
17. CIE 482 (Capstone)

DEG 02. Additional Requirements (18-33 hours)

01. Select 1 course:

  • ARE 309
  • MUS 361

02. Select 1 course:

  • CD 350
  • PSY 270

03. COH 100*
04. Select 1 course:

  • ENG 330
  • ENG 333 (WI)
  • approved ENG elective

05. GHY 101*
06. HIS 101*
07. HIS 102*
08. MAT 101*
09. MAT 210
10. MAT 310
11. PSY 110*

Teacher Education Requirements

  • Students must be admitted to Professional Education Programs. Specific requirements and processes are found on page XXX.

 K-6 Highly-qualified Endorsements

  • English (ENG 101; ENG 102; ENG 203; ENG 330 + 9 additional hours)
  • Social Studies (HIS 101; HIS 102; GHY 101; CIE 305 + 9 additional hours)
  • Foreign Language (21 additional hours)
  • Mathematics (MAT 101; MAT 210; MAT 310; CIE 301+ 9 additional hours)
  • Science (8 hours of lab science; SME 432 + 10 additional hours)

MDE Supplemental Endorsements

  • Special Education K-6 or 7-12 (18 additional hours)
  • Note: The program is designed such that all teacher candidates will have a supplemental Reading Endorsement.

 All courses must be completed before student teaching.

HOURS TO DEGREE

124 hours are needed to graduate with a BS in Elementary Education.  At least 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi must be earned from a senior college, and 45 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above.  The last 25 percent of course work must be earned from Southern Miss.  The student must earn at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss.