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Teacher Education

(K-12, Middle, and High School)

Teacher Education

Do You Want to Be A K-12, Middle, and/or High School Teacher?

Looking for a career with great job security and benefits, a generous retirement plan, flexibility during the summer, numerous opportunities for student loan forgiveness, and a chance to work with others equally committed to making a difference in the lives of young Mississippians? Choose from one of our licensure programs and make a difference through your career!

Teacher Licensure

Our licensure programs combine innovative, exciting classes in the subject area with education classes that teach students the practical skills they'll need in the classroom. Students graduate with a degree in their subject and a license to teach in the state of Mississippi.  

Our Programs

The following licensure programs lead to a license to teach K-12, Middle, and/or High School:

School of Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences

Biological Sciences (Licensure) BS

Learn more about the Biological Sciences Licensure 


School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Chemistry (Licensure) BS

Learn more about the Chemistry Licensure


Mathematics (Licensure) BS

Learn more about the Mathematics Licensure


Physics (Licensure) BS

Learn more about the Physics Licensure


School of Humanities

English (Licensure) BA

·  Grade Levels: 7-12

·  Contact (Hattiesburg): Dr.%20Rebecca%20Powell

Learn more about the English Licensure


History (Licensure in Social Studies) BA

·  Grade Levels: 7-12

·  Contact (Hattiesburg): Bradley%20Phillis

Learn more about the History Licensure


School of Social Science and Global Studies

World Languages (Licensure) BA

Learn more about the World Languages Licensure


School of Music

Music Education (Choral Licensure) BMEd  

Learn more about the Music Ed Choral Licensure


Music Education (Instrumental Licensure) BMEd

Learn more about the Music Ed Instrumental Licensure


School of Performing and Visual Arts

Dance (Dance Education Licensure) BFA

Learn more about the Dance Education Licensure


School of Education

Special Education (K-12 Licensure) BS

Learn more about the Special Education Licensure


School of Kinesiology and Nutrition

Kinesiology (K-12 Physical Education Licensure) BS

Learn more about the Physical Education Licensure 


Career Outlook

Qualified teachers are always in demand, and as Mississippi's largest and oldest state-supported teacher training school, Southern Miss is proud to provide skilled teachers to meet the needs of our state and region.

To learn more about the benefits of being a teacher, visit the Mississippi Department of Education.  

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Programs at The University of Southern Mississippi that prepare students for initial licensure as educators are designed to meet the licensure standards set by the Mississippi Department of Education. Students seeking licensure in another state are advised to contact the appropriate licensing board in that state to determine specific requirements of guidelines for reciprocity. The University of Southern Mississippi cannot confirm whether a particular licensure program meets requirements for licensure outside of the State of Mississippi. For specific information, please contact Jennifer%20Wild.

*If you are seeking information about teaching elementary school, visit the College of Education and Human Sciences.


Contact Us

College of Arts and Sciences
Liberal Arts Building 210
118 College Dr. #5004
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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