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Licensure Programs

 

Southern Miss offers initial teacher licensure programs at the traditional undergraduate level, alternate-route certificate level, or alternate-route graduate level for graduates wishing to teach in Mississippi.  We also offer advanced licensure programs and programs for other school professionals at the graduate level. We do not guarantee to meet the licensure requirements of other states.  You will be responsible for verifying that your program of study meets your desired state‚Äôs licensure requirements.

Each of the programs listed below are approved for initial licensure in the state of Mississippi. If you are seeking licensure in another state, you will need to first obtain your Mississippi license and then applying as an out-of-state candidate for licensure.  Each state has specific licensure requirements: the following are some examples of the types of state requirements for out-of-state licensure: specific test scores on Praxis, background checks and additional coursework.  For specific information, please contact Jennifer Wild.

Below you can find websites and contact information for all our educator preparation programs.

Traditional Route Undergraduate Initial Teacher Licensure Preparation Programs

  • BS Biological Sciences (Licensure)
    • Grade Levels: 7-12
    • Contact for Hattiesburg: Dr.%20Allison%20Downing (allison.downing@usm.edu)
    • Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg and Gulf Park
    • SPA National Recognition by: National Science Teachers Association  
  • BS Chemistry (Licensure)
    • Grade Levels: 7-12
    • Contact: Dr.%20Deborah%20Booth (deborah.booth@usm.edu)
    • Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg
    • SPA National Recognition by: National Science Teachers Association
  • BS Physics (Licensure)
    • Grade Levels: 9-12
    • Contact: Dr.%20Chris%20Sirola (christopher.sirola@usm.edu)
    • Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg
    • SPA National Recognition by: National Science Teachers Association
  • BS Mathematics (Licensure)
    • Grade Levels: 7-12
    • Contact for Hattiesburg: Susan%20Ross (susan.ross@usm.edu)
    • Contact for Gulf Park: Marlene Naquin (marlene.naquin@usm.edu)
    • Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg and Gulf Park
    • SPA National Recognition with Conditions by: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • BS Kinesiology (Physical Education Licensure)
    • Grade Levels: K-12
    • Contact: Dr.%20Nancy%20Speed (nancy.speed@usm.edu)
    • Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg
    • SPA National Recognition by: National Association for Sport and Physical Education (now known as SHAPE America-Physical Education
  • BS Special Education (Licensure)
    • Grade Levels: K-12
    • Contact: Dr.%20Hollie%20Filce (hollie.filce@usm.edu)
    • Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg and Gulf Park
    • SPA National Recognition by: Council for Exceptional Children
  • BS Elementary Education (Licensure)
    • Grade Levels: K-6
    • Contact: Dr.%20Stacy%20Reeves (stacy.reeves@usm.edu)
    • Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg and Gulf Park
    • SPA National Recognition by: Association for Childhood Education International
  • BS Elementary Education (Licensure) - Teacher Assistant Pathway (TAP)
    • Grade Levels: K-6
    • Contact: Dr.%20Stacy%20Reeves (stacy.reeves@usm.edu)
    • Location of Program Offered: Online
    • SPA National Recognition by: Association for Childhood Education International
  • BS Elementary Education (Dual Licensure in Elementary Education and Special Education)
    • Grade Levels: K-12
    • Contact: Dr.%20Sandra%20Nichols (sandra.nichols@usm.edu)
    • Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg and Gulf Park
    • SPA National Recognition by: Association for Childhood Educational International
  • BA English (Licensure)
    • Grade Levels: 7-12
    • Contact: Dr.%20Rebecca%20Powell (rebecca.a.powell@usm.edu%29
    • Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg and Gulf Park
    • SPA National Recognition by: National Council of Teachers of English
  • BA Foreign Languages (Licensure in Spanish)
    • Grade Levels: K-12
    • Contact: Leah%20Fonder-Solano (leah.fonder-solano@usm.edu)
    • Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg
    • SPA National Recognition by: American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • BA Foreign Languages (Licensure in French)
    • Grade Levels: K-12
    • Contact: Dr.%20Joanne%20Burnett (joanne.burnett@usm.edu)
    • Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg
    • SPA National Recognition by: American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • BA History (Licensure in Social Studies)
    • Grade Levels: 7-12
    • Contact for Hattiesburg: Dr.%20Jeffrey%20Bourdon (jeffrey.bourdon@usm.edu)
    • Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg and Gulf Park
    • SPA National Recognition by: National Council for the Social Studies
  • BFA Dance Education (Licensure)
    • Grade Levels: K-12
    • Contact: Julie%20White (julie.h.white@usm.edu)
    • Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg
    • Accredited by: National Association of Schools of Dance
  • BMEd Music Education (Instrumental Licensure)
    • Grade Levels: K-12
    • Contact: Stacey%20Miles (stacey.miles@usm.edu)
    • Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg
    • Accredited by: National Association of Schools of Music
  • BMEd Music Education (Choral Licensure)
    • Grade Levels: K-12
    • Contact: Stacey%20Miles (stacey.miles@usm.edu)
    • Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg
    • Accredited by: National Association of Schools of Music

Alternate Route Initial Teacher Licensure Preparation Programs

Advanced Graduate Degree Teacher Programs 

  • MS Science Education (Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental, Mathematics, or Physics Licensure)
    • Grade Levels: 7-12
    • Contact: Dr.%20Julie%20Cwikla (julie.cwikla@usm.edu)
    • Location of Program offered: Hattiesburg
  • MME Music Education (Licensure)
    • Grade Levels: K-12
    • Contact: Stacey%20Miles (stacey.miles@usm.edu)
    • Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg
    • Accredited by: National Association of Schools of Music 
  • PhD Music Education 
    • Grade Levels: K-12
    • Contact: Stacey%20Miles (stacey.miles@usm.edu)
    • Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg
    • Accredited by: National Association of Schools of Music

Advanced Educator Preparation Programs for Other School Professionals

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College of Education and Human Sciences

127 Joseph Greene Hall (JGH) 
118 College Dr. #5023
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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601.266.4568

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320 Hardy Hall 
730 East Beach Boulevard
Long Beach, MS 39560

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228.214.3340