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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.

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 Wild (Jennifer.wild@usm.edu).

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

CAEP Initial Teacher Licensure Preparation Programs--Traditional Route by College

College of Arts and Sciences

School of Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences 

  • Biological Sciences (Licensure) BS 
    • 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 (8/1/2025)
    • CAEP Accredited through Fall 2026.

School of Humanities

  •   English (Licensure) BA 
    • 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 (2/1/2027)
    • CAEP Accredited through Fall 2026.
  • History (Licensure in Social Studies) BA 
    • Grade Levels: 7-12
    • Contact for Hattiesburg: Bradley%20Phillis%20 (bradley.phillis@usm.edu)
    • Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg and Gulf Park
    • SPA National Recognition by: National Council for the Social Studies (2/1/2027)
    • CAEP Accredited through Fall 2026.

School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

  • Chemistry (Licensure) BS 
    • 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 (8/1/2025)
    • CAEP Accredited through Fall 2026.
  • Mathematics (Licensure) BS 
    • Grade Levels: 7-12
    • Contact for Hattiesburg: Susan%20Ross (susan.ross@usm.edu)
    • Contact for Gulf Park: Marlene%20Naquin (marlene.naquin@usm.edu)
    • Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg and Gulf Park
    • SPA National Recognition by: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (2/1/2027)
    • CAEP Accredited through Fall 2026.
  • Physics (Licensure) BS 
    • 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 (8/1/2025)
    • CAEP Accredited through Fall 2026. 

School of Music

School of Performing and Visual Arts

School of Social Science and Global Studies

  • World Languages (Licensure) BA  
    • Grade Levels: K-12
    • Contact for French: Dr.%20Joanne%20Burnett (joanne.burnett@usm.edu)
    • Contact for Spanish: Leah%20Fonder-Solano (leah.fonder-solano@usm.edu)
    • Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg
    • SPA National Recognition by: American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages (2/1/2028)
    • CAEP Accredited through Fall 2026. 

College of Education and Human Sciences

School of Education

  • Elementary Education (Licensure) BS 
    • 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 (2/1/2027)
    • CAEP Accredited through Fall 2026.
  • Elementary Education (Licensure) BS  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 (2/1/2027)
    • CAEP Accredited through Fall 2026. 

School of Kinesiology and Nutrition

CAEP Initial Teacher Preparation Program--Alternate Route I

 

CAEP Advanced Educator Preparation Programs 

Educator Preparation Programs for School Professionals (Non-CAEP)

  • Music Education MME 

    • Grade Levels: K-12
    • Contact: Stacey%20Miles (stacey.miles@usm.edu)
    • Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg
    • Accredited by: National Association of Schools of Music (8/1/2025)

 

Contact Us

College of Education and Human Sciences

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

Campus Hattiesburg

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Phone
601.266.4568

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College of Education and Human Sciences

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

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Phone
228.214.3340