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College of Education and Human Sciences


Thank you for your interest in becoming a Cooperating Teacher for The University of Southern Mississippi. The teacher candidate experience is the final undergraduate component of the USM teacher education program. The primary goal of teacher candidacy is to provide opportunities for prospective teachers to develop and strengthen the skills and competencies needed to become effective teachers by combining theoretical and practical dimensions of teaching. We appreciate your interest in partnering with Southern Miss to develop outstanding educators.


Your knowledge, experiences, and skills are crucial to this student’s potential as a successful teacher.  It is important that you nurture and support the teacher candidate’s efforts in a positive manner. This teacher candidate is a novice, not an experienced teacher.  Constructive criticism is both welcomed and appropriate; so are praise, encouragement, and positive reinforcement.  


Please feel free to contact your teacher candidate’s University Supervisor or me, the Director of Field Experiences, as needed.  In the meantime, enjoy your teacher candidate. Thank you for sharing your time, classroom, and expertise in such an important and worthwhile way.


Warmest regards from Southern Miss,


Anne Sylvest, Ph.D.


Educational Field Experiences

The University of Southern Mississippi

(601) 266-4571

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

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730 East Beach Boulevard
Long Beach, MS 39560

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