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’s licensure requirements.

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

Traditional Route Undergraduate Initial Teacher Licensure Preparation Programs

-Grade Levels: 7-12

-Contact for Hattiesburg: Dr. Sheila Hendry (sheila.hendry@usm.edu)

-Contact for Gulf Park: Jill Arnold (jill.arnold@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg and Gulf Park 

-SPA National Recognition by: National Science Teachers Association  

-Grade Levels: 7-12

-Contact: Dr. Deborah Booth (deborah.booth@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

-SPA National Recognition by: National Science Teachers Association

-Grade Levels: 9-12

-Contact: Dr. Chris Sirola (christopher.sirola@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

-SPA National Recognition by: National Science Teachers Association

-Grade Levels: 7-12

-Contact for Hattiesburg: Mary Peters (mary.peters@usm.edu)

-Contact for Gulf Park: Marlene Naquin (marlene.naquin@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg and Gulf Park

-SPA National Recognition by: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

-Grade Levels: K-12

-Contact: Dr. Nancy Speed (nancy.speed@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg 

-Grade Levels: K-12

-Contact: Dr. Nancy Speed (nancy.speed@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

-Grade Levels: 7-12

-Contact: Dr. Diane Fisher (diane.fisher@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

-Grade Levels: K-12

-Contact: Dr. Hollie Filce (hollie.filce@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Online

-SPA National Recognition by: Council for Exceptional Children

-Grade Levels: K-6

-Contact: Dr. Jennifer Osborne (jennifer.osborne@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg and Gulf Park

-SPA National Recognition by: Association for Childhood Education International

-Grade Levels: K-6

-Contact: Kelley Stricklin (kelley.stricklin@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Online

-SPA National Recognition by: Association for Childhood Education International

-Grade Levels: K-12

-Contact: Dr. Jennifer Osborne (jennifer.osborne@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg and Gulf Park

-SPA National Recognition by: Association for Childhood Educational International and Council for Exceptional Children

-Grade Levels: K-12

-Contact: Dr. Marietta Paterson (marietta.paterson@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

-Accredited by: Council on Education of the Deaf

-Grade Levels: 7-12

-Contact: Dr. Katherine Cochran (Katherine Cochran@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg and Gulf Park

-SPA National Recognition by: National Council of Teachers of English

-Grade Levels: K-12

-Contact: Dr. Leah Fonder-Solano (leah.fonder-solano@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

-SPA National Recognition by: American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages

-Grade Levels: K-12

-Contact: Dr. Joanne Burnett (joanne.burnett@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

-SPA National Recognition by: American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages

-Grade Levels: 7-12

-Contact for Hattiesburg: Jill Abney (jill.abney@usm.edu)

-Contact for Gulf Park: Dr. Deanne Nuwer (deanne.nuwer@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg and Gulf Park

-SPA National Recognition by: National Council for the Social Studies

-Grade Levels: K-12

-Contact: Julie White (julie.h.white@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

-Accredited by: National Association of Schools of Dance

-Grade Levels: K-12

-Contact: Dr. Mark Waymire (mark.waymire@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

-Accredited by: National Association of Schools of Music

-Grade Levels: K-12

-Contact: Dr. Mark Waymire (mark.waymire@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

-Accredited by: National Association of Schools of Music

Alternate Route Initial Teacher Licensure Preparation Programs

-Grade Levels: 7-12

-Contact: Dr. Jay Howell (james.b.howell@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg 

-Grade Levels: 7-12

-Contact: Dr. Jay Howell (james.b.howell@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg and Gulf Park

-Grade Levels: 7-12

-Contact: Dr. Jay Howell (james.b.howell@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg and Gulf Park 

Advanced Graduate Degree Teacher Preparation Programs 

-Grade Levels: 7-12

-Contact: Dr. Monika Gehlawat (monika.gehlawat@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

  • MS Science Education (Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental, Mathematics, or Physics Licensure)

-Grade Levels: 7-12

-Contact: Dr. Sherry Herron (sherry.herron@usm.edu)

-Location of Program offered: Hattiesburg

-Grade Levels: K-12

-Contact:Dr. Nancy Speed (nancy.speed@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

-Grade Levels: K-6

-Contact: Dr. Katie Tonore (mary.tonore@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Online

-SPA National Recognition by: International Reading Association (IRA)

-Grade Levels:

-Contact: Dr. Maureen Martin (maureen.martin@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: 

-Grade Levels: K-12

-Contact: Dr. Hollie Filce (hollie.filce@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Online

-SPA National Recognition by: International Reading Association (IRA)

-Grade Levels: K-12

-Contact: Dr. Mandi Schlegel (amanda.schlegel@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

-Accredited by: National Association of Schools of Music 

-Grade Levels: 7-12

-Contact: Dr. Sherry Herron (sherry.herron@usm.edu) 

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

-Grade Levels: K-12

-Contact: Dr. Mandi Schlegel (amanda.schlegel@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

-Accredited by: National Association of Schools of Music

Advanced Educator Preparation Programs for Other School Professionals

-Grade Levels: Childbirth through Kindergarten

-Contact: Dr. Marietta Paterson (marietta.paterson@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

-Accredited by: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

-Grade Levels: K-12

-Contact: Dr. Teresa Welsh (teresa.welsh@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Online

-Accredited by: American Library Association

-Grade Levels: K-12

-Contact: Dr. Lilian Hill (lilian.hill@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Online

-SPA National Recognition by: Educational Leadership Constituent Council

-Grade Levels: 

-Contact: Dr. Juawice McCormick (juawice.mccormick@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

-Grade Levels: K-6

-Contact: Dr. Katie Tonore (mary.tonore@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

-Grade Levels: K-12

-Contact: Dr. Hollie Filce (hollie.filce@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

-Grade Levels: P-12

-Contact: Dr. Lilian Hill (lilian.hill@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

-SPA National Recognition by: Educational Leadership Constituent Council

-Grade Levels: P-12

-Contact: Dr. Lilian Hill (lilian.hill@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

-SPA National Recognition by: Educational Leadership Constituent Council

-Grade Levels: K-6

-Contact: Dr. Katie Tonore (mary.tonore@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

-Grade Levels: K-12

-Contact: Dr. Hollie Filce (hollie.filce@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg 

-Grade Levels: P-12

-Contact: Dr. Lilian Hill (lilian.hill@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

-SPA National Recognition by: Educational Leadership Constituent Council

-Grade Levels:

-Contact: Dr. Daniel Tingstrom (daniel.tingstrom@usm.edu)

-Location of Program Offered: Hattiesburg

-Accredited by: American Psychological Association