Welcome to Teacher Ed!
Southern Miss offers initial teacher licensure programs at the traditional undergraduate level, alternate-route certificate level, or alternate-route graduate level. We also offer advanced licensure programs and programs for other school professionals at the graduate level. Click here for a listing of all our educator preparation programs.
Mission and Vision
Faculty, staff, and candidates within the Professional Education Unit at The University of Southern Mississippi collaborate to generate, disseminate, and apply knowledge to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Unit faculty members prepare candidates to become creative, bold, and determined educational leaders who possess the characteristics embodied within the following four core themes: the power of knowledge to inform, the power to inspire, the power to transform lives, and to empower a community of learners.
The Professional Education Unit’s conceptual framework is consistent with the University’s historical roots as a normal college, its mission, and its future. The University, since its founding in 1910, has been committed to the exemplary preparation of teachers, counselors, administrators, and other school personnel. In accordance with this history and the present vision and mission of the University, the Unit is committed to improving the educational attainment of the citizens of Mississippi, and in turn, the economic development of our state. Therefore, the mission of the Unit is fivefold: a) prepare high quality teachers and education leaders for our state; b) conduct innovative, relevant research that informs decision-making in education; c) establish strong relationships with local school districts and the Mississippi Department of Education to improve education in our state; d) promote a healthier populace; and e) enhance cultural understanding among our citizens.
Substantial scholarships and loans are available for teacher education programs, and students are encouraged to apply.
*Students enrolled in a certificate only program are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid.
Professional Education Faculty
Our professional education faculty have extensive expertise in the classroom and are actively engaged in research that informs professional practice. Nothing is more important to our professional education faculty than investing in our teacher education students. They are committed to providing students with an exciting and engaging professional education experience that prepares candidates for a successful and rewarding career as a teacher, teacher leader, or school administrator.
The Professional Education Unit is a member of:
- American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
- Teacher Council of State Colleges and Universities (TECSCU)
- Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
- Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions (CADREI)
- Southern Regional Educational Service Agency (S-RESA)
- Gulf Coast Education Initiative Consortium (GCEIC)
- Mississippi Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE)
- ETS Institutional ID: 1479
- AACTE Institutional ID: 4330
- CAEP Institutional ID: 11956
The Professional Education Unit at The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial licensure educator preparation programs, advanced licensure educator preparation programs, and the preparation of other school professional programs on both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campus. The University of Southern Mississippi is a charter member of NCATE, and has been continuously accredited since 1954.
On July 1, 2013, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) became the new, sole accreditor for educator preparation providers as a result of the de facto consolidation of NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). Southern Miss’ last accreditation visit by NCATE was in March 2012. The next Southern Miss’ site visit will be completed by CAEP in Spring 2019. Until Spring 2019, Southern Miss’ holds NCATE accreditation. After successful completion of a standards compliance report (self-study) and a site visit, Southern Miss will become CAEP accredited.
The mission of both NCATE and CAEP is accountability and improvement of educator preparation. The accreditation process establishes rigorous standards for educator preparation programs and holds accredited institutions accountable for providing continuous evidence of meeting these standards.
Many educator preparation programs are also nationally recognized by their applicable Specialized Professional Association (SPA); see list of recognitions here.
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
1140 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 223-0077
Fax: (202) 296-6620
The programs are also accredited through the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) following the Mississippi Educator Preparation Program Accreditation (MEPPA) Review.
Mississippi Department of Education
Office of Educator Licensure
Central High School Building
359 North West Street
P. O. Box 771
Jackson, MS 39205-0771