Alternate Route Programs at Southern Miss


What is an Alternate Route Teacher Licensure Program?

Have you always wanted to teach but already graduated from college with a non-education/teaching degree? If so, one of Southern Miss' three distinct alternate route pathways for teacher licensure may be for you. Alternate route licensure is a choice for individuals who did not complete a traditional program of teacher education. It is designed to capitalize on content expertise in a middle and/or high school subject area. 

If you are an undergraduate and would like to pursue a certificate or master's degree for teaching in your field, the JumpStart pathway will give you a head start to earn an alternate route teacher's license. If you already have your undergraduate degree and would like to pursue an alternate route teaching license, the two choices are Teach Mississippi Institute (TMI) and Master's of Arts in Teaching (MAT), with the MAT as our preferred program. Licensure content areas supported by Southern Miss are listed below with their corresponding Praxis II test code. Consult the Mississippi Department of Education to ensure the test codes are up to date and correct.

Licensure Content Area (Grades 7-12

Praxis II Test Code
Business Education5101
English Language Arts5038
Health Education5551
Home Economics5122
Library Media Specialist5311
Physical Education5091
Social Studies5081


Contact for More Information:

Dr. Jay Howell, Program Coordinator & Faculty Member - Hattiesburg Campus
Phone: 601-266-6570
Dr. Bridgette L. Davis, Faculty Member - Gulf Coast Campus
Phone: 228-214-3372