Teach Mississippi Institute - TMI

The Teach Mississippi Institute (TMI) is a certificate program available to students who wish to teach in a secondary content area without earning an additional degree. Southern Miss offers convenient schedules and academic preparation at a university with a strong history of teacher preparation for more than 100 years.

  • Requires 12 credit hours.
  • First 9 hours are offered only in the summer. 
  • Upon successful completion of the first 9 hours, participants apply to the Mississippi Department of Education for a three-year non-renewable alternate route license and seek employment in a Mississippi school district. 

Once employment/internship has been secured, the candidate will register for his/her last licensure class. Southern Miss faculty will make classroom visits during the semester and support candidate growth.

Upon successful completion of the internship and the first full year of employment, participants may apply to the Mississippi Department of Education for a five-year renewable alternate route Mississippi teacher’s license.

 

Admissions Information

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State of Mississippi mandated admission requirements include:

  1. Official transcripts indicating a Bachelor's degree from a regionally/nationally accredited institution with a major other than education.
  2. Passing Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators test results, ACT scores with a 21+ composite score, or SAT equivalent to a 21+ ACT score.  
  3. Passing Praxis II (Specialty Area) Test, from the USM-approved subject area list. 
    • Candidates will be required to secure a teaching position in the subject area that matches their Praxis II Test or an endorsed subject area. One cannot, for instance, pass the Praxis II in Chemistry and then take a position teaching English.
  4. Submit to a background check.

University of Southern Mississippi mandated admission requirements include: 

  1. A 2.75+ GPA on the last 60 credit hours of the Bachelor's degree
  2. 3 Letters of Recommendation with the Graduate School application.
  3. Letter of Intent / Statement of Purpose written according to the guidelines provided within the Graduate School application.
  4. A subscription to the Tk20 Assessment System. Tk20 provides an electronic portfolio and storage system for students as well as tracks, stores, retrieves, and analyzes data for accreditation purposes. Subscriptions can be purchased here. Proof of purchase must be provided at first advisement meeting.

The GRE is not required.  

The deadline for applying to summer enrollment for the TMI program has not yet been officially set for 2019 but will be around May 15, 2019. Additional extensions will not be possible.  

 

Program Information

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The first 9 hours (CIS 603, CIS 570, REF 632) are offered only in the summer. Upon successful completion ("B" or better in each class) of the first 9 hours, participants apply to the Mississippi Department of Education for a 3-year non-renewable license and seek employment in a Mississippi school district.  Once employment/internship has been secured, the candidate will register for his/her last licensure class, CIS 694/794. Southern Miss faculty will make classroom visits during the semester and support candidate growth. Students must submit the application for completion of the certificate the semester before they plan to complete requirements for the certificate. This includes a fee established by the graduate school. Upon successful completion of the internship and the first full year of employment, participants may apply to the Mississippi Department of Education for a five-year renewable alternate route Mississippi teacher's license. 

 

Additional Information

  • USM approved licensure areas can be found here: About our Alternate Route Programs.
  • The Teacher Center at the Mississippi Department of Education may be of assistance in finding employment/internship.
  • Financial aid is not available for certificate programs including the TMI. Only students in degree-granting programs are eligible for financial aid. 
  • The test codes and minimum score requirements for Praxis CORE and Praxis II can be found in the admissions checklist. Registration for these tests is done through ETS. Applications with incorrect or outdated test codes will be denied.
  • USM's alternate route programs lead to initial licensure in Mississippi. 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.

 

Contact for More Information:

Dr. Jay Howell, Program Coordinator & Faculty Member - Hattiesburg Campus
Phone: 601-266-6570
Email:  james.b.howell@usm.edu
 
Dr. Bridgette L. Davis, Faculty Member - Gulf Coast Campus
Phone: 228-214-3372