Professional Licensure Disclosures
Professional Licensure Disclosures
Background- The University of Southern Mississippi offers several programs leading to professional licensure within the State of Mississippi. States vary in what professions they require to be licensed and how licensure functions. Some states require an individual to graduate from an approved program. Others require an individual to “meet [the] certification requirements of a national organization”. A specific amount of training can also be required as well as passage of an exam based on a state requisite exam score. Often, licensed professionals must complete continuing education on an annual basis (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, 2018).
State Authorization- USM is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) which allows us to provide distance learning programs (both online and in the form of supervised field experiences) and coursework to residents of states other than Mississippi. NC-SARA membership, however, does not grant reciprocity or exempt us from state professional licensing requirements. As a result, licensing requirements in Mississippi may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license in any other state.
Relocation- Relocating during the course of a program to another state may impact if the student can remain in the program, meet the state licensure requirements and/or continue to receive financial aid funding. Prior to considering relocation, please contact your program to discuss authorization and licensure eligibility requirements.
International Students- Prior to enrolling in any program at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), prospective students living and/or working outside of the United States should confirm with the appropriate certifying agency whether successful completion of any degree program at USM will meet the credentialing requirements of the country in which they intend to seek employment, as to certain types of employment or for advanced/specialized educational programs.
Responsibility of Students- Students should review the specific academic requirements for the program in which they are enrolling, including those related to practicum/internship as well as pre-qualifications for licensure such as the need for a criminal background check. We highly recommend that students contact the applicable licensure board(s) in their state of residence or in the state where they intend to obtain a license before beginning an academic program that results in licensure and prior to beginning any internship/practicum. Many licensure boards require more than successful degree completion to obtain a license. Please be advised that state laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time. Changes in requirements can impact the program's ability to meet educational requirements for licensure. It is the responsibility of the student completing the licensure program to check with the licensing board(s) in their state of residence or in the state in which they intend to obtain a license for the most recent information and requirements. USM shall not be held liable if the student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in any jurisdiction or cannot obtain a practicum/internship location.
§668.50(b)(7) Professional Licensure/Certification (PLC) pre-education requirements
The curriculum for programs customarily leading to licensure at The University of Southern Mississippi have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in Mississippi as well as preparing students to apply for licensure exams in the State of Mississippi. The licensure boards in each state are responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification for their state. Students who intend to return or move to any state other than Mississippi need to review the professional licensure disclosures pertaining to their program and consult with the state professional licensing board. The state professional licensing boards make the ultimate decision as to whether or not an individual will be eligible to sit for licensure based on the rules and regulations in place at the time the individual submits their application for licensure.
Please click on the link to the left of the program name to view the link to the program page on which is listed a section labeled Professional Licensure Disclosure. This will indicate one of the three options: the program does meet licensure in all states, the program does not meet the requirements for licensure in all states or a determination cannot be made as to whether the program leads to licensure in the all states. For these purposes, states include the District of Columbia and the US protectorates, as defined in 34 CFR §600.2.
Programs Not Listed- If you have questions regarding any program not listed on the Professional Licensure page, please contact the Director of the School within which the program resides.
Science Education M.S. (specialties include Biological Science, Coastal Science, Earth Science, Marine Science, Mathematics, and Physics)
Science Education Ph.D. (specialties include- Biological SCiences, Chemistry, Coastal Science, Marine Science, Mathematics, Medical Laboratory Science, Physics, and Polymer Science and Engineering.
The following individual disclosures are being sent out as indicated below:
Prior to prospective student enrollment, students are being advised as to what determination has been made in terms of whether the program meets the student's home state PLC pre-education requirements.
Each enrolled and prospective student is receiving a notice of any adverse actions filed against the institution by a state or accrediting agency: 30-day notification.
Each enrolled and prospective student is being advised is a program in which they are enrolled ceases to meet PLC pre-education requirements: 14-day notification.
The University of Southern Mississippi provides a process for enrolled students and the public to submit non-academic complaints. The process for such complaints is contained in the Student Grievance Policy. Student Complaints can be submitted electronically using the Maxient Student Complaint form.
Within two years of the incident regarding the complaint, individuals who are enrolled in distance education offerings (i.e. online courses and supervised field experiences) and who are unable to resolve the issue internally can also submit their complaints to the NC-SARA portal agent at the following address or by completing the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation (MCCA) Student Complaint form, which should be mailed to the portal agent at the following address:
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211-6453
Additional contact information for the NC-SARA portal agent is as follows:
Federal Program Integrity rules issued by the U.S. Department of Education require institutions to provide to all students including students and prospective students contact information needed to file a complaint with the accrediting agency and with relevant state agencies. To see the list that includes contact info for all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the protectorates, please see the SARA page.
As of February 10, 2020, The University of Southern Mississippi has no previous, current or pending adverse actions initiated by any state agencies.
As of February 10, 2020, The University of Southern Mississippi has no previous, current, or pending adverse actions initiated by any accrediting agencies.
The University of Southern Mississippi follows the refund policy published by the Mississippi Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL).
Due to state sovereignty, state professional licensing board have unique standards for occupations that require either licensure or certification. “Occupational licensing laws” establish these “standards” “which may include specific education or training, work experience, examinations, background checks and professional organization membership reequipments” (Smith, Michaluk, Hall & Kanode, 2018, p. 3). To become licensed, prospective licensees must “demonstrate that they meet all the requirement professional standards” and pay the “registration and licensing fees” (p. 3). Across the United States, “over 1,000 different occupations require “occupational licensing” (p. 3). After becoming licensed, those who obtain a license agree to “adhere to a strict professional code of conduct” and are monitored as well as typically required [to undertake] ongoing training [along with] reporting” (p. 4).
Several states require licensure- Oklahoma, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Utah
To search type in the term licensure in the agency box.
Arizona State Board of Behavioral Health Examiners – Counseling
Arizona Medical Board - Medical Licensure
Arizona Department of Education - Teaching Certification
Arizona State Board of Technical Registration – Technical Licensure
Arkansas Department of Health
Arkansas State Board of Examiners in Counseling
Arkansas State Medical Board
Arkansas Department of Education
Delaware Division of Professional Regulation - Professional Standards
Delaware Division of Professional Regulation - Professional Counselor of
mental Health Licensure
Delaware Division of Professional Regulation - Board of Medical Licensure
State of Delaware - National Board Certifications – Educators
District of Columbia Department of Health (includes Medical and
District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education -
Florida Business and Professional Regulations - General Licensure
Florida Board of Medicine - Medical Licensure
Florida Department of Education – Educator Licensure
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and
Mental Health Counseling – Licensure
Georgia Secretary of State Professional Licensure
Georgia Professional Standards Commission - Educator Certification
Georgia Composite Medical Board - Medical Licensure
Illinois State Board of Education:
Kentucky Department of Education Educator Certification
Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners -
Louisiana Department of Education - Educator Licensure
Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners - Medical Licensure
State of Louisiana Professional and Occupational Licenses - Professional
State of Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine - Medical Licensure
Maine Department of Education – Educator Licensure
State of Maine Professional & Financial Regulation - Counseling Licensure https://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/counselors/