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Teacher Education

Availability: Gulf Park, Hattiesburg, Online and Hybrid Options

Teacher Education

Make a Difference – TEACH!

For over 100 years, Southern Miss has led the state in producing exceptional elementary and special education teachers. School districts across the state compete to employ our graduates. The demand is particularly strong for graduates of our Elementary Education/Special Education Dual Degree Program. Our Teacher Assistant Program offers a fully online pathway to degree completion. Join us and become part of this long tradition of preparing qualified, confident educators. Join us and Make a Difference!

The School of Education teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. All programs are accredited by the State Process and Performance Review.

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83%graduates employed next academic year
72Foundation-based scholarships
840hours of field-based-instruction

What Will I Learn?

Our program engages and prepares teachers like no other! With high quality field-based practicum experiences every semester, and graduates earning a minimum of two endorsements, students graduate highly skilled and immediately marketable! Additional highlights of our program include:

  • Working one-on-one with children across all subjects
  • Learning to provide high quality, evidence-based instruction and reading intervention and engage in small and whole group teaching
  • Mentorship by experienced and knowledgeable professionals invested in student success
  • Participation in multiple professional development activities and programs

Undergraduate teacher education licensure requirements:

  • Successful completion of nationally normed ability/achievement assessment OR teacher education normed entrance test:
    • Minimum ACT composite score of 21 or minimum SAT composite score of 1060.
    • Acceptable scores on Core Academic Skills for Educators Test (CORE): Reading Test Code 5712 with minimum score of 156; Writing Test Code 5722 with minimum score of 162; and Mathematics Test Code 5732 with minimum score of 150.
  • Minimum grade of C in English Composition I and II
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 on 44 semester-hour core curriculum pre-major coursework
  • Subscribe to Watermark Assessment System
  • Clear background check

The fully online Teacher Assistant Program (TAP) is designed specifically to offer teacher assistants a convenient pathway to earning a Bachelor of Science degree and becoming a certified teacher while continuing their job as a teacher assistant.

The online TAP program meets the unique educational needs of teacher assistants who desire to advance their knowledge and become exemplary, licensed teachers. Coursework is completed online with highly qualified and dedicated university faculty.  If you are employed as a teacher assistant in a public or private school accredited by the Mississippi Department of Education, you may qualify for our program.

Once accepted into your professional preparation, you will begin the first of three sequenced semesters that include carefully planned practicums aligned to your course work. During the introductory cohort, students observe classes and work one-on-one with K-6 students in diverse school settings. In the intermediate cohort, students spend one full day each week in K-6 schools working with small and whole groups throughout the semester. Senior cohort students spend two full days each week in K-6 schools assessing and tutoring a K-6 student. During student teaching, students participate in two different internships in diverse school settings.

More than 70 foundation-based scholarships are available for School of Education students each year. Over $75,000 is dedicated to Elementary and Special Education undergraduate majors.

International student teaching experiences are available for elementary education and K-12 licensure majors.   Elementary education majors have two options:  completing a half semester of student teaching in an area just north of London, England, or completing a semester-long experience with a Department of Defense Dependents School (DoDDS).  Our secondary and K-12 licensure majors can apply for a semester-long placement with DoDDS.

The London area placements are in British schools and students live with British families.  DoDDS placements are on U. S. military bases where a U. S. curriculum is used in teaching.

Faculty Engagement

Faculty are committed to providing challenging and rewarding experiences for students through both didactic and field-based methods throughout the program. This provides teacher candidates multiple opportunities to observe and work one-on-one with diverse students in numerous school settings. Faculty effectively engage and support students as they progress through the program and build their knowledge and skills within the structured curriculum.

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J.B. George (JBG) 204 G

Hattiesburg Campus

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Michelle.dawsonFREEMississippi

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601.266.6189

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Hardy Hall 320

Gulf Park Campus

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228.214.3340

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    Nichols Middle School Teacher of Year Nichols Middle School, Ridgeland, MS
  • Emily Bordelon 2015-2016 
    MACTE Outstanding Teacher Candidate 1st Grade Teacher St. Charles Borromeo Elementary, Picayune, MS
  • Kim Mancuso 2017-2018 
    MACTE Outstanding Professional Educator Award 8th Grade General Science Oak Grove Middle School, Hattiesburg, MS