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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

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.


Degree Plan Availability
Elementary Education (Licensure) BSGulf Park, Hattiesburg
Elementary Education (Licensure) BS (Teacher's Assistant Pathway)Online 100%
Elementary Education/Special Education (Dual Licensure) BSGulf Park, Hattiesburg
Special Education (K-12 Licensure) BSHattiesburg, Gulf Park Hybrid, Hattiesburg Hybrid

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J.B. George (JBG) 204 G

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