TMI is an option for a student who has a bachelor's degree in an area other than education, and who is seeking an initial license to teach in a secondary content area and earn a certificate, not a degree. Candidates are required to take 9 hours (CIS 603, REF 632, CIS 570) intended to introduce the candidate to fundamentals of teaching. After completing the 9 hours, candidates must secure a teaching position in a Mississippi public school and register for a supervised internship (CIS 694). Recipients of the certificate are eligible for licensure in the following content areas: Biology, Business Education, Chemistry, English, English Language and Literature, French, Health Education, Home Economics, Library Media, Mathematics, Physical Education, Physics, Social Studies, and Spanish.
For admission, students are expected to:
- apply through the Graduate School by filling out the "Application for Graduate Certificate Program";
- submit official transcripts indicating a bachelor's degree in an approved major outside of education to the Graduate School;
- have a 2.75 GPA on last 60 credit hours of bachelor's degree;
- pass the PRAXIS CORE, or ACT at 21+ composite; and
- pass Praxis II. Official scores should be sent to the Mississippi Department of Education Office of Educator Licensure and a copy of the scores should be sent to Southern Miss.
- No GRE is required.
Once you have been accepted for admission, submit to a background check and purchase a subscription to Tk20, a teacher education assessment software.
The deadline for applying to this certificate is as follows:
For summer admissions, May 15.
The student must make a "B" or better in all coursework.