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2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Education (Licensure), B.S. Degree Requirements (124 hours)

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Degree Plan (ELEDK-6BS)

General Education Curriculum

GEC 01. Written Communication (6 hours)

GEC 02. Natural Science and Mathematics (11 hours minimum)

Science Requirement (8 hours minimum)

Select 2 courses with labs:

Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)

GEC 03. Humanities (9 hours)

GEC 06. Computer Competency Requirement (Major Area)

GEC 07. Writing-Intensive Requirement (Major Area)

GEC 08. Speaking Intensive Requirement (3 hours)

 Select 1 course:

GEC 09. Capstone Requirement (Major Area)


*This course satisfies both the GEC requirement and a program requirement for this major.

**This particular GEC course is recommended by this major.

***This course does not satisfy prerequisites for any other math course.

◊ GEC restrictions apply; see here .

GEC 06 - GEC 09 courses are specific to this major.

For full description of the GEC, see here .

Program Curriculum

Teacher Education Requirements

Students must be admitted to Professional Education programs. Specific requirements and processes are found here .

K-6 Highly-qualified Endorsements

English (9 additional hours); Social Studies (9 additional hours)
Foreign Language (21 additional hours);
Mathematics (9 additional hours); Science (10 additional hours)

MDE Supplemental Endorsements

Special Education K-6 or 7-12 (18 additional hours)

Note: The program is designed such that all teacher candidates will have a supplemental Reading Endorsement.

DEG 01. Major Area of Study Requirements (59 hours)

Certain courses are restricted. Gold Card required.

Senior Block Courses


Teacher education majors are required to take Praxis II content and PLT tests and have scores reported to Southern Miss (code #1479) prior to graduation.

Student Teaching

 All courses must be completed before student teaching.

Select 1 course:

(Prerequisite to Teacher Education program courses)

Hours to Degree

124 hours are needed to graduate with a BS in Elementary Education (Licensure). At least 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi must be earned from a senior college, and 45 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. The student must earn at least 21 of the last 30 hours of course work and at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss. See Residence Hour Requirements  for more information.


Praxis II and PLT tests scores must be reported to Southern Miss PRIOR to graduation.

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