You could be teaching next fall with the Teach Mississippi Institute teaching certificate!

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Secondary Education and Teaching (Teach Mississippi Institute) Graduate Certificate


The demand for teachers is climbing. With an online Teach Mississippi Institute (TMI) certificate from The University of Southern Mississippi, you could be ready for an educator position as soon as next fall. This 12 credit hour program gives you an alternative route to a teaching license. The best part? All 12 credit hours can apply to your future Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.

This online Teach Mississippi Institute (TMI) certificate puts you on a licensure path that begins with 9 credit hours of summer courses that prepare you to apply to the Mississippi Department of Education for a three-year non-renewable alternate route license and seek employment in a Mississippi school district. That means after successfully completing the first summer courses, you’ll be eligible to apply for your license and find a job for the fall semester.

If you’re interested in teaching, this is a program designed to get you into the school system. With no GRE requirement, the alternate route set-up allows qualified candidates to get in front of students faster.

Check out these areas you can specialize:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Education
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • French
  • Health
  • Home Economics
  • Library Media
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish



This is your life, plus college.

The University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools of Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). That means you can expect a program with the highest standards and quality.

COVID-19 Guidance: For the latest guidance related to Educator Preparation and Licensure please refer to USM Educator Preparation COVID-19 Updates.