You could be teaching next fall with an online Secondary Education 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:
- Business Education
- Home Economics
- Library Media
- Physical Education
- Social Studies
This is your life, plus college.
Management and Organization of Diverse Classrooms
Assessing Student Outcomes
Curriculum in the Secondary School
Please note that the above information is meant to be a guide and is not official. For further information regarding courses for this degree, see the University Bulletin. Please be aware that not all course choices listed in the University Bulletin are available online. However, sufficient online options are available to complete this degree.
Frequently Asked Questions
The online Teach Mississippi Institute (TMI) certificate program only admits students for the Summer semester, so be sure you apply before the deadline.
Licensure requirements and approval are determined by each state’s licensing board. For general information about professional licensure, please review the Online Programs & Professional Licensure Page. If you have professional licensing questions regarding licensure relative to one of our online programs, please read our Professional Licensure Disclosure and then fill out the Professional Licensure Inquiry Form. If you have other questions regarding licensure, please email professional licensure.
No, currently the certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid.
Schedule an appointment with the Program Coordinator. You will have to apply to the MAT program. However, your application will be nearly identical to your previously completed TMI application. The new application is a USM Graduate School requirement. We must have you reclassified as a MAT candidate and the application is how this is accomplished.
Contact the Program Coordinator. In conjunction with USM’s licensure official, we will do what we can to assist you.
Speak with the Program Coordinator before agreeing to the new position because it could impact USM’s ability to observe you during the internship courses.
Under state law (June 2016), alternate route candidates can receive a special, nonrenewable license at a district’s request so long as they are currently enrolled in and making progress towards an alternate route certificate or degree. USM’s role is minimal. USM simply verifies to your district and/or the state that you are enrolled. It will be up to you to communicate to your district and to ensure that you have met their requirements under this law.
USM’s Registrar’s Office will not automatically send your transcripts to MDE. You can order them online through your Student Center in SOAR or through the Registrar’s website. They will send them electronically and you should get an email when they go out.
No, USM did not and cannot send these materials on your behalf.
You are responsible for securing a teaching position in a Mississippi public school with a new teacher induction program in an endorsed content area. If we hear of schools that need positions filled, we will certainly get the word out to you via our Facebook page. We suggest using the Securing a Teaching Position help document above to guide you.
Once you have secured a job, you take one (TMI) or two (MAT) internship classes. CIS 694 is our fall semester internship class. CIS 794 is our spring semester internship class. The faculty member assigned to that class communicates with you on regularly for the semester. Additionally, there are assignments that she/he will ask of you. Visitations to your site by the supervisor will be coordinated with you as well.
Yes, if your district wants to hire you. However, candidates should realize that they can never convert a 3-year, nonrenewable license to a 5-year, renewable license without the internship courses. As a result, the 3-year license will expire, you will no longer hold a viable teaching license, and you may lose your teaching position.
Using your transcripts, we can look at the possibility of transferring up to 6 graduate credit hours from another institution for the MAT. These evaluations are done by the Program Coordinator on a case-by-case basis. Courses cannot be transferred for certificate programs like TMI.
The candidate will need to complete the Graduation Deferment Form to change the date of graduation. There may be fees associated with the deferment.
Please print the form – sign and send to the Program Coordinator to sign (scan & email). There are fees associated with graduation or certificate completion. To pay the fees, go to the Graduate School website. Pay the fee and the late fees as applicable. Send the receipt payment with the application form to the Program Coordinator.
In addition to the requirements detailed in Admission Requirements and Procedures, applicants must meet the following requirements and submit the following documents:
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution in a field other than education.
- Have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 (4.00 scale) on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
- Official score report indicating a minimum ACT composite score of 21 (singular test date) or passing scores on all three subject-area tests of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE).*
- Official score report indicating a passing score on the Praxis II Subject Assessment Examination in one of the fourteen approved subject areas listed above.*
- Statement of Purpose
- Three Letters of Recommendation
A student who begins or completes the TMI certificate program and then decides to pursue the Secondary Teacher Education (Alternate Route) MAT may do so without losing any earned course credit, provided the courses completed have not time-lapsed. The student must submit a new graduate admissions application for the master’s degree.
*Praxis test codes, registration information, and minimum score requirements for the state of Mississippi are available at the ETS website.