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Elementary Education BS [for Teacher Assistants]


Are you currently a teacher’s assistant? If so, you know what it takes to lead a K-6 classroom. In fact, you have probably thought about leading your own classroom one day. The Teacher Assistant Program (TAP) is a fully online Elementary Education degree from The University of Southern Mississippi, and is designed specifically to support your goals as an educator. It offers you a convenient pathway to earning a Bachelor of Science degree and becoming a certified teacher while continuing your job as a teacher assistant. You don’t have to leave your current classroom to earn this degree!

Check out some of the jobs our graduates landed after earning this degree.

  • Elementary Teacher K – 5
  • Behavior Intervention Specialist
  • Upper Elementary
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Before and After School Mentor
  • Reading Interventionist
  • Community Education Coordinator
  • Director of Advocacy

Graduates of the Elementary Education program are eligible to become certified teachers for grades K-6 with a reading endorsement and the choice of an endorsement in Math K-8, Math 9-12, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, or English. Our programs are designed to meet licensure requirements in the State of Mississippi. We do not guarantee to meet the licensure requirements of other states. Your future starts at Southern Miss!


The Elementary Education BS (TAP) is only available for teacher assistants in Mississippi.


A number of scholarship opportunities are available to online students. To find our list of available scholarships for which you may qualify, click here.

The University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools of Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The School of Education teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. That means you can expect a program with the highest standards and quality.

Attention: The Mississippi Department of Education has suspended the requirement of a twenty-one (21) or passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators. For the latest guidance related to Educator Preparation and Licensure please click here.