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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. While our program is available to students who reside in other states, if you are employed as a teacher assistant in a state other than Mississippi, you will be responsible for verifying that your program of study meets your state’s licensure requirements. 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!

Interested in expanding beyond elementary education? Southern Miss offers a Master’s Educational Administration and Supervision online degree, as well as a Master’s Special Education online degree. Alternately, The University of Southern Mississippi offers an undergraduate Special Education online degree.

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