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Elementary Education

Elementary education teachers work with students in elementary school settings across all disciplines.

Make a Difference – Teach!

Come to Southern Miss and be part of a long tradition of preparing, caring, qualified, confident educators.

You might like to be an elementary education teacher if you:

  • want to make a difference in the world;
  • enjoy working with children;
  • want to engage in a service-oriented profession;
  • want to be employable in many different settings, whether rural or urban, at any place in the state or nation; and
  • desire to be a respected member of your community.


Introductory Cohort

During the introductory cohort, field experiences are aligned with early childhood, language arts and science education courses. USM students observe classes and work one-on-one with K-6 students in diverse school settings.

Intermediate Cohort

During the intermediate cohort, students spend one full day each week in K-6 schools throughout the semester working with small groups and whole groups under the supervision of a USM instructor.

Senior Cohort

While in the Senior Cohort,  students spend two full days each week in K-6 schools throughout the semester assessing and tutoring a K-6 student, working in small groups providing reading interventions, and participating in whole group teaching under the supervision of a USM instructor.

Student Teaching

Finally, during Student Teaching, students participate in a 6-week internship in two diverse school settings. Students spend a semester in K-6 schools, gradually taking over all teaching responsibilities, under the mentorship of a master teacher and supervised by a USM instructor.

Degree Options

There is one Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with this program.

More about this Major


Very high job outlook. There are teaching opportunities in P-12 schools every year.

USM graduates are highly likely to be employed immediately following graduation. An Elementary Education degree also serves as a gateway to many career options in both the private and public sectors.

• B.S. (A License) salaries from $33,390 - $51,785
• M.Ed. (AA License) salaries from $35,780 - $59,620
• Ed.S. (AAA License) salaries from $36,944 - $62,995

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