Teaching is one of the most challenging, yet most rewarding professions. Today’s classrooms are truly reflective of the diversity of our modern world.
As a dual major, you are not only a highly qualified elementary educator, but also a special educator with knowledge and skills to meet the learning needs of students with mild/moderate disabilities. This degree gives you the most flexibility in choosing the school and teaching position that is best for you.
The dual major in Elementary and Special Education may be for you if you want to:
The dual major in Elementary and Special Education is the best of both majors. Candidates engage in the teaching and learning experiences of both degrees in a well-sequenced plan of study with a cohort of fellow students.
There is one Bachelor of Science (BS) degree plan with this program.
The degree includes:
Our dual majors have the most flexibility in their career path. They can choose to be an elementary school teacher or provide special education services to students with disabilities in K-12 settings.
Dual majors can also teach special subjects at the high school level including Occupational English, Occupational Math, and others. Sample job titles include Elementary Education Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Kindergarten Teacher, Inclusive Education Teacher, Resource Teacher, and Educational Interventionist.
Teachers of all kinds are in high demand across the state and nation. Special education in particular has consistently been identified as a critical shortage area, which means jobs are plentiful.
During the three semesters leading to your teacher candidacy experience (student teaching), you will have extensive opportunities to observe and teach in a wide variety of education settings. You will be mentored by faculty teaching your professional courses to implement the techniques and strategies learned, ensuring you will be well prepared for your first teaching position.
Many teachers, including new teachers, express frustration when it comes to the behaviors they see in their classrooms. These two courses are designed to build your knowledge and skills to have a positive learning environment for all students. Evidence-based strategies for general classroom management, as well as for students who need more extensive support, are taught.
There is great diversity in today’s classrooms, and we want you to be prepared to teach all students in high-quality, inclusive settings. This course focuses on the breadth of student strengths and needs and teaches evidence-based practices for meeting the needs of all learners.
Favorite Course: Reading and Writing for Students with Disabilities
Expertise: Supporting young children's emotional literacy development, developing social-emotional curriculum and interventions, and teaching practitioners to utilize assessment techniques
Favorite Course: Systematic Interventions for Challenging Behaviors
Expertise: Individuals with significant disabilities, family systems and supports, children with special healthcare needs, and positive behavioral interventions and supports.
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Favorite Course: Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities
Expertise: Special education law, grief management in schools, classroom management, and bullying
Favorite Course: Introduction to Disability
Expertise: Teacher education, training and evaluation; inclusive educational practices including postsecondary practices for students with developmental disabilities including autism; and designing quality, individualized curricula to include the application of Universal Design for Learning
Favorite Course: Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children
Expertise: High-incidence disabilities, cognition, memory, and lived experiences
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Be aware of our deadlines, $40 application fee and other items on our checklist. Admission requirements vary for freshmen, transfers, prospective Honors College students and others.
Southern Miss undergraduate degrees are available online, at the Hattiesburg campus, at the Gulf Park campus, and/or through a hybrid delivery that includes both online and on-campus courses.
All courses listed in the degree plan are available online. A student would not have to take a face-to-face course to complete this degree.
50 percent or more of the degree plan’s courses in Major Area of Study Requirements AND 50 percent or more of courses in Curriculum Requirement are available online. Remaining courses are face-to-face at the Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campus, as noted.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Hattiesburg campus.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.