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School of Education

Challenge Yourself, Empower Others, Become a Professional Educator

Education is one of the most challenging and rewarding professions. Faculty in the School of Education prepare students for successful careers in a variety of educational settings, from early childhood through higher education. If you want to make a difference and enjoy working with students, consider a career in one of our professional education programs, offered at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Our experienced and dedicated faculty generate and disseminate knowledge that influences and enhances educational policies and practices across the state and nation. Join us and become a caring, qualified, confident educational professional!

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Our Programs

The USM School of Education offers an undergraduate program in elementary education as well as graduate programs in educational administration, higher education, elementary curriculum and instruction, special education, alternate route licensure, dyslexia therapy and educational research.

The School of Education teacher education and educational administration programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Teacher education programs are also accredited by the state process and performance review.

USM is also a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) Consortium, joining more than 125 national and international institutions working together to redesign professional practice preparation in education for the improvement of individuals and communities. CPED is a grassroots effort of faculty, administrators and practitioners collaborating to strengthen the doctorate in education (Ed.D.) degree. 
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We are Here to Help

The faculty, staff and administrative team in the School of Education are here to assist you. If you have any questions about instructional delivery, assignments, etc., please contact us. 

School of Education Administration

Dr. Kyna Shelley, Interim Director – kyna.shelleyFREEMississippi | (601) 266-4578

Dr. Jay Howell, Interim Associate Director – james.b.howellFREEMississippi | (601) 266-6570

School of Education Staff

Rosie Sims, Administrative Specialist – rosie.edwardsFREEMississippi

Cassie Powell, Finance and Administration Specialist – cassandra.powellFREEMississippi

Kristie Dillistone, Administrative Specialist – kristie.dillistoneFREEMississippi 

School of Education Program Coordinators

Anna Curtis, Dyslexia Therapy – a.curtisFREEMississippi

Dr. Candice Vance, Educational Administration & Supervision – candice.vanceFREEMississippi

Dr. Gretchen Goode, Elementary Education – gretchen.goodeFREEMississippi

Dr. Kyna Shelley, Educational Research – kyna.shelleyFREEMississippi  

Dr. Holly Foster, Higher Education Administration – holly.fosterFREEMississippi

Dr. Jay Howell, Secondary Education – james.b.howellFREEMississippi

Dr. Alisa Lowrey, Special Education – alisa.lowreyFREEMississippi 

Educational Field Experiences

Dr. Donielle Stephens, Director – donielle.stephensFREEMississippi

Hailey Heckman, Placement Specialist – hailey.heckmanFREEMississippi | (601) 266-4572

Amanda Myrick, Administrative Specialist – amanda.myrickFREEMississippi | (601) 266-4571

Student Academic Services

Alyssa Staubach, Student Support Specialist – alyssa.staubachFREEMississippi | (601) 266-6143

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School of Education

116 Owings-McQuagge Hall

Campus Hattiesburg

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USM is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)


USM's fully online Teacher Assistant Program (TAP) is nationally ranked for quality and affordability


100% of undergrads complete practicum experiences in community schools every semester