From the Dean

Welcome to the College of Education and Psychology (CoEP) where exciting and valuable opportunities are available to all students. 

The CoEP was established in 1958 and has built on the distinctive heritage of Southern Miss. Students in the College explore the powerful connections between education and success, relationship skills and quality of life, and research and practice. Students use 21st century technology to develop meaningful knowledge and professional skills that yield positive change in their own lives and the lives of others. The College prepares and develops educators, researchers, and mental health professionals equipped for success in a culturally diverse, global community. Students in CoEP develop essential knowledge and skills through exposure to exemplary teaching, research, and professional service. The College is committed to improving the educational attainment of the citizens of Mississippi and, in turn, the economic development of the state.

CoEP is a growing college with over 100 faculty and staff, approximately 3000 students, and programs on both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast campuses. Students can achieve their academic goals in undergraduate and graduate programs and through online, hybrid, and traditional learning formats. The College delivers 34 academic programs through the following six departments:

  • The mission of the Department of Child and Family Studies is to educate and inspire undergraduate and graduate students to improve the lives of children, families, and communities.  The department offers undergraduate degrees with an emphasis in child development or family relations and graduate degrees in marriage and family therapy and child and family studies.  Graduates choose rewarding careers as licensed pre-K and kindergarten teachers, early childhood practitioners, administrators of early childhood programs, human service professionals, substance abuse outreach professionals, mental health case managers, and child protective service professionals.
  • The Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education is dedicated to improving education in Mississippi by preparing high quality teachers for K-12 classrooms.  It offers degree programs that lead to licensure in Elementary Education (K-6), Business Technology Education (7-12), and Special Education (K-12).  The department provides undergraduate and graduate coursework for both pre-service and in-service teachers.  The department also offers a teacher assistant program, as well as alternate route licensure programs to become a teacher outside of a traditional route bachelor’s degree.  Graduates hold teaching positions across the globe and are proud and confident because of the foundation provided at Southern Miss.  
  • The Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling is committed to changing the landscape of education in Mississippi through programs designed to develop effective educational leaders in the fields of educational administration and school guidance counseling.  Graduates serve as principals, assistant principals, superintendents, directors, school guidance counselors, and university faculty.  The department offers degrees at the master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels and welcomes students seeking individual coursework for licensure or personal growth.  
  • The Department of Educational Studies and Research offers graduate degrees in higher or adult education, research, statistics, and student affairs administration.  The department develops students into educational researchers and leaders able to solve multifaceted educational problems and promote positive change in all types of educational settings.  Because educational policy choices at the federal, state, and district level increasingly rely on the precise collection and thorough understanding of all types of data, students develop specific skills related to generating, analyzing, and interpreting data.  Students in Educational Studies and Research are prepared for the complexities of the educational system and equipped to engage in cutting-edge research, provide sound advice and guidance, and manage effectively.
  • The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) has the distinction of being the only academic program in Mississippi accredited by the American Library Association.  Additionally, it is the only program in the state that offers totally online undergraduate and graduate programs in Library and Information Science.  SLIS also offers school certification and supplemental endorsement programs for school librarians, as well as graduate certificates in both archives and special collections and youth services and literature.  Graduates are successful in a wide variety of settings, including schools, community colleges, colleges, universities, public libraries, government libraries, hospitals, military libraries, museums, special collections, archives, and other information related and educational environments.
  • The Department of Psychology is a vibrant department including a robust undergraduate program, four doctoral training programs (experimental, clinical, school, and counseling), and a terminal Master’s Program in Counseling Psychology. Psychology encompasses the study of human and animal behavior and the application of the knowledge for the betterment of humankind.  Accordingly, scientific research is the core mission of all programs in the department.  Undergraduates are prepared for a wide range of career opportunities in law, business, mental health, social services, and education. Graduate students become professional researchers, mental health professionals, and psychologists.

If you need additional information or we can assist you in any way, please don’t hesitate to call on us.

Ann P. Blackwell, PhD, CFCS, CFLE

Dean and Professor

College of Education and Psychology

Making Connections Changing Lives