Teacher Professional Development

Teachers - Earn continuing education credits at GCRL.

Mississippi Alabama Sea Grant ConsotriumThe Marine Education Center offers professional and volunteer training programs for adults, including K-12 classroom teachers.  These programs cover an assortment of marine and coastal processes and issues, and are sponsored through a variety of sources. The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) supports our teacher development program, either through full sponsorship or partnership.

Click on the topics below to learn more about programs offered in 2014-2015. 1) who is eligible, 2) whether there are costs or stipends, 3) what type of continuing education credit is available, and 4) what you will learn and do.

For more information, refer to the information for participants document.  For questions and additional information, please contact Aaron Lamey at 228-818-8861 or aaron.lamey@usm.edu, or Jessie Kastler at jessica.kastler@usm.eduOnline registration is available for all programs.  

All field programs are subject to substitution of activities or postponement for poor weather.  We will inform registered participants of any changes via email.

Upcoming Programs for 2014 and 2015

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Date Topic CEUs
April 10-12, 2015 Comparing the Barrier Islands of Mississippi and Louisiana 
July 13-17, 2015 Gliderpalooza TBD
July 28-30, 2015 Watershed Education Aboard the R/V McIlwain TBD

Program Details

Comparing the Barrier Islands of Mississippi and Louisiana 

April 10-12, 2015
Rain date: May 1 - 3, 2015

This workshop extends from Friday, 8:30 a.m. to Sunday, 4:30 p.m. It includes classroom work on Friday and field experiences on Grand Isle. La and Ship Island, MS on Saturday and Sunday. The schedule is long. Please consider this before you register. Participants are strongly encouraged to stay in the GCRL dormitory Friday and Saturday nights.
Agenda   Registration

Comparing the Barrier Islands of Mississippi and Louisiana, Teacher Professional Development at GCRL 

Why are Louisiana’s wetlands disappearing at such an alarming rate?  Is this also happening in Mississippi?  Explore these questions and some of the answers during field excursions to Grand Isle, LA and Ship Island, MS, with Dr. Jessie Kastler, a coastal ecologist with 20 years of experience in research and teaching related to wetland change.

This workshop is sponsored by the Mississippi Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) for teachers from Mississippi and Alabama. Teachers from other states are encouraged to apply in case space is available and they will be notified of their acceptance into the program after March 12. Participants will earn 1.8 CEUs, dormitory accommodations Friday and Saturday, and a stipend/substitute reimbursement of $200.



July 13-17, 2015

Held at GCRL. Agenda available soon. Registration




A research partnership based at USM is studying how Gulf of Mexico precesses affected the distribution and breakdown of oil after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. You can meet some of these scientists as they begin data collection efforts with gliders. These autonomous underwater vessels collect information about water currents and properties such as temperature and salinity. You will learn more about these exciting instruments and the data they provide as the data are being collected. You will visit the Mission Contol Center and access daily updates on progress as you will contribute to educational materials that will help others understand them as well.

Participants wil receive stipend, CEUs and lunch daily. Dormitory rooms are available for those traveling.





Watershed Education Aboard the R/V McIlwain

July 28-30, 2015

Agenda available soon. Registration

Watershed Education Aboard the R/V McIlwain, Teacher Professional Development at GCRL


Watershed Education Aboard the R/V McIlwain, Teacher Professional Development at GCRL

Join us as we launch a new program to guide you in engaging your middle and high school aged students in a meaningful watershed educational experience (MWEE) that takes place during the 2015-2016 school year in your classroom and during a research cruise on the Pascagoula River aboard GCRL’s R/V Tom McIlwain

This program is not limited to classroom teachers.  Any adult with a goal of teaching environmental stewardship may lead a group of children of appropriate ages through this experience, sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency Gulf of Mexico Program.  The program targets teachers and group leaders working with underserved and under-represented students located in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

One chaperone from each participating group must attend the three-day training session at GCRL to learn how to deliver material that will prepare students for their research cruise.  That person will receive a stipend, CEUs if appropriate, and instructional materials for use in the classroom. Dormitory accommodations may be available at GCRL for out-of-town travelers. Please ask well in advance to check availability and make a reservation.




Register with this convenient online system. 

Each workshop requires submission of a separate registration form. For more information, please contact Aaron Lamey at 228.818.8861 or aaron.lamey@usm.edu.  Space is limited so register early!

Continuing Education Credit

CEUs are available for teachers through the University of Southern Mississippi Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach (PDEO).  The number of CEUs awarded in each program will be posted here upon approval of our request of PDEO to offer them. Because we update our offerings every time they are offered and they must be approved each time, the number of CEUs available for a workshop is not known until about one month before it is held.  We submit paperwork to the PDEO about one week following the end of each workshop, and later than two weeks.  You may request a copy of CEUs awarded in the past here.

Forms and Documents

Past Events

Look here for past teacher professional development events here.

Teachers learn about teaching marine sciences aboard the research vessel Hermes during a TPD workshop at GCRL