Educational Outreach


The University of Southern Mississippi has evolved from humble beginnings as a teachers' college in 1910 to a widely respected seat of higher learning where education remains the overarching theme.

From athletic and academic summer camps to popular math and science competitions to lifelong learning programs, Southern Miss never rests in its mission to motivate and educate.  

Children’s communication and development

The Children’s Center for Communication and Development provides an interdisciplinary team approach to the assessment and treatment of communicatively – and developmentally – delayed children from birth to five years of age. Services are either home-based or center-based, depending upon a child’s needs. Services are coordinated with each child’s local school district and include speech-language pathology, special education, audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, augmentative/alternate communication, at-risk follow-up, parent education and a resource loan library.


Deaf-blind resources

A federally funded initiative designed to provide technical assistance to individuals from birth to age 21, the Mississippi Deaf-Blind Project is a collaboration of state agencies and organizations providing family support and cost-effective technical assistance to families and service providers of children/young adults with deaf-blindness.

It is housed in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education.


Gifted studies

For more than 30 years, the Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi has been an internationally recognized leader in the advancement and advocacy of gifted education.

Established in 1979, the center’s mission is to further the education of gifted students and those with leadership abilities through teaching, research and service. It provides a wide variety of services for children and youth in grades kindergarten through 12.

It also offers support for teachers, school administrators, counselors, university faculty and instructors, as well as parents and grandparents of the gifted.


K-12 initiatives

An online course program designed to alleviate the shortage of classroom teachers in the state is offered through The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education to select students currently employed as assistant teachers in Mississippi public schools.


Language disorders

The DuBard School for Language Disorders, founded by Dr. Etoile DuBard in 1962, is a United Way agency and a clinical division of the Southern Miss Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences.

The school is designed to serve children with severe language-speech disorders, including:

  • developmental aphasia
  • childhood apraxia of speech
  • deafness and hearing impairments
  • the written language disorder of dyslexia

Guidance and counseling for parents and families of the children are also provided.


Marine education

Marine Education Center

The Marine Education Center at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs endeavors to inform citizens to help produce a network of well-informed and knowledgeable stewards of our coastal ecosystems.

The center supports a career-based working environment utilizing formal, non-formal, free-choice learning and higher education strategies focusing on the coastal ecosystems of the north central Gulf of Mexico to promote careers in marine sciences and foster community involvement.


Sea Camp

The annual camp, designed for kids age 6-13, provides hands-on activities and live animal encounters in both the classroom and the field at the Marine Education Center at GCRL in Ocean Springs.

 All students have the opportunity to crab, fish, seine and sieve. Field trips also take participants into beach and salt marsh habitats. The camp just completed its 23rd year of operation.


Science and math programs

Nationally recognized for its work to prepare science and math teachers to deliver high-quality instruction at the elementary and secondary level, the Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME) also helps public schools develop and improve their science and mathematics curriculum.

In addition, it offers workshops to enhance the skills of in-service teachers and preparation for teacher candidates seeking initial certification. Dr. Sherry Herron serves as the center’s director.


Summer camps

Thousands of visitors from across the country spend their summer months at Southern Miss participating in a wide variety of camps and programs for sports, arts, academics and outdoor adventure. 

Included among summer events at the university are American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, both of which include programming that teaches high school students about the finer points of government and citizenship.