Professional Development


Need help polishing that resume’ or finding ways to enhance those career aspirations? 

The highly-skilled, knowledgeable experts at Southern Miss can provide the necessary assistance to ensure your educational and professional requirements for success are met.

From planning and operating major conferences to discovering the proper path to continuing education, Southern Miss affords outreach programs to fit any request.

Continuing Education Units

Continuing Education Units are available for educators and school administrators. 

Internet-based learning is offered for professionals who provide services and support to children or adults with developmental or related disabilities or mental health and aging adults.

Convenient, relevant and affordable continuing education courses may also be completed via CD-ROM.


Language-Learning Disorders

Offered at various times throughout the year by the DuBard School for Language Disorders, the DuBard Association Method Course is a phonetic, multisensory teaching strategy that helps children with:

  • severe oral and written language disorders
  • hearing loss
  • severe speech disorders
  • learning disabilities
  • dyslexia
  • autism spectrum disorders
  • Asperger’s disorder
  • other related issues

The course is designed for K-12 teachers in general and special education, reading specialists, speech-language pathologists, parents and other educators.


Professional Development and Educational Outreach

The Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach offers a wide variety of professional and personal development programs that are designed to help individuals:

  • acquire new skills
  • enhance current skills
  • enter new fields
  • become certified
  • meet continuing educational requirements
  • build professionals skills to become more effective in the workplace and at home

Competency-based professional development and training solutions are also tailored to assist businesses in employee training.


Workplace Learning and Performance

Situated on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, the Workplace Learning and Performance institute serves as a research and outreach center for best practices in workplace learning and performance.

The institute offers the Master's of Science degree in Workforce Training and Development to emphasize both the research and theory framework of workforce learning and performance as well as its practical applications.

This experience finds a community of learning leaders teaming up with industry experts to help trainees make the most of their seats at the executive table.


Writing for Educators

Live Oak Writing Project

Since 2001 the Live Oak Writing Project has been a collaborative program of Southern Miss Gulf Coast and Mississippi coastal schools.

Its purpose is to help teachers improve as writers and effective teachers of writing.

The project provides a model for ongoing professional development that builds independent local programs. Since writing is a complex skill, the projects models research-based strategies to help students grow as readers, writers and learners.

Programs cross all grade levels and all disciplines.


South Mississippi Writing Project

The South Mississippi Writing Project is a network of kindergarten through college-level teachers who are interested in improving the teaching of writing and improving learning in area schools.

The project is a professional development organization offering programs developed by experienced teachers who demonstrate knowledge and skill in translating the state curriculum framework into effective classroom practice.

Located on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus, the project is one of more than 200 National Writing Project sites in the nation and one of seven sites in the state supported by the Mississippi Writing-Thinking Institute and Mississippi Department of Education.