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Professional Development

The Center for Professional Development offers non-academic credit courses for professional and personal development. The Center sponsors workshops, seminars, institutes, and conferences.

The Center awards credit in the form of Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Certificates of Completion, and Certificates of Attendance. In collaboration with other units and agencies, the Center offers Social Work Units to licensed social workers, School Executive Management Institute (SEMI) credits to school administrators, and other non-academic credit units sponsored by professional associations.

Renew Yourself and Your Career

The Center for Professional Development provides personal and professional development activities, mini-workshops, and seminars for non-academic credit. All adult can take advantage of the center including teachers, administrators, counselors, parent/teacher organization members, childcare administrators, pre-service educators, students, local, state and government employees, entrepreneurs, and paraprofessionals.

Be a Part of an Education Revival

The Center for Professional Development is also the home of the Southwest Mississippi Education Consortium’s (SMEC) Regional Education Service Center that currently helps more than 24 school districts in 18 counties meet the professional development needs of their teachers, teaching assistants, and administrators. Educators are able to meet their recertification needs, solve problems, and meet program improvement needs through the center’s offerings.

Institute for Educational Renewal

The Institute for Educational Renewal (INFER) is a continuing academic support unit designed to provide university support to public schools as they endeavor to meet the needs of all learners — prenatal through adulthood — and their families.



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