The Department of Continuing Professional Studies offers innovative and high quality educational opportunities in response to the diverse and changing workforce needs in Mississippi, the nation, and the world. The Department has established relationships with other academic units a the University, public school districts, local non-profit educational agencies, community colleges, and faith-based organizations to offer academic credit classes during convenient times (in the evenings and on weekends) that do not conflict with professional and personal obligations
The Department offers coursework for academic credit in partnership with all Jackson State University units, community colleges across Mississippi, and in designated Metro Learning Classroom sites. The Department has an outstanding and diverse faculty who hold terminal degrees and engage in scholarly activities in lifelong learning. The Department also draws upon faculty from the University and adjunct faculty from various government, community, and educational agencies.
The Leading Edge for Adults
The school coordinates and provides academic support services to meet the special needs of adult learners:
- Academic classes at traditional and non-traditional hours;
- Metro Learning Classroom sites in the students’ communities to help them balance work, family and school responsibilities;
- Various course delivery modes including online, hybrid, weekend, satellite, and interactive video network classes;
- Academing Support Services to enhance students’ basic knowledge and skills;
- Course offerings and course content that leads to career and life changes; and
- Counseling and advisement services.
Get the Education You Want
The Department of Continuing Professional Studies offers courses in education, criminal justice, industrial and educational technology, social work, teacher certification, and many more based upon request. This unit also offers certificate programs in leadership studies, project management, paraprofessional studies, and career and life planning.
Take Your Career to a New Level: A Professional Interdisciplinary Studies Degree
The Professional Interdisciplinary Studies Degree is for adults who want a flexible program that allows them to tailor coursework to meet their personal and professional needs. This program is excellent preparation for changing careers or entering into a variety of graduate school programs or professional careers, but the program’s flexibility allows imaginative students to pursue many other avenues as well. Specific program benefits include the opportunity for students to achieve their educational and personal goals; expand their knowledge base by completing a comprehensive, individually-paced plan of study; and offering access to college studies as they balance family life and their current job, while working toward achieving their longer-term career goals.