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School of Lifelong Learning
College of Education and Human Development


The Professional Interdisciplinary Studies and University Studies programs offer adult learners flexible pathways to degree completion through fully online, hybrid, and face-to-face instruction. Our programs provide opportunities to engage in relevant coursework and training designed to build 21st century professional competencies such as lifelong learning, research skills, strategic problem solving, teamwork, communication, and habits of leadership.

Professional Development Center

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.


Southwest Mississippi Education Consortium (SMEC) 

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 (INFER) 

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.  


Online Workshops via Ed2Go – Professional Interdisciplinary Studies and University Studies majors are highly encouraged to take advantage of Ed-2-Go self-paced online micro courses.  These micro courses allow students to get a competitive edge in a rapidly-changing workforce. Visit our online workshops to access self-paced, manageable courses spanning various topics that allow you to learn new skills, enhance your degree, and/or elevate your degree or competitive edge: Online Workshops via Ed2Go


Elevate Yourself and Your Career

Contact us: 

Carolyn Mack, Professional Development Center Director  

Phonel: 601-979-8887



3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211


(601) 979-8777