Teacher Professional Development

Teachers - Earn continuing education credits at GCRL.

Mississippi Alabama Sea Grant ConsotriumThe Marine Education Center offers professional and volunteer training programs for adults, including K-12 classroom teachers.  These programs cover an assortment of marine and coastal processes and issues, and are sponsored through a variety of sources. The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) supports our teacher development program, either through full sponsorship or partnership.

Click on the topics below to learn more about programs offered in 2018.
1) who is eligible, 2) whether there are costs or stipends, 3) what type of continuing education credit is available, and 4) what you will learn and do.

For more information, refer to the information for participants document.  For questions and additional information, please contact Aaron Lamey at 228-818-8088 or aaron.lamey@usm.edu, or Jessie Kastler at jessica.kastler@usm.eduOnline registration is available for all programs.  

All field programs are subject to substitution of activities or postponement for poor weather.  We will inform registered participants of any changes via email.

Continuing Education Credit

CEUs are available for teachers through the University of Southern Mississippi Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach (PDEO).  The number of CEUs awarded in each program will be posted here upon approval of our request of PDEO to offer them. Because we update our offerings every time they are offered and they must be approved each time, the number of CEUs available for a workshop is not known until about one month before it is held.  We submit paperwork to the PDEO about one week following the end of each workshop, and later than two weeks.  You may request a copy of CEUs awarded in the past here.


Register with this convenient online system. 

Each workshop requires submission of a separate registration form. For more information, please contact Aaron Lamey at 228.818.8088 or aaron.lamey@usm.edu.  Space is limited so register early!

Information for Participants [pdf]

Upcoming Programs for 2018

Service Learning on deer Island: Ecological science for restoration and resilience

July 10-12


Deer Island is located within easy paddling distance of Biloxi, Mississippi, offering a highly visible and accessible nature adventure to many coastal residents. Since 1850, the island has lost 750 acres to coastal erosion.  Many of the trees on the island experienced a long, slow death after being submerged in the 25 foot storm surge of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  State and federal agencies have targeted the island for several restoration projects.  This service learning project will monitor the island to assess its condition with continuing changes.

In this workshop, participants will learn specifics of coastal ecology, beach erosion, and environmental stewardship through program activities.  You will contribute to an on-going data collection to help monitor restoration efforts.

Each participant will receive a $100/day stipend and paid CEU's if appropriate. CEU's TBD

Past Events

Look here for past teacher professional development events here.

Teachers learn about teaching marine sciences aboard the research vessel Hermes during a TPD workshop at GCRL