The mission of the Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction (CELI) and the School of Education is to provide exemplary instruction, relevant research, and effective service through collaboration with schools, businesses, community organizations, and the public at large.


The goal is to prepare reflective professionals who positively and effectively interact with persons diverse in race, culture, gender, age, ability, and/or developmental level. CELI’s targeted goal is to prepare reading/literacy teachers who know how to teach reading to all children, especially those children in Mississippi who are in low socioeconomic-status districts.