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School of Education

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 9:00am
The William Carey University School of Education will offer free ACT preparation camps for upcoming high school juniors and seniors during June at both the Hattiesburg campus and the Tradition campus in Biloxi.
Camps are June 1-3 at Tradition and June 6-9 at Hattiesburg. Sessions will meet from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. daily and will focus on test-taking strategy through small group instruction. Meals and snacks, study materials, college scholarship information and information on professional education will also be offered.
Mississippi students classified as high school juniors or seniors for the 2016-2017 school year are invited to apply. Students must also commit to registering for the June 11 ACT examination. Other criteria considered in the application process include level of commitment, high school GPA and prior ACT attempts. Students are required to attend all sessions.
Applications are available at Completed applications are due on April 22 and should be returned by hand or by mail to the address on the application. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Applications will not be accepted by fax or by email.
For more information, contact Tina Bond at (601) 318-6091 or by email at
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 11:18am
The William Carey University School of Education is seeking applicants for the second year of the Science and Mathematics Alternate Route Teacher (SMART) grant at the main campus in Hattiesburg and at the Tradition campus in Biloxi.
The $296,200 SMART grant is funded for three years by the Robert M. Hearin Foundation. It provides opportunities for non-education graduates to enter the teaching profession by obtaining new job skills and also provides licensed teachers in the critical teacher shortage areas of mathematics and science.
The grant is distributed to Carey at $98,000 per year and disburses scholarships for students entering the alternate route program to become teachers. This grant works in conjunction with Carey’s alternate route teacher education program and the Master in the Art of Teaching degree, meaning potential grant recipients will need to meet current admission requirements. 
Candidates are required to have at least a 2.75 GPA and a passing score on the Praxis Core or an overall ACT score of 21 with each subscore a minimum of 18. Candidates also need to take and pass a Praxis II examination. 
Upon completion of the entrance requirements, candidates must take and pass two required courses: EDU 536 Classroom Management and EDU 650 Tests, Measurements and Evaluations. 
After meeting requirements, candidates are eligible to receive a three-year interim educator license and can be employed by a school district in the appropriate mathematics and science subject area. After receiving a teaching contract, program participants are then enrolled in an internship course for two terms (fall and winter) where they are monitored in their classrooms and attend planned Saturday learning sessions. After completion of the internship, participants will be eligible to receive a standard five-year educator license.
Grant funds allow the awarding of 20 scholarships per year. In addition to covering the cost of 12 semester hours for each participant, required textbooks and a few other supplies will also be covered under the grant. Additional funds will be used to provide workshops and additional teaching supports for participants. The grant will also reimburse one Praxis Core and one Praxis II exam once those are passed.
SMART for year two will begin in May for the summer term.
For more information about the SMART grant, contact Dr. Candice Aycock, instructor of education and program coordinator, at or by phone at (601) 318-6687.  
The Hearin Foundation, which supports Mississippi higher education as well as economic development, was established in the will of the late Robert M. Hearin Sr., a former chairman and chief executive officer of Mississippi Valley Gas.
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:51pm
The William Carey University School of Education has been honored by the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education as a member of a community partnership to improve Earl Travillion Attendance Center in Hattiesburg.
The School of Education and several other organizations, including PineBelt360, the Impact Education Group, SchoolStatus and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, have partnered with the attendance center to offer a variety of volunteer services, including campus beautification, student mentoring and professional development.
Kristina Pollard, attendance center principal, said the partnership was formed after a needs assessment in 2015 revealed several necessary improvement areas. Through a collaboration with the School of Education and the Impact Education Group, school improvement goals, which include a focus on maximizing student achievement and enhancing school safety and pride, were developed and put in place for the 2015-2016 school year.
“The partnership provides a team of individuals invested in the improvement of the attendance center,” said Pollard. “Each entity provides a support service that would otherwise seem impossible to obtain financially.”
Carey’s contributions to the partnership beyond professional development have been numerous, according to Pollard, and range from free after-school tutoring services to the donation of curriculum and instructional materials. Education students completing curriculum requirements are also serving at the attendance center and offering reading and math support for students.
Education professors have also participated in campus beautification projects. In July 2015, more than 120 volunteers from across the partnership and from other local organizations gathered at the school for PineBelt360’s annual Shine event. During the event, volunteers cleaned, painted and helped rearrange classrooms.
“The partnership is key to implementing our improvement goals,” said Pollard. “It has helped create a positive environment for teachers and students … and has also created opportunities for parents and community members to be involved in the school.”
Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of the School of Education, said the partnership is an example of “Going the Extra Mile,” the university’s theme verse for 2015-2016.
“Carey is committed to helping the attendance center increase student test scores and meet its improvement goals,” said Burnett. “The partnership is an excellent example of an extra mile by several partners to benefit a worthy cause.”
The partnership will be presented with the Partnership Excellence Award during the annual MAPE Governor’s Awards luncheon at the Hilton Jackson on March 15. A partnership between Carey and Hattiesburg High School to offer an ACT and college preparatory program will also be honored.
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 11:20am
Vivian Clark of Perkinston, a senior at the William Carey University Tradition campus in Biloxi, was recently awarded a $1,800 scholarship from the P.E.O. Sisterhood, an international philanthropic and educational organization promoting increased educational opportunities for women.
Clark, a psychology major and biology minor, was recommended for the nationally competitive award by the sisterhood’s Chapter M, which is based in Hattiesburg. The sisterhood’s Program for Continuing Education provides need-based grants to women in the United States and Canada whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to support themselves and their families.
The scholarship will help Clark, who also works in the Tradition campus education department, achieve her educational goals and ease the burden of expenses such as tuition, books and lab fees.
“We were inspired to sponsor Vivian for the scholarship due to her tenacity,” said Hanna Knowles, chair of the scholarship committee. “She had applied to several positions and had been turned away due to her level of education. This did not deter her, but rather pushed her to improve her qualifications.”
The sisterhood, founded in 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, has given more than $250 million in financial assistance to more than 95,000 recipients. For more information on the sisterhood, visit
Monday, February 1, 2016 - 1:48pm
For the second consecutive year, the William Carey University School of Education has been awarded a $90,000 grant for teacher quality improvement under Title II of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
The grant will fund a Teacher Leader Institute at the Tradition campus in Biloxi during June. Twenty teachers from partnering school districts on the Mississippi Gulf Coast will attend the institute as students in the university’s educational leadership program. Funds from the grant will be used to pay a stipend to participants as well as their tuition for the institute.
The goal of the institute is to increase student achievement through instructional leadership. The institute will provide opportunities for participants to analyze data specific to their core subjects and schools in order to improve their instructional practices to the rigorous levels required by new state standards. Participants will also prepare targeted and ongoing professional development for their schools.
Title II grants, which are awarded in Mississippi by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning, focus on preparing, training and recruiting high-quality teachers and principals. Twelve grants were awarded in the state this year.
In order to be considered for a grant, an institution had to partner with a local education agency, such as a school district, and submit a project adequately addressing the College and Career Readiness Standards by assisting teachers in adopting the new standards. Priority consideration was given to projects partnering with high-need agencies in addressing the needs of teachers and in developing sustainable, intensive and high-quality professional development activities.
Carey hosted the first Teacher Leader Institute in June 2015 at the Hattiesburg campus. Eighteen teachers from the Forrest County, Covington County, Marion County, Wayne County, Lamar County, Petal and Hattiesburg school districts attended the inaugural institute.
For more information on the Teacher Leader Institute, contact Dr. Noal Cochran, assistant professor of education, at (228) 702-1841 or by email at