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School of Education

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 9:48am

Hattiesburg, MS, June 24, 2014 - William Carey University received special recognition by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) for three programs in The School of Education. The Second Annual Review of Teacher Preparation Programs evaluated 1,612 teacher preparation programs across the United States, including 20 graduate and undergraduate programs in Mississippi. Elementary, secondary and special educations programs were fully evaluated.
 
Of the 1,612 programs reviewed, Carey ranked tenth in the nation in the Special Education preparation program. Elementary Education preparation ranked 71 and Secondary Education received a 399 rank. Of the 20 in-state programs evaluated seven elementary and four secondary programs were strong enough to receive national ranking.
 
Dean of the School of Education Dr. Ben Burnett said, “I am very proud of the hard work of the School of Education faculty and the support from the university administration for the teacher education program here at William Carey University.  We have bright and talented students and I know they will have an impact on the students of the future.  This great ranking is just one measure of the progress our students and faculty are making together.  We look forward to continuing this level of excellence in the future".
 
The NCTQ was founded in 2000 to restructure the teaching profession and to increase the quality of teacher preparation programs in the United States.

Monday, June 23, 2014 - 4:30pm

Hattiesburg, MS, June 23, 2014 - The William Carey University School of Education has added four graduate courses to its list of Summer Term II offerings.  The four courses will be offered completely online beginning July 7. Summer Term II is five weeks long and will end on August 8. The courses can be used as part of a graduate degree program, for license renewal, or as electives. Courses include EDU 572 (Survey of Exceptional Children); EDU 627 (Performance Assessment); EDU 602 (Trends in Children’s Literature), and EDU 646 (Secondary Methods).

For more information or to register for the courses, contact the School of Education at (601) 318-6600 or via email at bburnett@wmcarey.edu.

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 9:47am

Hattiesburg, MS, May 23, 2014 - he International Dyslexia Association (IDA) recently announced that William Carey University’s Master of Education in Dyslexia Therapy program is one of eight university programs in the U.S. that has received accreditation from IDA for having met the standards outlined in the IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.

WCU’s inaugural Dyslexia Therapy cohort began classes in summer 2013 and were recognized with a Red Coat Ceremony the following October. The dyslexia therapy students, representing public and private schools statewide, are currently working with dyslexic students in a supervised clinical internship program that will continue until the completion of the two-year program in May 2015.

The International Dyslexia Association is a non-profit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of dyslexia as well as related language-based learning differences. The IDA operates 43 branches throughout the United States and Canada and has global partners in 20 countries, including Australia, Brazil, England, Germany, Ireland, and Japan.

For additional information about WCU’s dyslexia therapy program, contact Dr. Cena Holifield, coordinator of the program, at cholifield@wmcarey.edu.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 10:03am

Hattiesburg, Miss., March 11, 2014 - William Carey University’s School of Education hosted the ninth annual Young Authors Celebration (YAC) on March 7. There were approximately 500 students from 12 area elementary and middle schools at the event, along with their teachers and parent chaperons.
 
The keynote speaker this year was Vaughn Wilson of Vaughn Wilson Photography. Other guest speakers included Rick Anderson of Clinton, Fluer Bradley of Biloxi, Kym Garraway Braley of Hattiesburg, Dr. Read Diket from WCU, Ginny Kemp of Columbia, Jean Sauls of Columbia, and Diane Williams of Jackson. Scot Jones of Hattiesburg, a local “magician,” entertained the students as they arrived.
 
Educators who signed up to be a YAC teacher held a writer’s workshop in their classrooms, where their students learned about the drafting, editing, and publishing stages of writing and illustrating through hands-on experience. The students brought their books to the YAC event at WCU to share their work.
 
YAC began in the 1990s and is funded by Congress through the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide public programs in traditional liberal arts disciplines. Led by Dr. June Hornsby, director of WCU student teaching, and Dr. Barry Morris, associate professor of education, YAC gives students the opportunity to meet regional authors and illustrators, tour WCU’s campus, have lunch, participate in a book fair, attend workshops on writing and illustrating, meet WCU student teachers,  and share their books with other students. Sponsors for YAC include Dr. Hornsby, Dr. Morris, WCU Office of Admissions, Barnes & Nobles Bookstore, Phi Delta Kappa, and the Mississippi Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.        
       

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 8:33am

Hattiesburg, Miss., March 5, 2014 - William Carey University’s School of Education will host the ninth annual Young Authors Celebration (YAC) on Friday, March 7, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. There will be over 400 students from eight area elementary schools at the event, along with their teachers and parents.

 The key note speaker this year is Vaughn Wilson of Vaughn Wilson Photography. Other special guest speakers include Rick Anderson of Clinton, Fluer Bradley of Biloxi, Kym Garraway Braley of Hattiesburg, Dr. Read Diket from WCU, Ginny Kemp of Columbia, Jean Sauls of Columbia, and Diane Williams of Jackson. Scot Jones of Hattiesburg, a local “magician,” will entertain the students as they arrive.

Educators who sign up to be a YAC teacher hold a writer’s workshop in their classrooms, where their students learn about the drafting, editing, and publishing stages of writing and illustrating through hands-on experience. The students bring their books to the YAC event at WCU to share their work. All children who wish to participate are accepted.

YAC began in the 1990s and is funded by Congress through the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide public programs in traditional liberal arts disciplines. Directed by Dr. June Hornsby, director of WCU student teaching, and Dr. Barry Morris, interim chair for department of curriculum and instruction, YAC gives students the opportunity to meet regional authors and illustrators, tour WCU’s campus, have lunch, participate in a book fair, attend workshops on writing and illustrating, meet WCU student teachers,  and share their books with other students. Sponsors for YAC include Dr. Hornsby, Dr. Morris, WCU Office of Admissions, Barnes & Nobles Bookstore, Phi Delta Kappa, and the Mississippi Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.