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School of Education

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 11:17am
William Carey University alumnus W. L. “Trey” Folse III has been named the 2017 Superintendent of the Year by the Louisiana Association of School Executives (LASE). This award is given each year to a superintendent who demonstrates strong leadership and excellence in education. 
Folse graduated from Carey in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and a minor in coaching. He also received a Master of Education in physical education from Carey in 1985. Folse played basketball for the Crusaders and was Coach Steve Knight’s first-ever graduate assistant coach from 1982 to 1984. 
Folse has been an educator for 32 years, serving the St. Tammany Parish Public School System for his entire career. He has dedicated his life to the education of children, and works daily to make sure that Every Child, Every Day is not just the motto of the St. Tammany Parish Public School System but is put into action so that every child gets the best education possible based on their individual needs.
“This is a wonderful honor, and I am humbled to be recognized by my peers from across the state of Louisiana,” said Folse. “I know that providing the education for our future generation is a tremendous responsibility, but I also see it as an awesome privilege. As educators, we must ensure that we are working together to meet the needs of every child on a daily basis.” 
Folse is a native of St. Tammany Parish and graduated from Slidell High School in 1977. He returned to the district as a teacher and coach in 1985 at Salmen High School. He is active in the academic community serving recently on the Governor’s Committee on K-12 Education Transition Advisory Team, as the past Region II Chairman of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents and on the NFUSSD Board of Directors. In the St. Tammany Community, Folse serves on the boards of the St. Tammany West and the East St. Tammany Chambers of Commerce as well as the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany.
“It’s an honor to have Trey Folse represent our group and the state of Louisiana. He is not only qualified and capable but also honorable and dependable. Through Trey’s leadership, the St. Tammany Parish Public School System has grown and improved,” said LASE Executive Director Rogers Pope. “Trey also looks beyond his district to help others. Through his school system’s flood fundraiser earlier this year, he helped to raise $330,000 that assisted thousands of Louisiana students get back to school with the necessary resources. Trey saw a need and stepped up to help. That’s just the kind of leader we want representing our state.”
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 10:06am
Keria Jefferson has been awarded the Penny Rodrique Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 for the 2017-18 and the 2018-19 school years. She has been accepted to the dyslexia therapy master's program at William Carey University. She will attend the summer session in Hattiesburg during the month of June 2017 and then will continue to work on her master’s degree.  
Jefferson has worked in education for more than 15 years and is currently a kindergarten teacher at Pass Christian Elementary School. She was an interpreter for the Pass Christian School District, and later a program director of the Boys and Girls Club Qatar Center, before becoming a teacher assistant in the Pass Christian School District. Jefferson earned a bachelor’s degree in education from The University of Southern Mississippi in May 2015. 
Jefferson said she will use the $2,000 scholarship to hone her skills and continue to provide vital instruction for her students. “I love helping my students develop reading and writing skills that are the foundation for their future education,” she said. “I’m very excited to have this honor and to continue my education at William Carey University.”
The purpose of the Master of Education in dyslexia therapy is to train educators in research-based Orton-Gillingham methodology to deliver comprehensive dyslexia therapy to students with dyslexia and related disorders. The master’s degree meets the Mississippi Department of Education licensure requirements. 
The WCU program is accredited through the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). The program’s schedule is designed to accommodate working teachers with classes held for two weeks in the summer and one weekend each trimester. Therapists in training will provide therapy to students as they progress through the program. 
For more information about the Master of Education in dyslexia therapy, please contact Cena Holifield at (601) 318-6600 or email
Monday, May 15, 2017 - 2:18pm
Thirteen William Carey University graduate students have received $1,000 scholarships from the Mississippi Professional Educators (MPE). 
The organization awards scholarships each year to MPE members who wish to pursue graduate or advanced studies at a college or university in Mississippi. “These scholarships enable our members to improve their practice, which benefits not only our members, but their students, as well,” said Kelly Riley, MPE executive director. “Our scholarships are one of several ways we support our members’ continued growth as both professionals and lifelong learners.”
According to MPE, 34 members applied for graduate scholarships and 20 scholarships were awarded. 
Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of the WCU School of Education, said the university appreciates the support and professional resources MPE provides students and graduates. “With very little assistance for graduate course work available, we are happy that our graduate students have this opportunity to apply for financial help to further their education. We are also very proud that WCU is represented with such a large number of recipients.” 
The 2017 scholarship recipients who attend William Carey University are:
  • Abigail Arnold of Columbia, an interventionist at Columbia Elementary School. 
  • Meghan Cates of Mooreville, an assistant principal at Mooreville Elementary School.  
  • Ginnie Curtis of Purvis, a literacy coach at Lamar County School District. 
  • Sharon Fulgham of Mathiston, a math and science teacher at Fifth Street Junior High School.  
  • Carol Jones of Hattiesburg, a principal at Lumberton Elementary School.  
  • Jennifer Mathis of Lucedale, a math teacher at George County High School.  
  • Audrey Reed of Brandon, an English language teacher at Northwest Elementary.  
  • Jennifer Sills of Clinton, a band director at Madison Middle School.  
  • Kenya Travis of Hattiesburg, an academic coach at Hattiesburg Public Schools. 
  • Amanda Tucker of Greenwood Springs, a special education teacher at Nettleton Primary School. 
  • Candace Webb of Moselle, a kindergarten teacher at Moselle Elementary. 
  • Lisa White of Columbia, a federal programs director at Columbia School District.  
  • Robert White of Columbia, a principal at Columbia Elementary School.  
For more information about MPE, visit For more information about graduate programs available at William Carey University, visit
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 9:33am
Deadline to apply: May 1
The William Carey University School of Education is now accepting applications for the next class of students enrolling in the Educational Leadership program. Students completing the program may earn a Master of Education or an Education Specialist degree.
This program meets the requirements for applying for a K-12 administrator’s license upon successful completion of coursework, clinical practice, and a passing score on the School Leadership Licensure Assessment exam. The program is 36 hours and may be completed in five trimesters or 15 months, which includes 500 hours of documented activities in clinical practice. 
This is a hybrid program with the majority of classes offered online to meet the scheduling needs of working professionals. Face-to-face classes meet one Saturday a month each trimester. 
Completed applications must be submitted by May 1. Classes begin June 10. 
Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Official transcripts will be required as part of the application process.
Program requirements include:
  • A valid teaching license or a completed waiver of licensure form,
  • A GPA of 3.0 for the last 64 hours in the undergraduate program or 3.25 in a graduate program,
  • Two reference forms from present or previous administrators who supervised applicant’s work,
  • Documentation certifying a minimum of three years teaching experience,
  • A scholarly narrative of 1-2 pages of the applicant’s personal philosophy of educational leadership.
Each applicant must submit an online application to William Carey University Graduate School and pay the required application fee. The application is available at
For more information, contact Dr. Liesa Weaver at (601) 318-6626 or email
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:27am
The William Carey University School of Education will host a teacher education roundup on April 25 on the Hattiesburg campus and on April 27 on the Tradition campus.
The Hattiesburg round up will begin at 6 p.m. in the Student Conference Center. This event is open to any high school or college student interested in becoming a teacher. Those with college degrees in other fields who are interested in becoming teachers through the alternate route program are also invited to attend. To RVSP for the Hattiesburg event, please email
During the Hattiesburg event, faculty members Phyllis Armstrong and Dr. Candice Aycock will present information, including curriculum and licensing details, to students interested in entering the teaching profession through the traditional or alternate routes. Aycock will be available to discuss the Science and Mathematics Alternate Route Teacher (SMART) program, which will enroll a new class of prospective teachers in fall 2017. The SMART program, funded by a grant from the Robert M. Hearin Foundation, provides an opportunity for non-education graduates to enter the teaching profession in the critical shortage areas of science and mathematics. The program will pay tuition and textbook costs along with reimbursements for the cost of the Praxis examinations.
The Tradition campus roundup will begin at 4 p.m. In addition to information about education degrees, Dr. Cassandra Conner will lead a discussion about the Elementary Teacher Assistant Academy at Tradition. To RSVP for the Tradition event, please email or call (228) 702-1842.
Both events are free and open to the public. 
For information, contact Phyllis Armstrong at (601) 318-6142 or