School Department News

Tradition Campus

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 2:29pm
William Carey University will offer its third annual ACT Camp for rising junior and senior high school students with a desire to attend college. The free camp focuses on helping qualified students reach an ACT score of 21 or higher. Camps will be offered in Hattiesburg and at the Tradition campus in Biloxi. 
The camp at the Tradition campus will be held Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, June 2. The Tradition campus is located at 19640 Hwy. 67, Biloxi, MS 39532. 
The Hattiesburg camp will be held Monday, June 5 through Thursday, June 8. Due to tornado destruction on the Hattiesburg campus, the Hattiesburg School District has provided space to hold the camp at NR Burger Middle School.  “We greatly appreciate the accommodation of our needs and the needs of the students,” said Tina Bond, camp coordinator.
Each camp will provide test-taking strategy sessions, small group instruction, study materials, and snacks. Students also will receive college scholarship information and professional education information.
The application for the ACT Camp 2017 is available at Applications will be accepted through April 15 at 5 p.m. at the Hattiesburg campus located at 498 Tuscan Avenue, Fairchild Hall Room 106F or at the Tradition campus, room A204. Mailed applications must be postmarked by April 15 to be considered. Applications can be mailed to: WCU, School of Education, 710 William Carey Parkway, WCU Box 3, Hattiesburg MS  39401, Attention: Tina Bond. 
Late applications and applications received by fax or email will not be considered. Students accepted to the camp must register by May 15 to take the June 10, 2017, ACT test.
For more information, contact Tina Bond at
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 9:59am

The William Carey University School of Education has received a grant to provide training for teachers in several coastal school districts. 


WCU received the $97,139 Improving Teacher Quality grant under Title II of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This is the third year Carey has received a grant through the program, and the second consecutive year the grant has been based on WCU’s Tradition campus.


The purpose of Title II grants such as this is to assist educational institutions with the recruitment and training of high-quality educators and educational administrators. Title II grants are awarded in Mississippi by the board of trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning.


The WCU project is focused on assisting aspiring instructional leaders through a Teacher Leader Institute in partnership with Bay St. Louis-Waveland, Biloxi, Gulfport, Hancock County, Harrison County, Jackson County, Long Beach, Moss Point, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, Pass Christian, and Stone County school districts. The institute’s primary goal is to increase student achievement through instructional leadership. 


The 2017 institute will meet from June 1-28 and will provide opportunities for participants to analyze best practices and data specific to their core subjects and schools. This will help teachers improve their instructional practices to meet the rigorous levels required by new state standards. Participants also will prepare targeted and ongoing professional development for their schools, develop best practices trainings, and learn instructional motivation techniques.


Twenty-five teachers from the partnering districts will have the opportunity to attend the institute. Grant funds will be used to pay their tuition for the institute and a stipend.


“We are incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to participate in such a practice-altering program as this,” said Dr. Noal Cochran, director of education for the Tradition campus. “The fact this is the third consecutive year William Carey University has been awarded such a grant is a testimony to the work of the faculty, trainers, previous grant participants, assisting consultants and the support of Dr. Susan Lee at the State Institutions of Higher Learning.” 


In order to be considered for the grant, an institution must partner with a local education agency (LEA), 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 LEAs in addressing the needs of teachers and in developing sustainable, intensive and high-quality professional development activities.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 1:22pm
College Choice has ranked William Carey University’s Master of Education program as #14 in the country. 
Busy educators who want to put aside time to deepen their expertise might not be able to add a new commute to their lives in order to go to night classes. Online education degrees provide educators with the flexibility to thrive in their current jobs and complete a new, career-advancing degree.
William Carey University School of Education offers four Master of Education degrees in a fully online format: elementary education (K-6), secondary education (7-12), mild and moderate disabilities (K-12), and emotional and behavioral disorders. 
“The classes are delivered in a fully online format that is perfect for the working student who wants to take their education to the next level,” said Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of the WCU School of Education. 
Additionally, WCU offers online programs for Specialist in Education degrees in instructional leadership and in emotional and behavioral disorders, and a Doctor of Education in educational leadership.
“Being ranked #14 in the country recognizes that Carey maintains quality in its academic programs, regardless of the delivery format,” said WCU President Tommy King. “Providing programs that allow busy adults to obtain credentials that make them employable in today’s society is a goal of our online programs.”
For educators interested in working in the critical educational work that happens outside of the classroom, completing an online MEd, will give them access to administrative positions in the field of education and increase their earning potential. 
College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The College Choice rankings are based on several sources, including a national survey conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute where students measured overall education costs, reputation and difficulty, financial aid packages, and post-completion job placement rates alongside a variety of other factors. College Choice also reviews publicly available sources like the National Center for Education Statistics,, and U.S. News & World Report.
For more information about William Carey University’s online master’s degree in education, visit
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 2:17pm
William Carey University’s School of Education continues to receive recognition for its elementary education master’s degree program offered online. Best Master’s Degrees ranked WCU as the #14 most affordable online master’s in elementary education program in the nation. 
“This ranking is another recognition of Carey’s efforts to provide quality educational programs at affordable prices,” said Carey President Tommy King. “The School of Education is commended for its efforts to serve the needs of area educators.”
To determine the rankings, Best Master’s Degrees reviewed 113 accredited colleges and universities that offered an online master’s in elementary education, early childhood education, or closely related program. The information used to determine the initial pool of schools was taken from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator. 
The pool was then narrowed to institutions with rankings from at least one major publication, such as Forbes magazine, The Princeton Review, or U.S. News and World Report. The 30 most affordable of these recognized institutions were ranked in order of affordability based on recent graduate tuition/fees, also listed by College Navigator. 
Earlier this year, Best College Values ranked WCU as number five on a national list of the most affordable online master’s degrees in elementary education. 
School of Education Dean Ben Burnett said Carey seeks to provide affordable online programs that meet the needs of educators.
“The classes are delivered in a fully online format that is perfect for the working student who wants to take their education to the next level,” said Burnett.
Master’s in Elementary Education Degree
The objective of the master’s degree in elementary education is to help teachers build their skills in order to create positive changes in their classrooms and school districts. 
The master’s degree in elementary education requires 30 hours of course work and may be completed in 15 months. Students may begin the program any term during the school year. The program engages students in the most current research, technology, and evidence-based best practices in working with children at all levels to reach their highest potential. Students will also have the opportunity to build a portfolio of materials to use in day-to-day instruction.
Students who complete a degree in elementary education can find work as elementary school teachers, curriculum directors, educational consultants, interventional specialists, educational researchers, community college instructors, and evaluation specialists. 
Click here to see more information about the online master’s degree in elementary education offered at William Carey University. You may also contact the School of Education at (601) 318-6600 or email Dr. Sue Whitcomb at
Monday, November 28, 2016 - 2:52pm
Children who grow up overweight or obese risk developing secondary diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, heart/renal disease, and joint dysfunction. The William Carey University Tradition campus has partnered with Coastal Family Health Center and the National Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute to address the risk factors that lead to obesity and to encourage healthy eating and exercise habits for middle school students. 
The university received a $41,120 grant from the United Way of Jackson and George Counties for the “Interprofessional Team Approach to Childhood Obesity” project. This will be an interactive hands-on adaptation of the Centers for Disease Control Diabetes Primary Prevention Program and will focus on students in grades 6-8 at Moss Point Middle School. Coastal Family Health Center operates a primary care clinic at the school, and a family nurse practitioner will assist with the project.
“This concept grew out of discussions among the three partners and is in alignment with United Way Areas of Focus,” said Wanda Jones, assistant professor of nursing at William Carey University. “These three partners all have a passion for addressing the risk factors and determinants of health that lead to obesity and subsequent diabetes.”
Faculty and students from the William Carey University School of Nursing will work with staff from Coastal Family Health Care, Moss Point Schools and the National Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute to provide health assessments, educational information, and activities.
During the course of the program, students’ height, weight and blood pressure will be measured. The students will log their food intake and physical activity, either on paper, online or using an app on their smartphone. “Children love technology, and we will offer use of various free apps for the participants to record calorie intake, activities, and calories burned,” Jones said.
The program will begin in the 2017 school year, and Jones said the goal is to have 100 participants in the first year. If funding is approved for a second year, she said they plan to expand the program to a school in George County.
Jones said the ultimate goal is to achieve consistent participation in the program in order to increase the students’ knowledge about healthy nutrition, appropriate physical activities, and the use of motivational techniques to lose weight. Family support also will be a component of the program. Parents will receive similar educational and motivational techniques and will be encouraged to participate in the program along with their children.
For more information, please contact Wanda Jones at William Carey University, (601) 318-6696.