Science and Mathematics Alternate Route Teacher (SMART)

Take the SMART route to become a science or math teacher.

William Carey University School of Education is seeking applicants for the Science and Mathematics Alternate Route Teacher (SMART) grant at the main campus in Hattiesburg and at the Tradition campus in Biloxi.

The SMART grant provides opportunities for non-education graduates to enter the teaching profession by obtaining new job skills and provides licensed teachers in the critical teacher shortage areas of mathematics and science. This program is offered in conjunction with WCU’s alternate route teacher education program and the Master in the Art of Teaching degree.

The next session will begin February 20, 2017. Registration deadline: February 16.

Admission Requirements

  • Must meet WCU current admission requirements
  • A minimum 2.75 GPA
  • A passing score on the Praxis Core or an overall ACT score of 21 with each subscore a minimum of 18.
  • Must 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
  • EDU 650 Tests, Measurements and Evaluations

Licensing and Internship Course

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.

What the grant provides

Grant funds allow the awarding of 20 scholarships per year. Each recipient will receive funds to cover:

  • The cost of 12 semester hours
  • Required textbooks
  • One Praxis Core and one Praxis II exam once those are passed

Additional funds will be used to provide workshops and additional teaching supports for participants.

For more information

For more information about the SMART grant, contact Dr. Candice Aycock, instructor of education and program coordinator, at or by phone at (601) 318-6600. 

The SMART grant is funded by the Robert M. Hearin Foundation. 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.