School Department News

School of Education

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
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 8:25am

The William Carey University School of Education sponsors a float in Hattiesburg’s annual Christmas parade. But instead of throwing beads or candy from the float, Carey students, faculty and staff give out books to every child along the parade route. The project not only benefits the children and families who receive the books, but also the students in Carey’s teacher preparation program. The parade project is one of many community service initiatives of the university’s chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.

View a video about the project here.
(Video courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Education.)


Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 11:19am
William Carey University has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a leader in Mississippi and in the United States in providing excellent online graduate education programs.
Carey is ranked number 25 on the 2016 Best Online Graduate Education Programs list, which was released on December 12 and ranks 267 institutions from across the country. Carey also tied with the University of Mississippi as the state’s top school in the rankings.
“The ranking is a great acknowledgement of Carey’s commitment to providing strong online programs in education both now and in the future,” said Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of the School of Education.
Programs are scored in five categories, including student engagement, student services and technology, admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation. Carey received a total score of 80 in the 2016 rankings. In the 2015 rankings, Carey received a score of 56 and placed number 142 on the list.
Dr. Barry Morris, associate professor of education, said the rankings jump can be attributed to a number of improvements in technology and to the education school’s growing cohort program.
More than 200 online students participate in 15 cohort programs spread throughout the state. The cohorts meet weekly and allow participating students to collaborate on assignments and learn from each other, he said.
“Our cohort program keeps our graduation rate high, which helps us to improve our ranking,” said Morris. “The cohorts give support to our online students and enable them to work with others to succeed in completing their programs.”
The education school, which had a record enrollment of 1,270 students in fall 2015, is already working on ways to improve its ranking in 2017. New online programs, cohort groups and delivery methods for course content are being planned, said Morris.
“We are looking to add three or four new online programs in the coming months, along with new cohort groups in the state,” he said. “We are also looking to expand our online delivery methods through live-streaming and video-streaming technologies.”
The school’s online graduate offerings currently include Master of Education degrees in the areas of elementary education, secondary education, and mild and moderate disabilities; the Specialist of Education degree in instructional leadership; and the Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership.
For more information on online graduate education programs at Carey, call (601) 318-6600 or visit
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 3:08pm
The Center for Creative Scholars at William Carey University will host the Mission S.T.E.A.M. Possible! Creativity Exploration Camp in Lorena Roseberry Smith Hall on the Hattiesburg campus from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on January 23.
Students in grades 2-6 are invited to attend the camp and explore their creative potential through activities in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. The workshop will engage participants through critical thinking and problem solving with a creative arts emphasis.
Slots in the camp are limited in order to provide small group interaction and individualized instruction. Students may be nominated to attend the camp by parents, teachers and peers or by self-nomination and should display strong characteristics of creative, academic, intellectual, artistic or leadership giftedness.
The cost of the camp is $30, which is due January 15 and includes tuition, lunch and instructional materials. For more information, contact the School of Education at (601) 318-6600 or by email at
Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 8:42am
The William Carey University School of Education will host an introduction to teacher education roundup for students interested in becoming educators from 5 until 6 p.m. on November 2 at the Tradition campus in Biloxi.
During the roundup, which will be held in room 312 of B Building, information will be shared about entering the profession through traditional or alternate routes. Information will also be presented on the Elementary Teacher Assistant Academy, a program designed to help teaching assistants gain the additional qualifications needed to become licensed teachers. The academy will begin in the summer of 2016.
For more information, contact Dr. Cassandra Conner, academic dean and director of education programs for the Tradition campus, at (228) 702-1829 or by email at