School Department News

School of Education

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 3:32pm
The William Carey University School of Education will host an admission to teacher education roundup for students interested in becoming educators from 5 until 5:45 p.m. on October 5 in room 102 of Fairchild Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.
During the roundup, Phyllis Armstrong and Dr. Candice Aycock of the education faculty will present information, including curriculum and licensing details, to students interested in entering the teaching profession through the traditional or alternate routes. Aycock will also be available to discuss the Science and Mathematics Alternate Route Teacher (SMART) program, which will enroll a new class of 20 prospective teachers in fall 2016.
The SMART program, funded by a three-year 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 event is free and open to the public. For information, contact Armstrong at (601) 318-6142 or by email at
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 7:46am
The William Carey University School of Education will host a preparation workshop for the Praxis Core teacher certification examination from 9 a.m. until noon on September 26 in room 102 of Fairchild Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.
All three parts of the Praxis Core, including mathematics, reading and writing, will be covered in the workshop, which is open to the public. The cost is $50. Interested attendees are asked to reserve their spot in advance by contacting Dr. Susan Whitcomb, associate professor of education, at (601) 318-6557 or by email at
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 7:57am
State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright will be the featured speaker during a Phi Delta Kappa International Pine Belt chapter meeting at 6:30 p.m. on September 22 in Smith Auditorium on the William Carey University Hattiesburg campus.
Wright, who has served as the leader of Mississippi’s public schools since November 2013, has more than 35 years of experience in education. Prior to her service as state superintendent, she was the associate superintendent for the Office of Special Education and Student Services for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland.
The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Liesa Weaver, chapter president and chair of Carey’s educational leadership department, at (601) 318-6626 or by email at
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 11:44am
The William Carey University School of Education has reached its highest enrollment on record with 1,270 students, a 13.5 percent increase over last fall’s numbers.
Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of the School of Education, said the enrollment growth comes on the heels of a banner year for the school. Enrollment grew in each trimester of the 2014-2015 academic year, with an eight percent jump in the spring trimester alone.
Burnett said the growth is due to a number of new academic offerings, including several programs that are now being offered in online formats. Online options include a bachelor’s degree in physical education, master’s degrees in education with multiple specialty areas and a specialist’s degree in instructional leadership. Additionally, numerous undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in hybrid formats.
“The School of Education has upgraded existing programs or added new programs in online and hybrid formats to make receiving an excellent education more convenient for the busy student,” he said.
The growth in enrollment can also be attributed to several new grant-funded programs, said Burnett. The Science and Mathematics Alternate Route Teacher (SMART) program, funded through a $296,200 grant from the Robert M. Hearin Foundation, backed 20 scholarships for non-education graduates wanting to enter the teaching field in the areas of mathematics and science. The first group of teacher candidates started their studies over the summer. The grant will fund a total of 60 scholarships over a three-year period.
In June, a group of 18 area teachers participated in Carey’s first Teacher Leader Institute, which was funded with a $90,000 grant awarded under the authority of Title II of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The institute provided techniques on quality improvement and also instructed the teachers, who enrolled as students in Carey’s educational leadership program, on professional development methods in their respective school districts.
Dr. Tommy King, Carey president, commended the work of the School of Education and the enthusiasm of the faculty and staff.
“This healthy increase mirrors the overall growth of the university and bodes well for the future of Carey,” he said.
Burnett said he is looking forward to another successful, albeit busy, year for the school.
“We are looking forward to the implementation of a new online doctorate in educational leadership K-12,” said Burnett. “We already have 10 to 15 students enrolled in this new doctoral program, which will begin in November, and we are anticipating a total of 30 to 40 students.”
Burnett and his staff are also looking to expand undergraduate enrollment and to continue adding innovative programs to meet needs within the area and state. One such program is an assistant teacher certification program in the works at the Tradition campus in Biloxi. The program, which has a planned summer 2016 launch, would allow an assistant teacher to get the education necessary to be a certified classroom teacher.
“It is a great time to be a student in the School of Education during this period of growth,” said Burnett. “We are pleased to offer programs that are not only innovative, but also great in terms of quality.”
Monday, August 17, 2015 - 9:04am
The William Carey University School of Education has received national recognition for the Master of Education in educational leadership degree from the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC), a specialized professional association partnered with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
“I commend the School of Education for their efforts to provide quality programs to meet needs in our area,” said Dr. Tommy King, Carey president. “It is always gratifying to have outside agencies provide independent confirmation that our programs are of high quality.”
The ELCC recognition is earned after an intensive review of the degree, which is designed to prepare preschool through 12th grade teachers with a minimum of three years of classroom experience for roles in school administration. The review looks at factors including class syllabi, adherence to national educational leadership standards and qualifications of faculty members.
“This recognition shows our program’s strong credibility and alignment with national standards,” said Dr. Liesa Weaver, chair of Carey’s educational leadership department.
The educational leadership master’s degree is the latest School of Education program to receive a national recognition from a CAEP member partner. Bachelor’s degrees in elementary education, English education, mathematics education and physical education are also recognized, along with master’s degrees in elementary education and physical education. An additional degree, the master’s degree in dyslexia therapy, is recognized by the International Dyslexia Association.
“These national recognitions prove the hard work and strong qualifications of our faculty,” said Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of Carey’s School of Education. “The recognitions also show that it is a great time to be a student at Carey.”