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School of Education

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
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 May 21 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 May 21 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.