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School of Education

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 2:08pm
Individuals interested in pursuing a Mississippi teacher's license through the alternate route can take the two necessary courses during the five-week second summer term in July and August at William Carey University.
 
The courses, including classroom management and tests, measurements and evaluations, will meet beginning the week of July 6 and will end the week of August 7. In order to become licensed, teacher candidates must successfully complete both courses and have passing scores on both the Praxis Core and Praxis II examinations.
 
After completion of all requirements, candidates are eligible to receive a three-year interim teacher's license and can be employed by a school district. During this time, candidates are also enrolled in an internship course in which they are monitored in their classrooms and attend planned Saturday learning sessions. After completion of the one-year internship course, candidates are eligible to receive a five-year license.
 
For more information on the alternate route, contact the School of Education at (601) 318-6600 or email Dr. Ben Burnett, dean, at bburnett@wmcarey.edu. Students may apply online and view course schedules at www.wmcarey.edu.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 3:05pm
The William Carey University School of Education recently received a $296,200 grant from the Robert M. Hearin Foundation to create a Science and Mathematics Alternate Route Teacher, or SMART, program at the main campus in Hattiesburg and the Tradition campus in Biloxi.
 
The SMART program will provide an opportunity for non-education graduates to enter the teaching profession by obtaining new job skills and will also provide licensed teachers in critical teacher shortage areas in mathematics and science, said Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of the education school.
 
"There will be a dual benefit from this program in that we increase the number of qualified teachers in these shortage areas while also ensuring more students have access to qualified mathematics and science teachers," said Burnett.
 
The Hearin grant will be distributed to Carey at $98,000 per year for three years and will fund scholarships for students entering the alternate route program at Carey. The program will work with Carey's current Master of Education degree in the art of teaching and will utilize current admission requirements for the art of teaching degree, including completion of two courses in classroom management and tests, measurements and evaluations. Candidates are also required to have a passing score on both the Praxis Core and Praxis II examinations.
 
Upon completion of the admission 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. Program participants are then enrolled in an internship course in which they are monitored in their classrooms and attend planned Saturday learning sessions. After completion of the one-year internship course, participants will be eligible to receive a five-year educator license.
 
Funds from the grant will allow up to 20 scholarships to be given throughout a school year for a total of 60 scholarships during the life of the program. In addition to covering the cost of 12 semester hours for each participant, textbooks and other supplies will also be covered under the grant. Additional funds will be used to provide workshops for participants prior to the Praxis examinations and to pay the cost of the examinations.
 
"The Hearin Foundation has been generous to Carey in providing general scholarship grants, special grants for the nursing program and now this education program to meet critical needs in our state," said Dr. Tommy King, Carey president.
 
Burnett said the new program was great news not only for Carey but also for local school districts.
 
"We are thankful to the Hearin Foundation for their support of Carey's mission and their desire to fill teacher vacancies in these shortage areas," said Burnett.
 
The SMART program will begin in July. The application deadline is June 22. Applicants must have a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average. Interested candidates may email Burnett at bburnett@wmcarey.edu, call the School of Education at (601) 318-6600 or visit www.wmcarey.edu. The program application can be viewed at www.bit.ly/wcusmart.
 
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.
Monday, June 1, 2015 - 5:00pm
Candidates interested in teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses in local school districts may earn their teaching licensure for free through a new program at William Carey University.
 
The Carey School of Education is offering up to 20 scholarships per year for three years through a grant-funded effort known as the Science and Mathematics Alternate Route Teacher, or SMART, program. The program will provide an opportunity for non-education graduates to enter the teaching profession by obtaining new job skills and will also provide licensed teachers in the critical STEM teacher shortage areas.
 
"There will be a dual benefit from this program in that we increase the number of qualified teachers in these shortage areas while also ensuring more students have access to qualified STEM teachers," said Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of the education school.
 
The program will work with Carey's current Master of Education degree in the art of teaching and will utilize current admission requirements for the art of teaching degree, including completion of two courses in classroom management and tests, measurements and evaluations. Candidates are also required to have a passing score on both the Praxis Core and Praxis II examinations.
 
Upon completion of the admission requirements, candidates are eligible to receive a three-year interim educator license and can be employed by a school district in the appropriate STEM subject area. Program participants are then enrolled in an internship course in which they are monitored in their classrooms and attend planned Saturday learning sessions. After completion of the one-year internship course, participants will be eligible to receive a five-year educator license.
 
Textbooks, other supplies and workshop costs for participants prior to Praxis examinations will be covered along with the price of tuition.
 
The SMART program will begin in July. Interested candidates may email Dr. Burnett at bburnett@wmcarey.edu or call the School of Education at (601) 318-6600.
Friday, May 15, 2015 - 8:11am
The William Carey University School of Education is offering a free ACT camp for area high school students from June 1-5 at the Hattiesburg campus.
 
The camp, which is sponsored by Mississippi Power Company, The First Bank and the Hattiesburg High School Athletic Booster Club, has 50 available slots. Students are expected to attend the entire camp, which will meet from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day during the week.
 
For more information or to receive an application, contact Tina Bond in the School of Education at (601) 318-6600 or by email at tbond@wmcarey.edu.