The William Carey University School of Education is seeking applicants for the second year of the Science and Mathematics Alternate Route Teacher (SMART) grant at the main campus in Hattiesburg and at the Tradition campus in Biloxi.
The $296,200 SMART grant is funded for three years by the Robert M. Hearin Foundation. It provides opportunities for non-education graduates to enter the teaching profession by obtaining new job skills and also provides licensed teachers in the critical teacher shortage areas of mathematics and science.
The grant is distributed to Carey at $98,000 per year and disburses scholarships for students entering the alternate route program to become teachers. This grant works in conjunction with Carey’s alternate route teacher education program and the Master in the Art of Teaching degree, meaning potential grant recipients will need to meet current admission requirements.
Candidates are required to have at least a 2.75 GPA and a passing score on the Praxis Core or an overall ACT score of 21 with each subscore a minimum of 18. Candidates also need to 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 and EDU 650 Tests, Measurements and Evaluations.
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.
Grant funds allow the awarding of 20 scholarships per year. In addition to covering the cost of 12 semester hours for each participant, required textbooks and a few other supplies will also be covered under the grant. Additional funds will be used to provide workshops and additional teaching supports for participants. The grant will also reimburse one Praxis Core and one Praxis II exam once those are passed.
SMART for year two will begin in May for the summer term.
For more information about the SMART grant, contact Dr. Candice Aycock, instructor of education and program coordinator, at email@example.com or by phone at (601) 318-6687.
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.