School Department News

Tradition Campus

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 11:42am
The William Carey University Center for Creative Scholars will host the Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead! Creativity Exploration Camp for students in grades two through eight at the Hattiesburg campus from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on July 21-23.
During the camp, students will explore their creative potential through activities in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. The camp will engage participants through critical thinking and problem-solving with a creative arts emphasis.
"Research shows that gifted learners thrive in summer programs," said Dr. Christina Liverett, center director and an assistant professor of education at Carey. "This camp will give students an opportunity to grow and network with other gifted learners as they learn about these fields."
In order to attend, students must be nominated by parents, teachers, peers or self-nomination. The cost for the camp is $75, which includes tuition, lunch and instructional materials. The registration deadline is July 16.
For more information or to register, contact Liverett at (601) 318-6609 or by email at
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 9:04am
William Carey University offices will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observation of the Independence Day holiday.
No day or night classes will meet. This closing applies to both the main campus in Hattiesburg and the Tradition campus in Biloxi.
Offices will reopen and second summer term classes will begin on Monday, July 6.
For more information, call (601) 318-6051.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 8:13am
Students interested in taking courses in a five-week format during July and early August may still register for the second summer term at both campuses of William Carey University.
The second summer term will begin on July 6 and run through August 7. Undergraduate courses in history, English, Spanish, business, education, health, music, biology, chemistry and psychology are available at the Hattiesburg campus while undergraduate courses in art and English are offered on the Tradition campus in Biloxi. 
Graduate courses in history, education, biology and psychology are also available at the Hattiesburg campus with graduate courses in art and English available at the Tradition campus.
Schedules can be found online at For more information, contact the Hattiesburg campus admissions office at (601) 318-6103 or the Tradition campus admissions office at (228) 702-1775.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 10:42am
The William Carey University School of Business is offering a way for the working individual to earn a bachelor's degree in business in a hybrid format with Saturday class meetings at the Tradition campus in Biloxi.
The Saturday program will begin in fall 2015 and will offer students the Bachelor of Science degree in business with a concentration in management and marketing. Students will take three courses each term, including two in a hybrid format that meet three times during the term and one that meets each Saturday.
The program may be completed in two years if the interested student has completed general education requirements and enters the program with 64 hours of general education and core curricula courses earned at a community college or university. A further 64 course hours, including the business core and concentration requirements, are needed to complete the degree.
For more information, contact Bernie Cousins, director of business programs at the Tradition campus, at (228) 702-1847 or by email at Learn more about Carey's programs at
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, call the School of Education at (601) 318-6600 or visit The program application can be viewed at
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.