School Department News

Graduate Studies

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 2:41pm
The William Carey University School of Education has been awarded a $90,000 grant for teacher quality improvement under Title II of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
Title II grants, which are awarded in Mississippi by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning, focus on preparing, training and recruiting high-quality teachers and principals. Twelve grants were awarded in the state this year.
In order to be considered for the Title II grants, an institution had to 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.
The WCU project is a Teacher Leader Institute partnering with school districts in Covington, Forrest, Lamar, Marion and Wayne counties, as well as Forrest County Agricultural High School and the Hattiesburg and Petal city districts. The Institute’s goal is to increase student achievement through instructional leadership. 
The Institute will meet from June 1-26 and will provide opportunities for participants to analyze data specific to their core subjects and schools in order to improve their instructional practices to the rigorous levels required by new state standards. Participants will also prepare targeted and ongoing professional development for their schools.
Twenty teachers from the partnering districts will attend the Institute as students in the university’s educational leadership program. Funds from the grant will be used to pay a stipend to the students as well as their tuition for the Institute.
“This is the first time we have been awarded such a grant, thanks to the hard work of the faculty, our assisting consultant and the support of Dr. Susan Lee at the State Institutions of Higher Learning,” said Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of the School of Education. “The grant is also renewable, so we are hopeful this will become an ongoing project.”
For more information on the School of Education and its programs, visit or contact Dr. Burnett at
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 10:49am
William Carey University will offer J-Term, an opportunity to earn full credit for a college class in a one-week period, from January 5-9.
Both the main campus in Hattiesburg and the Tradition campus in Biloxi will offer J-Term classes. Undergraduate classes offered at the Hattiesburg campus include World History to 1500, the Life and Work of William Carey, Introduction to the Old Testament, Introduction to the New Testament, Adventure Based Counseling and Basic EKG Interpretation for Nurses. The Life and Work of William Carey will also be offered as a graduate history course.
At the Tradition campus, History of the Bible will be offered on the undergraduate level.
The deadline to register for a J-Term class is noon on the first day of class, January 5. To register, apply online and click here to view the J-Term schedule under the winter 2014 schedule.
For more information, contact the Hattiesburg Admissions office at (601) 318-6103 or the Tradition Admissions office at (228) 702-1815.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 1:04pm

William Carey University’s inaugural cohort of students in the Master of Education in Interscholastic Athletic Administration (IAA) program graduated during fall commencement exercises on Saturday, August 9.

The inaugural cohort included 12 students from central and south Mississippi along with several international students.

The IAA degree is delivered in an executive program format with the goal of students developing knowledge and capabilities relative to the business side of sports organizations. The program takes 15 months to complete. New cohorts begin each summer term and are limited to 25 students.

For more information, contact Dr. Walter Cooper, program coordinator and professor of education, at (601) 318-6764 or by email at

Monday, June 23, 2014 - 4:30pm

Hattiesburg, MS, June 23, 2014 - The William Carey University School of Education has added four graduate courses to its list of Summer Term II offerings.  The four courses will be offered completely online beginning July 7. Summer Term II is five weeks long and will end on August 8. The courses can be used as part of a graduate degree program, for license renewal, or as electives. Courses include EDU 572 (Survey of Exceptional Children); EDU 627 (Performance Assessment); EDU 602 (Trends in Children’s Literature), and EDU 646 (Secondary Methods).

For more information or to register for the courses, contact the School of Education at (601) 318-6600 or via email at