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School of Education

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.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 1:22pm
College Choice has ranked William Carey University’s Master of Education program as #14 in the country. 
Busy educators who want to put aside time to deepen their expertise might not be able to add a new commute to their lives in order to go to night classes. Online education degrees provide educators with the flexibility to thrive in their current jobs and complete a new, career-advancing degree.
William Carey University School of Education offers four Master of Education degrees in a fully online format: elementary education (K-6), secondary education (7-12), mild and moderate disabilities (K-12), and emotional and behavioral disorders. 
“The classes are delivered in a fully online format that is perfect for the working student who wants to take their education to the next level,” said Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of the WCU School of Education. 
Additionally, WCU offers online programs for Specialist in Education degrees in instructional leadership and in emotional and behavioral disorders, and a Doctor of Education in educational leadership.
“Being ranked #14 in the country recognizes that Carey maintains quality in its academic programs, regardless of the delivery format,” said WCU President Tommy King. “Providing programs that allow busy adults to obtain credentials that make them employable in today’s society is a goal of our online programs.”
For educators interested in working in the critical educational work that happens outside of the classroom, completing an online MEd, will give them access to administrative positions in the field of education and increase their earning potential. 
College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The College Choice rankings are based on several sources, including a national survey conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute where students measured overall education costs, reputation and difficulty, financial aid packages, and post-completion job placement rates alongside a variety of other factors. College Choice also reviews publicly available sources like the National Center for Education Statistics,, and U.S. News & World Report.
For more information about William Carey University’s online master’s degree in education, visit
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 11:05am
William Carey University has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a leader in Mississippi and in the United States in providing excellent online graduate education programs.
The annual "Best Online Programs" rankings, released Jan. 10, ranked 262 institutions from across the nation. Carey comes in at number 29 for graduate-level education programs and is the highest ranked school in Mississippi; the University of Mississippi ranks number 43, and Mississippi State is number 84.
“I am very pleased that we are able to offer degrees at the master’s, specialist and doctoral level in an online, flexible format to meet the needs of our educators across the state,” said Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of the School of Education. “This ranking is a sign that the content for these programs is of high quality. I’m proud of our professors and department chairs who work to maintain this high level of quality.”
U.S. News & World Report scores programs in five categories, including student engagement, student services and technology, admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation. In the 2017 rankings, Carey received a total score of 85, with 100 being the highest possible score. This year’s ranking shows an improvement over Carey’s 2016 score of 80. 
The School of Education reached a record enrollment of 1,319 students in fall 2016, and the number of students enrolling in online programs contributes to the growing enrollment. 
“In our attempt to meet the needs of students, William Carey has developed ‘niche’ programs to permit students to complete their degrees, and online degrees are an example of this effort,” said WCU President Tommy King. “It is gratifying to know that the quality of our programs has been recognized by independent judges.”
The School of Education’s online graduate offerings currently include Master of Education degrees in the areas of elementary education, secondary education, mild and moderate disabilities, and emotional and behavioral disorders; the Specialist of Education degree with concentrations in instructional leadership and emotional and behavioral disorders; and the Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership.
Carey’s online education program has also been recognized as one of the most affordable. Best College Values ranked Carey #5 on the list of “Most Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in Elementary Education in 2016.” Best Master’s Degrees ranked WCU as the #14 most affordable online master’s in elementary education program in the nation. 
For more information on online graduate education programs at Carey, call (601) 318-6600 or visit
Posted 1/10/2017
Friday, December 16, 2016 - 11:50am
William Carey University’s School of Education recently received accreditation for 2017-2023 based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards. NCATE’s performance-based accreditation system for teacher preparation ensures that teacher candidates are prepared to make a difference in P-12 student learning.
“This national accreditation is extremely important as it shows our teacher candidates that we are meeting these rigorous standards as we prepare them for their careers,” said Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of the School of Education. “This process also recognizes the hard work and dedication of my faculty in what they do in preparing our students.” 
WCU President Tommy King said, “William Carey University has long been known as a school that produces quality teachers, and the School of Education is one of the largest schools at the university. We are pleased to be able to provide quality teachers and administrators to the schools in our area.”
For the second year in a row, the School of Education has reached record enrollment numbers with 1,319 students enrolled in fall 2016. Approximately 644 students are recommended for certification each year. The school includes 38 faculty members. The mission of the School of Education is to develop caring, reflective decision makers in a Christian environment.
Burnett said the School of Education strives to meet the needs of educators by providing up-to-date teaching methods that are socially responsible, theoretically informed, and research-based effective practices. The school continues to add degrees that will help teachers better serve their students. During the past year, the school added Master in Education and Education Specialist degrees for teachers working with children who have emotional and behavioral disorders. Another new addition is the early childhood education concentration for undergraduate students. The school is the recipient of a SMART grant from the Robert M. Hearin Foundation that provides an alternate route for non-education majors to become science and math teachers.
In addition to bachelor’s degrees, the School of Education offers a Master of Education, Specialist in Education, Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration, and Doctor of Education in Education Leadership.
Online courses are available to accommodate the schedules of working professionals who want to advance their education. Best College Values and Best Master’s Degrees have recognized WCU’s master’s degree in elementary education as one of the most affordable online programs in the nation.
Educator preparation providers accredited based on NCATE standards, as well as those accredited based on the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles, are now served by the single specialized accreditation system for educator preparation in the United States, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). More than 840 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system. 
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 2:17pm
William Carey University’s School of Education continues to receive recognition for its elementary education master’s degree program offered online. Best Master’s Degrees ranked WCU as the #14 most affordable online master’s in elementary education program in the nation. 
“This ranking is another recognition of Carey’s efforts to provide quality educational programs at affordable prices,” said Carey President Tommy King. “The School of Education is commended for its efforts to serve the needs of area educators.”
To determine the rankings, Best Master’s Degrees reviewed 113 accredited colleges and universities that offered an online master’s in elementary education, early childhood education, or closely related program. The information used to determine the initial pool of schools was taken from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator. 
The pool was then narrowed to institutions with rankings from at least one major publication, such as Forbes magazine, The Princeton Review, or U.S. News and World Report. The 30 most affordable of these recognized institutions were ranked in order of affordability based on recent graduate tuition/fees, also listed by College Navigator. 
Earlier this year, Best College Values ranked WCU as number five on a national list of the most affordable online master’s degrees in elementary education. 
School of Education Dean Ben Burnett said Carey seeks to provide affordable online programs that meet the needs of educators.
“The classes are delivered in a fully online format that is perfect for the working student who wants to take their education to the next level,” said Burnett.
Master’s in Elementary Education Degree
The objective of the master’s degree in elementary education is to help teachers build their skills in order to create positive changes in their classrooms and school districts. 
The master’s degree in elementary education requires 30 hours of course work and may be completed in 15 months. Students may begin the program any term during the school year. The program engages students in the most current research, technology, and evidence-based best practices in working with children at all levels to reach their highest potential. Students will also have the opportunity to build a portfolio of materials to use in day-to-day instruction.
Students who complete a degree in elementary education can find work as elementary school teachers, curriculum directors, educational consultants, interventional specialists, educational researchers, community college instructors, and evaluation specialists. 
Click here to see more information about the online master’s degree in elementary education offered at William Carey University. You may also contact the School of Education at (601) 318-6600 or email Dr. Sue Whitcomb at