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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 4:00pm
The Mississippi Program of Research and Evaluation for Public Schools (PREPS) announced May 10 that William Carey University in Hattiesburg has been selected as the new headquarters for the program.
 
“PREPS is excited about associating with William Carey University to work to improve teaching and learning in Mississippi,” said Dr. Lee Childress, president of the PREPS board of directors. “William Carey University is recognized for its outstanding educational programs and with it expanding the focus statewide it is a natural fit for this partnership with PREPS, Mississippi's largest statewide educational consortium.”
 
PREPS was organized in 1976 and the membership currently includes 72 school districts from across the state. The non-profit organization is governed by a nine-member board of directors made up of superintendents from each of the old congressional districts. PREPS was previously housed at Mississippi State and the board voted last week to move the program to WCU.  
 
“The William Carey University School of Education is honored and excited to now be the home of PREPS as we continue to advance the mission of the university in the areas of scholarship and service,” said Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of the School of Education. “We are also happy that it allows us to better serve the districts across the state of Mississippi and work as partners to improve education in our state.”  
 
Burnett said after spending 28 years in K-12 education in Mississippi he understands the need for intense professional development and collaboration for teachers across the state. Burnett is also a former PREPS board member and knows first-hand the quality of the services offered by this prestigious organization.
 
Childress said, “Dr. Ben Burnett has provided exceptional leadership at William Carey University and PREPS looks forward to working with him and William Carey University in providing services to Mississippi school districts.”
 
WCU President Dr. Tommy King said, “The decision by PREPS to partner with William Carey is another indicator of the strength of our school of education.  I am confident that this will be a very fruitful partnership.”
 
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 4:34pm
Q&A Session: May 10, 6 p.m.
 
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. A question and answer session regarding the grant will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 in room 119 of Lorena Roseberry Smith Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.
 
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 works in conjunction with Carey’s alternate route teacher education program and the Master in the Art of Teaching degree. 
 
Potential grant recipients must 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 also will 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 caycock@wmcarey.edu 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.
 
About William Carey University: With campuses in Hattiesburg and Biloxi, William Carey University provides quality educational programs within a caring Christian academic community, which challenge the individual student to excel in scholarship, leadership, and service in a diverse global society. For more information, visit www.wmcarey.edu.
 
 
Friday, April 8, 2016 - 2:14pm
The William Carey University School of Education will host a celebration in honor of local Teachers of the Year and incoming education students at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 3.
 
The “Cinco de Mayo” themed event will be held at the student conference center, located in Wilkes Dining Hall on the WCU campus. Phi Delta Kappa Pine Belt Chapter 75 will present plaques to the Teacher of the Year recipients. New WCU education students will participate in a signing ceremony.
 
The guest speaker will be Carolyn Adams, a WCU alumna who retired with more than 40 years of experience as a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent in the Lamar County School District.
 
For more information, call (601) 318-6600.

 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 9:00am
The William Carey University School of Education will offer free ACT preparation camps for upcoming high school juniors and seniors during June at both the Hattiesburg campus and the Tradition campus in Biloxi.
 
Camps are June 1-3 at Tradition and June 6-9 at Hattiesburg. Sessions will meet from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. daily and will focus on test-taking strategy through small group instruction. Meals and snacks, study materials, college scholarship information and information on professional education will also be offered.
 
Mississippi students classified as high school juniors or seniors for the 2016-2017 school year are invited to apply. Students must also commit to registering for the June 11 ACT examination. Other criteria considered in the application process include level of commitment, high school GPA and prior ACT attempts. Students are required to attend all sessions.
 
Applications are available at www.wmcarey.edu/act-camp. Completed applications are due on April 22 and should be returned by hand or by mail to the address on the application. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Applications will not be accepted by fax or by email.
 
For more information, contact Tina Bond at (601) 318-6091 or by email at tbond@wmcarey.edu.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 11:18am
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 caycock@wmcarey.edu 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.