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School of Education

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 2:39pm
Embracing Dyslexia is the theme of a symposium for educators and parents on September 22 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg. Sponsors include William Carey University, Mississippi Dyslexia Therapy Association, and PREPS (Program of Research and Evaluation of Public Schools). 
The keynote speaker, Dr. Suzanne Carreker, will present “Best Practices for Classroom Teachers of Reading and Dyslexia Therapists.” Carreker is principal educational content lead at Lexia Learning Systems in Concord, Massachusetts. She serves on the board of the International Dyslexia Association and is the author of William Carey University’s Dyslexia Therapy Program curriculum, Basic Language Skills. Carreker was the former senior vice president of innovative solutions at Neuhaus Education Center in Houston, Texas. She frequently speaks at national and international conferences and is the author of systematic literacy curricula, journal articles, and textbook chapters on reading and spelling. She is also the co-author of “Multisensory Instruction of Basic Language Skills Activity Book” and a contributing author to “Multisensory Instruction of Basic Language Skills Text Book (Birsh)” and “IDA Best Practices for Teachers of Reading.”
Symposium Schedule
Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and Dr. Carreker will speak from 8 to 10:15 a.m. Session 1 will begin at 10:30, followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. During lunch State Rep. Larry Byrd will speak about Mississippi dyslexia law. There will be two more sessions held after lunch; Session 2 starting at 1 p.m. and Session 3 beginning at 2:15 p.m. Session topics include:
  • ADHD and Dyslexia
  • Literacy Instruction for the Classroom Teacher
  • Interpreting Psycho-educational Evaluations: Is This Child Dyslexic?
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • An Overview of WCU Dyslexia Therapy Program: A Comprehensive Literacy Approach
  • Anxiety and Learning Disabilities
Registration for the symposium is $25 ($10 for WCU students). Checks should be made payable to Mississippi Dyslexia Therapy Association and sent to MSDTA, 120 South George Street, Petal MS 39465. For more information, please call (601) 297-2362.
Friday, August 25, 2017 - 4:20pm
The William Carey University Dyslexia Therapy Program recently received accreditation through the International Multisensory Structured Language Educational Council (IMSLEC). The IMSLEC offers accreditation of training courses whose purpose is to develop qualified professionals to practice in the field of multisensory structured language education.
“The IMSLEC accreditation assures students and colleagues that the WCU Dyslexia Therapy Program meets the highest standards at the Therapy Training Level,” said program director Dr. Cena Holifield.
The WCU Dyslexia Therapy Program received an IMSLEC site visit in March and was notified in August that the program had earned accreditation status at the Therapy Training Level and Instructor Training of Therapy Level. IMSLEC accreditation allows students who complete the master’s degree program eligibility to sit for the Academic Language Therapy Association’s (ALTA) Registration Exam. Upon passing the exam, the therapist will earn the title Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT). The accreditation also allows Carey to train CALTs to become a Qualified Instructor of Therapy Training (CALT-QI). 
This award of accreditation is the second for the WCU program. It has been accredited through the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) since 2014.  The WCU Dyslexia Therapy program is offered on the Hattiesburg and Tradition campuses. Classes for Cohort VI will begin in June 2018. To learn more information on IMSLEC, visit  
“We are pleased to receive this accreditation by IMSLEC. This provides assurance of the quality of our program,” said WCU President Tommy King. “Throughout its existence Carey has sought to meet identified needs, and this program trains individuals to fill an important need in our schools. The leadership in the School of Education are commended for this important recognition.”
For information about the WCU Dyslexia Therapy Program, please email Dr. Cena Holifield at
Friday, July 21, 2017 - 2:48pm
It’s a hot, sunny summer day in Hattiesburg today, July 21, 2017. Six months ago in the early morning hours of January 21, many of our Carey students awoke to rain, thunder and lightning as storms rolled through the Pine Belt, bringing with them the EF-3 tornado that tore through our campus. 
That is a day that will remain in our memories, but we have made great progress in rebuilding the campus in a short amount of time. In those first hours, the university administration assured us Carey would come back stronger than ever, and indeed we are. “Carey Strong” was not just a slogan we adopted; we lived it and demonstrated it through the dedication of our students, faculty, staff and the community that supported us. 
“Losing so much in the tornado was a tragedy, but the opportunity to rebuild a better campus is a challenge that comes once in a generation,” said President Tommy King on the six-month anniversary of the tornado. 
After the spring trimester ended in May, the second phase of repairs and rebuilding began. Construction crews have been hard at work throughout campus this summer. All the dorm rooms are being repainted and new tile installed on the floors. New windows have been installed in almost every building on campus. Remember that big gaping hole on the front of Green Science building? It’s no longer there; the walls have been rebuilt and a much-needed elevator installed. 
The College of Osteopathic Medicine’s anatomy lab was a complete loss and had to be torn down. The new lab is almost finished and will be ready for the new class of medical students that arrives next week. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program has also moved back to campus, and classes have gone on as scheduled this summer.
When students return to campus in August, there will be a new academic building on County Drive, next to the new Waddle Sports Facility. This building will house the classes that were in Tatum Court and the School of Business while the new Asbury Academic Building is constructed. Upon completion of the Asbury building, the building on County Drive will be converted into a band hall, dance studio, and classrooms.
Construction has started on the new dorms to replace Ross and Johnson Halls. The new dorms will be ready in August 2018 and will provide 50 additional rooms that we did not have before the tornado.
We recently received good news regarding the School of Business building. Immediately after the tornado, we were not sure we could save the building due to the extensive damage. Once it was decided the building could be saved, we thought it would be August 2018 before we could move back into it. But the contractors are now saying it can be ready by October 2017.
Construction of the new Tatum Court will begin soon and is expected to take 12-14 months. 
As we begin the new school, year we will focus on our new theme, “God is our refuge and strength,” based on Psalm 46, the scripture found on the open pages of the pulpit Bible in Bass Memorial Chapel following the tornado.
While we have made progress in the past six months, there is still much work to do to rebuild our campus. As construction continues, let’s remember Carey’s strength is not found in buildings; it is found in the Carey family which is grounded in scripture, rooted in faith, and driven by mission.
Click here to view a "then and now" photo gallery posted by The Hattiesburg American.
"Carey grateful for blessings amid storm recovery" article published in The Hattiesburg American.
The tornado damage to campus is estimated to be almost $73 million. Below is an update on the construction that has been completed and the schedule for future repairs.
Phase I – repairs – these were all finished this spring
  • Cafeteria, post office/bookstore, library, Lawrence Hall to accommodate administrative offices
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) academic, administrative, and clinical building. Anatomy lab was completely destroyed.
  • Physical therapy building (Thomas Building)
  • Fairchild and Smith Halls (education buildings)
  • Thomas Fine Arts building (except auditorium)
  • North wing of Green Science building
  • New biology lab
  • Temporary repairs to dorms: Bass Hall, Bryant Hall, Polk Hall, Braswell Hall, Byrd Hall, Futral Hall, Davis Hall
  • Preliminary repairs to athletic fields and tennis courts
  • Ben Waddle Sports Facility (construction completed, this building was not damaged by tornado)
Phase II – to be completed this summer or early fall 2017
  • Permanent repairs to all dorms
  • South wing of Green Science Hall
  • Auditorium
  • Wheeler Alumni House/admissions offices
  • New annex to Clinton Gym
  • Repairs to Clinton Gym
  • Newly constructed “temporary” classroom and office space (will become permanent)
  • All dorms will have new permanent windows, flooring and ceiling tile and newly painted
  • Bass Chapel
  • Anatomy Lab (COM)
  • Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum
  • Tatum Theatre
Phase III – to be completed summer 2018
  • Complete renovation and restoration of School of Business. New date: October 2017
  • New dorms – Johnson and Ross Halls
  • New addition to Tatum Theater
  • New Asbury Academic Building
  • New Tatum Court
  • Conversion of “temporary” classroom building to permanent academic space
  • Continue to purchase property in the area; this is an ongoing goal
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 11:17am
William Carey University alumnus W. L. “Trey” Folse III has been named the 2017 Superintendent of the Year by the Louisiana Association of School Executives (LASE). This award is given each year to a superintendent who demonstrates strong leadership and excellence in education. 
Folse graduated from Carey in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and a minor in coaching. He also received a Master of Education in physical education from Carey in 1985. Folse played basketball for the Crusaders and was Coach Steve Knight’s first-ever graduate assistant coach from 1982 to 1984. 
Folse has been an educator for 32 years, serving the St. Tammany Parish Public School System for his entire career. He has dedicated his life to the education of children, and works daily to make sure that Every Child, Every Day is not just the motto of the St. Tammany Parish Public School System but is put into action so that every child gets the best education possible based on their individual needs.
“This is a wonderful honor, and I am humbled to be recognized by my peers from across the state of Louisiana,” said Folse. “I know that providing the education for our future generation is a tremendous responsibility, but I also see it as an awesome privilege. As educators, we must ensure that we are working together to meet the needs of every child on a daily basis.” 
Folse is a native of St. Tammany Parish and graduated from Slidell High School in 1977. He returned to the district as a teacher and coach in 1985 at Salmen High School. He is active in the academic community serving recently on the Governor’s Committee on K-12 Education Transition Advisory Team, as the past Region II Chairman of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents and on the NFUSSD Board of Directors. In the St. Tammany Community, Folse serves on the boards of the St. Tammany West and the East St. Tammany Chambers of Commerce as well as the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany.
“It’s an honor to have Trey Folse represent our group and the state of Louisiana. He is not only qualified and capable but also honorable and dependable. Through Trey’s leadership, the St. Tammany Parish Public School System has grown and improved,” said LASE Executive Director Rogers Pope. “Trey also looks beyond his district to help others. Through his school system’s flood fundraiser earlier this year, he helped to raise $330,000 that assisted thousands of Louisiana students get back to school with the necessary resources. Trey saw a need and stepped up to help. That’s just the kind of leader we want representing our state.”
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 10:06am
Keria Jefferson has been awarded the Penny Rodrique Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 for the 2017-18 and the 2018-19 school years. She has been accepted to the dyslexia therapy master's program at William Carey University. She will attend the summer session in Hattiesburg during the month of June 2017 and then will continue to work on her master’s degree.  
Jefferson has worked in education for more than 15 years and is currently a kindergarten teacher at Pass Christian Elementary School. She was an interpreter for the Pass Christian School District, and later a program director of the Boys and Girls Club Qatar Center, before becoming a teacher assistant in the Pass Christian School District. Jefferson earned a bachelor’s degree in education from The University of Southern Mississippi in May 2015. 
Jefferson said she will use the $2,000 scholarship to hone her skills and continue to provide vital instruction for her students. “I love helping my students develop reading and writing skills that are the foundation for their future education,” she said. “I’m very excited to have this honor and to continue my education at William Carey University.”
The purpose of the Master of Education in dyslexia therapy is to train educators in research-based Orton-Gillingham methodology to deliver comprehensive dyslexia therapy to students with dyslexia and related disorders. The master’s degree meets the Mississippi Department of Education licensure requirements. 
The WCU program is accredited through the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). The program’s schedule is designed to accommodate working teachers with classes held for two weeks in the summer and one weekend each trimester. Therapists in training will provide therapy to students as they progress through the program. 
For more information about the Master of Education in dyslexia therapy, please contact Cena Holifield at (601) 318-6600 or email