School Department News

School of Education

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 8:40am
The William Carey University School of Education will offer the Elementary Teaching Assistant Academy, a program designed to help teaching assistants gain the additional qualifications needed to become licensed teachers, beginning in the summer of 2016 at the Tradition campus in Biloxi.
The academy was designed to meet the needs of teacher assistants working in public or private schools and offers candidates the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education K-6. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible to become licensed elementary teachers for grades K-6 and will have a reading endorsement.
“We recognize that teaching assistants are special and need an environment that allows them to use their existing knowledge and experience as they learn,” said Dr. Cassandra Conner, academic dean and director of education programs for the Tradition campus.
The two-year program will be delivered in a blended format with online and hybrid classes. The hybrid portion of the program will be delivered on three Saturdays each trimester at the Tradition campus. Students will be enrolled as a cohort. New cohort programs will begin each summer.
For more information, contact Conner at (228) 702-1829 or by email at
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 10:21am
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 3:32pm
The William Carey University School of Education will host an admission to teacher education roundup for students interested in becoming educators from 5 until 5:45 p.m. on October 5 in room 102 of Fairchild Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.
During the roundup, Phyllis Armstrong and Dr. Candice Aycock of the education faculty will present information, including curriculum and licensing details, to students interested in entering the teaching profession through the traditional or alternate routes. Aycock will also be available to discuss the Science and Mathematics Alternate Route Teacher (SMART) program, which will enroll a new class of 20 prospective teachers in fall 2016.
The SMART program, funded by a three-year grant from the Robert M. Hearin Foundation, provides an opportunity for non-education graduates to enter the teaching profession in the critical shortage areas of science and mathematics. The program will pay tuition and textbook costs along with reimbursements for the cost of the Praxis examinations.
The event is free and open to the public. For information, contact Armstrong at (601) 318-6142 or by email at
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 7:46am
The William Carey University School of Education will host a preparation workshop for the Praxis Core teacher certification examination from 9 a.m. until noon on September 26 in room 102 of Fairchild Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.
All three parts of the Praxis Core, including mathematics, reading and writing, will be covered in the workshop, which is open to the public. The cost is $50. Interested attendees are asked to reserve their spot in advance by contacting Dr. Susan Whitcomb, associate professor of education, at (601) 318-6557 or by email at
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 7:57am
State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright will be the featured speaker during a Phi Delta Kappa International Pine Belt chapter meeting at 6:30 p.m. on September 22 in Smith Auditorium on the William Carey University Hattiesburg campus.
Wright, who has served as the leader of Mississippi’s public schools since November 2013, has more than 35 years of experience in education. Prior to her service as state superintendent, she was the associate superintendent for the Office of Special Education and Student Services for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland.
The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Liesa Weaver, chapter president and chair of Carey’s educational leadership department, at (601) 318-6626 or by email at