Alternate route to teacher licensure

Over the past couple of years, the participation in teacher education programs across the nation has been down up to 35 percent, creating a teacher shortage especially here in Mississippi.

To help out with the shortage, William Carey University has teamed up with Pearl River Community College to bring its alternate route to teacher licensure to PRCC’s Waveland campus.

The alternate route program is already available at William Carey’s tradition campus in Biloxi, it’s main campus in Hattiesburg, and online.

One of the goals of the program is to help people who already have bachelor’s degrees earn teaching certificates.

After being in education for decades, William Carey Executive Vice President Dr. Ben Burnett tells News 25 the benefits of being an educator. “Not a week goes by– hardly a day would go by that I don’t cross paths with a former student that I either taught or was an administrator for or a family member or a former teacher. The relationships that you build and the interactions you have with people in your community and getting to see lives change. And you might not have got to see it right at the time that you’re working with a student. It may be ten years later before you know, but there’s no other profession that gives you that kind of gratification.”

If you’re interested in the alternate route to teacher licensure or have any questions about the program you can contact Dr. Burnett at the bburnett@wmcarey.edu. Spring term classes begin February 22nd.

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