William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Miss., is offering Mississippi K-12 teachers a tuition-free online class.
The class, Teacher Performance and Professional Growth, can be used to assist in the renewal of the Mississippi Educator License. It seeks to foster professional growth and development through performance self-study, according to a statement from WCU.
“This is not the first time we’ve offered scholarships and tuition assistance to people who want to be part of the solution. It is our prayer that our Mississippi teachers know we support them and want to help ease the burden of the costs to renew their license,” said Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of the WCU School of Education, in the statement.
The class is the latest in a series of steps designed to tackle Mississippi’s teacher shortage by finding ways to recruit and retain classroom teachers.
Current K-12 teachers can earn three credit hours by completing the five-week master’s level class, which begins Jan. 13, 2020. The deadline to apply is Jan. 8 and enrollment is limited. Tuition costs are waived, but students will be responsible for an $85 application and technology fee.