Students with a residential program status - including commuters - are restricted to the following partner school systems for all field experiences:
- Asheville City (inside Buncombe County)
- Cherokee County (Far western edge of state - Borders Tennessee)
- Cherokee Central Schools (Federal - Block & Internship/Student Teaching only)
Distance programs that allow placement outside the partnership region by the Office of Field Experiences include Birth-Kindergarten, Regional Alternative Licensing Center courses, graduate special education and most non-degree, certification-only programs. WCU distance programs should be completed in North Carolina. Placements outside North Carolina cannot be guaranteed. Some North Carolina school systems accept placements only from a university in their region. Check with the Director of Field Experiences for current policies.
Since our programs lead to North Carolina public school licensure, all internships and student teachers must be at a public school, including charter schools. Remember that ultimately either the school or district will make the decision whether or not to host a particular student.
The timeline for internship/student teaching placement confirmation is different for each student and school. Some schools require an interview, some do not. Some respond with their placements quickly, others take longer. Once the application deadline has passed, students should expect to wait 1-3 months for their placement confirmations. Students do not need to call for updates. Calls go out to individual students as soon as a specific placement has been confirmed.