Cathy Belair and student

“You can’t go into teaching thinking it’s easy. But it has huge rewards when you see a kid you never thought you could reach, responding.”

Cathy Belair
Flat Rock Middle School

About Alternative Licensure at WCU

As a student in Western's alternative licensure program, you will receive an individualized plan of study based on previous experience and education. Many opportunities to observe and work with public school master teachers are provided in our program. We have dedicated faculty with strong public school partnerships. And you’ll receive support and encouragement during those critical first years of teaching through our Center for the Support of Beginning Teachers (CSBT).

Western offers courses leading to licensure in the following areas:

• Birth-Kindergarten*
• English as a Second Language, grades K-12
• Middle Grades Education, grades 6-9 (language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies)
• Secondary Education, grades 9-12 (English, mathematics, comprehensive science, and comprehensive social sciences)
• Special Subject Education, grades K-12 (art, music, Spanish*, and physical education)
• Special Education, grades K-12

* Offered at the undergraduate level only

If you want to become a teacher but can’t leave your full-time job or if you’re already a lateral entry teacher, consider taking your classes online. Our online program was developed for working adults with all licensure courses offered completely online in the following areas: middle and secondary English/language arts, science, and social studies as well as BK and K-12 special education.

Core licensure courses also are available in an online format for those seeking licensure in English as a second language and special subject education (art, music, Spanish, and physical education).


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