SUTEP achieves its mission through the work of standing committees co-chaired by university and public school members.
The structure of the Western Carolina University School University Teacher Education Partnership consists of two committees: the Steering Committee and the Standing Committee.
The Steering Committee establishes and monitors policy and direction for the partnership as well as annual and long-range goals. The Steering Committee is responsible for assuring adequate communication among partnership stakeholders and meets annually during spring semester. The membership of this committee consists of co-chairs of the Standing Committees, Dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions, Associate Dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions, and three at-large members. The SUTEP director is an ex-officio member.
The Standing Committee is divided into four sub-committees and meets twice during the academic year. One co-chair is from the university and one is from a partnership school.
Recruitment: The Recruitment Committee promotes education as a career and conducts programs to recruit teachers and other professional educators.
Pre-service: The Pre-service Committee supports the preparation of teachers to meet 21st century standards. The
Induction: The Induction Committee provides support for new and initially licensed teachers and their mentors and administrators.
Professional Development: The Professional Development Committee provides professional development opportunities to career educators.