If you are driven to make an impact, to build a legacy, to be a part of real change in our communities, then you should explore teaching as a career. No job gives you more opportunity to influence the future than being a teacher.
At Western Carolina University, we strive to train teachers who not only know how to prepare students for exams but who inspire and empower students by showing them how classroom lessons can and should be applied to create solutions and drive discovery in our world.
We invite you to learn about Western’s outstanding programs, discover which areas of education are most in need of quality educators, familiarize yourself with the NC Teacher Cadet program, and contact us with your questions.
High Needs Teaching Areas
North Carolina’s high need teaching areas and greatest shortage areas provide a formidable challenge now and in the future. Over the next decade North Carolina school systems and charter schools will employ over 100,000 new teachers, with more than 12,500 new teachers employed annually in the state.
North Carolina continues to experience a shortage of teachers in math, science and special education as well as educators seeking jobs teaching middle grades 6-8. If you are looking for a career choice that is in demand and can take you anywhere in the state, explore a career teaching in one of those high demand areas.
Why Western Carolina University
If you are ready to pursue a degree in teaching, here’s why WCU should be at the top of your list:
- Exceptional Programs – Western Carolina was a teachers college first and foremost, and we are known for producing some of the state’s best teachers. Our inclusive education and music education programs attract students from across the Southeast region.
- Incredible Value – Western Carolina offers an incredible value. Our undergraduate tuition and fees is the lowest in the UNC system although our teaching program is one of the best.
- Student Support – At Western Carolina, we want you to succeed, and we offer all the support you’ll need. Freshmen who plan to pursue teaching can join the WheeTeach Living and Learning Community (LLC). Students pursuing research can take advantage of educational and research support through consultation, instruction and equipment checkout (e.g., cameras, voice recorders) through the Instructional Technology Support.
We’d like to connect with you to talk more about how you can pursue your degree in teaching at Western Carolina University. Please reach out by filling out the form below:
"I had such a great time introducing WCU's College of Education to Smoky Mountain High School's Future Educators of America. It is always refreshing to revisit why I chose Western and to share my passion for education with others."
-Caroline Winchester, Teaching Fellow