Teacher Education


Important information for Transfer Students

 Visit the Secondary Science Education Program

 Teacher and School Professional Licensure

Website: http://tehandbook.wcu.edu

Coordinator of Education Admissions
Rachel Wike
Phone: 828.227.7027

Licensure Specialist
Melissa Mathews 
Email: mmmathews@wcu.edu
Phone: 828-227-2000

Associate Dean
Dr. Kim Winter
Email: kkruebel@wcu.edu  
Phone: 828-227-7311

Specific program questions?
Start with these program and subject specialty contacts.  

 UNC Online Gateway for Teacher Education


WCU Graduate School


91 Killian Building Lane,
Suite 201
Cullowhee, NC 28723
828.227.7311 tel
828.227.7388 fax

Teacher Education
Handbook and Program Information


These pages are designed to guide your passage through the teacher education program at Western Carolina University. They outline the specific requirements students must meet to be approved for entry into the teacher education program, student teaching and certification. As you progress through our programs you will, from the first course on, be working in classrooms with practicing teachers.



Students who plan to receive a degree or certification in education and a teaching license through WCU must apply for and be officially admitted to a teacher education program. The same criteria for admission apply to transfer students and four year undergraduate students.  Similar criteria apply to MAT and alternative licensure students earning an initial teaching license.  Acceptance and registration in a department does not guarantee admission to the teacher education program in that department.

Admission of applicants residing outside the State of North Carolina to an online degree or certificate program or individual online course offered by Western Carolina University is dependent on WCU’s ability to secure authorization from the applicant’s state of residence, if such authorization is required. Individuals interested in applying to a Western Carolina University online degree or certificate program or individual course who do not reside in one of the states listed should not submit an application or application fee for admission to the University until authorization is verified.


Career Opportunities
Our future teachers can choose to specialize by many different age ranges or skills as well as in many disciplines ranging from English and Art to Music and Science. Our programs are fully accredited  at the local, state, and national levels.


If you’re changing careers or already have a degree, consider some of WCU’s graduate or alternative licensure programs. Transfer students and community college transfers can get help from the WCU admissions office to smooth their way.


Interested in careers in education outside the classroom? Western students can also study to become school psychologistsschool counselors or school administrators.

Early Field Experiences
Early Field Experiences involve observation, tutoring, service learning, teaching and other activities in public schools.

Internships & Student Teaching
All candidates, regardless of program, must complete an internship or student teaching experience in order to be recommended for North Carolina licensure.

Teacher Education: Internship/Student Teaching Handbook

The Teacher Work Sample (TWS) provides a written record of the ways the candidate plans instruction, teaches lessons, and learns from the teaching experience. The TWS is completed during internship or student teaching and must be submitted via TaskStream.

Instructional Technology Support
Our college provides educational and research support through consultation, instruction and equipment checkout (e.g., cameras, voice recorders) through the Instructional Technology Support.

Questions? Not sure what to do first?
Contact these program and subject specialty contacts.


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