CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University and Isothermal Community College will partner to offer degree programs and licensure in education during fall semester 2004 and spring semester 2005.

The distance education program in elementary education is open to individuals who hold an associate's degree and who wish to complete a bachelor's degree, as well as those who have earned bachelor's degrees and want to obtain teaching licensure in kindergarten through sixth-grade.

The program also gives students who have earned a sufficient number of credits as education majors at Western an option to complete their studies at ICC. Students will have the option of completing their internship or student teaching in their home counties, providing county school systems the opportunity to recruit local personnel.

The academic concentration of the program is English. Course offerings this fall also include “Historical, Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education” (EDCI 231).

Western also will offer a bachelor's degree in special education leading to teacher licensure in the area of mild to moderate disabilities beginning in spring 2005. Topics covered will include child development, principles of learning, and classroom management and design.

Students of the program learn to plan, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of educational programs based on individual student needs, family input and current research in a variety of school settings.

Designed for adults who intend to enroll as part-time students, all classes will be offered at ICC on its campus in Spindale using on-site classroom instruction and Web-enhanced instruction.

Western's teacher education program has been designated as “exemplary” by the Performance Report on Teacher Education Programs issued by the State Board of Education.

For more information, call the Division of Distance and Continuing Education toll free at ( 800) 928-4968, or contact Marcia Caserio, Western's regional director of education outreach, at (828) 694-1829 or via e-mail at mcaserio@wcu.edu .

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