The College of Education and Allied Professions is home to some of WCU's leading programs from teaching and psychology to human resources and educational leadership. No matter what program you choose, the College of Education and Allied Professions will provide extensive opportunities for hands-on learning through field experiences, outreach projects, research and professional mentorship.
Discover WCU's leading programs in teacher education, numerous programs in human services such as Counseling, Parks and Recreation Management, Human Resources and Educational Leadership. In addition our program in Psychology is one of WCU's Top 5 undergraduate majors.
The Department of Human Services houses graduate and undergraduate programs including counseling, human resources, educational leadership and parks and recreation management as well as WCU's online birth-kindergarten teacher education program
WCU offers both graduate and undergraduate programs in psychology. The undergraduate major is one of the largest at WCU, and students at all levels earn experience through the on-campus McKee Clinic.
WCU's School of Teaching and learning prepares future teachers in high-demand areas. It offers graduate and undergraduate degrees, including three online master's-level programs for working teachers.
WCU’s interdisciplinary Social Justice minor is designed to help students engage in critical examinations of various forms of injustices and the power structures that maintain those injustices. The minor focuses on praxis (putting theory into practice), culminating in a capstone social justice focused service-learning experience.
Kayla Patterson is a current student in the second-year cohort of the Higher Education Student Affairs program at Western Carolina University. She has a graduate assistantship in the Department of Residential Living. She was recently awarded the Future Scholar Award from The Academy of Leisure Sciences. This prestigious program supports potential Ph.D. students in the field of Leisure Studies through mentorship and action. Those designated as Future Scholars have gone on to have significant impacts on the cultural context of leisure.
Dr. Ellie Blair just published a book on Jamaica, "Jamaican Teachers, Jamaican Schools: Life and Work in 21st Century Schools." The book focuses on teacher leadership in Jamaica and summarizes research done in Jamaica during the last five years. The book is available from Information Age Publishing in January, 2023.