The College of Education and Allied Professions is home to a number of programs that provide outreach, assistance and service to both the campus community and the larger surrounding region. This work not only provides service opportunities for our students; it also delivers incredible real-world professional experience.
McKee Psychological Services Clinic is a not-for-profit training program for our students
in Clinical and School Psychology graduate programs. Clinical services are provided
by the graduate students under the close supervision of university faculty. These
clinical services primarily involve comprehensive psychological assessment and consultation
to schools and parents by may also include counseling, therapy, and education interventions.
The WCU UP Program provides an inclusive, two-year, on-campus living and learning
experience for college-aged persons with intellectual disabilities. The goal of the
program is to facilitate transition of participants from secondary school to adult
life with education, employment and independent living.
This on-campus program is held annually for regional minority middle and high school
students to encourage them to consider careers in education.
The LEAP Program is an after school program that provides high-quality programming
to students who are learning or who have learned English as a second language.
Through the Growing Minds @ WCU: Local Food and Farm to School Education Project,
Western Carolina University students in the School of Teaching and Learning and in the Nutrition/Dietetics Program lead farm field trips, farmer classroom visits,
gardening lessons, and cooking lessons in our local elementary and middle grades classrooms.
The Transformative Rural-Urban Exchange Program (TRUE) provides teacher-education
candidates with an experience working with diverse higher education and public school
faculty, candidates, and students in P-8 schools. Students from both WCU and NC A&T
SU have the opportunity to interact and work with teacher-education students from
varying ethnic, racial, language, and socioeconomic groups in professional education
activities on campus and in public school.
This one-day conference, held annually in the fall, is for school counselors, social workers, nurses, psychologists, attendance officers, school resource officers, and other student personnel workers. Student services personnel come together at Lake Junaluska for a day of sharing ideas that work and to network/connect with colleagues.