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The Catamount School teachers are adjusting, but still miss their students

Rewind to pre-COVID-19 pandemic days when life was normal and one would be hard-pressed to find a middle school student who wouldn’t welcome having a month off from school. Now fast-forward to today, and what most middle school teachers are finding is that their students are not only missing their classmates, but also their teachers.  

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General Assembly renews grant for WCU's school leadership training program

With a recent grant renewal, Western Carolina University’s College of Education and Allied Professions has now received $1.8 million to date from a General Assembly program for training school administrators and leaders.  

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Master's degree program in experiential and outdoor education gains accreditation

WCU's new master's degree program in experiential and outdoor education recently gained accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.   

Students studying counseling

Pandemic Forces Counseling Students to Find New Ways to See Clients

There is nothing like a pandemic to change the rules of work, making us to pivot on the fly, then hope for the best, while simultaneously providing opportunities to learn when we least expect it. David Wynn, a second-year graduate student in Western Carolina University’s counseling program, was forced to change the way he counsels clients after COVID-19 shuttered nonessential businesses across the country. Wynn was dubious, at first, of a new delivery system that was the antithesis of his beliefs regarding counseling.   

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Political science professor Jennifer Schiff named one of UNC System's top teachers

Jennifer Schiff, associate professor of political science and public affairs, has been named one of the top educators in the University of North Carolina System.  

Students Studying outside

A Unique, Experiential Master's Program

Western Carolina University has announced a new master’s degree in experiential and outdoor education that will be offered through the College of Education and Allied Professions beginning with the fall semester. The program is designed for professionals and those seeking careers in positions such as environmental educators, camp directors, wilderness therapy instructors, park rangers and outdoor adventure instructors.   

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Organization ranks WCU's early education program among best for teaching how to teach reading

A team of literacy experts examined all elements that a program requires in early reading instruction and awarded an “A” to WCU’s bachelor of science degree program in elementary education.  

Mary Hill Lewis speaking at Commencement

Distance Student Overcomes Obstacles and Achieves Education Dreams

Mary Hill Lewis, a distance student who majored in birth-to-kindergarten education, spoke at the 2019 commencement ceremony about her journey, the future and what she overcame to get to this moment.   

Joseph Guseman

Student Sees Parallels in Wilderness Experiences and Project Management

At age 23, Joseph Guseman is a bit of a paradox: old soul wonder kid. He graduated from Western Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation management in December 2017, a semester early (of course). He’ll finish his master’s degree in project management through WCU’s College of Business in December, all the while working fulltime for WCU’s Facilities Management. He took the job for a few reasons: it would pay for his graduate degree...  

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