School of Teaching and Learning

Breaking News!  Newly approved, fully online MAEd programs in Elementary and Middle Grades Education.  30 credit hours.  Finish in two years. 


 Research clearly indicates that the quality of the teacher in a classroom has an astounding effect on the students being taught.

We offer programs in elementary education (K-6), middle grades education (6-9), secondary education (9-12), special education (K-12), health and physical education (K-12), and special subject areas (K-12). 

We strive to prepare highly effective and ethical graduates that are inspired to be lifelong learners, engaged in the community, and empowered to become leaders who strive to transform the future.

If you want to be a teacher who makes a real difference in students' lives, then the School of Teaching and Learning at Western Carolina University is the right place for you. 

Here, you will work alongside faculty, instructors, and cooperating teachers who are dedicated to improving schooling and fostering your professional growth. Our programs combine challenging educational and academic coursework with guided experiences in area public schools.

Our undergraduate programs lead to recommendation for initial teacher licensure by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, while our Master of Arts in Education programs lead to recommendation for advanced teacher licensure. 

Students who have earned bachelors degrees in a field other than education can choose to work toward the Master of Arts in Teaching degree and earn both their initial (A) and master's (M) level licensures.

Come join us and begin or further your teaching career. If you’d like more information or have specific questions, please contact us.


What do we offer?

Elementary Education -
B.S.Ed., 2nd Degree B.S.Ed., M.A.Ed. 

Middle Grades Education -
B.S.Ed., M.A.Ed.

Special Education -
Minor, B.S.Ed., M.A.Ed., M.A.T.
AIG Certification K-12,
Professional Development Credential

Health & Physical Education -

Art Education -
B.S.Ed., M.A.Ed., M.A.T. 

English Education -
B.S.Ed., M.A.Ed., M.A.T. 

Mathematics Education -

Music Education -

Science Education -

Biology Education -
M.A.Ed., M.A.T. 

Social Sciences Education -
B.S.Ed.M.A.Ed., M.A.T. 

Spanish Education -


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