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Suite 201 Advising

Student Advising

 

Welcome to Suite 201 Advising!  Our goal is to provide you with a central location for all of your advising needs.  It is our experience that students, who follow their curriculum checklist, meet regularly with advisors, and foster relationships with mentors are most successful in their academic and career endeavors.  Below, you will find links supporting your growth as a student and teaching professional.

  

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The undergraduate Birth-Kindergarten (BK) program leads to a bachelor of science degree.  The BK program is offered completely online with a concentration in either early childhood or professional education, which leads to licensure.  The B.S. in Birth-Kindergarten is comprised of:

  • 42 hours of Liberal Studies
  • 30 hours Major Core
  • 30-36 hours Concentration
  • 9-15 hours Elective

Below is a list of common advising resources for B.S. Birth-Kindergarten Education Majors. 

 

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BK Academic Advisor: Greg McLamb
Mailing Address:
Suite 201G, Killian Bldg
1 University Way
Cullowhee, NC 28723 
Email: gmclamb@wcu.edu
Phone: 828.227.3755

The Inclusive Education (IE) major is a dual licensure program that prepares candidates to be recommended for an

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Exceptional Children-General Curriculum (K-6) license and an Elementary Education (K-6) license through the NC Department of Public Instruction.  The B.S.Ed. in Inclusive Education will prepare students to work with exceptional children in an inclusive environment at the elementary level.  The program is 126 credit hours comprised of:

  • 42 hours of Liberal Studies
  • 21 hours of Professional Education Sequence coursework
  • 63 hours of major coursework
  • 6 hours of foreign language
  • 50-hour service component

The following are some common advising resources for Special Education majors:

Inclusive Education Academic Advisor: Bridget Lopez
Office Address:
Suite 201 E, Killian Bldg
1 University Way
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Email: blopez@wcu.edu
Phone: 828.227.3836

The Health and Physical Education (HPE) program leads to bachelor of science in education degree and a recommendation for a K-12 license to the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI).  HPE is a 128-hour program comprised of:

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Below are some common advising resources for HPE majors:

Health & PE Academic Advisor: Heather McGuire 
Office Address:
Suite 201C, Killian Bldg
1 University Way 
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Phone: 828.227.3542
Email: hmmcguire@wcu.edu

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The undergraduate Middle Grades Education program leads to a bachelor of science in education (B.S. Ed.) degree and recommendation for licensure to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for grades 6-9 initial licensure.  The Middle Grades B.S.Ed. is a 120-125 hour face-to-face program that is comprised of:

  • 42 hours Liberal Studies
  • 24 hours Professional Education Sequence Courses
  • 27 hours Major Coursework
  • 26-30 hours Academic Concentration Coursework

Below is a list of common advising resources for B.S. Ed. Middle Grades Education Majors.

WCU's Middle Grades 8 semester plans (Curriculum Guides/Program Checklists) are based on the academic concentration that you choose (Language Arts, Math, Science, or Social Studies).  Below are links to each of our Academic Concentration Middle Grades program options:

Middle Grades (BSEd) Academic Advisor: Jenny Stewart
Office Address:
Suite 201B, Killian Bldg
1 University Way
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Email: jstewart@wcu.edu
Phone: 828.227.3836

Middle Grades (MAEd) Academic Advisor: Heather McGuire
Email: hmmcguire@wcu.eduPhone: 828.227.3542

ELE ED

 

The undergraduate Elementary Education (ELED) program leads to a bachelor of science in education degree and recommendation for licensure to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for Kindergarten-6th grade initial licensure.  The B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education is comprised of:

Below is a list of common advising resources for B.S. Ed. Elementary Education Majors. 

For students who have a bachelor's degree, but would like to earn an elementary grades teaching license, the path to initial licensure at WCU is our second bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.  This face-to-face program is based on our Cullowhee campus and is comprised of 5 full-time semesters, which include a yearlong internship experience.  Please visit the links below for more information!

Elementary Education Academic Advisors: Tabatha Gillett & Heather McGuire
Office Address:
Suite 201 D, Killian Building
1 University Way
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Email: tgillett@wcu.edu
Phone: 828.227.2649
Email: hmmcguire@wcu.edu
Phone: 828.227.3542

 

Art Ed

WCU Art Education Program prepares and certifies students to teach art to students in grades K-12. Nationally accredited and recognized, the program supports a studio approach to art teaching and emphasizes cross-cultural arts awareness. Students apply for entrance into the College of Fine and Performing Arts through a portfolio upon completion of 100-level art courses and students apply for entrance into the College of Education during the semester in which they take EDCI201 Introduction to Education.

Those students who pursue the BFA with emphasis in Art Education must apply for entrance into the program by submitting a portfolio of digital images and a letter of application that describes their goals and interests in the field. Students may do this either as entering first year students or as first-semester sophomores.

The program is 128 credit hours comprised of:

  • 65 credit hours of art and art history courses
  • 22 credit hours of education courses
  • 42 credit hours of general education

 Art Education majors do not have to minor but select a ‘specialty” area in art in which they can take nine hours of intermediate and advanced courses

Sixty hours of classroom visitation are required before a student does the final student teaching experience or internship at either a public elementary, middle or secondary school.

 Eight Semester Plan for BFA with emphasis in Art Education

In addition to the BFA undergraduate degree program, Western Carolina University also offers MAT and MAEd degrees in Art Education

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Related Information:


Art Education Program
Art Education Major, BFA, BSEd
Art Education M.A.T
Education Outreach
School of Art & Design
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Art Education Academic Advisor: Greg McLamb

Mailing Address:
Suite 201G, Killian Bldg
1 University Way 
Cullowhee, NC 28723 
Email: gmclamb@wcu.edu
Phone: 828.227.3755

Music Education 

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The Music Education program provides students with the thorough training necessary to be a successful music educator in the public schools of North Carolina and the region. The program includes six semesters of lessons, courses in teaching the various musical instruments and voice, music education methods and materials, and a semester of student teaching. The School offers two concentrations within this degree program:

  • The Instrumental Music concentration prepares students to teach beginning band, concert band, and marching band in middle school and high school.
  • The Choral/General Music concentration prepares students for a career in teaching general music at the elementary school level or choral music at the middle- or high-school level.

NOTE: Candidates for the Bachelor of Music with a concentration in music education (B.M.) also receive the Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) degree.  Our graduates enjoy an excellent rate of placement into teaching positions.

Important Information for prospective Music Education Majors:

  • A live audition is required for entry into the music education program.  Please visit the School of Music's Admission and Auditions webpage for more information.
  • Your primary academic advisor within the School of Music is your studio instructor.

 

 

Related Information:


Music Education, BM/B.S.E.d
School of Music
Music Programs

Suite 201 Academic Advisors: Tabatha Gillett & Bridget Lopez
Office Address:
Suite 201, Killian Bldg 
1 University Way
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Email: tgillet@wcu.edu
Phone: 828.227.2649

Email: blopez@wcu.edu

Phone: 828.227.2000

Math Ed

 

The Mathematics Education program prepares students to work as high school mathematics teachers in North Carolina and the region. Students take courses based in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and WCU’s nationally award-winning School of Teaching and Learning. Mathematics Education students repeatedly have won recognition as the Outstanding Mathematics Education Student for the western region of the state from the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Admissions to the Mathematics Education Program

Students seeking admission to the Mathematics Education Program must declare their major and meet the requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Admission to the Professional Education Sequence

Students in Professional Education must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and are subject to all of the teacher education requirements. EDCI 201 is the only course in the professional education sequence that may be taken prior to admission to teacher education.

Continuation in the Mathematics Education Program

To continue in the program, students must meet the continuation requirements of the Teacher Education Program. In addition to these requirements, a student enrolled in the BSEd in Mathematics must also be enrolled in the BS Mathematics with the Mathematics Education Concentration. If hours taken in the major also meet Liberal Studies requirements more hours may need to be completed to meet the 120 total hours needed.

This program is 120 credit hours comprised of:



Mathematics Degree Programs

 

Mathematics Academic Advisor: Bridget Lopez
Office Address:
Suite 201 Killian Building
1 University Drive
Sylva, NC 28779
Email: blopez@wcu.edu
Phone: 828.227.2000

 

 

English Ed

Western Carolina University’s degree program in English education is for students who love language and literature and want to make a difference by teaching. These teachers-in-training acquire their skills and hands-on experience under the guidance of dedicated professors and full-time mentors. Best of all, graduates earn two degrees, which gives them plenty of job choices after graduation. Graduates’ placement rate is high. In fact, those with outstanding records who actively seek work tend to find jobs in areas of need fairly quickly--often in the first summer after they graduate. In some cases, they even have jobs before they graduate

The program’s dual degrees in English education lead graduates to teach the English language arts in grades 9-12 at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Graduates can also teach in community colleges and private schools. In addition to schools and colleges, graduates may find employment with county or city boards of education, employment agencies, private learning centers, and other businesses related to education such as publishing, sales or computer programming. They may also choose to pursue graduate-level study in order to deepen their knowledge and further expand their career possibilities.

The English Education degree requires 42 Liberal Studies hours, 25-27 hours in the Professional Education Sequence, 43 major hours, and 8-14 hours of general electives.

Successful completion of the English education program will lead to a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) and an initial N.C. teaching license in English at the secondary level (9-12). 

Eight-Semester Plan for B.S.Ed. in English Education
English Education Program

Related Information:


English Education (B.S.Ed.) & English Studies Pedagogy (B.A.)
English Education M.A.T

English Education Advisor: Jenny Stewart
201 Killian
1 University Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Email: jstewart@wcu.edu
Phone: 828.227.3836

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Western Carolina offers a Comprehensive Science Education that prepares students to teach high school science. Students can choose a concentration in biology, chemistry, earth sciences or physics. Graduates receive licensure to teach grades 9-12 in North Carolina. There’s no better place to explore the sciences than at WCU, minutes away from the national park in one of the most biologically diverse regions of the world.

Courses in the program are balanced between courses in your area of concentration and courses in teaching methods, classroom design and leadership. Science courses include hands-on experience in the field such as hydrology research along area streams, exploring natural products chemistry in partnership with area companies or studying plant science at the Highlands Biological Station. Students complete internships and student teaching experiences with mentorship from dedicated, experienced teachers and guidance from WCU faculty. They also have opportunity to participate in undergraduate research conferences and work with after-school and tutoring programs.

The Comprehensive Science Education degree requires 42 Liberal Studies hours, 23 hours in the Professional Education Sequence, 65 major hours in a concentration (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, or Physics), and 7-16 hours of general electives depending on the number of hours taken in Liberal Studies that also fulfill major requirements.

Successful completion of the comprehensive science education program will lead to a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) and an initial N.C. teaching license at the secondary level (9-12).

Secondary Science Education Program

Science Education Advisor: Heather McGuire
Suite 201 Killian
1 University Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Email: hmmcguire@email.wcu.edu
Phone: 828.227.3542

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Western Carolina offers a Comprehensive Science Education that prepares students to teach high school science. Students can choose a concentration in biology, chemistry, earth sciences or physics. Graduates receive licensure to teach grades 9-12 in North Carolina. There’s no better place to explore the sciences than at WCU, minutes away from the national park in one of the most biologically diverse regions of the world.

Courses in the program are balanced between courses in your area of concentration and courses in teaching methods, classroom design and leadership. Science courses include hands-on experience in the field such as hydrology research along area streams, exploring natural products chemistry in partnership with area companies or studying plant science at the Highlands Biological Station. Students complete internships and student teaching experiences with mentorship from dedicated, experienced teachers and guidance from WCU faculty. They also have opportunity to participate in undergraduate research conferences and work with after-school and tutoring programs

The Social Sciences Education degree requires 42 Liberal Studies hours, 25-27 hours in the Professional Education Sequence, and 29 major hours.

Students must enroll simultaneously in the B.S. or B.A. in History in order to complete the requirements for the B.S.Ed.

Successful completion of the social sciences education program will lead to a Bachelor of Science in Education

(B.S.Ed.) and an initial N.C. teaching license at the secondary level (9-12).


Eight-Semester Plan for B.S.Ed. in Social Sciences Education
Social Sciences Education Program
Social Science M.A.T

Social Sciences Education Advisor: Heather McGuire
Office Address:
Suite 201 Killian Building
1 University Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Email: hmmcguire@email.wcu.edu
Phone: 828.227.3542

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