WCU Reveals Plans for New Elementary Education Program

Attention students and community members: are you pursuing a degree and find yourself wondering about teaching as a career option? Do you have a bachelor’s degree already? Has teaching crossed your mind as a way to better yourself and provide support to children in the community?

Well, if you nod your head at the above, perhaps a new program aimed at those interested in teaching can provide some information that will assist in the career process.

In partnership with the Tri-County Community College, WCU will be offering a new bachelor’s degree completion program in elementary education beginning in July.

The program will take place on the TCCC campus in Murphy and will serve Graham, Clay and Cherokee counties. Classes will use two-way video technology as the teaching medium, excluding one semester of classes that will be offered at WCU during the fall semester of 2004.

While initially designed for adults who intend to enroll as part-time students, this program is open to individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree and want to complete K-6 licensure requirements. Other eligible individuals include those who hold an associates of arts or associates of applied science degree (provided they meet WCU’s Liberal Science requirements), and individuals who have completed 60 credit hours towards one of these degrees.

For students or adults who have pursued a degree and find that they would like to teach but are unsure how to get this accomplished, this program could provide a solution to their unanswered questions.

To be eligible, all applicants must have a grade-point average of 2.75 or better in their previous college courses, a satisfactory score on the Praxis I examination taken during the fall of 2001, grades of “C” or higher in English composition courses previously taken, and completion of a Teacher Education Interview as well as the Technology Diagnostic in the upcoming fall semester.

Julie Aiken, academic program coordinator and advisor representing WCU, will be available to assist and speak to those who are curious.

For more information, please contact Aiken at (828) 321-4238 or the WCU Division of Continuing Education and Summer School at (828) 227-7397 or toll-free at (800) 928-4968.