WCU teacher education programs granted continuing accreditation

Western Carolina University’s teacher education programs have been granted continuing accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

WCU officials were notified recently of the accreditation decision made by the Selected Improvement Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. The accreditation of WCU’s teacher education programs will remain in effect until fall of 2021.

In a letter of notification, Christopher Koch, president of the CAEP, congratulated WCU and said the decision indicates the teacher education programs “meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community.”

 Kayleigh McAlister of Canton works with students at Bethel Middle School in Haywood County. McAlister received her bachelor’s degree in education after WCU’s spring semester.


Kayleigh McAlister of Canton works with students at Bethel Middle School in Haywood County. McAlister received her bachelor’s degree in education after WCU’s spring semester.

Dale Carpenter, dean of WCU’s College of Education and Allied Professions, sent his email congratulations to those involved in the university’s teacher education programs. “This is affirmation of the quality of what you do every day to prepare educators,” Carpenter wrote. “We are fortunate to work in such a wonderful and supportive environment with great folks all around, including partners in the schools in the region and across the state. Students, staff, faculty and administrators across the university have worked together to achieve this recognition.”

Carpenter gave special recognition to Kim Winter, associate dean in the college, and Renee Corbin, the college’s director of assessment, for their leadership in the accreditation effort.

The NCATE report indicates that WCU met all accreditation standards for initial and advanced educator preparation in the areas of candidate knowledge, skills and dispositions; assessment and unit evaluation; field experiences and clinical practice; diversity; faculty qualifications, performance and development; and governance and resources. The evaluation does suggest that WCU teacher education students be provided with more opportunities to interact with a diverse population of other teacher education students.

For more information about WCU’s teacher education programs, visit teachereducation.wcu.edu or email teachereducation@wcu.edu.