WCU scholarship provides free class

Western North Carolina school teachers interested in pursuing their master’s degrees can take their first graduate-level class in education free of charge this fall through the Invest in Teachers Scholarship Program offered by Western Carolina University, including courses at its new location in Biltmore Park.

Each one-time scholarship will cover tuition and fees for one resident-credit or distance course being taught this coming fall. The only expense to scholarship recipients is a $50 application fee and the cost of any required textbooks or supplemental materials.

To be considered, teachers must be eligible for in-state tuition rates; must have enrolled as a new student in a graduate-level licensure program at WCU in the summer or fall of this year; must apply for and gain admission to the Graduate School; and must complete the scholarship application.

The deadline for receiving priority consideration is June 15. Applications received after that date will be considered on a case-by-case basis as scholarships remain available.

Available at WCU’s Biltmore Park site are graduate-level comprehensive education programs with concentrations in elementary education, English education, mathematics education, middle grades education and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), as well as school counseling and educational leadership.

WCU also offers online programs in school administration and special education, alternative licensure and teacher certification in education, and public school leadership certification.

Western Carolina, which has offered a variety of programs in the Asheville area since 1937, is consolidating graduate and undergraduate academic programs currently taught at locations across Buncombe County to a new instructional site in Biltmore Park Town Square effective this fall.

Western Carolina University Programs at Biltmore Park brings to the Asheville-Hendersonville corridor more than 20 academic programs, including classes leading toward graduate and doctoral level degrees, advanced undergraduate curriculum, and professional certification, licensure and other continuing education courses.

For more information about the Invest in Teachers Scholarship Program, contact Tonya Steiert at (800) 369-9854 or (828) 227-7398, or by e-mail at tcsteiert.wcu.edu; or Patsy Miller at (828) 251-6642 or by e-mail at miller@wcu.edu.