Apply to Participate in the Rural-Urban Exchange

Teacher Education students:  Apply to participate in the Eleventh annual Rural-Urban Exchange (RUE), a collaborative undertaking involving the College of Education and Allied Professions (CEAP) at WCU and the School of Education at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (NCA&T) in Greensboro. Six students from WCU and six from NCA&T will be selected to participate.

To apply, you must be admitted to the teacher education program at WCU, a junior or senior, and NOT in full-time student teaching or Internship II in Spring, 2012. Applications are due December 2, 2011.

For more information and to pick up an application, contact Dr. John Habel in the Department of Psychology (Killian 308, phone 227-3367, email: or Dr. Tom Oren in the School of Teaching & Learning (Reid 105, phone 227-3290, email:

Early Field Experience Application is now in TaskStream

We have developed a consolidated application for courses that require an early field experience where placements will be made by OFE (Block, PSY 323, SPED 339, methods courses [some methods courses are made by individual programs, but if OFE is making the placements, the students need to complete the application]).

The application is now active in TaskStream (there is no paper application), and students should complete it once they register for spring courses. The deadline is November 18, though we will certainly accept late applications if students are unable to register now for some reason (not being admitted to the Teacher Education program yet, for example). Watch this video to see how the process works in TaskStream.

Contact the Office of Field Experiences for more information.

SNCAE Organizational Meeting

The WCU chapter of SNCAE will hold an organizational meeting on Thursday, October 20th in Killian 104 from 5-6pm. Please come and get involved! We will hold elections for officers and the executive board and discuss plans for the coming year’s activities. For more information, contact Dr. Sarah Meltzer at

CEAP Members to Present at NC-ACTE

Several people from our college will make presentations at the 29th Annual North Carolina Teacher Education Forum in Raleigh NC held later this week. The forum is a place for those in public and private universities in North Carolina to gather and discuss teacher education. Those presenting include James Taruasi and David McCord of Psychology; Dale Carpenter, Nancy Luke, and Carrie Rogers of the School of Teaching and Learning; Kurt Frederick and Janice Holt of TRACS; Kathleen Topolka-Jorissen of Human Services; and Renee Corbin, Director of Assessment.

SNCAE Orientation Meeting

The Student North Carolina Association of Educators are holding an orientation meeting Thursday, Sept. 29th from 4:30 – 5:30 in Killian 104. SNCAE provides many benefits for pre-service teachers as a professional organization. Members receive for a nominal price (~$32 per year) the opportunity to attend NCAE/NEA workshops, conferences, receive professional publications, discounts on insurance and entertainments. More importantly, all members receive $1,000,000 of liability insurance to protect them when working with children. A portion of this money is refunded when they join as a classroom teacher. If you would like more information, please go to:

Alumna Featured in Honors College Magazine

April Hicks, a 2010 graduate from the BSEd in Elementary Education program, was featured in the most recent issue of Imagine Magazine, produced by the Honors College at WCU. The article describes how she engaged in undergraduate research with Dr. Tommy Hodges (Assistant Professor in the School of Teaching and Learning) on strategies for teaching multiplication. She continues to use the strategies in her first year of teaching, and is working with Dr. Hodges to publish the results of her research.