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Teacher Education Application

Students who plan to receive a degree or certification in education and a teaching license through WCU must apply for and be officially admitted to a teacher education program. Acceptance and registration in a department does not guarantee admission to the Teacher Education program. Graduate and licensure-only students must formally apply to Teacher Education prior to the end of the first semester of their academic programs.

MAT and Certificate (licensure-only) candidates should complete and submit the Application for Admission to Teacher Education after ALL admission requirements have been met.

This page is intended for MAT and Licensure only students. BSED/BS Candidates should follow Teacher Education Admission requirements.

  • Completion of a four-year degree (or more) with a 2.75 GPA (or higher)
  • Earn (and maintain) a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on hours attempted at WCU.
  • Confirmation of criminal background check via WCU's approved background check vendor. See the Office of Field Experiences for more information on the background check policy, including necessary codes and instructions to order.
  • Application for Admission to Teacher Education that includes agreement with the Professional Dispositions contract, the Professional Beliefs About Diversity survey, and if applicable, explanations for background check charges (even if the charges were dismissed), university disciplinary action, and/or a suspended or revoked teaching license

The applicant’s fitness for teaching in the chosen area is determined on the basis of demonstrated academic ability and other personal dispositions conducive to effective teaching. A student may be considered suitable in one area and unsuitable in another. Students with speech defects that will interfere with successful teaching may be required to undergo corrective therapy.

The Application to Teacher Education link is emailed to the MAT/Certificate student’s email upon admission to the academic program.

If you have questions regarding application materials, please contact Rachel Wike, Coordinator of Teacher Education Admissions, at

The requirements for continuing in the TE program are:

  • GPA of at least 2.75 on hours attempted
  • Behavior which adheres to the North Carolina code of ethics for teachers and the professional dispositions of the College of Education and Allied Professions.
  • Satisfactory participation in the required professional laboratory program that is prerequisite to student teaching. An evaluation of each field experience assignment will become a part of the student’s professional record.

If a student fails any two courses in the professional education sequence or the same course twice in the professional education sequence, the student is withdrawn from Teacher Education and will not be recommended for licensure by WCU.

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