WSSU has a proud history of preparing teachers to meet the challenges and opportunities of a changing society. Our Teacher Education Program will help you with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to work with children in public and private P-12 settings.
We will provide you with a research base based on strong liberal arts foundation, robust clinical experiences, and high-impact educational practices. We welcome candidates who believe that a highly effective teacher can make it possible for every child to be successful.
Teaching with concentrations in Special Education: General Curriculum, Middle Grades Education, Mathematics - Secondary Education, and English - Secondary Education.
The Middle Grades Education concentration prepares highly qualified grades 6-9 classroom teachers who demonstrate leadership, know their content / subject areas, facilitate learning for all students, reflect on their practice, establish a respectful environment for a diverse population of students, promote equity among all learners, and address challenges of 21st century teaching and learning with creativity and respect for human differences.
The Mathematics - Secondary Education. Candidates who successfully complete the program will be recommended to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for an initial teaching license. There is a great demand in the state, and throughout the nation, for mathematics teachers. With a renewed focus on mathematics and science in our nation, highly qualified candidates for this program will play a vital role in shaping tomorrow's education. As our school communities become highly diverse, mathematics teachers will play a significant role in addressing the needs of underserved and exceptional students.
The English - Secondary Education (grades 9-12) degree concentration prepares teacher candidates who have the right knowledge, skills and dispositions to effectively teach English in secondary schools. The program provides more emphasis on the subject of professional learning and teaching, including acquisition of language, dialect, levels of usage, semantics, grammatical analysis, and the nature and development of language.
The mission of the Special Education: General Curriculum is graduates who have a profound knowledge of teaching students with disabilities. Candidates enrolled in the program will be prepared to provide research-validated instruction and behavior supports to assist students who are enrolled in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study Curriculum. The goals of the Special Education: General Curriculum Program
- provide intensive and explicit individual and small group
- plan and maintain positive behavior supports for students with disabilities;
- collaborate with general education teachers to help maintain students with disabilities in the standard curriculum;
- providing leadership and implementing general education teachers, parents and other professionals.
The Educator Preparation programs of CASBE are recognized by the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and are therefore represented in the NC interstate agreement with the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC). The agreement facilitates the mobility of educators among the states and other jurisdictions that are members of NASDTEC and have signed the Agreement. An individual who completes an approved Educator Preparation program at WSSU is eligible to earn a certificate or license in another state or jurisdiction including all 50 states, District of Columbia, Guam, Ontario and the Department of Defense. While each state/entity may affirm the credentials earned by a WSSU program completer in Educator Preparation, the educator may have to complete additional requirements, such as coursework, assessments, or classroom experience, before receiving a full professional certificate in the new state.
This recognition applies to our undergraduate and graduate teacher licensure programs in Birth through Kindergarten, Elementary Education, Special Education, Middle Grades Education, Music Education, Secondary English Education, Secondary Math Education, and Health and Physical Education.
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