At the College of Education and Allied Professions, we believe you have what it takes to make significant positive change in the world. So we equip you with everything you need make your impact: Courses and research that deepen your knowledge and expand your perspective. Real-world experience that connects you with the greater community. Faculty who make your growth their priority. All this in an environment that embraces all points of view, focuses on excellence — and empowers you to be the difference in the lives of others.
Former Elementary Education undergraduate and graduate student, Emily Grace Nytko, presented her Capstone Research findings with former instructor, Dr. Barrett-Tatum, at NAEYC's annual national conference. Her research supports hands-on, problem-based Mathematics instruction in the primary grades. Emily Grace is currently a Kindergarten teacher at Cullowhee Valley and continues studies related to multi-age PBL Mathematics instruction.
In late August, 14 Oconaluftee students were selected to participate in a Leadership Training course offered by Western Carolina University’s College of Education and Allied Professions. Classes were conducted by Amanda Chapman, Director of the Office of Field Experiences and Jenny Stewart, Director of Student Success. OJCCCC’s Academic Manager, Cindi Simmons and Residential Living Manager, Robin McCoy also participated. Leadership Training was a four-day, 32-hour course based on career success standards.
Kieran Foxx, a 2013 graduate from the WCU School Psychology Graduate program, was recognized as the 2023 North Carolina Practitioner of the year. This award was presented at the 2023 North Carolina School Psychology Association Fall Conference.