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Welcome! If you're a prospective student or parent seeking comprehensive information on Western Carolina University's English Education program, please click on the "English Ed" link to the left. This page is part of the website of Dr. Catherine Carter, the secondary English Education coordinator, not an introduction to the program itself. Thanks!.

Student Teaching

Organizations for North Carolina English teachers:

  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Good source of publications, teaching information, legislative information and lobbying, et cetera.

  • LEARN NC finds "innovative and successful practices in K-12 education" to offer online; also involved in training of lateral entry teachers. Excellent site, many resources.

  • NC Department of Public Instruction (NC SDPI)

  • NCATE: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. This national organization evaluates and accredits teacher education programs.

    NCCAT: North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Offers seminars in teaching, support for pedagogical study and research, support for candidates for national certification, et cetera. Based right across the highway from Western.

    NCETA: North Carolina English Teachers' Association. Professional community of English and Language Arts teachers in North Carolina. If you move to a different state, that state will probably have one too.

    And, last but not least . . .

    CEAP, our own stellar College of Education and Allied Professions.

A few practical classroom tools:

  • American Memory Library of Congress home page: excellent and reliable primary resources for teachers of American litearture, history, culture
  • Rubistar: Generates interactive and customizable rubrics for grading many kinds of assignments. Possibly the biggest timesaver on this page...but remember, too, that it's a good servant but a bad master. Customize your rubrics!
  • Multicultural Pavilion: I love the Awareness Quiz, guaranteed to amaze even the most diversity-aware; also, though, many other resources for teaching diverse populations.
  • Indiana University's quiz on what is (and isn't) plagiarism




Dr. Catherine Carter
Director of English Education
421 Coulter Hall
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28723
(828) 227-3931