Frequently Asked Questions for Current Students
- How do I declare or change my major?
- Where do I start?
- What degree will I get?
- What is an academic concentration?
- Should I consider a minor?
- What are the admissions requirements for the Watson College of Education?
- What are the Praxis Core, Praxis II, and NCEL tests?
- When should I apply?
- Where can I find course descriptions, pre-requisites and/or co-requisites?
- Will I be blocked from Watson Courses if my application to Watson is in process?
- The class I need to register for is already full. What should I do?
- How do I use the waitlist?
- Who is my advisor?
- How do I prepare for a meeting with my advisor?
- What are the required background checks?
- What is the process for graduation?
Students who are in University College should declare their major with their University College advisor when eligible.Sudents who are changing from a declared major should access Seaport to make a major change online. Some majors such as education require a pre-major first. Click here for more information.
Students who are learning about the Watson College of Education would benefit from spending time navigating this website. It is strongly encouraged, and would be extremely beneficial since most information can be found online. After seeking the available resources, students may request one-on-one advising with an advisor at any time to address additional questions and concerns. A failure to be familiar and follow required steps and pre-requisites is likely to cause a delay of projected graduation.
If you are seeking an undergraduate degree to teach in any of the following areas, you receive a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Education:
- Middle Grades
- Special Education (Adapted or General)
- Education of Young Children
If you are seeking an undergraduate degree to teach in any of the following areas, you will receive a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in the specific Subject with Teacher Licensure:
- Social Studies
- Physical Education
It is a group of courses in a subject area outside of education. Elementary Education and Middle Grades majors are required to complete academic concentration(s). Click here for more information.
Although a minor provides instruction in a specialized field of study and an enhanced set of skills, it will require additional credit hours and may delay graduation. We encourage you to discuss this further with your Academic Advisor. Popular minors for education majors are: Applied Behavior Analysis and Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities, English as a Second Language, Psychology, and Spanish. For a complete list of minors, click here.
There are two sets of standardized tests. The Praxis Core is required (unless exempt) for admission into Watson. Skills tested are reading, writing and math. The exam can be taken as many times as needed in order to obtain the minimum passing scores. Non UNCW students may take these tests. The Praxis Core is offered at multiple sites, including the UNCW Testing Center. The Praxis II and NCEL are the licensing tests.
You should apply as soon as you have met the requirements ideally in the sophomore year. Applications are reviewed three times per year. Deadlines are: December 1, May 1 and August 1. Once grades are posted, decisions are made and notifications are sent via email.
Course descriptions, pre-requisites and co-requisites are listed in the UNCW Academic Catalog.
No, all students are allowed to pre-register for courses in anticipation of being accepted to Watson. If a student pre-registers for a course and does not get accepted to Watson, he/she will have to drop the course prior to the beginning of the term.
When SEANET is open, many UNCW students are accessing SEANET to make adjustments to his/her schedule. Likely the number of seats open in any given course will fluctuate quite a bit between pre-registration and the first few days of classes. So if you want a class that appears full when you log into SEANET, the following is the procedure:
- Check back constantly. SEANET is “real time” so the moment a student drops a class, a seat will show open in that class until another student takes it.
- Use the waitlist (if it is available). Wait List Demonstration
- Make a sincere effort to look for your seats on SEANET between now and the first day of the particular class. If you cannot get a seat and the course does not offer a wait- list option, then attend the first day of class and ask the instructor (nicely) to be added. Remember -students who do not attend the first day of class can be dropped, which creates more seats!
- If the course you are seeking is online, and you cannot get into it by checking back on SEANET multiple times, you can email the instructor to request a seat. Online classes are very popular and there is usually a very high demand for a limited number of seats.
Your degree audit will indicate the name of your advisor. Click here for instructions to get a degree audit.
See also: Who will advise me?
Review your degree audit, paying attention to needed university studies requirements and competencies, along with the requirements for admission to the Watson College. Outline your goals, including your targeted graduation rate. Check your UNCW email account regularly and review the WCE advising webpage for important announcements and information that could impact your coursework.
All students wishing to apply to Watson and participate in the required field studies must complete background checks. One background check is part of the Watson Application, done online with no cost. The second background check is required prior to field studies by Certiphi. Students will be notified by email when the Certiphi check is required. More information can be found here.
For graduation application, deadlines and information, click here.