UNCW is among the top-ranked public, master's-focused universities in the South. The Graduate School administers excellent master's programs in the Watson College of Education. In addition, UNCW offers a terminal degree for Ed.D. in educational leadership and administration. For more information about admissions, please visit the Graduate School website.
Graduate Programs offered:
- Add-On Licensure Options
- Master of Education (M.Ed.)
- Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision Specialization
- Educational Leadership, Policy, and Advocacy (specifically in the area of early childhood)
- Elementary Education Specialization
- English as a Second Language Specialization
- Higher Education Specialization
- Language and Literacy Specialization
- Middle Level Education Specialization
- Secondary Education Specialization
- Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
- Master of School Administration (M.S.A.)
- Master of Science in Instructional Technology (M.I.T.)
Doctorate Program offered:
AIG Add-on Licensure
The AIG Add-on Licensure courses can be applied to the M.Ed. with Specialization in Academically or Intellectually Gifted degree requirements. To be eligible for consideration for the AIG add-on licensure option, candidates must have:
- Bachelor’s degree completed before graduate study begins.
- Official transcripts of college work. An undergraduate grade average of “B” (GPA=3.0) or better is recommended.
- Current teaching license.
CIS Add-on Licensure
To be eligible for consideration for the CIS add-on licensure option, candidates must have:
- A master’s degree from an accredited university
- A minimum of three years of teaching or other professional education experience*
- A current North Carolina educator’s license
*Contact the Program Coordinator with questions about this requirement.
ESL Add-on Licensure
To be eligible for consideration for the ESL add-on licensure option, candidates must have:
- A current educators license
MSA Add-on Licensure
To be eligible for consideration for the MSA add-on licensure option, candidates must have:
- A masters degree from a regionally accredited university
- A minimum of three years of teaching or other professional education experience
- A current North Carolina educators license
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs in these areas address the need for conceptual and procedural foundations for decision-making and for specific alternatives within the student's area of professional practice. The M.Ed. programs address the North Carolina Masters/Advanced Competencies requirements. Designed for individuals who have "A" level teaching licenses.
- Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) - (View Catalogue)
- Educational Leadership, Policy, and Advocacy (specifically in the area of early childhood) - (View Catalogue)
- Elementary Education - (View Catalogue - Learning Outcomes)
- English as a Second Language (TESL) - (View Catalogue)
- Curriculum/Instruction Supervision - (View Catalogue)
- Higher Education - (View Catalogue)
- Language and Literacy - (View Catalogue - Learning Outcomes)
- Middle Level Education - (View Catalogue)
- Physical Education & Health - (View Catalogue)
- Secondary Education UNCW - (View Catalogue)
- Secondary Education/Galen University Belize
This program for students enrolled in dual degree program with Galen University. Please contact Dr. Vance Durrington (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
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The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program (Elementary Focus) is designed for students that already hold a bachelor’s degree, but have little or no background in education. Successful completion of the program will lead to NC Elementary Education certification (K-6) and prepare educators to teach as elementary classroom teachers. Candidates graduate with their Master’s Degree and M-Level teaching license. (Learning Outcomes) (View Catalogue)
The M.A.T. in Middle Grades Education seeks to better prepare candidates for teaching young adolescents and addresses the North Carolina Professional Teaching standards, the Masters/Advanced Competencies which include standards in Instructional Expertise, Knowledge of Learners, Research Expertise, Connecting Subject Matter and Learners, and Professional Development and Leadership as well as the North Carolina Standards for Middle School Teachers. In addition, the program addresses the National Middle School Associations (NMSA) programmatic standards for initial teacher preparation. (View Catalogue)
The Master of Arts (M.A.T.) In Teaching Secondary Education is designed for individuals that already hold a bachelor’s degree in one of the content areas: English, history, mathematics, or science but have not earned teacher licensure. The full year program includes coursework in pedagogy, academic discipline, and an internship. Successful completion of the program will lead to NC Secondary Education certification (9-12) and prepare educators to teach as secondary classroom teachers. (View Catalogue)
The English as a Second Language Specialization of the Master of Arts (MAT) degree is designed to prepare individuals who currently hold a bachelor’s degree for North Carolina teacher certification in the area of ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages). Successful completion of the coursework and field experiences associated with this program will prepare candidates to take the Praxis II ESOL and apply for North Carolina K-12 certification in this area. (View Catalogue)
The Spanish Specialization of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree is designed for candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and who seek to obtain a K-12 teaching license in Spanish. Graduates will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to work in professional and leadership positions within public and private school settings. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be prepared to become certified Spanish teachers in North Carolina. (View Catalogue)
Master of School Administration (M.S.A.) in Educational Leadership prepares personnel to become school principals. The program is authorized by the Principal Fellows Program, which provides two-year scholarship loans in the amount of $20,000 annually. Principal Fellows information may be obtained by calling (910) 962-4575. Designed for individuals seeking principal licensure. (View Catalogue)
The Master of Science in Instructional Technology (M.S.) program focuses upon the application of research and best practices in instructional technology. The courses provide a balance of product development and utilization of technology with theoretical basis for design, development, implementation, and evaluation of educational and training programs. Designed for individuals seeking advanced technology training. (View Catalogue)
The mission of the doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Administration is to prepare graduates to be informed, proactive and reflective agents of change to improve public schools and other educational organizations for the benefit of all students, particularly in southeastern North Carolina. The primary target audience for the program is current B-12 educators who will become public school leaders, superintendents, state policy makers or higher education curriculum, instruction, and supervision specialists. Three years of school leadership experience is required. Areas of Faculty Research and Interest (View Catalogue)