Alternative Pathways

The Watson College of Education at UNCW offers four alternative pathways that provide opportunities for study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. These pathways are especially designed to assist post-baccalaureate individuals who have been hired as lateral entry teachers to complete requirements for teacher licensure. Learn more about Alternative Pathways >

Education Living-Learning Community

The Watson College of Education Living-Learning Community (ELLC) provides first-year education majors a residential learning community that supports academic, social, and educational development. ELLC participants will have the opportunity to live with other pre-education majors, attend seminars together, connect with Watson faculty and staff, and have education field experiences prior to being admitted into the Watson College of Education. Students will engage in various activities on and off campus that explore cultural diversity, educational growth, and establish lifelong friends. Learn more about the Education Living-Learning Community >

Extension Programs

The extension program allows students to take online and in-person courses at locations other than the UNCW main campus in Wilmington. Extension courses and programs are offered in collaboration with three local community colleges. Learn more about Extension Programs >

International Programs

In the age of globalization, an intimate understanding of a foreign culture is both a valuable academic asset and an enriching personal experience. As a leader in education, the Watson College of Education is dedicated to providing education students with the opportunity to work and study in schools throughout the world. Learn more about International Programs >

Principal Fellows Program

The NC Principal Fellows Program is a scholarship loan program funded by the North Carolina General Assembly. Awards are based upon academic merit. Financial need is not a consideration. The scholarship loans assist interested individuals in earning a master's degree in school administration in preparation for a career as an assistant principal or principal in the public schools of North Carolina. Learn more about the Principal Fellows Program >

Professional Experiences

Field experiences and internships play an integral role in Watson College of Education undergraduate, graduate, and licensure-only teacher education programs. Field experiences begin in introductory education courses, continue as a requirement of more advanced and intensive pre-internship methods courses, and culminate in a full-time practicum (internship). With the help of a collaborative partnership between the Watson College and its partnership school systems, field placements are coordinated by the Professional Experiences Team in conjunction with Professional Development System (PDS) Site Coordinators at each of the partnership schools. Visit the Professional Experiences website >

Watson Student Leaders Program

The Watson Student Leaders are dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about the teaching profession and have a desire to represent the Watson College of Education through leadership, professionalism, and service of past, present, and future Watson Alumni. Watson Student Leaders Program >