Watson School of Education photo collage
1946

Extension Division of the University of North Carolina and Fayetteville State Teachers College form the College Center in Wilmington with classes held at New Hanover and Williston High Schools

1960s Student


1961

Wilmington College moves to present campus consisting of Alderman, Hoggard, and James Halls with Education housed in Hoggard Hall

  1964

Courses offered for in-service teachers

  1969

Wilmington College becomes the University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Department of Education and Psychology temporarily housed in Kenan Hall



1971

Child Study Center opens in King Hall

  1974

Curriculum Materials Center established in King Hall


1978

UNCW initiates graduate study in Elementary Education and Educational Administration and Supervision

  1979

University reorganizes into the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, and School of Education.

UNCW names Dr. Roy E. Harkin Dean of School of Education

1979

First graduates of the master’s degree program

Grant approved to establish the UNCW/Pender County Teacher Corps

 
1982

Social and Behavioral Sciences Building opens and Psychology department moves from King Hall



1982

National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) gives approval of UNCW's teacher education unit

NCATE logo
1986

School of Education offers Master’s degree in Reading Education

Department of Curricular Studies establishes Education Lab in King Hall


1989

Master of Arts in Teaching added





Photo of Dr. Robert Tyndall

1991

Dr. Robert E. Tyndall becomes Interim Dean

Reading Recovery program begins

Photo of Dr. Jones participating in the Reading Recovery program


  1993

UNCW names Dr. Robert E. Tyndall Dean

Razor Walker Awards established

Razor Walker Awards logo


1995

Professional Development System established with signing of district level agreements with eight school districts in the region


1995

Classroom Technology Assistance Plan developed

  1997

Home Grown Scholarship program for minority recruitment begins




Photo of Home Grown Scholarship participants
1999

Dr. Andrew E. Hayes serves as Interim Dean

Photo of Dr. Andrew Hayes 2002

Ground breaking held for building to house the Watson College of Education, a regional educational resource center, and the North Carolina Teacher Legacy Hall

    2004

Watson College of Education moves to new Education Building

Principal in Residence and Superintendent in Residence Programs initiated

Photo of the new Education Building 2006

Watson School of Education reorganized to include four departments: Early Childhood and Special Education; Educational Leadership; Elementary, Middle Level and Literacy Education; and Instruction Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education.

Poster session for the 2006 NCATE visit 2009

Dr. Cathy Barlow named Interim Provost of UNCW; Dr. Karen Wetherill named Interim Dean of the Watson College of Education

 

First Doctoral Graduates 2011

Dr. Kenneth Teitelbaum becomes the Dean of the Watson College of Education

Dean Kenneth Teitelbaum
2012

Watson School of Education signs agreement with Galen University in Belize to establish a Masters of Education in Secondary Education in order to collaborate in the provision of a full time Masters degree with a dual award

  2015

Dr. Van O. Dempsey III becomes the Dean of the Watson College of Education

Van Dempsey
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Photo of Bear Hall


1955

Wilmington College offers first teacher education courses in pre-professional programs in elementary and secondary

  1963

Department of Education and Psychology is formed at Wilmington College with Dr. Harold Hulon as department chair

Wilmington College offers first courses in teacher education degree program in elementary education and licensure in secondary education


Dr. Harold Hulon
1965

First graduates of teacher education program





King Hall in Spring
1970

Department of Education and Psychology moves to new Arnold Kimsey King Hall


 

 





1973

Psychology becomes a separate department

 

1976

Dr. Roy E. Harkin becomes chair of Department of Education


Photo of Dr. Roy E. Harkin
1978

UNCW adds Special Education and Middle Grades undergraduate programs

Extension efforts begin in Brunswick County

  1980

UNCW forms Graduate School

School of Education establishes Departments of Curricular Studies and Educational Design and Management

    1984

School of Education initiates Master’s degree in Special Education

Computer technology comes to King Hall with the installation of VAX terminals and microcomputers


Photo of the early education computer lab
1987

Teaching Fellows program begins






1990

Model clinical Project established with Brunswick, Duplin, and New Hanover County school systems;
Later wins ATE award


Photo of WSE Faculty
1992

School of Education initiates first off-campus degree program in connection with Coastal Carolina Community College and Camp Lejeune with program in Elementary Education.

1992

Teaching Fellows and School of Education offer first international experience for students with trip to Australia


Portrait of Donald R. Watson
1994

School of Education renamed Donald R. Watson School of Education

Watson Distinguished Professorship established

1994

Distance Education Initiative begins

School of Education adds M.Ed. in Middle Grades Education


Photo of the Distance Learning room

1996

Birth-Kindergarten undergraduate degree program begins


Student teacher with child in the Education Lab

1998

School of Education adds M.Ed. in Secondary Education and a M.S. in Instructional Technology

  2000

Dr. Cathy L. Barlow becomes Dean of Watson College of Education

School of Education receives the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to use Technology (PT3) grant



Photo of Dr. Cathy Barlow, Dean of Watson School of Education
2003

WCE initiates Teacher in Residence program

Coalition for Transition to Teaching (CT3) Grant awarded

2003

WCE signs agreement with Osaka Kyoiku University of Japan to begin administrative, faculty, and student exchanges; efforts continue in England; expansion sought in South Africa


Photo of Japanese Exchange agreement signing
2005

Grand Opening of new Education Building and NC Teacher Legacy Hall


Photo of the NC Teacher's Legacy Hall in the Education Building
2007

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration established

2010

First cohort of Ed.D. students graduate

WCE celebrates 5 years in the Education Building, 30 years as School of Education, and 55 years of courses at UNCW



2012 Celebration
2012

Watson School of Education reorganizes the Associate Dean Offices: Associate Dean for  Academic and Student Affairs and Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Outreach

2012

Watson School of Education renamed Watson College of Education.