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The Watson College of Education Living Learning Community (ELLC)

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.

Program Goals

  • Provide additional support to students as they transition to college life.
  • Provide academically and culturally enriched experiences that extend beyond the regular college program.
  • Provide opportunities for building an understanding of education's place in a greater social context.
  • Instill a greater awareness of the values and complexity of the teaching profession.


  • Assistance with the transition to college life
  • Individual support and attention
  • A collaborative culture
  • Educational field experiences during freshman year
  • An environment conducive to academic achievement and social engagement

2015-16 Overview

Fall Smester:
  • Students participate in a common course (UNI- first year seminar)
  • Students are assigned a peer mentor
  • Students attend extracurricular activities and workshops
Spring Semester:
  • Students participate in a one-credit ELLC seminar
  • Students participate in field experience working one-on-one with PreK-12 students
  • Students attend extracurricular activities and workshops

Application Information

If you think the ELLC Learning Community would be a great learning experience for you during your first-semester at UNCW, we encourage you to complete the common application for all First-Year Experience Communities here.

For additional information or if you have any questions about this community, please feel free to contact Amy Rottmann at rottmanna@uncw.edu.