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UNCW Names New Watson College Dean

Dr. Tracy Linderholm will assume her new role as the college’s chief academic and administrative officer on June 24, 2024.

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New! Degree in Workforce Learning & Development

WCE introduces a Bachelor of Science in Workforce Learning & Development with classes starting in fall 2024. The program is designed for military personnel and mid-career professionals in the skilled trades. Offered 100% online.


Learn more about the work of the Watson College including new programs, accomplishments of our faculty, students, alumni and partners, and upcoming events in our bi-monthly Watson Chronicle newsletter.

A Place That Feels Like Home

Applied Learning

Extensive, Real-world Experiences

Experiential learning is highly valued at the Watson College. Students complete field experiences and internships, and have opportunities to study abroad, participate with faculty in significant research and join student organizations that focus on scholarship, community outreach and service. These experiences give our students a professional edge across a breadth of career pathways.

Student Engagement

Education Learning Community

Take you university experience to the next level! Join 20-25 other first-year pre-education majors in our Education Learning Community. As a member of the ELC residential community, you'll make lifelong friendships and get a jump start in your education classes and enrichment experiences.

Student Organizations

UNCW offers more than 250 student organizations, and WCE is home to the Watson Student Leaders and UNCW chapters of Kappa Delta Pi and the Student North Carolina Association of Educators. Visit WCE Student Engagement to learn more!

International Study and Research Opportunities

Expand your horizons and develop a global perspective! WCE students can work and study in schools around the world. Research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students are also offered.

Seahawk Esports Club

Join UNCW's growing esports club! UNCW introduced esports in 2019 to bring together a community to learn, play and teach electronic sports. In just two years, the club has grown from four students in the WCE's instructional technology program to more than 500 members. The club fields nationally competitive teams, hosts campus and community events, and establishes connection to the broader esport community.

News & Events

Watson Preview Day

This is a Saturday morning event where ANYONE interested in learning about the programs of study offered within the Watson College of Education should attend. The event begins with a welcome from the dean’s office, followed by a Faculty and Staff presentation. We will have a student panel discussion (Always the most popular) and end the event with open exploration of the building. During this time the Ed Lab and Curriculum Materials Center will be offering interactive breakouts with arts/crafts/technology and more! Please email Dean Heath with questions

Watson Student Leaders

Future Teacher Conference

The Future Teacher Conference is an opportunity for High Schools, Community Colleges, and Home School groups to bring students to UNCW. This is a day where students who have an interest in education can feel what it is like to be a Watson Student.

Watson Students

Watson Mini Sessions

Are you interested in learning about undergraduate or graduate opportunities at Watson? Watson offers quick, informational sessions that might help answer some questions you may have about teaching, living in a learning community, Watson College, or information about graduate school!

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Contact The Watson College

Dean’s Office

Phone: (910) 962-3192
Fax: (910) 962-4081

601 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403


Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Summer hours:

Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.