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Education of Young Children, B.A.

Outstanding Early Childhood Teachers Start Here
  • Day 1

    Applied Learning Opportunities Begin

  • 500+

    Hours In the Classroom Before Graduation

  • 0 - 5

    Ages to Teach With This Degree

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Small class sizes with personal attention

Dedicated faculty with classroom teaching experience

Extensive field and classroom experiences, including a wide range of hands on and interactive learning experiences

Vibrant student organizations and international study opportunities

High job placement rates and support beyond graduation

You’re going through the program with the same group of students you start with and you form relationships beyond graduation.
Melissa Daria '20 Education of Young Children 2022 Rookie of the Year, New Hanover County Schools
Melissa Daria '20 Education of Young Children, 2022 Rookie of the Year, New Hanover County Schools
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Education of Young Children Program Overview
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University-School Partnerships

WCE brings longstanding partnerships with 12 school districts and 2,000+ teachers in SE North Carolina.

A Place That Feels Like Home

Many students say Watson “feels like family.” Join us for exceptional programs, hands-on learning and a community of students, mentors and faculty supporting your journey.

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Beyond the Classroom

From your first day on campus, you'll find endless ways to engage. Volunteer with student organizations, join the Education Learning Community, connect with classmates, explore our study abroad programs - you'll find the right fit for your goals and make lifelong friends.

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We’re With You All the Way

We support new teachers through the First Years of Teaching Support Program, professional development opportunities and on-campus resource libraries. Even after you graduate, we help you achieve career success and make a meaningful impact on your students.

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Student Opportunities

Education Learning Community

Join 20-25 other first year pre-education students in our Education Learning Community. As a member of the ELC, you’ll make lifelong friendships and get a jump start on your education classes and enrichment experiences.

Watson Student Leaders

WCE’s Watson Student Leaders serve as ambassadors for the Watson College while participating in recruiting, community outreach and social activities. The WSL organization is a powerful way to develop leadership skills, connect with peers and build a network of support.

International Study

Through our international study abroad programs, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your horizons and gain a global perspective as you both work and study in schools throughout the world.

Life on the Coast

North Carolina’s southeast coast is an amazing place to live and work. From the rich history of downtown Wilmington to the beautiful beaches less than six miles from campus, you’ll never run out of places to explore.