Undergraduate Elementary Education

Welcome to the Elementary Education undergraduate program in the Watson College of Education! Teaching elementary school is a highly rewarding profession that allows you to instill a love of learning, teach a variety of subjects and lay the foundation of children's futures. The Elementary Education program will prepare you to teach children in grades K-6.

Distinctive Features of the Elementary Education Program

  • Small class sizes with personal attention
  • Dedicated faculty with extensive classroom teaching experience
  • Individualized advising from application through graduation
  • A collaborative learning environment
  • Unique Education Laboratory on campus
  • Extensive field and classroom experiences
  • A full-time internship during the final semester
  • Strong partnerships with teachers, schools, districts.
  • Opportunities for international experiences
  • High job placement rates and support beyond graduation

Concentrations are offered in:

  • Behavioral Studies 
  • English as a Second Language 
  • Early Childhood 
  • Fine Arts 
  • International Studies 
  • Language Arts
  • Math and Technology
  • Science and Health
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education
“There is joy in helping children find their place in this world and discover who they are. I can do that as an educator.” - Kiera


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Admissions: Steps to Becoming a Teacher

Admission to UNCW and the Watson College of Education is a two-step process. The first step is admission to the university. The second step is admission to the Watson College of Education (WCE). Students typically apply to WCE during their sophomore or junior year at UNCW. Transfer students typically apply during their first or second semester at UNCW.


  • High School Seniors and Transfer Students
  • Freshman or Sophomore Year
  • Sophomore Year
  • Junior Year
  • Senior or Final Year