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Welcome to the Education of Young Children (EYC) undergraduate program in the Watson College of Education! 

North Carolina needs licensed early childhood professionals. The EYC program offered by the Watson College of Education is designed for future teachers, consultants and directors of early childhood education programs. The program will prepare you to work with children with and without developmental delays from birth through kindergarten in a variety of settings including public schools and privately-run child care centers.  

Distinctive Features of the EYC Undergraduate Program

  • Small class sizes offering personal attention and guidance
  • Dedicated early childhood education faculty
  • Late afternoon and evening courses, designed to accommodate working professionals
  • A collaborative learning environment
  • Opportunity to gain knowledge of developmental milestones and the early learning process
  • Classrooms equipped with hands-on learning materials for young children
  • Extensive field and classroom experiences in four areas: infant/toddler, pre-school, kindergarten and children with special needs
  • A full-time internship during the final semester
  • High job placement rates
“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