Undergraduate Elementary Education

Welcome to the Middle Grades Education undergraduate program in the Watson College of Education! Teaching young people in middle schools is a challenging yet highly rewarding profession that allows you to specialize in a field and teach subjects you enjoy, while guiding students as they mature through young adolescence.

The Middle Grades Education program offered by the Watson College of Education will prepare you to teach students in North Carolina in grades 6-9.

Distinctive Features of the Middle Grades Education Undergraduate Program

  • Small class sizes offering personal attention and guidance
  • Dedicated middle grades education faculty, who themselves are former middle grades teachers
  • Individualized advising from application through graduation
  • An opportunity to tutor students one-on-one in the Education Laboratory on campus
  • Extensive field experiences integrated throughout the program
  • Excellent relationships with public school teachers and schools
  • Opportunities for international experiences
  • High job placement rates and support beyond graduation

Concentrations are offered in

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Special Recognition

The Watson College Middle Grades program was named 'Middle Level Teacher Preparation Program to Watch' for North Carolina's Eastern Region in 2014.


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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