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
  • 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
  • Dedicated middle grades education faculty, who themselves are former middle grades teachers
  • Opportunities for international experiences
  • Concentrations are offered in Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science

Middle Grades AwardSpecial Recognition

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

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

  • Apply for admission to UNCW
  • Visit the Watson College!
  • Consider applying for the Education Living Learning Community to meet other pre-education majors and get a jump-start on field placements and enrichment experiences

Freshman or Sophomore Year
Before you declare your major

  • Create goals and make course selections that compliment your major/licensure
  • Arrange for experiences that will help you confirm your goals and interests. These could include meeting with faculty and students in the Watson College, attending events at the college, joining student organizations, studying abroad or volunteering

Sophomore Year
Pre-major status

  • Collaborate with your Watson College Advisor to ensure success
  • Review course requirements, sequence and pre-requisites to revise course map
  • Continue to arrange experiences that will help you confirm your goals and interests
  • Apply for admission to Watson College

Junior Year
Admitted to the Watson College

  • Begin education coursework
  • Tutor students in the Ed Lab and begin classroom field placements
  • Continue assessing your skills, strengths and interests
  • Network with professors, students and teachers who work in your field

Senior or Final Year

  • Complete a semester-long internship
  • Apply for graduation, pass licensing tests and apply for licensure
  • Attend job fairs, seek Career Center support to perfect your resume and interviewing skills and apply for jobs