Watson College of Education

Secondary Education Program

Welcome to the Secondary Education undergraduate program in the Watson College of Education! Teaching high school is an incredibly rewarding profession that allows you to have an influence on students’ development at a crucial stage in their lives. And, North Carolina has a high need for high school teachers, especially in science and math.

The Secondary Education program provides a pathway for undergraduates to earn a North Carolina license to teach students in grades 9-12.

Distinctive Features of the Secondary Education Undergraduate Program

  • Small class sizes offering personal attention and guidance
  • Dedicated secondary faculty
  • 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
  • Programs leading to teacher licensure are offered in the fields of biology, chemistry, geology, English, anthropology, history, sociology, political science and mathematics

Additional Information about the Undergraduate Licensure Program

The Secondary Education program is a two year licensure program designed for students who are also taking coursework at UNCW for their undergraduate degree. Students will complete half the hours each semester in their content area and half in education. Students will also have field experiences all four semesters.

English, mathematics and social studies students can generally complete the requirements for teacher licensure and the requirements for their major in 124 hours. Students who are interested in science teachers licensure should talk with one of the two science education advisors, Dr. Reid Griffin or Dr. Kubasko.

You may also be interested in our Secondary Education, Bachelor's/Master's Combined Program >

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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