Education Learning Community

The Watson College of Education Learning Community (ELC) provides first-year education majors a residential learning community that supports academic, social, and educational development. ELC participants will have the opportunity to live with other pre-education majors, attend seminars together, connect with Watson faculty and staff, and have education field experiences prior to being admitted into the Watson College of Education. Students will engage in various activities on and off campus that explore cultural diversity, educational growth, and establish lifelong friends. Learn more about the Education Learning Community >


Extension Programs

The extension program allows students to take online and in-person courses at locations other than the UNCW main campus in Wilmington. Extension courses and programs are offered in collaboration with three local community colleges. Learn more about Extension Programs >


International Programs

In the age of globalization, an intimate understanding of a foreign culture is both a valuable academic asset and an enriching personal experience. As a leader in education, the Watson College of Education is dedicated to providing education students with the opportunity to work and study in schools throughout the world. Learn more about International Programs >


Minor Programs

Educational Studies Minor 

Engagement in the minor will develop informed and socially engaged students who have the skills to meaningfully engage in research, education, and diverse communities. The Educational Studies minor would be of particular interest to students in public health, sociology, criminology, history, and other Arts & Sciences disciplines. Learn more >

English as a Second Language Minor 

There are many companies and schools outside the United States that employ native speakers of English as teachers. This field is increasingly more competitive and is called English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Having the ESL Minor on your transcript will make you more marketable when applying for international jobs. Students who wish to pursue an ESL Minor may do so by applying directly to the ESL program. Learn more >

Leadership Studies Minor

Effective leadership is vital to growth and success in a democratic society. The minor in Leadership Studies is a multi-disciplinary program that focuses on the study of leadership from various perspectives and contexts. It is designed to provide you with learning opportunities to develop your leadership potential. Learn more >


Professional Experiences

Field experiences and internships play an integral role in Watson College of Education undergraduate, graduate, and licensure-only teacher education programs. Field experiences begin in introductory education courses, continue as a requirement of more advanced and intensive pre-internship methods courses, and culminate in a full-time practicum (internship). With the help of a collaborative partnership between the Watson College and its partnership school systems, field placements are coordinated by the Professional Experiences Team in conjunction with Professional Development System (PDS) Site Coordinators at each of the partnership schools. Visit the Professional Experiences website >


Watson Student Leaders Program

The Watson Student Leaders are dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about the teaching profession and have a desire to represent the Watson College of Education through leadership, professionalism, and service of past, present, and future Watson Alumni. Watson Student Leaders Program >