Center for Assistive Technology and Research Lab

WCE’s Center for Assistive Technology and Research Lab provides support for persons with disabilities and those who provide education, therapy, intervention and care for them. The Center serves as a Lending Site for materials and equipment that provide freedom and independence for individuals faced with temporary or lifelong challenges due to disabilities. The Center also provides professional development for teachers, parents and caregivers and hosts events for diverse populations. Visit the CAT website >


Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM)

The Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM), as a unit of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, assists in fulfilling the University's mission to encourage public access to its educational programs and its commitment to regional service.

CESTEM shares the mission of NC-MSEN (Mathematics and Science Education Network) to improve the quality of pre-college science and mathematics education in the schools of North Carolina through programs designed for in-service and pre-service teachers, as well as students.

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First Years of Teaching Leadership Program

The Watson College of Education supports its graduates in the first three years of their teaching career through the First Years of Teaching Support Program. This program engages teachers in reflective decision-making focused on developing instructional practices that increase student performance.

The three components of the program are: onsite support and professional growth, online mentoring, and web-based resources selected to address the responsibilities of new teachers. Participants receive a certificate recognizing their active participation in onsite support and professional growth activities.

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National Board Certification Support Program

The Watson College of Education's "National Board Certification Support Program" for educators in our partnership districts began in 2001 and has continued to be a valuable resource for participants.

We have structured the activities and delivery sequence to provide increased support for all candidates and to address the changes implemented by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The Watson College of Education also takes an active role in teaching others how to provide valuable support to teachers seeking certification.

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