Watson School of Education photo collage

Extension Division of the University of North Carolina and Fayetteville State Teachers College form the College Center in Wilmington with classes held at New Hanover and Williston High Schools

1960s Student


Wilmington College moves to present campus consisting of Alderman, Hoggard, and James Halls with Education housed in Hoggard Hall


Courses offered for in-service teachers


Wilmington College becomes the University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Department of Education and Psychology temporarily housed in Kenan Hall


Child Study Center opens in King Hall


Curriculum Materials Center established in King Hall


UNCW initiates graduate study in Elementary Education and Educational Administration and Supervision


University reorganizes into the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, and School of Education.

UNCW names Dr. Roy E. Harkin Dean of School of Education


First graduates of the master’s degree program

Grant approved to establish the UNCW/Pender County Teacher Corps


Social and Behavioral Sciences Building opens and Psychology department moves from King Hall


National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) gives approval of UNCW's teacher education unit

NCATE logo

School of Education offers Master’s degree in Reading Education

Department of Curricular Studies establishes Education Lab in King Hall


Master of Arts in Teaching added

Photo of Dr. Robert Tyndall


Dr. Robert E. Tyndall becomes Interim Dean

Reading Recovery program begins

Photo of Dr. Jones participating in the Reading Recovery program


UNCW names Dr. Robert E. Tyndall Dean

Razor Walker Awards established

Razor Walker Awards logo


Professional Development System established with signing of district level agreements with eight school districts in the region


Classroom Technology Assistance Plan developed


Home Grown Scholarship program for minority recruitment begins

Photo of Home Grown Scholarship participants

Dr. Andrew E. Hayes serves as Interim Dean

Photo of Dr. Andrew Hayes 2002

Ground breaking held for building to house the Watson College of Education, a regional educational resource center, and the North Carolina Teacher Legacy Hall


Watson College of Education moves to new Education Building

Principal in Residence and Superintendent in Residence Programs initiated

Photo of the new Education Building 2006

Watson School of Education reorganized to include four departments: Early Childhood and Special Education; Educational Leadership; Elementary, Middle Level and Literacy Education; and Instruction Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education.

Poster session for the 2006 NCATE visit 2009

Dr. Cathy Barlow named Interim Provost of UNCW; Dr. Karen Wetherill named Interim Dean of the Watson College of Education


First Doctoral Graduates 2011

Dr. Kenneth Teitelbaum becomes the Dean of the Watson College of Education

Dean Kenneth Teitelbaum

Watson School of Education signs agreement with Galen University in Belize to establish a Masters of Education in Secondary Education in order to collaborate in the provision of a full time Masters degree with a dual award


Dr. Van O. Dempsey III becomes the Dean of the Watson College of Education

Van Dempsey

Photo of Bear Hall


Wilmington College offers first teacher education courses in pre-professional programs in elementary and secondary


Department of Education and Psychology is formed at Wilmington College with Dr. Harold Hulon as department chair

Wilmington College offers first courses in teacher education degree program in elementary education and licensure in secondary education

Dr. Harold Hulon

First graduates of teacher education program

King Hall in Spring

Department of Education and Psychology moves to new Arnold Kimsey King Hall




Psychology becomes a separate department



Dr. Roy E. Harkin becomes chair of Department of Education

Photo of Dr. Roy E. Harkin

UNCW adds Special Education and Middle Grades undergraduate programs

Extension efforts begin in Brunswick County


UNCW forms Graduate School

School of Education establishes Departments of Curricular Studies and Educational Design and Management


School of Education initiates Master’s degree in Special Education

Computer technology comes to King Hall with the installation of VAX terminals and microcomputers

Photo of the early education computer lab

Teaching Fellows program begins


Model clinical Project established with Brunswick, Duplin, and New Hanover County school systems;
Later wins ATE award

Photo of WSE Faculty

School of Education initiates first off-campus degree program in connection with Coastal Carolina Community College and Camp Lejeune with program in Elementary Education.


Teaching Fellows and School of Education offer first international experience for students with trip to Australia

Portrait of Donald R. Watson

School of Education renamed Donald R. Watson School of Education

Watson Distinguished Professorship established


Distance Education Initiative begins

School of Education adds M.Ed. in Middle Grades Education

Photo of the Distance Learning room


Birth-Kindergarten undergraduate degree program begins

Student teacher with child in the Education Lab


School of Education adds M.Ed. in Secondary Education and a M.S. in Instructional Technology


Dr. Cathy L. Barlow becomes Dean of Watson College of Education

School of Education receives the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to use Technology (PT3) grant

Photo of Dr. Cathy Barlow, Dean of Watson School of Education

WCE initiates Teacher in Residence program

Coalition for Transition to Teaching (CT3) Grant awarded


WCE signs agreement with Osaka Kyoiku University of Japan to begin administrative, faculty, and student exchanges; efforts continue in England; expansion sought in South Africa

Photo of Japanese Exchange agreement signing

Grand Opening of new Education Building and NC Teacher Legacy Hall

Photo of the NC Teacher's Legacy Hall in the Education Building

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration established


First cohort of Ed.D. students graduate

WCE celebrates 5 years in the Education Building, 30 years as School of Education, and 55 years of courses at UNCW

2012 Celebration

Watson School of Education reorganizes the Associate Dean Offices: Associate Dean for  Academic and Student Affairs and Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Outreach


Watson School of Education renamed Watson College of Education.