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WCE Receives National Rankings for Program Quality, Affordability and Teacher Certification

Friday, January 08, 2016

Programs offered by the Watson College of Education have recently received prominent nation rankings:

  • WCE’s online master’s degree programs received a 4th place ranking on BestColleges.com’s list of Best Online Master’s in Education Programs, published in December. 

National Board Teaching Certification

Numbers released in December show North Carolina leads the nation with the most National Board certified teachers (NBCT). UNCW is ranked 23rd in the country and eighth in the state with 789 total NBCTs. National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is the highest possible certification in the teaching profession and helps North Carolina educators earn a 12 percent pay raise.

Other Recent UNCW Rankings: Increased Graduation Rates and Students Studying Abroad

In December, the Education Trust ranked UNCW 8th among U.S. four-year institutions in most impressive gains in increasing the graduation rate for underrepresented minorities, as well as all students across the board. The university also announced that UNCW ranked 7th among master’s colleges and universities last year in the number of students studying abroad. A total of 822 UNCW students enhanced their education by taking advantage of foreign-study opportunities in the 2013-14 academic year, according to the most recent Open Doors® report.

For more information see recent UNCW home page stories and recent news stories:

BestColleges.com and “Education Trust” Commend UNCW for Online Excellence and Strong Graduation Rates – UNCW home page – Dec. 8 https://.uncw.edu/news/2015/12/bestcolleges.com-and-education-trust-commend-uncw-for-online-excellence-and-strong-graduation-rates.html

UNCW Ranks 7th Among Peer Institutions in Students Studying Abroad – UNCW home page – Dec. 3 https://.uncw.edu/news/2015/12/uncw-ranks-7th-among-peer-institutions-in-students-studying-abroad.html

Wilmington Business Journal – Dec. 7: http://www.wilmingtonbiz.com/more_news/2015/12/07/online_education_programs_land_uncw_on_best_value_list/14133

Wilmington Business Journal – Jan. 18 http://www.wilmingtonbiz.com/more_news/2016/01/18/uncws_mba_teacher_education_programs_make_national_affordability_lists/14280