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UNCW Receives National Rankings for Teacher Certification, Online Programs and Value

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Numbers released in January show North Carolina continues to lead the nation with the most National Board certified teachers (NBCT). UNCW is ranked 21st in the country and eighth in the state with 826 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.

The Watson College supports NCBT candidates through the PDS Office. The National Board Certification Support Program provides information, support and facilitated work sessions for teachers on Saturdays throughout the academic year. Assistant PDS director Jenn Hatch Knight manages the program.

Since 2001, WCE’s NBCT program has supported 1,258 initial candidates, 115 advanced candidates and 141 renewal candidates.

Other Recent UNCW Rankings: Best College Value and Online Programs

UNCW has been named a Best College Value for 2018 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, ranking 62nd among the top 100 public universities nationwide, up six places from the 2017 ranking. Of the six North Carolina universities in Kiplinger’s top 100, UNCW ranks 2nd in 4-year graduation and 3rd in average salary earned after graduating.

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has also been ranked #7 on the U.S. News & World Report list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

The rankings were announced in a UNCW home page story on Jan. 10.