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WCE to Offer Online MAT, new Certificate Programs in Fall 2019

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Professionals interested in a Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education can now select from two program options: a main campus face-to face track or a distance learning/online track. Both programs enable students to earn a master’s degree and become licensed to teach elementary in as little as 18 months.

UNCW’s Graduate School is currently accepting applications for the first cohort of the new online MAT, which will begin in fall 2019.

The program is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree but have little or no background in education. Courses are fully online and delivered asynchronously. Field experiences (including the internship) take place in PDS Counties and Regional PDS Counties.

WCE associate professor Tracy Hargrove is coordinator of the program. For more information, visit the program website.

Coaching and Mentoring Certificate – New! Fall 2019

WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership has introduced a new Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring. Grounded in the latest research in mentoring and coaching, the program provides graduate students (from any discipline) the opportunity to obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to be effective mentors, mentees and coaches.

The 18-credit hour graduate program will provide participants with a variety of diverse learning opportunities and hands-on experience as well as a field internship.

Marsha Carr, chair of WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership is coordinator of the program. For more information, visit the program website.

Community College Teaching in Early Childhood Certificate – New! Fall 2019

The Watson College has introduced a new certificate program to help professionals become qualified to teach Community College courses in the area of Early Childhood Education.

Students enrolled in WCE’s Master’s in Education in Leadership, Policy, and Advocacy and students already holding a master’s degree in early childhood or a related area are eligible to apply. The program, offered completely online, features 18 credits in courses in Early Childhood Education in the areas of foundations, curriculum, administration, intervention, child development and cultural diversity.

WCE professor Susan Catapano is coordinator of the program. For more information, visit the program website.

Community College Leadership Certificate – New! Fall 2019

The Watson College will admit a pilot cohort in fall 2019 for a new Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program in Community College Leadership.

The 12- credit hour program, offered through the Higher Education program in WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership, is designed for community college administrators and faculty members. Courses focus on teaching and learning at community colleges and provide an overview of the mission, functions and diversity among community college leadership. Organizational management, including policy and budgeting, will also be covered.

The program will be offered in a hybrid format that provides flexibility for full-time professionals who may need access to distance education options. 

The Watson College will officially launch the new College Leadership Certificate program at a gathering of community college leaders on May 16. UNCW’s Graduate School will open applications soon. Applications for the initial cohort will be accepted through August 15.

Individuals interested in additional information may contact WCE program coordinator Denise Henning at henningd@uncw or 910-859-4889 or WCE associate professor James DeVita at devitaj@uncw.edu.