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UNCW Receives National Rankings for Teacher Certification, Online Programs

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Numbers released in December show North Carolina continues to lead the nation with the most National Board certified teachers. UNCW is ranked 21st in the country and eighth in the state with 837 graduates achieving National Board certification.

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. There are currently 95 teachers enrolled in the program. The Watson College also partnered with Clinton City Schools to provide National Board Certification support for teachers in the district during the 2018-19 academic year.

Assistant PDS director Jenn Hatch Knight manages Watson’s NBCT program. She said the National Board certification process is challenging, and WCE’s NCBT program helps busy teachers stay on track as they work to complete each component.

“Within our program, I am most proud that teachers from some of the state’s most challenging schools have achieved certification, and more and more teachers are receiving the highest score of 4 on components,” Knight said. “Our support is growing throughout the state having two participating teachers from Robeson County now certified, and nine teachers from Clinton City passed in the first eligible year of certification, which is difficult to achieve.”

Since 2001, the program has supported 1,282 initial candidates, 117 advanced candidates and 151 renewal candidates.

Other Recent UNCW News and Rankings

For the second consecutive year, the University of North Carolina Wilmington is ranked 8th on U.S. News & World Report’s list of 2020 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. The university also ranked 6th, along with Penn State-World Campus, on the publication’s list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans for the second year in a row. Several graduate programs were also recognized among top online programs, including graduate programs in Education.

UNCW announced the new rankings news on January 14. Read the story here: UNCW Ranked 8th Nationally for Online Bachelor’s Programs.

Media Coverage

The McDowell News, December 17, 2019, NC a leader in National Board Certified teachers

The Charlotte Observer, January 14: NC colleges have some of the top online education programs. Here’s the US News list.