Watson College

of Education


Watson College

of Education

The Watson College of Education is
an exciting place to learn to teach
and work with teachers and students! We have many different programs –something for everyone, no matter what age or grade you are interested in teaching. Become a part of the Watson College of Education team and come learn and grow with us.

Why Watson?

The Watson College of Education is the fourth largest producer of teachers at the undergraduate level in the state of North Carolina and has been rated "exemplary" by the State Board of Education. Only 7 out of 47 North Carolina teacher education programs received this honor. We also received the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, which honors leadership and innovation in teacher education. At Watson, we have excellent partnerships with businesses, school systems and community colleges in our region.




Already a Teacher?

You are never finished learning! You can

gain additional expertise in several different capacities and add-on licensure areas to enable you to serve in different roles in your school or district! Check out our certification-only options for Curriculum/Instruction & Supervision, Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG), English as a Second Language (ESL), Language and Literacy, School Administration, and Instructional Technology!

Course Delivery


At Watson College, courses are offered both on campus and online, allowing students to earn their degrees and/or certificates by taking on-campus courses, online courses, or a combination of both types. We offer flexible course delivery systems including fully web-enhance, fully online, weekend and night classes.


Love of Place

The University of North Carolina is part of a consortium of 17 schools across the state.  We are a coastal university, located just five miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Wilmington, also known as The Port City, is a historic community, rich in history, with ties to the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and World War II. Once home to the largest cotton exchange in the world, Wilmington now prides itself as a prime tourist destination, boasting beautiful beaches, the Cape Fear Riverfront, and temperate weather throughout most of the year.



Live and Learn

We strive to make high quality placements for candidates in a variety of supportive, professional settings during their education program. This process includes a commitment to making diverse internship placements with outstanding, experienced partnership teachers, administrators, and business leaders who support and guide interns in a professional and productive manner. Our continuing goal is to provide professional experiences which foster the development of competent professionals to serve in leadership positions.

Explore the World

Did you know that if you come to the Watson College of Education, you will have the chance to explore educational systems all around the world? Currently, we have opportunities for 5-week internships in Belize, Kuwait, and South Africa. We have other opportunities for teaching and observing in China, Costa Rica, Japan, and Great Britain. Come explore the world with Watson! You’ll be glad you did.




Admission into the Watson College of Education is a two-step process. You must first be admitted or enrolled at UNC Wilmington. Visit the UNCW Admissions website if you are not currently enrolled.





To learn more about admissions requirements for Watson, please visit our admissions website. We can't wait for you to become a member of the Watson College family!



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