Frequently Asked Questions for Current Students


  1. Where do I start?
  2. What degree will I get?
  3. What is an academic concentration?
  4. What are the admissions requirements for the Watson College of Education?
  5. What are the Praxis I, Praxis Core, Praxis II, and MTEL tests?
  6. When should I apply?
  7. Will I be blocked from Watson Courses if my application to Watson is in process?
  8. The class I need to register for is already full. What should I do?
  9. How do I use the waitlist?
  10. Who is my advisor?
  11. What are the required background checks?

Where do I start?

Students who are learning about the Watson College of Education would benefit from spending time navigating this website. It is strongly encouraged, and would be extremely beneficial since most information can be found online. After seeking the available resources, students may request one-on-one advising with an advisor at any time to address additional questions and concerns.

What degree will I get?

If you are seeking an undergraduate degree to teach in any of the following areas, you receive a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Education:

If you are seeking an undergraduate degree to teach in any of the following areas, you will receive a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in the specific Subject with Teacher Licensure:

What is an academic concentration?

It is a group of courses in a subject area outside of education. Elementary Education and Middle Grades majors are required to complete academic concentration(s). Click here for more information.

What are the admissions requirements for the Watson College of Education?

Click here for all of the details

What are Praxis I, Praxis Core, Praxis II and MTEL tests?

There are two sets of standardized tests. The Praxis 1 or the Praxis Core is required (unless exempt) for admission into Watson. Skills tested are reading, writing and math. The exam can be taken as many times as needed in order to obtain the minimum passing scores. Non UNCW students may take these tests. The Praxis 1 is offered at multiple sites, including the UNCW Testing Center. The Praxis Core is offered at Pearson in Wilmington. The Praxis II and MTEL are the licensing tests. See the Praxis information page for more details.

When should I apply?

You should apply as soon as you have met the requirements ideally in the sophomore year. Applications are reviewed three times per year. Deadlines are: December 1, May 1 and August 1. Once grades are posted, decisions are made and notifications are sent via email.

Will I be blocked from Watson Courses if my application to Watson is in process?

No, all students are allowed to pre-register for courses in anticipation of being accepted to Watson. If a student pre-registers for a course and does not get accepted to Watson, he/she will have to drop the course prior to the beginning of the term.

The class I need to register for is already full. What should I do?

When SEANET is open, many UNCW students are accessing SEANET to make adjustments to his/her schedule. Likely the number of seats open in any given course will fluctuate quite a bit between pre-registration and the first few days of classes. So if you want a class that appears full when you log into SEANET, the following is the procedure:

Who is my advisor?

Your degree audit will indicate the name of your advisor. Click here for instructions to get a degree audit.

See also: Who will advise me?

What are the required background checks?

All students wishing to apply to Watson and participate in the required field studies must complete background checks. One background check is part of the Watson Application, done online with no cost. The second background check is required prior to field studies by Certiphi. Students will be notified by email when the Certiphi check is required. More information can be found here.





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