Frequently Asked Questions About the Extension Program
- What is the extension program?
- Where do I start?
- How do I apply for the Extension Program?
- What are the admissions requirements for the Watson College of Education?
- How does the extension program work for students not enrolling in classes through the Onslow Extension site?
- Where do I find financial aid information?
- What is SOCMAR?
- What is the SMART form?
- How many transfer credit hours can be used toward completing the UNCW program?
- What transfer courses will apply to my education degree?
- When can I register for my classes?
- What is the Praxis Core?
- If I have already earned a bachelor’s degree, how do I get a license to teach in North Carolina?
- Will I be licensed to teach if I move to another state?
- What is an academic concentration?
The extension program allows students living in the following counties to complete their Elementary Education degree through online and face-to-face courses at the corresponding extension sites: Onslow, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, Sampson and Carteret Counties.
Admission to UNCW and the Watson College of Education is a two-step process.
The first step is admission to the university.
The second step is admission to the Watson College of Education (WCE). Students typically apply during their sophomore or junior year. Transfer students typically during their first or second semester at UNCW. A delay in application to WCE can result in a delayed projected graduation date.
First, apply for admission to UNCW. Be sure to check the “extension” box on the application form. Applications for the Extension Program are handled in the same manner as the main campus applications. Apply on-line a http://www.uncw.edu/admissions/transfer.html
- Completion of English Composition (Eng 100 or 101 and Eng 200 or 201, or Eng 103), one math, and one science laboratory course with a grade of “C-“ or better in each course.
- Completion of introductory educational foundations coursework, EDN 200 with a grade of "C-" or better.
- Completion of forty-five or more college credit hours with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.70 on a 4.00 scale on work attempted at UNCW. Transfer students must earn a 2.70 on a minimum of 9 hours completed at UNCW.
- Passing scores on teacher education entry tests specified and mandated by the Board of Education of the State of North Carolina (Praxis Core.)
how does the extension program work for students not enrolling in classes through the onlsow extension site?
Students transferring in with an AA or AS degree from a North Carolina Community College, who live outside of New Hanover County and within our service region (Brunswick, Cartaret, Columbus, Duplin, Pender, and Sampson counties) are eligible to pursue an online degree in elementary education by enrolling in online extension classes. In terms of the required field experiences, these most likely can be completed in schools within the PDS partnership closest to the student's home.
Go to the financial aid and veteran’s services webpage at http://www.uncw.edu/finaid. See the "Students" category.
The subcategories that contain appropriate information for extension students include:
- New Admits
Each category has specific directions about the initial steps that need to be taken to apply for financial aid. It is important to contact the financial aid office to ask questions and be assigned a financial aid counselor.
Extension students may be taking some courses at institutions other than UNCW such as the nearest Community College. It is very important that a transient study form is completed for each course in order to be eligible for financial aid to cover those expenses.
We are a Serviceman’s Opportunity College. If you have completed 25% of your studies at UNCW, you meet the requirements under SOCMAR to earn a degree at UNCW. You will be able to complete the remainder of your studies at another institution and transfer the credits back to UNCW. Communication and coordination between the two institutions is needed.
The SMART form is the form that lists your military training. It is evaluated to see if any of the training is comparable to coursework. Please submit your SMART form with your application for admission to UNCW.
Up to 64 credit hours can be transferred from two year institutions.
Up to 93 credit hours can be transferred from four year institutions.
Once you are accepted and have made arrangements to attend UNCW, the Registrar’s office will evaluate any previous college credit.
You may also take a look at the articulation chart. It shows how courses come into UNCW. You can compare the courses you bring in with those listed on your program sheet (add link to site with them), if you are seeking an undergraduate education degree.
After acceptance to UNCW you will complete an orientation session related to your intended major or program. Either as part of the orientation, or immediately following, you will be advised about remaining courses to take for completion of your undergraduate degree. You will then have the opportunity to register.
Praxis Core is a required exam that students must take and pass (unless exempt) before being admitted into Watson. Praxis Core tests reading, writing, and math skills. Students can take this exam as many times as needed in order to obtain the minimum passing scores. You do not have to be a UNCW student to take this test. The test is offered at multiple sites, including the UNCW Testing Center.
You may follow our Licensure Program or a Master’s Degree program leading to teacher licensure. It is unnecessary to get a second bachelor’s degree.
Contact the Department of Education of the state where you want to be licensed.