FAQs

Where can I find program admission and degree requirements?

You can find these on our program website at http://www.uncw.edu/ed/el/ec/

How do I apply for the program?

Graduate School Application Steps and a link to the online application can be found here: http://uncw.edu/gradschool/admissions.html. All required forms and recommendations (with the exception of official transcripts) must be completed online.

Where can I find information on deadlines and requirements?

To access the Deadline and Requirement Chart by program go here: http://uncw.edu/gradschool/admissions/deadlines.html

Is there a minimum GPA requirement for admission?

While we prefer at least a 3.0, we do not have a hard and fast GPA requirement. Work experience is also an important consideration in our review of applicant qualifications.

What is the application deadlines?

Fall - May 15

Spring - October 15

Sum. I – March 15

Sum. II – May 15

When do classes begin?

Please check the university catalog each semester.

Is the GRE required for admission to the program?

No, the GRE or GMAT are not required and won’t be in the future.  It will, however, take us a year to permanently remove the requirement from the degree program. In the meantime, there is a waiver letter on the program’s website that you can download to submit with your application.

What do I do if my transcripts are from a university outside of the U.S.?

You will need to have your transcripts evaluated by a service that does this work. Go to this link for information on getting started: http://www.uncw.edu/gradschool/admissions.html. Keep in mind that if the work was from a short-term study abroad transcripted at a U.S. regionally accredited institution; the course-by-course evaluation is not required.

I currently work in the field of Early Childhood Education, but either have a degree in an area that is not Early Childhood Education, or have not taken any coursework in early childhood. Will I need to complete any prerequisite classes?

You will need to take a foundational early childhood course only if you have no previous education or experience in the early childhood field. In this case, you would register for the introductory course in early childhood (EDL 503 Introduction to Early Childhood Education – 3 credits). This course would be counted as an elective in the program. We value past experience as well, and any additional related early childhood experiences will be evaluated to determine whether or not you need to take the foundation course.

Can I obtain licensure, for example Birth-K licensure, through this program?

No, this graduate program does not offer licensure.

Do I have to come to campus for classes?

No. All courses for this program are 100% online; however, faculty may have required virtual meetings. If you can't attend those meetings, they will be taped and available for viewing when you are available.

What is the schedule format for online classes?

The format is generally asynchronous, but faculty may schedule several synchronous sessions. All classes are taped for later viewing.

How many classes should I take each semester?

If you are working, only 2 courses per semester are suggested. 

Can I take more than 2 classes at a time?

Yes, but it is not recommended. Also, if you are applying for the TEACH scholarship, be aware that it will only cover 18 credits/year.

Are there scholarships available to help me pay enrollment fees and tuition?

Yes, the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship is a newly developed initiative launched by Child Care Services Association (CCSA). A limited number of scholarships are available to support 100% tuition costs and bonuses for recipients who complete at least 9 credits annually.

For other financial aid opportunities that support graduate studies, please contact the UNCW Financial Aid Office, http://www.uncw.edu/finaid/

I am hoping to receive a T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship. What courses are required to as part of this scholarship?

As part of the TEACH scholarship you are required to take two classes during the program, which we will offer as electives. They are: (1) budget and finance and (2) organizational development. These two course are required if you are receiving the scholarship.

How long will it take to complete the program?

It takes two years if you take 2 classes (6 credits) per semester.

What is the internship experience and how long is it?

The internship (EDL 510) is required for your degree. The internship is an experience with an agency other than your own. It does not require you to travel or be there in person. It could be something you work on to support the agency from your home agency or classroom. Your advisor will work with you on developing this experience.

Is there a capstone project?

During the final term in the program, students will complete a project that may be in the form of a thesis or an action research project that focuses on a specific area of family and child advocacy. A faculty advisor will determine final approval for the project. 

What is the protocol if a life-threatening or major family emergency occurs while I am enrolled in the program?

Students can take a leave of absence for up to one year.

T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship FAQs

What is the TEACH scholarship and how do I apply?

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship is a newly developed initiative launched by Child Care Services Association (CCSA). A limited number of scholarships are available to support 100% tuition costs and bonuses for recipients who complete at least 9 credits annually.

Where can I find out more about the TEACH scholarship?

All questions regarding the TEACH scholarship can be directed to Amy Duffy or Edith Locke at 919.967.3272. The TEACH scholarship is not administered by the University’s graduate program.

For detailed information and application for the TEACH scholarship, go to:
http://www.childcareservices.org/_downloads/TEACH_app_M_Ed_FAQ.pdf
http://www.childcareservices.org/_downloads/TEACH_app_M_Ed%20042314.pdf

What are the eligibility requirements for the TEACH Scholarship?

You are eligible to receive the TEACH scholarship if:

I am hoping to receive a T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship. What courses are required to as part of this scholarship?

As part of the TEACH scholarship you are required to take two classes during your graduate program. They are: (1) budget and finance and (2) organizational development. These two course are required if you are receiving the scholarship.

contact Information:

The LPAEC Homepage: http://www.uncw.edu/ed/el/ec/admission.html

The Graduate School: http://www.uncw.edu/grad_info/

The Graduate School FAQ: http://www.uncw.edu/gradschool/admissions/faq.html

Application: https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=UNCW-GRAD

NC Residency questions: http://uncw.edu/grad_info/Residency_Information.htm

Graduate Catalogue: http://catalogue.uncw.edu/index.php?catoid=4

Graduate School FAQs: http://www.uncw.edu/grad_info/FAQPage.htm

Kimberly Goerne: Administrative Specialist, Graduate School, 910-962-7449, goernek@uncw.edu

 



UNC Wilmington | 601 S. College Road, Wilmington NC 28403 | 910.962.3000 | About this Site | Copyright Notice | Feedback | Page maintained by: education@uncw.edu