Department of Educational Leadership


Click here to learn more about Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 Ed.D. course offerings.  Registration for both summer and fall will begin the first week in April.


Child Care Services Association (CCSA) announced the launch of its newly developed T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood┬« Scholarship. A limited number of scholarships are available to support 100% of tuition costs and bonuses for recipients who complete at least nine credits annually. Current or future leaders and/or managers who are working in the early care and education field in North Carolina are eligible to apply. Information and application materials can be downloaded at

Contact Information

Department Chair
Dr. Susan C. Faircloth
Phone: (910) 962-2290
Fax: (910) 962-3609

Watson College of Education
University of North Carolina
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5980


The Department of Educational Leadership is committed to the professional preparation of highly skilled, creative and dedicated leaders for the schools of North Carolina and the entire nation. The programs are designed for motivated individuals interested in holding leadership positions in schools, school districts, school boards, educational agencies and/or university departments of Educational Leadership, Administration, Curriculum, Instruction, and Higher Education.

Within this department are 6 distinct Watson College of Education programs:  (1) Masters in School Administration (MSA) program, (2) Masters in Education in Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision (M.Ed. CIS) (3) Masters in Education in Higher Education (M.Ed. HE) (4) Masters in Education in Leadership, Policy, and Advocacy in Early Childhood (M.Ed. LPA EC) (5) undergraduate Leadership Studies Minor (LED ), (6) Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) program. For those that already have a Master's degree, additional non-degree School Administration licensure and CIS licensure programs are available as well.

We enjoy NCATE (national), Southern Association Accreditation (SACS-regional) and state accreditation in North Carolina at the Watson College and department levels. Our faculty members bring their experience in various leadership positions to the classroom while also conducting research in their area of expertise. 

Courses engage learners in reflective practices as they work together to meet the needs of diverse learners and advocate for social justice. Our department embraces multiple theories of learning, creative problem-solving, unique designs of leadership and innovative approaches to building capacity for learners, including the opportunity to travel abroad with our international studies program. Programs are delivered online and through distance education for convenience and flexibility. Theory and practice come together in school communities with internships and practica supporting implementation of strategies learned through study and application. 

The Watson College of Education Department of Educational Leadership reaches out to the future by preparing the most ingenious educators today!  Great minds. Great leaders. Great schools. Come join us!





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