Department of Educational Leadership


Dr. Edith Skipper, principal at Pender Early College High School, was named Pender County Schools Principal of the Year!

Eleanor B. Patrick  named Craven County's Principal of the Year!

Congratulations to the 12 Educational Leadership students that were selected for internships at the National University of Ireland Maynooth:

  • Susan Baxter
  • Hannah Bingham
  • Hannah Brown
  • Jacob Eubanks
  • Cindy Fischer
  • Catherine Gunnells
  • Teddy Howell
  • Kara Pike Inman
  • Jon Kapell
  • Jason Modlin
  • Mary Ellen Naylor
  • Samantha Pendergraf

For additional information about this international internship, contact:

James DeVita, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and M.Ed. in Higher Education Coordinator



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. Our 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 5 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) undergraduate Leadership Studies Minor (LED ), (5) 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! 

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



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