Department of Educational Leadership


Congratulations to the Recent Doctorate of Educational Leadership Graduates:

Dr. Karen Lynn Baker

Dr. Corrine Salefsky Edwards

Dr. Crystal Elizabeth Hollenbaugh

Dr. Stephie Michelle McCumbee

Dr. Lisa Ireland Peele

Dr. Daniel Allen Richardson

Dr. Jaime Lynn Russell

Dr. Amatullah Stanback

Dr. Katrin Adelheid Wesner


EdD Information Session
Sunday, April 10, 2016
5:50 pm | Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00) | 1 hr 10 mins

Join WebEx Meeting number: 647 896 803

For more information, contact Dr. Susan Faircloth



Leadership Studies Students Support UNCW Step Up for Soldiers

Pictured: (L-R) UNCW students Eric Graham and Natasha Bowers with Chancellor Sartarelli

On Wednesday, February 17, Dr. DeVita will participate in a panel presentation and workshop about graduate schools that is being held at Western Carolina University (WCU) in Cullowhee, NC.  The event begins at 6 PM on WCU’s campus in the Blue Ridge Hall Multipurpose Room.  Students interested in learning more about our graduate programs at UNCW are encouraged to attend.

Check out the exciting things our Higher Education program faculty and students are doing.

WCE Assistant Professor Andrew Ryder Receives National Recognition as an Emerging Scholar

Daniel Richardson, doctoral student, Watson College of Education, was recently selected as the North Carolina Science Teachers Association Outstanding High School Science Teacher for District Two.

Dr. Andy Ryder, Assistant Professor of Higher Education has been selected as a 2016-2018 ACPA: College Students International Emerging Scholar Designee. 

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!




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 degree programs, 2 licensure options, and 1 certificate:

  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
  6. For those that already have a Master's degree, additional non-degree School Administration licensure and CIS licensure programs are available as well.
  7. CollegeTeaching and Learning Certificate program

We enjoy NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education), 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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