Offices and Services

Professional Development System

A University-School Partnership

One of the strongest and most comprehensive examples of university-school partnerships in the nation is the exemplary Watson School of Education Professional Development System Partnership. This 13-year collaborative has established collegial working relationships with ten school districts. The university recognized early that true systemic reform of teacher preparation would require honest and aggressive partnerships among schools of education, public schools and the general public. Visit the PDS website >


Office of Professional Experiences

The Watson College of Education strives to make high quality placements for candidates in a variety of supportive, professional settings during their education program. This process includes a commitment to making diverse internship placements with outstanding, experienced partnership teachers, administrators, and business leaders who support and guide interns in a professional and productive manner.

Our continuing goal is to provide professional experiences which foster the development of competent professionals to serve in leadership positions. This website provides access to information, forms, policies and procedures related to the variety of professional experiences provided by the Watson College of Education. Visit the PET website >


Betty Stike Education Laboratory

The Betty Stike Educational Laboratory at UNCW is designed as a critical component of the undergraduate elementary and special education and middle grades programs. Students practice the methods they are learning in their courses by teaching a child in a one-on-one setting.

The Ed Lab is located in the Watson College of Education Regional Educational Resource Center. It provides an environment rich with print and non-print media, manipulatives for math, and a wide variety of materials and supplies which invite learning. Visit the Betty Stike Education Laboratory website >


First Years of Teaching Leadership Program

The Watson College of Education supports its graduates in the first three years of their teaching career through the First Years of Teaching Support Program. This program engages teachers in reflective decision-making focused on developing instructional practices that increase student performance.

The three components of the program are: onsite support and professional growth, online mentoring, and web-based resources selected to address the responsibilities of new teachers. Participants receive a certificate recognizing their active participation in onsite support and professional growth activities.

Visit the First Years of Teaching website for more information >


National Board Certification Support Program


The Watson College of Education's "National Board Certification Support Program" for educators in our partnership districts began in 2001 and has continued to be a valuable resource for participants.

We have structured the activities and delivery sequence to provide increased support for all candidates and to address the changes implemented by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The Watson College of Education also takes an active role in teaching others how to provide valuable support to teachers seeking certification.

Visit the NBCT website for more information >


Community Outreach

The Watson College of Education Outreach Liaison provides ongoing collaborative initiatives with community stakeholders and other educational partners to promote academic connections and  professional growth, community awareness and student support services to Watson College of Education and  other educators in Southeastern North Carolina. Essential functions include:

Visit the Community Outreach website >



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