Professional Development System

Affiliated Programs

The Professional Development System School-University Partnership in the Watson College of Education is a complex system of collegial relationships forged among twelve P-12 school district partners and university faculty, staff, and students. These longstanding relationships serve as the foundation of our academic programs, providing WCE students diverse applied learning experiences, site-based seminars, and a coaching and supervision model that pairs interns with trained partnership teachers. The growth of our partnership has led to the development of a tiered approach to participation, which includes the collaborative efforts of various WCE and University programs and centers. District partners and individual schools have the flexibility to move in and out of these tiers dependent upon their readiness to partner in (Tier 1) professional development, (Tier 2) applied learning, and (Tier 3) research/advanced support. The affiliated programs listed below provide support for faculty and public school partners in each of the three tiers.

Teachers who are interested in hosting WCE interns must be recommended by the Principal or Site Coordinator at his/her school, and, as a result, take part in PDS orientations and extended workshops required of PDS Partnership Teachers. Partnership Teachers assigned a WCE teacher intern are provided with materials and online training designed to update and assist them in mentoring their interns through the intern practicum semester. Site principals and site coordinators in schools with a cohort of interns also participate in these professional growth opportunities.

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.

1st Years of Teaching Support 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.

Academically or Intellectually Gifted Program 
The Watson College of Education (WCE) Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Program prepares teachers and educational leaders to design and deliver effective programs and services for gifted and talented students. Program graduates will be able to competently design curriculum and programs, advocate for gifted students, and deliver instruction that meets the broad spectrum of exceptional needs of gifted and talented students.

Center for Assistive Technology  
The Watson College of Education hosts the Center for Assistive Technology which serves as a lending site for AT equipment. This is facility focuses on persons with disabilities and those who provide education, therapy, intervention and care for them and which holds new and innovative materials and equipment.

CESTEM 
As a unit of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, CESTEM assists in fulfilling the University's mission to encourage public access to its educational programs and its commitment to regional service. CESTEM provides professional development opportunities to regional K-16 instructors and educational opportunities to regional K-12 students to improve the quality of pre-college science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. CESTEM is responsible for training K-16 teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics content knowledge so they have the information to teach their students.

Drop Out Prevention Coalition 
The Dropout Prevention Coalition is bringing together a broad audience representing schools, colleges, PTAs, government agencies, community organizations, businesses, the faith-based community, parents and other interested individuals to find ways to help students stay and succeed in school.

Education Laboratory 
The Betty Stike Educational Laboratory at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is designed as a critical component of the undergraduate elementary and special education programs. Students practice the methods they are learning in their courses by tutoring a child in a one-on-one setting.

ELMS Project 
The Educating Language Minority Students (ELMS) Project is dedicated to providing professional development opportunities for content area teachers who have ELLs in their classrooms as well as pre-service teachers preparing for their own classrooms. Funded by a grant through the Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition, the ELMS Project seeks to build academic support for ELLs in mainstream classrooms by increasing the number of content area teachers in North Carolina with ESL training.

Jr. Seahawk 
The Junior Seahawk Academy's targets students from economically disadvantaged and underrepresented populations to develop interests in STEM, health and education careers while participating in various fun, hands-on activities that promote learning. This program for young students who are interested in participating in unique and creative activities related to STEM, Health fields and general education.

Master Teachers 
This new PDS initiative is designed to recognize teachers in our partnership schools who have demonstrated excellence in teaching during their tenure as partnership teachers. These teachers will receive 30 hours of professional development and will work closely with our academic programs to better prepare our teacher candidates.

National Board Support 
The Watson College of Education National Board Certification Support Program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington began in 2001 and continues to be a valuable resource for participants throughout the 2015-2016 certification cycle. Activities and delivery sequence are structured to provide intensive support for all candidates and to address the changes implemented each year by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Office of Student Engagement and Recruitment 
The Office of Student Engagement and Recruitment strives to uphold the Watson College of Educations mission and value statements. OSER uses prospective student outreach, community outreach, climate and inclusion, teaching and classroom practices, and professional development strategies in order to recruit and retain teacher licensure candidates.

Rosenwald Project 
Every other year, the University of North Carolina Wilmington Upperman African American Cultural Center, History Department, and Watson College of Education host a conference on African Americans and Education. Started in 2009 (and held again in 2011 & 2013) by local teacher and historian Claudia Stack, this conference is designed to examine the history of education for African Americans in the southeast and to evaluate current educational contexts for African American students in public schools. It also examines the history of schools started with money from the Julius Rosenwald fund.

STAR Scholarship Program
The STAR (Scholarship Team in Action to Recruit) Scholarship Program provides monies to support mathematics and science majors and career changers who are seeking teacher certification and agree to teach in high need schools and districts in North Carolina. The program gives up to $10,000 for prospective teachers during the completion of their last year(s) of coursework and there are few limitations regarding how these funds may be spent. This NSF supported program began in September 2009 and is funded for five years.

Youth Programs 
Begin your journey to higher education by participating in one of UNCW's outstanding programs for youth of all ages. We offer summer academic enrichment opportunities, school year standards-based programs, and community outreach events that engage youth in experiential education, service learning and leadership development.