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Office of Professional Experiences

New Background Check Requirement for Education Students:
All students completing degree or non-degree programs leading to NC teacher licensure must complete a formal criminal background check as they enter education coursework and again as they begin the student-teaching internship semester. In addition, any UNCW student completing education coursework requiring field experience in a public school setting must complete the background check.
Our office has arranged for Certiphi, Inc. to complete a local, state and federal background check. Failure to complete the background check will prohibit you from taking any education coursework in which field experience is required. As the majority of education courses require fieldwork, completion of the check is critical and we will only accept the background checks run by Certiphi, Inc.
All completed background checks will be automatically transmitted to my office. There will be no need for you to print or submit a hard copy. The background checks will be reviewed thoroughly and if any offenses appear which might jeopardize your eligibility for a NC teaching license, we will contact you for a meeting to discuss the concerns.
Failure to complete the background check prior to the start of the academic semester will result in you being dropped from all education courses requiring fieldwork.
Likewise, if there is any change in the background check status during any portion of your program, it is your responsibility to immediately notify Dr. Ann Potts, pottsa@uncw.edu. Failure to disclose this change in status can result in dismissal from the Watson College of Education.
Our office will send out additional information along with instructions on how to complete the background check. The information will be sent to your UNCW email account after pre-registration ends. When you receive our email notification, please complete the background immediately.
Thank you for your quick attention to this matter. I wish you great luck as you continue your education coursework with us in the Watson College.
Best regards,
Dr. Ann Potts
Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Outreach
Watson College of Education
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Field Experiences

Spring 2015 Field Experience Dates

Field Experience Applications due: Wednesday, January 21

Placements available on MySeaport:
Friday, February 6 at 5pm

Deadline to complete field experience requirements: Wednesday, April 22

Deadline for teachers to submit evaluations: Wednesday, April 29

Evaluations distributed to instructors via MySeaport as they are received.

Summer Session I 2015 Field Experience Dates

Field Experience Applications due: Monday, May 18 at 5pm

Placements available on MySeaport:
Thursday, May 21 at 5pm

Deadline to complete field experience requirements: Thursday, June 4

Summer Session II 2015 Field Experience Dates

Field Experience Applications due: Monday, June 22 at 5pm

Placement information emailed to students:
Wednesday, July 1 at 5pm

Deadline to complete field experience requirements: Tuesday, July 21

Placement Process

Field experience courses give WCE students the opportunity to gain experience in pre K-12 classroom settings. Requirements for these courses vary, and full descriptions of each field experience can be found in the Course Requirements section of this webpage. When you are enrolled in a field experience class, the Office of Professional Experiences provides your field experience placement. Please click here for a full explanation of the Field Experience Placement Process for Fall 2014, Spring 2015, and Summer 2015.

Professional Expectations:

Field experience students are responsible for reviewing and adhering to the field experience general expectations. Please also review the WCE professional dispositions for teacher candidates:

Please be aware that field experience placements are made only in partnership school systems. For a list of partnership systems and schools, please visit the PDS website: http://www.uncw.edu/ed/pds/schools.html

Application instructions:

*If changes occur in the information included on the application after the application is completed, the student should complete the application again with the updated information. All changes must be made prior to the application deadline.

Viewing placements on MySeaport:

Field Experience Courses and Requirements

Are you wondering which of your courses require field experience and what the requirements are for these courses? Please see the link below, which lists all field experience courses for this semester and a description of the requirements for these courses.

Placement Materials

2014-2015 School System Calendars:


At the end of each fall and spring semester, the Office of Professional Experiences works with our school partners to distribute and collect field experience evaluations for students who completed field work in the public schools. This feedback is then shared with the Watson College course instructors and is used in the development of our students.

Students are responsible for following up with their field experience teachers to ensure that they received and submitted the electronic evaluation. Students are evaluated based on the criteria below:

Partnership Teachers: The electronic evaluation link is sent directly to the Site Coordinator at your school for distribution. Please contact Stephanie Glowa, Field Experience Coordinator, if you have any questions or need assistance with the evaluation. Thank you for taking the time to provide this very valuable feedback for our students.

Contact Information

For questions regarding field experiences, please contact Ms. Stephanie Glowa, Field Experience Coordinator, at glowas@uncw.edu or (910) 962-3086.