Cato College of Education

Special Education (MED)

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education and Child Development with Special Education concentration is a professional graduate degree that serves experienced teachers who have obtained an undergraduate degree in Special Education and a North Carolina's Initial Professional License (IPL) in Special Education and who wish to be collaborative instructional leaders who are knowledgeable, effective, reflective, and responsive to equity and diversity. Upon completion of the 33-credit hour program, graduates will qualify for an M-Level NC Professional Educator's License.

Special Education (MAT)

Become the special education teacher you have always wanted to be and earn a master’s degree in the process! UNC Charlotte's Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Special Education program allows students to become a self-reflective master special education teacher, in addition to developing advanced competencies as a teacher-researcher and a teacher-leader. This program is designed for individuals who do not already hold a bachelor’s degree and/or professional teaching license in Special Education. The M.A.T. program is a 35-credit hour program consisting of two phases, the Graduate Certificate phase (Phase I) and the Master’s degree completion phase (Phase II). Completion of Phase I of the M.A.T. leads to the North Carolina Initial Professional License (IPL) in Special Education. Phase I requires 21 credit hours of coursework, including the graduate internship experience. Upon completion of Phase I, qualified candidates may apply for Phase II admission to complete the remaining requirements for the Master’s degree and qualify for an M-Level NC Professional Educator's License.

Academically & Intellectually Gifted (CERT)

The Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) graduate certificate prepares currently licensed K-12 teachers from all disciplines to employ diverse and effective instructional practices to enrich, extend, and accelerate the standard curriculum for gifted students. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students are eligible for the North Carolina K-12 Add-on Licensure in Academically or Intellectually Gifted.

Counseling (MA)

The Master's of Arts in Counseling has three concentrations: (a) Addiction Counseling, (b) School Counseling and (c) Clinical Mental Health Counseling. While each concentration has similar core course requirements, there are some important differences. The Addiction Counseling concentration prepares students to work effectively in various treatment settings and with a variety of addictive behaviors. School Counseling concentration prepares students to be effective educational leaders while providing a variety of counseling services to children and adolescents in both public and private schools. Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration prepares students to provide a variety of counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults through agencies, nonprofit organizations, corporations and private practice. Finally, students can add-on to each of these areas a concentration in Play Therapy .

Autism Spectrum Disorders (CERT)

The graduate certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is a non-licensure program designed for teachers and human service agency staff to acquire the the skills and expertise to address specific needs of individuals with ASD. This graduate certificate meets the Professional Content Standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and offers students the opportunity to pursue graduate-level education through the flexibility of online learning from UNC Charlotte faculty and ASD professionals.

Teaching English as a Second Language (MAT)

The Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) master’s degree program offers several different options to prepare teacher candidates at all stages for working in the rewarding career of English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching environments. The MAT program specifically caters to candidates who do not have an educational degree but would like to seek initial ESL licensure in North Carolina. With a master’s degree in TESL, graduates work with English Learners (ELs) and can find employment opportunities in K-12 schools; Higher Education; English Language Institutes; or non-profit organizations serving immigrant communities. Become the teacher you have always wanted to be and earn a master’s degree in the process. Interested candidates must have an bachelors degree in order to apply, but can have an undergraduate academic major in a variety of areas that include English, Anthropology, Sociology, Linguistics, International Studies, Political Science, etc. Candidates do not need to have an undergraduate degree in education to apply. UNC Charlotte's Master of Arts in Teaching programs allow students to become a self-reflective master teacher, in addition to developing advanced competencies as a teacher-researcher and a teacher-leader. **Contact the Graduate Program Director to learn about the new changes to the MAT program in TESL (Fall 2019) which will provide students access to a newly redesigned online program at significantly reduced costs**

Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

The Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare educational administrators who can assume mid-level and senior-level leadership positions in universities or community colleges and public or non-public schools. The program includes the Higher Education, Superintendency (School and District Leadership), and Learning, Design and Technology concentrations. (Fall 2020 class has been admitted. Now accepting applications for Fall 2021) Priority application deadline: January 15th Secondary application deadline: March 1st Applicants to the Ed.D. in Higher Education should apply to the Educational Leadership (EDD) program. (Main Campus Program) Applicants to the Ed.D. in Superintendency should apply to the Educational Leadership (EDD-Mecklenburg County: Mallard Creek High School program.) (Distance Ed. Program) Applicants to the Ed.D. in Learning, Design and Technology - is offered in a blended format, 50% online and 50% on main campus

Teaching Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching offers an efficient pathway to initial teacher licensure for candidates who have already earned a bachelor's degree. Courses are offered in the evening or online. With the exception of the Art Education concentration, students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Teaching can apply their coursework towards the Master of Arts in Teaching program. The Graduate Certificate in Teaching is offered in the following licensure areas: Art Education (K-12) Career and Technical Education (6-12)* Business/IT, Marketing, Technology Engineering and Design Child and Family Development (B-K) Elementary Education (K-6)* Foreign Language Education (K-12)* Arabic, Cherokee, Chinese, French, German, Greek (Ancient and Modern), Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish Middle Grades Education (6-9)* English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies Secondary Education (9-12)* Comprehensive Science, Comprehensive Social Studies, English, Math Special Education (K-12)* Adaptive Curriculum, General Curriculum *Available online

Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. in Counseling is committed to preparing multiculturally competent, ethical, clinically skilled, and knowledgeable professionals for positions as counselor educators in university settings or as clinicians and/or counselor supervisors in schools and community settings. Students in the program strive to acquire knowledge, values, and skills that are relevant to providing quality direct service to diverse populations.

Learning, Design, and Technology (CERT)

The graduate certificate in Learning, Design and Technology (LDT) prepares learners to create, analyze, use, integrate, implement, assess, evaluate and manage instructional and performance solutions. When students graduate they hold instructional design and technology positions in education (P-12 and higher education), corporate, government, or military organizations. The program develops professionals who are solidly grounded in learning, design and technology foundations, principles, theories, applications, and current trends and provides opportunities for them to integrate different forms of technology to enhance teaching and learning. This program is 100% online and has been endorsed by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). The program is fully online and is either 15 or 18 credit hour depending on selected concentration: school specialist (18 - 077 endorsement from NCDPI), training and development (15), online teaching and learning(15).