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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.

Criminal Justice (MS)

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a social science degree. As such, students are trained in the areas of criminological theory, criminal justice policy, law and social control, research methodology and data analysis. The goal of the program is to produce graduates who can think broadly and critically about issues related to crime and the criminal justice system, and to be informed consumers as well as producers of scientific research. These skills can serve students well in many areas of the criminal justice workforce, and/or in their future endeavors in Ph.D. programs.

Curriculum and Instruction (MED)

Why choose the UNC Charlotte M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction? Interested in innovative methods to help your students achieve their potential and to support your school in flourishing as a learning environment? If you want to be a teacher leader, the person who can be the change agent in your school or district, the Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (C & I) will put you on the path toward your goal. The program is designed for teachers who want the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills through an accessible, cost-effective, flexible online education program. This 30-hour M.Ed. program is based on a candidate’s initial license in a core field. It is composed of three strands (middle grades, secondary education, or TESL) that concentrate on developing knowledgeable, effective, reflective and responsive practitioners who will become leaders in the profession. Areas of study include culturally sustaining pedagogy, equity & education, educational research methodology, curriculum theory, analysis of teaching, advanced methodology, and curriculum development, including the application of technology in teaching. In addition, the program includes advanced coursework in the candidate's initial-licensure area (i.e., English language arts, social studies or history, mathematics and sciences, or English as a Second Language). Courses are also appropriate for teacher licensure renewal or individual professional growth. Successful completion of this program leads to “M” level (Master’s/Advanced Competencies) license. Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum & Instruction (C & I) with 3 strand options Middle Grades Education (6-9) Secondary Education (9-12) Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), (K-12)

Curriculum and Instruction (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction is an interdisciplinary degree involving the Departments of English; Mathematics; Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education; Reading and Elementary Education; and many others across the UNC Charlotte campus. The program offers the following three areas of specialization, all of which emphasize the context of urban education issues: Elementary Education; Literacy; and Mathematics Education.

Cyber Security (MS)

The Master of Science in Cyber Security is designed to equip students with the latest knowledge and skills in Cyber Security and privacy. Graduates of the program will be employable by both businesses and governments that have important information assets to be protected from increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks. Specific educational objectives of the program include: • A fundamental understanding of: common vulnerabilities of computing and networked systems, cyber-attacking methods, human and organizational aspects of Cyber Security, methods for compromising privacy, and risk assessment of cyber-attacks. • Able to apply security techniques to analyze and evaluate the security risk of information systems and networks. • Able to design information systems and networks with security controls to minimize security risks.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is the terminal practice degree in Nursing. This degree builds upon the student's current knowledge of clinical practice. The program will prepare students to practice at the highest clinical level and provide leadership in our dynamic healthcare systems. Graduates of the program will be able to analyze systems of care and provide high level leadership to improve patient safety and quality of care and to implement evidence-based culturally competent care practices.

Early Childhood Mental Health (CERT)

The School of Social Work and Department of Special Education and Child Development, have created this joint certificate program focusing on children (birth to five years of age) and their families. Among other skills, graduates of this Certificate will be able to promote awareness about the importance of early childhood mental health, explain the relationship of social, cognitive, and communication development in young children and help to facilitate positive social‐communication skills between young children, parents, and other caretakers in a variety of settings.

Earth Sciences (MS)

The Master of Science in Earth Sciences gives students the opportunity for study and research in the areas of geology, hydrology, atmospheric science, remote sensing, spatial analysis and environmental science. The program offers graduate students personal guidance in field, laboratory, and computing facilities. The program offers a healthy combination of both field- and model-based Earth Science research as well as applied and academic research opportunities.

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. 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 Email program inquires to edld-edd-program@uncc.edu

Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation prepares education professionals who seek advanced research, data analyses, and evaluation skills for positions in a wide variety of educational institutions including higher education, K-12 school districts, for-profit companies, nonprofit agencies, community colleges, think tanks, government organizations, and other institutions concerned with solving problems in education. The Ph.D. program targets experienced educators who hold a masters’ degree in a related educational field. Individuals that are attracted to the new program will seek to deepen their research skills for improving education programs. Other students may pursue the Ph.D. as a means of transitioning into a career in higher education.