Master of Arts in Teaching and Graduate Teaching Certificate Programs

Masters or Graduate Certificate in Teaching

“Every day, I get to inspire children. There isn't any amount of money or any other job that can reward you as much as being an educator. To work with a child and know that you helped them learn something they'll have for the rest of their life: you can't put a price on that.”

–Damien Hazel, 2016 Marvin Elementary School Teacher of the Year

Not every job offers the opportunity to change lives while you’re at work. For teachers, it’s part of the everyday. UNC Charlotte’s Graduate Certificate and Master of Arts in Teaching programs allow those with a bachelor’s degree in other fields to explore their potential to reshape lives by becoming a licensed teacher.

The Cato College of Education is a national leader in educational equity, excellence and engagement. We are committed to preparing teachers who will provide youth with access to the highest quality education and meet the needs of all students. Our award-winning graduates are successful in all varieties of school and community environments, and many seek out high need contexts where they can make the biggest difference. 

Completion of the Graduate Certificate qualifies candidates for a North Carolina Initial teaching license. Completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching makes candidates eligible for a North Carolina Advanced Level “M” license.

Our faculty are experts in the field of education and actively involved in partnerships with local public schools. Paired with diverse clinical experiences, classes focus on instructional design, classroom management and helping our students become educational leaders.

M.A.T. Programs

Elementary (K-6)

Middle Grades (6-9)

Secondary (9-12)

Foreign Language Education

 Teaching English as a Second Language