Profile

Vision: Our vision is to be a national leader in educational equity through excellence and engagement.
Students: 2,380 students enrolled in programs in the College of Education
Faculty:  118 full-time faculty provide instruction, conduct research, and contribute to both the university and the community through service.

Recent Alumni Awards:

2016 Kannapolis City Schools Teacher of the Year

2016 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Teacher of the Year

2015 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Teacher of the Year

2016 Gaston County Schools Teacher of the Year

2016 Greene County Schools Teacher of the Year

2016 Ashe County Schools Teacher of the Year

2016 Cabarrus County Schools Teacher of the Year

2016 Cabarrus County Schools Principal of the Year

2016 Cabarrus County Schools Assistant Principal of the Year

2015 Kannapolis City Schools Teacher of the Year

2016 Newton-Conover Schools Assistant Principal of the Year

2015 Stanly County Fine Arts Educator of the Year


  • Dr. Chance Lewis selected as 2016 recipient of the Harshini V. de Silva Award. The award is presented annually to the faculty member who best exemplifies the commitment de Silva, a former UNC Charlotte professor, displayed to graduate student mentorship.
  • Dr. Sejal Foxx named  2015 North Carolina School Counselor Association Counselor Educator of the Year
  • Dr. Rebecca Shore named 2015 North Carolina Arts Education Association Arts Educator of the Year
  • Dr. Scott Kissau named 2015 Teacher of the Year in higher education by the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina
  • Dr. Tracy Rock, associate professor of elementary education, received the 2015 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, the most prestigious university system-wide award for superior teaching.  In 2014 Tracy was the recipient of the Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence, UNC Charlotte’s highest honor for excellence in teaching. 
  • Dr. David Test was awarded the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (OSEP, US-DOE), a national technical assistance and dissemination center funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (2015-2020 at $2.5M a year). Dr. Test also won the 2014 Iva Dean Cook Teacher of the Year Award, Division on Career Development, Council of Exceptional Children.
  • Dr. Ya-yu Lo won the 2015 Fred Keller Excellence in Behavior Award for outstanding contribution to behavior analysis in North Carolina.
  • Dr. Mark D’Amico received the 2014 Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholar Award from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges, an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges.
  • Dr. Drew Polly was awarded with the 2014 Innovator Award by the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics for his outstanding contributions to mathematics education and schools in North Carolina.
  • Dr. Chance W. Lewis, Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Urban Education was selected as the 2013 recipient of the Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Lifetime Scholarship.
  • Dr. Claudia Flowers, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, received the 2012 Harshini V. de Silva Award for mentoring, an award for great commitment to students, research and scholarly inquiry.
  • Dr. Diane M. Browder, Lake and Edward J. Snyder Jr. Distinguished Professor of Special Education received the 2011 O. Max Gardner Award, the highest faculty award presented by the University Of North Carolina Board Of Governors.  She was also awarded the 2009 First Citizens Scholars Medal Award.
  • The College of Education was awarded $5,677,274 dollars in external research and development grants during 2013-14.  We totaled more than $27M in external grant funds from 2012-2015.
  • Over 120 Charlotte Teach for America (TFA) lateral entry teachers have earned licensure through coursework by completing a Graduate Certificate in Teaching or Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) through the College of Education.  Currently there are 38 Charlotte-TFA teachers enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Teaching or MAT programs at UNC Charlotte.
  • The College of Education recently launched an CACREP Accredited Addiction Counseling program.  

Research Centers and Institutes Housed within the College of Education

  • Center for Adolescent Literacies
  • Center for Educational Measurement and Evaluation (CEME)
  • Center for Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Education (CSTEM)
  • Multicultural Play Therapy Center
  • National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (OSEP, US-DOE)
  • The Urban Education Collaborative

Academic Programs in the College of Education

  • 5 Undergraduate Majors (Initial Licensure):  Elementary Education, Special Education-Elementary Education (dual license), Special Education, Middle Grades Education, Child and Family Development.
  • 6 Undergraduate Minors (4 lead to initial licensure):  Foreign Language Education (Licensure), Secondary Education (Licensure), Teaching English as a Second Language (Licensure), Urban Youth and Communities, Reading (Licensure), Child and Family Development.
  • 12 Graduate Certificate Initial Licensure Programs:  Art Education, Dance Education, Foreign Language Education, Middle Grades Education1, Music Education, Secondary Education1, Teaching English as a Second Language, Theatre Education, Elementary Education, Child and Family Development, Special Education: Adapted or General Curriculum1.
  • 3 Add-on Graduate Certificate Licensure Programs:  Elementary Mathematics (K-5) 2, Instructional Systems Technology2, Special Education- Academically & Intellectually Gifted2.
  • 3 Non-Licensure Graduate Certificate Programs:  Autism Spectrum Disorder2, Play Therapy, Substance Abuse Certificate.
  • 10 Master of Arts in Teaching Programs:  Art Education, Dance Education, Foreign Language Education, Middle Grades Education1, Secondary Education1, Teaching English as a Second Language, Theatre Education, Elementary Education1, Child & Family Development, Special Education1.
  • 3 Master of Arts Programs:  English Education, Math Education, Counseling: Addiction, Clinical Mental Health, School Counseling.
  • 9 Master of Education Programs:  Curriculum & Supervision, Instructional Systems Technology2, Middle Grades and Secondary Education1, Teaching English as a Second Language, Elementary Education1, Reading, Language, and Literacy3, Child & Family Development, Special Education1, Special Education: Academically & Intellectually Gifted2.
  • 1 Master of School Administration Program:  School Administration3.
  • 3 Post Masters Graduate Certificate Programs:  Counseling-School1, Curriculum and Supervision, School Administration.
  • 4 Doctoral Programs:  Counseling, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Special Education.