Profile

VISION: 

Our vision is to be a national leader in educational equity through excellence and engagement.

STUDENTS:

More than 2,000 students enrolled in programs in the College of Education.

FACULTY:  

115 full-time faculty provide instruction, conduct research, and contribute to both the university and the community through service.


U. S. News and World Report ranks the Cato College of Education in the top 15% of institutions in the nation


Recent Alumni Awards:

  • 2018 Cabarrus County Schools Teacher of the Year
  • 2017 Excellence in Educational Leadership Award from the University Council for Educational Administration
  • 2017 National Association for Gifted Children Administrator of the Year 
  • 2017 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Exceptional Children's Teacher of the Year
  • 2017 Cabarrus County Schools Teacher of the Year
  • 2017 Cabarrus County Schools Principal of the Year
  • 2017 Cabarrus County Schools Assistant Principal of the Year
  • 2017 Rowan-Salisbury Schools Teacher of the Year
  • 2017 Rowan Salisbury Schools Principal of the Year
  • 2017 North Carolina Virtual Public School Teacher of the Year
  • 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. Chuang Wang received the 2018 Harshini V. de Silva Graduate Mentor Award
  • Dr. Diane Browder received the 2018 Special Education Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children.
  • Dr. Jeanneine Jones received the 2018 North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education Distinguished Service Award
  • Dr. Zoi Philippakos received the 2017 New Graduate Alumni Award from the University of Delaware (UD)
  • Dr. Chance Lewis was 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. 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. Diane M. Browder 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.
  • For 2017, the Cato College of Education received over $7.6 million in external funding. From 2013-2017, approximately $36.9 million has been secured from external donors. 
  • 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..  

Research Centers and Institutes

  • 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 Education, Music Education, Secondary Education, Teaching English as a Second Language, Theatre Education, Elementary Education, Child and Family Development, Special Education: Adapted or General Curriculum.
  • 3 Add-on Graduate Certificate Licensure Programs:  Elementary Mathematics (K-5), Instructional Systems Technology, Special Education- Academically & Intellectually Gifted.
  • 3 Non-Licensure Graduate Certificate Programs:  Autism Spectrum Disorder, Play Therapy, Substance Abuse Certificate.
  • 10 Master of Arts in Teaching Programs:  Art Education, Dance Education, Foreign Language Education, Middle Grades Education, Secondary Education, Teaching English as a Second Language, Theatre Education, Elementary Education, Child & Family Development, Special Education.
  • 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 Technology, Middle Grades and Secondary Education, Teaching English as a Second Language, Elementary Education1, Reading, Language, and Literacy, Child & Family Development, Special Education, Special Education: Academically & Intellectually Gifted.
  • 1 Master of School Administration Program:  School Administration.
  • 3 Post Masters Graduate Certificate Programs:  Counseling-School, Curriculum and Supervision, School Administration.
  • 4 Doctoral Programs:  Counseling, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Special Education.