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School of Education - Teacher Education and Higher Education


Graduate Programs in Teacher Education and Higher Education

Teacher Education

The Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education offers a number of concentrations that culminate with eligibility for either an initial or advanced teaching license. Please read the descriptions of programs carefully below, and in the links to the left.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is designed for candidates who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education and who wish to seek initial teaching licensure. These concentrations are available: Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, Social Studies Education, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) and Science Education. Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs are designed for full time students and include required Internships and student teaching placements with partnership schools in the area.

The Master of Education (MEd) is designed for experienced teachers who already hold the “A” or initial license to teach and who wish to pursue more advanced licensure in a field of education. These concentrations are available: Elementary Education, Reading Education, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL), Middle/Secondary Language Arts, Middle/Secondary Mathematics Education, Middle/Secondary Science Education, and Middle/Secondary Social Studies Education. The Master of Education (MEd) is designed for full time or part time students who have two years of teaching experience. Classes for these programs are offered in the evening and summer to accommodate practicing professionals.

The Doctor or Philosophy (PhD) is designed for education professionals who are interested in pursuing an advanced research degree related to teaching and learning. It prepares students for positions in teacher education and related fields at universities and colleges. The program advances students’ understanding of education through rigorous coursework and develops research skills in collaboration with its nationally recognized faculty. Students may focus their studies in one the following areas:  curriculum and instruction, educational psychology, elementary or middle grades education, equity education, instructional technology, literacy, mathematics education, science education, or social studies education.

For more information, please contact:

TED Masters Programs
Dr. Kerri Richardson
482 School of Education Building

TED Doctoral Program
Dr. Dale Schunk
410 School of Education Building

Additional information about programs may be found at the links below.


Doctor of Philosophy

Why Elementary Education?

If you want a career in which you laugh, inspire, and build on children’s natural curiosity in science, math, social studies, and literacy…then becoming an elementary teacher may be for you.

At the UNCG School of Education, we believe that teachers matter! Elementary teachers tremendously impact the lives of their students. If you want to make a difference for children ages 5-11, if you want to laugh each day, if you want to inspire children to be their best and to use content to engage children in thinking about the possibilities, then our Elementary Education Program might be the right place for you. Do Something Bigger Altogether!

Elementary Education
English/Language Arts

Why English & Language Arts?

“Learning to teach is a process of identity development… it is about choosing yourself, making deeply personal choices about who you are and who you will become as a teacher” – Maxine Greene

Welcome! The English/Language Arts Program develops innovative English teachers who prepare youth to become lifelong readers and writers. At all program levels (undergraduate, masters, or doctoral), we are dedicated to improving literacy teaching and learning for all students at the middle and high school level.  Our goal is to prepare current and future educators to draw on the strengths of diverse learners to promote literacy learning foe the 21st century.  Specifically, we support the mission of the National Council of Teachers of English that “promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language.”

If you are

  • A candidate seeking English education licensure in NC
  • An experienced teacher seeking an advanced degree
  • A candidate interested in pursuing a doctoral degree focused on issues in English education
English & Language Arts
The Learning Sciences

The Learning Sciences

Learning Sciences


Why Mathematics?

Pursing a degree in mathematics education at UNCG means you will have the opportunity to work with faculty who focus on supporting teachers in productively using children’s thinking to create instructional environments that promote the conceptual learning of mathematics.

Middle Grades

Why Middle Grades?

“If you want to be a teacher who really gets to build relationships with students, middle school is the place to be.” – Middle Grades Alumnus and Guilford County Rookie Teacher of the Year

The Association for Middle Level Education’s key document, This We Believe, outlines four essential attributes of successful schools for young adolescents:

  • Developmentally Responsive
  • Challenging
  • Empowering
  • Equitable.

The Middle Grades program at UNCG prepares future teachers for North Carolina licensure in Middle Grades (grades 6-9) including an essential understanding of Middle Grades students and schools; rigorous content-area knowledge; and exemplary teaching practice. Young adolescents are in a stage of great transition, making middle school an exciting and challenging place to be.

Middle Grades


Why Science Education?

Welcome to UNCG’s science education program! Whether at the undergraduate, masters or doctoral level, our science education program is committed to the goal of supporting a robust, equitable science education to students in K-12 classrooms. Our program fills a unique niche in North Carolina. We are large enough to attract high-profile faculty, but small enough to maintain a strongly student-centered environment. We prepare teacher candidates, administrators and future science teacher educators to engage critically in issues of equity and social justice through science and environmental education.

If you are

  • a candidate who does not have an educational degree but would like to seek initial science education licensure in NC
  • an experienced teacher seeking additional licensure and/or advanced degree
  • a candidate interested in pursuing a doctoral degree focusing on science education issues

Come join us! 

Science Education
Social Studies

The purpose of the Secondary Social Studies program at UNCG is to encourage preservice and practicing teachers to think critically about the role of education in preparing students for life in an increasingly pluralistic democratic society. Our program seeks to move social studies education beyond traditional approaches of teaching dates and facts and toward an approach that fosters critical engagement with both historical and contemporary issues.

Our undergraduate and MAT programs lead to a North Carolina initial 9-12 teaching license in comprehensive social studies education, and our graduates are quite successful at landing jobs throughout the state. Our MEd program is designed for practicing social studies teachers and leads to M-Level licensure. Finally, students may pursue a doctoral degree with an emphasis in social studies education, which is designed for individuals interested in pursuing a career in academia.

Social Studies


Welcome to the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program at UNCG. The TESOL program at UNCG offers several different options to prepare teacher candidates working in various English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching environments.
If you are:

  • an experienced teacher seeking additional ESL licensure and/or advanced degree
  • a candidate who does not have an educational degree but would like to seek initial ESL licensure in NC
  • a candidate seeking TESOL certificate to be able to teach in settings other than public schools (e.g. language institute, teaching English abroad, etc.)

Then, you might be interested in our TESOL program.

TESOL Program

Graduate Programs in Higher Education


We are a diverse community of scholar-researchers, leaders, and educators who have joined together to develop effective and principled leadership, to promote transformative learning, and to advance theory and practice in the fields of higher education, community college leadership, and student affairs.

We offer the following programs:

Masters of Education in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education for those seeking entry-level positions in student affairs administration;

Doctor of Philosophy for seasoned administrators and qualified scholars who seek advanced studies in student affairs administration, community college leadership, and general higher education administration;

Contact Information:

For more information, please contact:

Masters Program
Dr. Deborah Taub
489 School of Education Building

Dr. Brad Johnson
340 School of Education Building

HED Doctoral Program
Dr. Deborah Taub
489 School of Education Building


Ph.D. in Higher Education

The PhD in Educational Studies with a concentration in higher education requires 60 semester hours and is intended for experienced administrators and qualified scholars. Students develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for investigating, understanding, and shaping the dynamic relations among students, institutions of higher education, and society. Graduates pursue careers as scholar-practitioners in areas such as student affairs, community college leadership, and general higher education administration.

Ph.D in HED
M.Ed. in SPAHE


The M.Ed. program in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education (SPAHE) at UNCG is designed to prepare entry-level professionals to work in student affairs and student services at higher education institutions. Our alumni hold positions at colleges and universities across the U.S. in areas including residence life, orientation, leadership, student activities and engagement, service-learning, admissions, financial aid, and academic advising.

Our curriculum has been newly revised to correspond to the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies as well as to the CAS Standards. Students complete courses in student development theory, social justice, administration, the effects of college on students, program development and evaluation, leadership, and research, as well as choosing a group of supporting courses and completing an internship. The 42-credit program is designed for full-time students to complete it in 4 semesters (not including summer). Most of our students complete their internships through the prestigious summer internship programs offered through ACUHO-I and NODA. This gives students the opportunity to experience another campus culture in another part of the country while enhancing their experience.





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