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Our Master’s Programs

Greetings, At the UNC School of Education, we know that our world is propelled by people. Here in Chapel Hill, we build the minds, spirit, and resolve of future leaders and scholars dedicated to making our world a better place through education. Our community of scholars, students, staff, and alumni work to solve education’s most pressing and persistent problems. Through this work, we seek equitable opportunities and outcomes for all to ensure that every learner has the opportunity to reach their maximum potential. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work to realize the transformative power of education. Our master’s programs take a social justice approach to ensure that education can break down barriers, lift up individuals, and empower communities to rise and thrive. We take pride knowing that you wish to either start or advance your career in education. And we are honored that you are considering our School in this important decision. Our programs will not only provide you the knowledge and skills to be an effective educator, they will provide the tools to be a leader in that work. Join us in our work to Propel the World.

Fouad Abd-El-Khalick Dean and Professor

How you can propel the world At the UNC School of Education, we propel the world. These words are certainly ambitious, and they reflect our commitment to education. In Peabody Hall on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, we prepare the highest quality educators who, in turn, will prepare a generation of minds and hearts who will change our world in countless ways. Each member of our community’s work to propel the world looks different, but collectively our work is grounded by four pillars: collaborating for the greater good, advancing knowledge and driving innovation, empowering leaders of tomorrow, and educating the whole. No matter the degree you seek, all of our programs draw upon our fields’ best research — some of which is produced right here within our building — to equip students with effective, evidence-based practices learned through coursework and put into practice during internship experiences. And no matter the program, our student-focused faculty members ensure you are prepared to serve every learner through your work, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized among them. When you graduate and leave Chapel Hill, you will stand among North Carolina’s most highly effective educators, prepared to lead in a variety of settings and prepared to advocate for and realize equity for all learners.

A proudly public leader serving North Carolina For its 2021 guide, U.S. News & World Report ranked the UNC School of Edcation No. 24, rising 11 places since 2017. The School ranked No. 14 among public schools of education and remained the No. 1 school of education in North Carolina. These rankings are based on quality assessments by a range of education scholars and professionals, including school and district leaders. Those leaders regularly praise the quality of our graduates who go on to lead in classrooms, schools, and districts across North Carolina.










Our Faculty Once on campus and enrolled in one of our programs, you will learn from some of the field’s most respected researchers and faculty members with a proven track record of producing the highest quality scholars, educators, and education leaders. Learning sciences, educational and school psychology, school counseling, innovation and entrepreneurship, curriculum and instruction, policy and leadership, special education, and human development and family studies. Our faculty members have expertise in a number of areas, and their student-focused approach ensures that knowledge benefits you and your career.

Lauren Sartain

Assistant Professor An instructor in the MSA program, Sartain is a scholar on the rise whose research has focused on teacher quality, school choice and school quality, and educational reform. Her current work seeks to understand the ways to prepare the most effective principals.

Robert Martinez

Assistant Professor Martinez, a faculty member in school counseling, prepares his students to be future advocates for all students through a social justice approach. His research focuses on preparing Latinx students and their families for postsecondary education.

Martinette Horner

Program Coordinator, Master of School Administration Before teaching leadership courses at Carolina, Horner led in elementary classrooms and schools, and mentored beginning teachers. Her research connects leadership practice and preparation, and examines school leaders as improvement specialists.

Kelly Ryoo

Associate Professor Ryoo, who teaches courses in our Ph.D. and MEITE programs, works to promote equity for underrepresented minority students, particularly English language learners, in science education through the design and use of innovative technology.

Brian Gibbs

Clinical Assistant Professor Gibbs teaches courses in the MAT program, providing future teachers with tools to create inclusive and democratic classrooms. His most recent research examines how educators can genuinely teach tough histories.

Meet all of our faculty members at ed.unc.edu/people

Our Programs Our master’s degree programs are designed to prepare students for successful careers in education, careers that ensure that learners reach their maximum potential. At the core of each of our programs is experiential education and a commitment to social justice. Whether you are a student in the MAT, MEITE, School Counseling, or MSA program, required experiences and internships enable you to put classroom knowledge into practice in area schools, educational organizations, and companies at the leading edge of educational technologies. In each of these experiences, students learn from and collaborate with some of the most experienced and effective leaders in their respective fields. Inside our classrooms, students learn how to approach their work in a way that serves all students, especially the most vulnerable students and students who come from underrepresented communities.

Master’s Degrees Offered Master of Arts in Teaching The Master of Arts in Teaching program is grounded in rigorous academic and clinical experiences that expand and build your skills in preparation for leading your own classroom. At the conclusion of this 14-month program, which includes the completion of a year-long internship with an experienced teacher, you will leave Carolina with eligibility for an initial North Carolina teaching license and with the knowledge and skills to make you one of the state’s most effective teachers.

Master of Education in School Counseling In our School Counseling program, we prepare you to build students’ strengths and advocate for environments that foster positive youth development. During this accelerated 14-month program, you will complete a year-long school-based internship that leads to licensure and prepares you to become an effective advocate for students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse needs and aspirations.

Master of School Administration The Master of School Administration program prepares educators for leadership roles within schools with a focus on empowering you with research-based approaches to support the needs of all students. With a commitment to social justice and a mindset of continuous improvement, you will leave Carolina with tools to make an immediate impact in your learning community. The program welcomes both full-time and part-time students with flexible learning options.

Master of Education for Experienced Teachers Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support specialty area The Master of Education for Experienced Teachers is a part-time program designed for working early childhood professionals motivated to refine and expand your practice and to learn from some of the field’s most accomplished researchers and practitioners The two-year program offers options for currently licensed teachers and for those seeking initial licensure. In this program, you can further specialize in Autism and add on a BK/PK licensure.

Master of Arts in Educational Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship The Master of Arts in Educational Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship prepares you to invent the future of education. You will learn from field leaders in the learning sciences and other disciplines on campus that include information science, computer science, business, and more. Site-based internships enable you to work with area EdTech leaders and innovators, offering invaluable hands-on experiences. At the conclusion of the program, many of our students have designed their own venture, built a prototype, and grown a professional network of edupreneurs and distinguished faculty members.

Our Students Our students come from North Carolina and beyond, from careers in education and from a number of other fields and industries. Each student brings a unique perspective that enriches our classrooms, research labs, and the broader Carolina community. They all come to Carolina with a passion to redefine what it means to educate. When our students graduate, they take with tools, knowledge, and experiences that will help them to propel the world through education.

Sarah Lasseter ’20

MEITE While working as a high school science teacher, Lasseter completed the MEITE program as a part-time student in two years. In the program, she completed an internship with an edtech startup where she continues to work part-time and launched an online STEM video resources site for teachers like herself.

Gracie Grant ’20

Master of Arts in Teaching With experience gained through student teaching experience in a high school English class and knowledge from her MAT classes, Grant left Carolina as an adaptable educator focused on serving all of her students, especially the most vulnerable ones.

Justin Tucker ’20

Master of Education in School Counseling Before Carolina, Justin earned a master’s degree and was enlisted in the military. Seeking a career change and the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in strengths-based counseling, he is pursuing a career in school-based mental health counseling.

Students Statistics




17 52 32 25 33 MEITE










White 67% Black or African American 13.2% Latinx 7.6% Asian 6.7% Two or more races 3.6% Unknown 1.5% American Indian/Alaska Native 0.2% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.2%


Female 86% Male 14% * The UNC School of Education values and recognizes all forms of diversity. The following metrics only reflect diversity as captured by University data.

Our Alumni Network The UNC School of Education proudly boasts more than 22,000 alumni across fields and professions, living in all 100 North Carolina counties, all 50 states, and more than 40 countries. Our alumni are often distinguished within their schools and districts. Many go on to earn teacher of the year, counselor of the year, and principal of the year distinctions in their schools, districts, regions, and states. And each possesses an unwavering commitment to students and educators and the foundational role that education plays in our world. In North Carolina, more than 2,800 of our graduates serve public schools in a variety of roles that include teachers, school psychologists, counselors, lead teachers, assistant principals, principals, assistant superintendents, superintendents, and more. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers that include the following organizations among many others: • Wake County Public School System • Durham Public Schools • Orange County Schools • Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools • North Carolina Department of Public Instruction • North Carolina Virtual Public School • NC Idea • Guilford County Schools • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools • UNC Office of Undergraduate Admissions • Northwestern University • North Carolina Central University

Scholarships and Student Aid The UNC School of Education is grateful for alumni and friends who generously support our work and students. The School offers several merit- and need-based scholarships to students across programs. We offer recruitment scholarships and also offer students the opportunity to apply for scholarships once on campus. Among the scholarships available are: • The Betty Lou Whitford Scholarship This scholarship is open to all gradaute students, no matter the degree program, to offset tuition and fees. • The Moise A. Khayrallah Innovation Fellowship Students in the MEITE program, who have expressed an interest in developing or building educational products or services, are eligible for the Fellowship, which includes an internship at the Carolina Center for Excellence in Education supporting learning innovation design. • The Virginia Carter Gobbel Fellowship Students in the MSA program are eligible for this fellowship for students wishing to pursue careers in educational leadership in public schools. • The Nancy Blanche Norman Scholarship This scholarship is open to gradaute students who wish to pursue careers in public education. The School is also one of only five universities in the state to offer the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program. North Carolina Teaching Fellows receive up to $4,125 a semester in forgivable loans for a commitment to serve as either a science, mathematics, or special education teacher in North Carolina.

See more aid options at ed.unc.edu/admissions-aid

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill The UNC School of Education is located on the campus of the nation’s first public institution of higher education — the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The University is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators, and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry, and dedication to public service continue a legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students. In Chapel Hill, students develop a voice for critical thought and the courage to guide change. Our students connect to the future they’re already shaping. Carolina is committed to access for all, providing life-changing opportunities. In its third century – an era of groundbreaking study and research – UNC-Chapel Hill is harnessing the very best of our fast-changing world. We’re proud to advance knowledge for this and each generation to come.

Chapel Hill and the Research Triangle Where Carolina’s borders end, the town of Chapel Hill – a vibrant, welcoming community of 59,000 people – continues. Chapel Hill routinely ranks as one of the best college towns and best places to live in the United States, a reputation guided by the diverse social, cultural, and professional opportunities that flow between campus and town. From live music and eclectic dining to quiet trails and historic architecture, Chapel Hill has much to offer. Chapel Hill and the University also makes up for one third of the Research Triangle, which also includes Durham and Duke University, and Raleigh and North Carolina State University. Research Triangle Park, located on 7,000 acres, is home to hundreds of organizations and some of the nation and world’s most cutting-edge science and technology companies, governmental agencies, startups, and nonprofits.

Interested in learning more? We regularly host online information sessions about our programs. Join us for an information session to learn more about how a graduate degree from the UNC School of Education can help accelerate your career aspirations. Find a session and register at ed.unc.edu/info-sessions. Our Student Affairs team is ready to answer your questions about the program that interests you, the application process, and more. For answers to your questions, contact: Patricia “Trish” Harris Director of Recruitment patricia.harris@unc.edu

Ready to start your application? Each of our graduate programs has specific admission requirements and a specific application deadline. For that information, visit ed.unc.edu/academics and select your program. Once you’re ready to apply, visit ApplyNow.unc.edu.

How will you propel the world?

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Master's Programs Viewbook  

The UNC School of Education offers several different master's degree programs. In this publication, get to know those programs, some of our...

Master's Programs Viewbook  

The UNC School of Education offers several different master's degree programs. In this publication, get to know those programs, some of our...


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