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Cato School of Education

Life-long learners. Life-long teachers.


From day one, Queens is committed to providing hands-on, experiential learning to its students. This is especially true for students in the Cato School of Education. While obtaining a firm foundation, Cato students are empowered to practice methodologies while developing their own intentional teaching philosophies. Student quickly learning that leadership development is at the forefront of our programs. Our programs are positioned to prepare students for a successful and fulfilling career in education—with supportive, reputable and highly-qualified faculty, close partnerships with local schools and a distinctive curriculum.

"The support of my professors throughout the experience enabled me to improve my lesson plans each time and gave me the confidence to push not only myself, but also the students in my clinical placements. I finished the semester feeling confident that I can be an effective teacher in the future and knowing that the foundations laid by my professors in the Cato School of Education will lead to rewarding and valuable learning experiences." -Julie Mansius '17
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Accreditation and Program Effectiveness

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) has approved all below programs. The following programs are approved by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP):

The following programs will be reviewed for approval by CAEP in spring 2023:
  • Master of Education with specialization in Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG), Special Education (General Curriculum), and Instructional Technology Specialist
  • Secondary Education Minor in areas of Physics and Science
  • Special Education (General Curriculum) add-on license (K-12)
  • Instructional Technology Specialist add-on license (K-12)
  • Reading add-on license (K-12)
  • NC Residency Licensure

The Teacher Education Programs at Queens are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). Learn more about CAEP Accountability Measures and Program Effectiveness.


Teacher and students
Sean Lindsey '15, M.Ed. '18
“The Master of Education in Literacy K- 12 program taught me several teaching strategies that I was able to take back to my classroom and use immediately. I saw so much growth in my students. I was also able to share what I was learning with other teachers and it was helping their students improve as well. Thanks to the program I was able to apply and be chosen for higher leadership roles in my district.”
Amanda O'Neal holding a book
Amanda O'Neal '11,      AIG Licensure '14
“I loved my time at Queens during my undergrad and I missed being on campus. Getting the opportunity to go back for the AIG Licensure program was such an awesome experience. I loved that the program was a blend of online and on campus courses and that the professors were experts in the Talent Development field. The program strengthened my teaching and groomed me for my new position as a Talent Development Catalyst.”
Student and teacher in Halloween costumes
Katrina Kirby '16 M.Ed. '19
“I decided to enroll in the Master of Education in Literacy K- 12 program to extend my knowledge in literacy because literacy is such a large push in every school district. The program drastically improved my instruction and made me feel empowered to go after other opportunities at my school. I am now an Impact Teacher and lead other teachers at my school.”

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