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Cato School of Education

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. In addition to gaining a firm foundation, Cato students also develop their own instructional methodologies. We prepare students for successful and fulfilling careers in education through our distinctive curriculum and close partnerships with local Charlotte schools.


The Cato School of Education’s teacher preparation programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) at the initial and advanced levels through Fall 2030 and by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
1140 19th St NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
phone: 202-223-0077

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
301 N. Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-2825
phone: 984-236-2100

CAEP is considered a professional accreditor because it reviews departments, schools and colleges which prepare teachers and other educators. Learn more about CAEP Accountability Measures and Program Effectiveness. For more information regarding our university and program accreditations, please visit our Accreditation webpage.

CAEP and NCDPI have approved all of the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (K-6)
  • Master of Education in Literacy (K-12) (MEd)
  • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (K-12) (MEL) [Online] – Initial school administration license or an add-on school administration license depending on current standing.
  • Secondary Education Minor in areas of Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics (9-12), Social Studies (9-12) and Spanish and French (K-12)
  • Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) (K-12), add-on license
  • Regional Alternative Licensing Center approved courses

Student Complaint

According to § 115C-269.55., the State Board of Education shall adopt and establish a process for students to report an alleged violation by an Educator Preparation Program (EPP). This form provides explicit instructions for this process and the form in which a student may file that complaint.

Degrees & Certificates

The Cato Team

Dean’s Office

Jeremiah Wills

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences and Cato School of Education
Graduate Programs

Dixie Abernathy

Director, MA in Educational Leadership

Devoted Faculty

The Cato School of Education faculty are supportive and highly qualified. From day one, they are committed to the academic, personal, and professional success of each student.


Queens is nestled in the historic Myers Park neighborhood, so we are surrounded by 176 schools that make up the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system. Come visit us at the Jernigan Hall!