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College of Education

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Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency


100% Online

In just 20 months, you can earn a graduate degree from an established, reputable, Big Ten research university – without having to leave home or put your career on hold.

Personal, Affordable Education

Get a top-tier education at a maximum value from a university that has been designated a “Best Buy” by the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 10 years running.

In-Demand Skills

Students will develop skills in areas such as curriculum development, cultural competency, and educational leadership.

Military Friendly

UI is proud to have been named to Victory Media’s list of Military Friendly Schools for seven years running and named one of the best colleges in the nation for military veterans by U.S. News & World Report.


Today’s increasingly diverse classrooms need leaders who can break boundaries and strongly influence the experience and education of learners of all ages. To prepare current teachers with the skills necessary to make a difference in the field and inspire students, the University of Iowa offers a Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency (MATLCC)—100% online.

Ranked #27 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Online Education Programs in the Nation, our MATLCC degree prepares graduates for high-level roles in and out of the classroom. With thoughtful attention to the PreK-12 school calendar, the program’s coursework is arranged into five convenient sessions each year and focuses on critical topics such as curriculum development, cultural competency in the classroom, evidence-based frameworks for technology integration, and educational leadership.

Courses include:

  • Issues in US Schools
  • Schools Learning Environments: Design, Context, Activity
  • Instructional Coaching for Teaching Excellence
  • Diversity and Identity in K-12 Schools

The 21st-century classroom requires a fresh approach to educating, and teachers need to be adaptable to advances in digital technologies, culturally diverse student populations, and the ever-changing role of schools in today’s society. In as little as 20 months, working educators can earn a master’s degree that will refine their abilities to lead curriculum and instructional development strategies so that they can become effective teacher-leaders. Upon completion of this innovative program, graduates will become culturally competent and responsive while fulfilling their continuing education requirements. Iowa teachers can also apply their MATLCC credits towards their ongoing learning requirements for maintaining licensure. The M. A. in Teaching, Learning, and Cultural Competency program is designed for professionals interested in advancing their careers and keeping up with evolving trends and issues in education, including those working as:

  • Teachers
  • Teacher Leaders
  • Instructional Coaches
  • Curriculum Developers

Prepare for a valuable certification while earning your master’s degree. The MATLCC program aligns with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), one of the most respected professional certifications available in K-12 education. Teachers who complete the MATLCC will be well prepared for the critical reflection necessary for NBPTS certification.

The University of Iowa College of Education has a long history of integrity, excellence, and innovation in education. Our undergraduate teacher preparation program is consistently ranked the number 1 program in the state, and 86% of UI teaching graduates are still working in the education field five years post-graduation – in contrast with the national average of 51%. The UI College of Education is uniquely positioned to provide a different type of program and address the professional development needs of teachers.

We are committed to providing an affordable, personal education within a renowned Big Ten research institution. The following are just some of the benefits that Hawkeyes enjoy:

  • First public university in Iowa, founded in 1847
  • Just over 31,000 students, and an alumni network 250,000+ strong
  • Designated a “Best Buy” by the Fiske Guide to Colleges 10 years in a row
  • First college-level Department of Education in the United States
  • Eight research centers dedicated to everything from gifted education and talent development to measurement and assessment, assistive technology, and reading research
  • One of the Best Education Schools in the nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2021)

Affordable education. Maximum Value. That’s the Hawkeye way.

The University of Iowa understands that higher education is a very large investment. We also believe that education is a human right, and we are committed to providing a top-tier education at an affordable price. We take great pride in having been named a “Best Buy” by the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 10 years running.

Financial Aid for Graduate Students

The College of Education offers nearly $3 million in assistantships to its graduate students, along with Teach Grants, fellowships, and resources to assist with outside funding.

The process of applying for financial aid can be complex and time-consuming. Our Office of Student Financial Aid is here to help! Our financial aid counselors will work with you one-on-one to review your financial tools and determine the resources that are available to you.

Yellow Ribbon School

The University of Iowa is proud to be a Yellow Ribbon School. The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) allows institutions of higher learning in the U.S. to enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration to fund tuition expenses that exceed either the annual maximum cap for private institutions or the resident tuition and fees for a public institution. In some cases, you can transfer all or part of your benefits to a dependent. Contact our Office of Student Financial Aid or our Veteran Student Services Office.

The University of Iowa is one of the nation’s top public research universities, widely recognized for its commitment to academic excellence.

The university is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) through its Open Pathway model for accreditation, which focuses on quality assurance and institutional improvement. One of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States, HLC accredits more than 1000 colleges and universities in nineteen states.

The University of Iowa is also a member of the Big Ten conference since 1899, and an Association of American Universities member since 1909.

At the University of Iowa, we value the service and sacrifices of our armed forces members and their families, and we recognize that the discipline, integrity, and work ethic instilled by military service translates well to a university environment. During any given term, over 700 veterans, dependents, and active-duty members attend UI, and an additional 900 veterans work on our staff and faculty. Iowa Hawkeye football’s Kinnick Stadium is named after Nile Kinnick, the only Heisman Trophy winner to ever die in combat. It’s no wonder UI is widely recognized as a military-friendly college:

  • Named to Victory Media’s list of Military Friendly Schools for seven years running
  • Ranked #25 on College Factual’s list of Best Colleges for Veterans
  • One of the best colleges in the nation for military veterans (U.S. News & World Report, National Universities category, 2016 Edition)

Our Veteran Student Services Office is committed to providing our military students and their dependents with the resources, guidance, and assistance they need to reach their educational goals.

Yellow Ribbon School

The University of Iowa is proud to be a Yellow Ribbon School offering tuition assistance under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Contact our Financial Aid Office or our Veteran Student Services Office for details.

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