Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership & Cultural Competency

Training effective educators who specialize in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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Today’s teachers have more responsibility than ever before. To be an effective educator, you need to be able to understand and adapt to advances in digital technologies, increasingly culturally diverse student populations, and the evolving role of schools in modern society. The University of Iowa offers a 100% online Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency (MATLCC) that prepares educators to become leaders in the field – transforming both schools and communities in the process. This unique program was recently ranked #24 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Online Education Programs in the Nation. 

The MATLCC program is offered entirely online and allows working educators to complete their advanced degree in as little as 20 months. In addition to helping teaching professionals hone and improve their skills, the program’s curriculum is designed to ensure that teachers can pursue the master’s degree as part of their required professional obligation for continuing education. Iowa teachers can apply their MATLCC credits towards their ongoing learning requirements for maintaining licensure. The MATLCC program is also aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), ensuring that teachers who complete the MATLCC will be well prepared for the critical reflection necessary for NBPTS certification.



This innovative program requires 24 credit hours in core courses and a minimum of 9 semester hours of specialization through electives. Elective courses address the unique needs of schools in the U.S. and cover topics such as STEM, Diversity in Schools, Talented and Gifted Programs, and English Language Learners.


About the College of Education

We offer a powerful and personal education within a Big Ten Research Institution. Our graduates go on to become world-class leaders, scholars, and innovators in many different facets of education – from teaching, educational administration and counseling to student development, higher education, measurement and testing, and more. The University of Iowa College of Education’s academic programs are consistently ranked among the best in the state and the nation.

U.S. News & World Report

  • #24 Best Online Education Programs in the Nation
  • #1 College of Education in Iowa
  • #3 Rehabilitation Counseling (2018)
  • #10 Student Counseling and Personnel Services (2019)
  • #12 Higher Education Administration (2019)
  • #28 Best Public College of Education, #40 Best College of Education in U.S. (2019)

National Council on Teacher Quality

  • The Secondary Education Teacher Education Program top 2% in the nation
  • Top 6% — the National Council on Teacher Quality’s (NCTQ) rank for the college’s elementary education program
  • Top 2% — NCTQ’s rank for the college’s secondary education programs


The College of Education faculty teaching in the M.A. Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency program are dedicated educators who have both impressive academic credentials and real-world education experience.

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