Program Overview

Demographic shifts, technological advances, new government regulations, and changing consumer demands are fundamentally altering the roles and responsibilities of PK-12 teachers. Specializations that did not exist just a few years ago are now in high demand. The new MA in Teaching and Learning: Teaching, Leadership and Cultural Competency (MATLCC) is a dynamic program designed for current educators who want to expand their knowledge in curriculum and instructional methods, learn new strategies to adjust to changing education environments and enhance their leadership skills. The MATLCC program equips teachers with the advanced skill sets they need to be effective in 21st-century classrooms and become leaders in their schools and communities, such as:

  • English Language Learner (ELL) instruction
  • Cultural competency in the classroom
  • Evidenced-based frameworks for technology integration
  • Educational leadership and teacher leader/instructional coaching best practices

Students have access to a rich range of perspectives, and coursework is kept current in the changing landscape of education. The curriculum focuses on instructional coaching, technology integration, and educational evaluation. A diverse, continually evolving array of electives allows students to specialize in the unique and in-demand learning area of their choice, including:

  • STEM
  • Diversity in Schools
  • LGBTQ Issues
  • Global Education
  • Experiential Learning
  • Talented and Gifted Programs
  • English Language Learners
  • Reading Diagnostics

Program Outcomes

Your graduate education is a time and financial commitment, but it’s also a wise investment in yourself, your professional development, and your earning potential. The MATLCC is competitively priced, and the University of Iowa has been designated a “Best Buy” by the Fiske Guide to Colleges 10 years in a row.

The University of Iowa College of Education understands how difficult it can be for working teachers to juggle their job duties, family responsibilities, and continuing education requirements with graduate-level coursework, which is why the MATLCC was designed specifically to fit their needs.


Advance Your Education Without Interrupting Your Career

The MATLCC is 100% online, can be completed in as little as 20 months, and has five different start dates throughout the year that coincide with the academic calendar for K-12 teachers.

Fulfill Continuing Education Requirements and Begin Working Toward NBPTS Certification While Earning Your Master’s

The MATLCC is designed so that professionals can earn their master’s degree while simultaneously fulfilling their required professional obligations for continuing education. Teachers in the state of Iowa can apply their MATLCC credits towards their ongoing learning requirements for maintaining their licensure.

The MATLCC is also aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification process so that program graduates can begin the process of NBPTS Certification.

Why University of Iowa?

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 no. 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. 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, 2017)

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

Paying for School

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


HLC Accredited. Click here to view Accredditation.

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.

Military Friendly

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.