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Degree Types

Below you will find the wide variety of degrees offered at the Curry School ranging from our bachelors degrees (and even a minor) to our doctoral programs.

In addition, you can see that we have a portfolio of non-degree offerings that include certificates, course series that are designed to fulfill Virginia endorsement requirements, as well as workshops.

Bachelors and Minors

Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.)

The Curry School of Education offers an increasing variety of majors all of which culminate in a Bachelor of Science in Education.  While our majors represent a wide variety of topics, there is one consistent thread throughout all of them: hands-on learning. All of the undergraduate programs at the Curry School include significant field experiences or practicums where you will be engaging with real people, making a real difference.  As a Kinesiology major you may work at one of the 22 practicum sites where Curry School majors are currently working, such as with a U.Va. athletic team or with the Virginian Institute for Autism.  In YSI, you may spend a year mentoring a middle school student.  In the Speech Communication Disorders program, you will spend time in the Speech-Language-Hearing Center. If you are looking to jump-start your role in making an impact on your community, we invite you to join the Curry School of Education as an undergrad.

Minors: The Curry School of Education offers minors in Global Studies in Education and Health & WellBeing

  • The Global Studies in Education Minor is aimed at providing students with analytical approaches to comparative and international influences on educational processes and outcomes. 
  • The Health & Wellbeing Minor is an organized concentration by which students can gain deeper knowledge and explore linkages among the various topics within health and wellness across academic units, and be recognized for having completed substantive coursework by obtaining an academic minor.

Academic Tracks Offered

Admissions Requirements

  • Kinesiology is a direct admit program, you can apply as a new student, transfer from another college at U.Va., or transfer from an outside college or university
  • The Speech Communication Disorders program is available to students who have completed the equivalent of two years (60 credits) of undergraduate studies. 
  • YSI is currently open to current U.Va. students only. There is no required course minimum to transfer into the YSI program.

Learn more about admissions requirements

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) degree, students must:

  • Earn 120 credits of course work within an  8-semester period, maintaining at least a C average or grade point average of 2.0
  • Meet all General Requirements
  • Complete Kinesiology Core Courses at UVA
  • Meet all elective and other practica requirements

Curry Competency Requirements – 36 credits

  • First Writing Requirement: ENWR 1510, 1507/1508 or equivalent Exemptions include score of 720 or higher on the Writing portion of the SAT, score of 5 on the English Advanced Placement Test
  • Second Writing Requirement: Requires a grade of C- or better. To meet the Second Writing Requirement*, a class must: be taken at the University of Virginia (advanced placement credit, advanced standing, dual enrollment credit or credit transferred from another university will not satisfy the requirement), and be a Curry course designated as meeting the requirement (e.g., EDLF 4160--Life Span Development, EDLF 5000--Multicultural Education) OR be an Arts and Sciences course found using the drop-down menu on SIS in the Course Search. Note that such courses have at least two writing assignments in English totaling 4,000 words (20 pages) or more, independent of quizzes and final examinations.  The courses are taught by a faculty member who provides extensive feedback on a student's writing. If you believe a course you wish to take meets these guidelines and is not designated as such in SIS or on this program page, be sure to complete a Policy Exception Request and receive approval prior to enrollment.
  • Humanities: 12 Credits.  May include Literature, Fine Arts, or Moral Philosophical, Foreign Language and Religious Perspectives. (Credits from writing courses may be applicable to this requirement.)
  • Social Sciences: 9 Credits. May include History, Anthropology (course in Curry or Arts and Sciences) , Economics, Politics, Psychology; Sociology, African American Studies, Linguistics and Studies in Women and Gender.  (Note: if you intend to pursue a health-related graduate program, most will require you to have taken at least one psychology and one sociology course.)
  • Natural Sciences: 12 Credits.  Must include courses in 2 different departments. Includes Math, Statistics, Physics, Biology, Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, and Astronomy. Required courses for Kinesiology include:
  • BIOLOGY 2010, 2020 and 2040 (8 Credits)
  • BIOLOGY 3410 (4 Credits) 
  • MATH 1190, 1210 or 1310 Calculus or higher (3 credits)
  • Cultural Literacy: 3 credits.  Several Curry courses will meet this requirement.  During fall 2014 semester, for example, EDLF 5000--Multicultural Education is only one of many options.  Courses focused on comparative education and global studies or study abroad also meet this requirement. Check with your advisor if you have questions.
  • Additional credits beyond the school requirement will be added to electives

Credits earned prior to admission: 

A maximum of 60 credits may be earned prior to matriculation.  These may include transfer credit approved by the University, AP credits, International College-level exams, and dual enrollment coursework taken in high school. (The University does not award credits or exemptions from requirements via the College Level Examination Program.) Any course approved by the University may be transferred, except courses that apply toward core requirements.

Credits earned after admission: 

Students may take coursework at another institution in the U.S. and transfer credits to UVA.  To do so, they must seek permission before studying elsewhere. They do so by submitting the Request for Transfer of Undergraduate Credit from U.S. Institutions form that has been approved by their Curry advisor and the program coordinator to the Office of Admissions and Student Services (Ruffner Hall). If interested in studying abroad, students must follow Curry guidelines.

  • Maintaining Academic Standing: See the Undergraduate Record for academic policies and procedures.  As noted in that document, credit will be awarded for each course only once. To remain in good standing, a student must complete at least 12 credits of graded work (or S/U work if engaged in practica), with at least a 1.800 semester average and no more than one grade below C- (or C/NC). A student will be placed on academic probation after any semester in which good standing is not attained.
  • Suspension involves enforced withdrawal from the Curry School of Education. A student placed on probation in any semester may be suspended if he or she does not regain good standing at the end of the next semester. A student who has been suspended may apply to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs of the Curry School of Education for readmission after one regular semester has elapsed since the date of suspension. If readmitted, the student will be on probation and will be suspended again after one semester unless the cumulative grade point average for all courses completed is above 2.000. For additional information regarding rules and regulations, see the Undergraduate Record.

Residence Requirement:

A recipient of a B.S.Ed. degree from the Curry School must have completed at least four semesters of full-time (12 credits) study at the University of Virginia while enrolled in the Curry School of Education. Exceptions for emergency situations may only be granted with the advisor’s and dean’s permission. In addition, all students must be full-time (12 credits minimum) during all semesters, except the final one (9 credits minimum).

After Graduation

The Kinesiology and Speech Communication Disorders programs are pre-professional in nature, allowing degree candidates to explore career options in their respective areas. Students in these programs can expect to be highly qualified to enroll in a professional program, either at Curry or elsewhere.

Students graduating from the YSI program will be well prepared to provide leadership, management, research and evaluation services to youth-based and youth-serving organizations.

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