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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.

Master of Teaching

On-grounds, this state-approved educator preparation program blends full-time Curry coursework and on-going school-based experiences in Charlottesville and surrounding counties in a structured plan of study leading to a Master of Teaching degree. Off-Grounds students in the Special Education post-graduate program in Northern Virginia complete coursework on a part-time basis. Program completers are eligible for initial licensure and endorsement within the state of Virginia which offers reciprocity with almost all other states.

The MT program is organized by cohort, so all candidates begin only in the Fall semester (with a few exceptions where some coursework can be taken the previous summer with permission; Northern VA students can also begin in the summer term).

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Candidates may pursue more than one endorsement area, but will apply first to a primary track.  Depending on the chosen area of study, it is possible to accelerate the program, completing requirements in December of the final year. Regardless of the option chosen, students must work closely with their Curry advisors to plan their curriculum.

For an overview of what the Teacher Education program has to offer you, visit the Teacher Education homepage.

Academic Tracks Offered

5 Year Bachelor/Master of Teaching

Curry partners with the College of Arts & Sciences to offer B/MT degrees. Undergraduates enrolled in Teacher Education earn two degrees: a Bachelor’s from the College of Arts and Sciences and a Master of Teaching degree from the Curry School of Education. Both degrees are awarded simultaneously after all program requirements have been met.

Students in the B/MT programs are advanced to graduate status at the end of the 4th year prior to student teaching in the 5th year. Those who plan carefully can complete their combined program of studies in fewer than 5 years. To accelerate the program, students must enroll in a three-week summer session prior to student teaching.

Application requirements:

  • Apply by February 1 for permission to enroll in the B/MT program
  • Students must have completed or be enrolled in EDIS 2010 (Teaching as a Profession) and EDIS 2880 (Field Experience).
  • Be ready to enter their third year of coursework at the University - be in good standing (GPA of 2.7 or higher) in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Secondary areas must show upper-level college courses in the content area with grades of ‘B’ or better. 

Submit qualifying test scores on ONE of the following:

  • PRAXIS CORE ACADEMIC SKILLS FOR EDUCATORS TESTS (effective 1/1/14): 150 math, 156 reading, 162 writing; if Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test was taken prior to 12/31/13:  178 math, 178 reading, 175 writing or 532 composite score, OR
  • SATs: score of 1100, with at least 530 verbal, 530 math, or if taken prior to 4/1/95--score of 1000, with at least 450 verbal, 510 math, OR
  • ACTs: composite score of 24, with at least 22 in math, and an English Plus Reading score of 46; if taken prior to 4/1/95 – composite score of 21, with at least 21 in math and an ACT English Plus Reading score no less than 37, OR
  • VCLA: Reading and Writing as an optional assessment for the PRAXIS CORE reading and writing tests (VCLA cut scores: writing subtest of 235, reading subtest of 235, or composite score of 470) in combination with qualifying math scores from SATs, ACTs, or PRAXIS CORE. 

Three Plus One B/MT Option (3+1 Program)

You may be able to earn your bachelor’s degree and master's degree in four years if you have advanced standing in the University.

Sample 3+1 Program Sequence for B/MT:

  • Admission to U.Va. with a minimum of 15 hours of advanced credit
  • Fall First year: begin to plan course of study with your Arts and Sciences advisor and discuss the B/MT admission process with the Curry School
  • First year: Complete prerequisite classes in Curry (EDIS 2010 [3 credits] and EDIS 2880 [1 credit])
  • Spring first year: Apply by February 1 for permission to enroll in the B/MT program
  • Second Year: Begin dual enrollment in the College and the Curry School of Education
  • Third year: Complete undergraduate courses and continue taking Curry classes/practica
  • Fall Fourth Year: Teaching Associateship (student teaching)
  • Spring Fourth Year: complete coursework and graduate with a B/MT
  • More information on the 3+1 Option.

Upon enrollment, all students must:

  • complete each semester’s courses satisfactorily - please visit the program page for a list of courses to be completed and which semester they are to be completed.
  • declare a major in the College (except for Health/Physical Education, who are Curry undergrads in Kinesiology)
  • exhibit a strong academic record (3.0 in major, 2.7 overall)
  • meet all deadlines for licensure and graduation (including mandated licensure exams, and follow guidelines in the Teacher Education Student Handbook)

Transfer Students

Because many undergraduate students who transfer to UVa begin their career on grounds with their third year, they miss an opportunity to apply to the B/MT program in spring of their second year. A separate application can be submitted for consideration by Curry so that students can begin in the B/MT with the appropriate cohort. The following steps should be taken by transfers interested in beginning the B/MT program when they arrive on grounds:

STEP 1: Submit the Common Application to the University; check the box indicating interest in School of Education.
STEP 2: Submit a completed Transfer Application form as an attachment to TeacherEd@virginia.edu.
STEP 3: Transfer applicants will first receive an electronic response regarding their acceptance to the University. Those accepted to the University will then be considered for entry into the Curry B/MT program and will be notified of their Permission to Enroll via a follow-up packet mailed from the University.
 

Advancement to Graduate Study:

  • During fall semester of the fourth year, students apply for advancement to graduate status. Criteria for advancement to graduate study include:
    • competence in basic verbal, quantitative, and computer skills
    • an outstanding GPA (2.7 overall/3.0 in College major)
    • satisfactory performance in all field experiences

 

For B/MT admissions requirements check out the Admissions page

Post Graduate Master of Teaching

The Postgraduate Master of Teaching (PGMT) program is designed for individuals who have at least an undergraduate degree and are interested in the profession of teaching. The program is designed to be completed in two years. To accelerate the program, students must enroll in a three-week summer session prior to student teaching.

Admission requirements

Completed application packets are due February 1 for the first review of applications. Applications will be accepted until June 1 on a space-available basis.

A complete application packet includes:

  • Graduate application (completed online)
  • Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work (NOTE: applicants may upload unofficial transcripts with applications, but will need to provide official transcripts before they can matriculate.)
  • evidence of a strong academic record (3.0 in major, 2.7 overall)
  • Two letters of recommendation, solicited through the online application
  • Qualifying test scores on ONE of the following:
    • PRAXIS CORE ACADEMIC SKILLS FOR EDUCATORS TESTS (effective 1/1/14): 150 math, 156 reading, 162 writing; if Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test was taken prior to 12/31/13:  178 math, 178 reading, 175 writing or 532 composite score, OR
    • SATs: score of 1100, with at least 530 verbal, 530 math, or if taken prior to 4/1/95--score of 1000, with at least 450 verbal, 510 math, OR
    • ACTs: composite score of 24, with at least 22 in math, and an English Plus Reading score of 46; if taken prior to 4/1/95 – composite score of 21, with at least 21 in math and an ACT English Plus Reading score no less than 37, OR
    • VCLA: Reading and Writing as an optional assessment for the PRAXIS CORE reading and writing tests (VCLA cut scores: writing subtest of 235, reading subtest of 235, or composite score of 470) in combination with qualifying math scores from SATs, ACTs, or PRAXIS CORE.

Applicants must also have completed a general core of undergraduate studies and an undergraduate major in the liberal arts prior to matriculation. Deficiencies in general studies or the intended major in Curry are best remedied prior to application for admission; if this is not possible, requirements will be added to the MT program of study. These may include some combination of 12 credit hours in math and science, 6 hours in English/composition/literature, 3 hours of  historical studies in American history, as well as courses representing the humanities and the social sciences.

Upon enrollment, all students must:

  • complete each semester’s courses satisfactorily - please visit the program page for a list of courses to be completed and which semester they are to be completed.
  • meet all deadlines for licensure and graduation (including mandated licensure exams, and follow guidelines in the Teacher Education Student Handbook)

 

For PG/MT admissions requirements visit our Master's Admissions Page

Licensure and Endorsements

Licensure/endorsement programs meet the requirements established by the Virginia Department of Education. As a state approved program, the Curry School facilitates licensure applications for all degree graduates. Application for teacher licensure must be made by October 1 (December graduates) or February 1 (May graduates).

Teacher Education students may earn endorsement in one or more of the following areas: 

  • Elementary Education (preK-6)
  • English (6-12)
  • Foreign Language - Chinese (preK-12)
  • Foreign Language - French (preK-12)
  • Foreign Language - German (preK-12)
  • Foreign Language - Latin (preK-12)
  • Foreign Language - Spanish (preK-12)
  • Health/Physical Education (preK-12)
  • History and Social Sciences (6-12)
  • Mathematics (6-12)
  • Science - Biology (6-12)
  • Science - Chemistry (6-12)
  • Science - Earth Science (6-12)
  • Science - Physics (6-12)
  • Special Education General Curriculum (K-12)

Add-on Endorsements: 

Once enrolled, it may be possible for candidates to complete the approved program for an additional area of endorsement. Curry's MT program offers the following approved endorsement areas as add-ons:

  • English as a Second Language
  • Gifted education
  • Algebra I

Degree Requirements

In order to earn a Master of Teaching, candidates must satisfactorily complete 30 academic credit hours of coursework at the 5000 level or above. In addition, other courses indicated on the Course Overview and Degree Requirements section of each program area are required in order to meet licensure requirements.

Students must earn grades of B- or better in all graduate courses.  

Any changes in program requirements (e.g., course substitutions) must be approved by a candidate’s Curry advisor and the Teacher Education Supervising Team. Policy exception forms may be obtained in the Office of Teacher Education, 326 Bavaro Hall or downloaded and completed. 

For information regarding University policies and procedures, see the Graduate Record and the Student Advising Handbook.

Accreditation

The University of Virginia Curry School of Education’s Teacher Education Master of Teaching Program, which is designed to produce teachers who are competent in teaching skills; caring human beings who are committed to children, youth and their families; and qualified to teach under the Commonwealth of Virginia’s regulations for teacher licensure, as well as prepared to continue their professional development through self-learning and reflection and through mentoring practices is awarded TEAC accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, from April, 2015 to April, 2022. The accreditation does not include individual education courses that the EPP offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes. (http://www.caepnet.org)
 
The Virginia Department of Education (http://www.doe.virginia.gov) lists the University of Virginia as an approved educator preparation program.

Snapshot

The Teacher Education program at Curry currently enrolls approximately 350 students in all MT degrees/areas of concentration. For the Class of 2015, the average academic performance was

  • Average overall GPA : 3.81
  • Average major GPA: 3.301 (B/MT students)

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