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We hope you will consider applying to be a part of the Teacher Ed community and the #6 elementary education program in the country!

 

Do you want to be an elementary school teacher working with kindergartners, 6th graders, or any grade in between?

The Curry School of Education is proud to offer a Master of Teaching (MT) degree with licensure and endorsement in Elementary Education. We offer two programs: the B/MT (Five-year Program for Undergraduates) and the PG/MT (post-graduate program for those who have already completed an undergraduate degree).


B/MT Elementary Education (Five-year Program for Undergraduates)

In this program, you have the opportunity to earn a Baccalaureate degree (BA or BS) from the College of Arts and Sciences or from Curry with a Youth and Social Innovation (YSI) B.S.Ed. and a Master of Teaching (MT) degree from the Curry School of Education. Degrees are awarded simultaneously at the end of the five-year program of studies. You earn licensure with endorsement in Elementary Education (grades preK-6).

PG/MT Elementary Education (Post-graduate program for those who have already completed an undergraduate degree)

In this program, prospective graduate students who have an undergraduate degree have the opportunity to earn a Master of Teaching (MT) degree from the Curry School of Education. This two-year program of study, though it is possible to accelerate the program, completing requirements in 1.5 years, allows you to earn licensure with endorsement in Elementary Education (grades preK-6). 


Both the B/MT and PG/MT programs allow for the addition of a second area of endorsement (e.g. ESOL, Special Education, Gifted Education) to your program of studies. If interested in this option, seek permission from your advisor and the Office of Teacher Education.  Completing two endorsements requires careful planning. 

See the Teacher Education Student Handbook for program policies and procedures.

The Curry School offers a unique fellowship opportunity through Frederick County Public Schools, Goochland County Public Schools, and Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Through this partnership, candidates may apply to complete the last year of the program as a year-long residency that incorporates both the traditional fall student teaching semester and the following spring semester. See the Teaching Fellows webpage for more information.

B/MT Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

B/MT Elementary Education

Off-Grounds Transfer Students:  Apply for admission to UVA through the University's Office of Undergraduate Admission, complete the Permission to Enroll application for transfer students, and meet criteria 3, 5, 6 listed below.

On-Grounds Students:

To be granted permission to enter the five-year program, you must:

1. Be enrolled as a second-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences;
2. Have completed EDIS 2010 and 2880 (or VCCS equivalent coursework);
3. Demonstrate academic success (cumulative GPA of 2.7, 3.0  GPA in College major);
4. Submit the Permission to Enroll application to the Office of Teacher Education (326 Bavaro Hall) by February 1;

5. Provide test scores that meet criteria set by the Virginia Dept. of Education in ONE of the following:

  • SATs: if taken between 4/1/95 and 3/1/16 —score of 1100, with at least 530 verbal, 530 math (SATs will NOT be accepted if taken after March 1, 2016), OR
  • ACTs: composite score of 24, with at least 22 in math, and an English Plus Reading score of 46, OR
  • 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
  • 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.

6. Show good progress toward meeting GENERAL REQUIREMENTS through coursework or AP or IB credits in:

  • Natural Sciences and Math (12 hrs.)  at least 3 hrs. in each
  • English Composition (6 hrs.) same as the College of Arts & Sciences (must include second writing requirement)
  • Humanities (6 hrs.) same as the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Historical Studies (3 hrs.) of American History (HIUS 2001 or 2002)
  • Social Sciences (6 hrs.) Psych/Sociology/Anthropology/Linguistics/Econ
  • Foreign Language (0-14 hrs.) same as the College of Arts & Sciences

NOTE: Permission to Enroll allows you to sign up for licensure classes offered through the Curry School of Education.  Formal admission to the program (advancement to graduate status) occurs midway through one's fourth year at UVA.  Advancement is based on academic performance in College and Curry classes, as well as performance in area schools (field work).

PGMT Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

PG/MT Elementary Education

Applicants to the PG/MT Elementary Education program must:

1. Possess an undergraduate degree prior to matriculation. Courses in the major should reflect a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better - the overall GPA should be no lower than 2.7.
2. Meet (or be prepared to meet) general studies requirements: 9 hours mathematics and science, 6 hours in composition/writing (includes courses in any subject area that require at least two writing assignments in English totaling 4,000 words (20 pages) or more), 3 hours of historical studies in American history, 3 credits of humanities and 3 credits of social sciences. [see the College of Arts and Sciences Area Studies requirements for examples of what types of courses typically meet these requirements]
3. Complete the online application for admission and submit supporting materials, including official transcripts and test scores by February 1. (NOTE: applicants may upload unofficial transcripts and test scores with applications, but will need to provide official transcripts showing degree conferral and test scores before they can matriculate.) Applicants must submit test scores on ONE of the following (official scores should be sent to the University of Virginia; the institutional code is 5820) that meet criteria set by the VA Dept of Education :

  • SATs taken prior to 4/1/95—score of 1000, with at least 450 verbal and 510 math; if taken between 4/1/95 and 3/1/16 —score of 1100, with at least 530 verbal, 530 math (SATs will NOT be accepted if taken after March 1, 2016), OR
  • ACTs: 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; if taken after 4/1/95 – composite score of 24, with at least 22 in math, and an English Plus Reading score of 46, OR
  • 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
  • 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, composite score of 470) in combination with qualifying math scores from SATs, ACTs, or PRAXIS CORE.

Application Due Date

B/MT: February 1 of the second year of enrollment at the University. Prospective students transferring from another university must adhere to the deadlines set by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

PG/MT: February 1 for the first review of applications. Applications will be accepted until June 1 on a space-available basis.

Degree Requirements

All students must complete coursework, practica, and assessments required for licensure by the dates listed in the Course Overview below.

Students in the five-year program must meet undergraduate and graduate requirements to earn dual degrees.

To earn a Master’s degree at Curry, 30 academic credits at the 5000 level or above are required.  (Note: fieldwork courses, including student teaching – EDIS 5881 – are not included.)  There is no restriction on which department or school those graduate level courses are to be taken.  Additional coursework may be needed to meet licensure requirements.

Note: Only a two-course deficiency in the major or supporting courses may be completed after the teaching associate semester.

All program completers must submit applications for graduation to the Curry School (Teacher Education Office: 326 Bavaro Hall).
B/MT students must also apply for graduation to the school of their undergraduate program (i.e. College of Arts & Sciences or Curry).

As noted in the Course Overview, materials required for Curry include an application for licensure.

Funding Opportunities

All new and continuing undergraduates at the University of Virginia may be eligible for federal loans, grants, scholarships, work study and other categories of need-based financial aid. We encourage you to submit your application for financial aid by March 1, so the Office of Financial Aid can provide you with an estimate of your eligibility for the upcoming academic year.

All Students may apply for federal financial aid, including work-study. Information about federal aid programs, including applying using the FAFSA, can be found through Student Financial Services. Additional financial aid information can be found on Curry's Financial Aid webpage.

All Master of Teaching students are also eligible for numerous scholarships and awards offered through the Curry Foundation. These are advertised in December; several are earmarked for Teacher Education students (TEd@Curry).

Typical Length of Study

All Master of Teaching students in the Elementary Education program are full-time students.

B/MT:
Completion time is generally five years.  Students who enter the University with a number of course or AP or IB credits, however, may accelerate the program and finish in 4 1/2 years. Plan carefully with your advisor in the College and your advisor in Curry if interested in this option.  In exceptional cases, some students with the requisite number and type of credits may complete in 4 years (see the Teacher Ed staff for more information)

PG/MT:
2 Years with Fall as the semester of entry. If you wish to accelerate your program of studies, completing the program in 1.5 years, meet with your adviser to determine the feasibility of doing so.

Semester of Entry:

Fall only

Full or Part Time:

Full-time program

B/MT Course Overview

Use the sample course outline below to map your coursework in Curry and to determine which semesters you can enroll in Arts and Sciences courses required for your major and licensure.

B/MT:

3rd YEAR


Fall Semester:

Declare a major in the College or transfer to the Curry YSI major by the start of the semester.

EDLF 5010: Childhood Learning & Development (3 cr.)
EDIS 3881: Field experience: Elementary Education (1 cr.)

Continue working on General Requirements listed above in "Prerequisites and Admissions Requirements."

By October 1, complete 2 CPP-R units in the Curry Participant Pool.


Spring Semester:

EDIS 3881: Field Experience: Elementary Education (1 cr.)
EDIS 5221: Reading Development (3 cr.)
EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner (3 cr.)--fall or spring or summer; online

By May 1, we recommend you take and pass the Virginia Communications & Literacy Assessment (VCLA). Print a copy of your test results for your personal records.  Forward a copy of the test score report to TeacherEd@virginia.edu.  You will need a score report when applying for licensure at the conclusion of your program of studies, even if you have scores sent to either UVA or VDOE.


4th YEAR


Fall Semester:

EDIS 5010: Curriculum and Instruction for Elementary and Special Education (3 cr.)
EDIS 5310: Differentiating Reading Instruction [prior to 1/1/15 titled, Language Skills Block II] (3 cr.)
EDIS 5330: Science in the Elementary School (3 credits)
EDIS 4881: Field Experience: Elementary Education (1 cr.)

By October 1, complete 2 CPP-R units in the Curry Participant Pool.

By January, submit your Advancement to Graduate Status Application (sent to you by the Office of Teacher Education).  Criteria for advancement are satisfactory performance in all field experiences and Curry classes, a 3.0 GPA in content major in the College, and a cumulative GPA of 2.7.

By December 1, submit your Teaching Internship Application (a form on which you request a student teaching placement), sent to you by the Field Placement Coordinator.


Spring Semester:

EDIS 5011: Classroom Management and Behavioral Assessment [prior to 1/1/15, EDIS 5020: Instruction and Assessment] (3 cr)
EDIS 5300: Language Arts Methods [prior to 1/1/15 titled, Language Skills Block I] (3 cr.)
EDIS 4881: Field Experience: Elementary Education (1 cr.)
EDIS 5070: Designing Technology Enhanced Solutions (1 cr.) (beginning Spring 2018)
EDIS 5340: Social Studies in the Elementary School (3 cr.)
EDIS 5320: Mathematics in the Elementary School (3 cr.)

Complete the online module Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding for Educators. Ensure that a copy of the certificate of completion is delivered to the Office of Teacher Education. Keep the original with your personal records.

Complete the online module Dyslexia Awareness Training Module. Ensure that a copy of the certificate of completion is delivered to the Office of Teacher Education. Keep the original with your personal records. (Effective July 1, 2017 - If graduating May 2017, you do not need to meet this requirement.) 

Complete the online Virginia State and Local Civic Education Module. Ensure that a copy of the certificate of completion is delivered to the Office of Teacher Education. Keep the original with your personal records.


Summer

By July 1, take and pass (minimum score of 157) the Reading Praxis Series Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE): Elementary and Special Education Teachers Assessment. Print a copy of your test results for your personal records. You will need this when you apply for licensure.

By July 1, take and pass the Praxis Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects  exam offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Print a copy of your test results for your personal records.  If taken on 7/1/2015 or later, register for #5001.  (Score reports for individuals who took the Praxis Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (#0014 or #5014) prior to July 1, 2014, will be accepted provided the candidate met the passing score effective at the time the test was taken.)

By August 1, provide documentation of Red Cross (or equivalent) training in First Aid/CPR/AED. Submit a copy of a certificate needed for licensure to the Teacher Ed Office. For more information view the VDOE FAQ.

 

Summer Session (only if accelerating the program)

Register for coursework on the Summer Session website.

EDIS 7991: Field Project (3 cr.) -- a portion of the course will be completed in the fall.
EDIS 7100: Contemporary Educational Issues (3 cr.).



5th  YEAR


Fall Semester: (No courses, other than those listed below, may be taken during the term.)

If graduating in December, apply for graduation both for your undergraduate and master's degrees by October 1. Submit your paper Graduation/Licensure application (make sure to list primary and additional endorsements, if applicable) to Curry's Teacher Education Office (326 Bavaro Hall). 

If planning to enroll as part-time (6 or fewer credits) during the spring, complete a Change of Status form and submit it to the Teacher Education Office by October 15.

EDIS 5881: Teaching Internship -- Elementary (12 cr.). 
EDIS 5871: Seminar: Teaching Associateship -- Elementary (3 cr.)

By October 1, complete 2 CPP-R units in the Curry Participant Pool.


Spring Semester:

If graduating in May, apply for graduation both for your undergraduate and master's degrees by February 1. Submit your paper Graduation/Licensure application (make sure to list primary and additional endorsements, if applicable) to Curry's Teacher Education Office (326 Bavaro Hall). 

EDIS 7991: Field Project (3 cr.)
EDIS 7100: Contemporary Educational Issues (3 cr.)

Finish College requirements.


When the Teacher Education Office receives word from the Registrar that degrees have been conferred, personnel will sign your College Verification Form and mail your application packet along next steps instructions to you, so you can obtain licensure.

PGMT Course Overview

PG/MT:

Use the sample course outline below to map your coursework in Curry.

1st  YEAR

Fall Semester:

Review the General Studies Review (GSR) with your advisor and submit the signed forms to the Teacher Education Office (326 Bavaro) indicating any additional requirements needed for licensure.

EDLF 5010: Childhood Learning & Development (3 credits)
EDIS 3881: Field Experience: Elementary Education (1 credit)
EDIS 5010: Curriculum & Instruction for Elementary and Special Education (3 credits)
EDIS 4881: Field Experience: Elementary Education (1 credit)
EDIS 5221: Reading Development (3 credits)
EDIS 5330: Science in the Elementary Schools (3 credits)
EDIS 5340: Social Studies in the Elementary Schools (3 credits)

By October 1, complete 2 CPP-R units in the Curry Participant Pool.

By December 1, submit your Teaching Internship Application (a form on which you request a student teaching placement), sent to you by the Field Placement Coordinator.
 

Spring Semester:

EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner (3 credits)--offered fall or spring or summer; online
EDIS 5011: Classroom Management and Behavioral Assessment [prior to 1/1/15: EDIS 5020: Instruction & Assessment] (3 credits)
EDIS 3881: Field Experience: Elementary Education (1 credit)
EDIS 5300: Language Arts Methods [prior to 1/1/15, titled Language Block I] (3 credits)
EDIS 5310: Differentiating Reading Instruction [prior to 1/1/15, titled Language Skills Block II] (3 credits)
EDIS 4881: Field Experience (1 credit)
EDIS 5070: Designing Technology Enhanced Solutions (1 credit)
EDIS 5320: Mathematics in Elementary Schools (3 credits)

Complete the online module Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding for Virginia Educators. Ensure that a copy of the certificate of completion is delivered to the Office of Teacher Education. Keep the original with your personal records.

Complete the online module Dyslexia Awareness Training Module. Ensure that a copy of the certificate of completion is delivered to the Office of Teacher Education. Keep the original with your personal records. (Effective July 1, 2017 - If graduating May 2017, you do not need to meet this requirement.) 

Complete the online Virginia State and Local Civic Education Module. Ensure that a copy of the certificate of completion is delivered to the Office of Teacher Education. Keep the original with your personal records.

By May 1, take and pass the Virginia Communications & Literacy Assessment (VCLA).  Print a copy of your test results for your personal records.  Forward a copy of the test score report to TeacherEd@virginia.edu. You will need a score report when applying for licensure at the conclusion of your program of studies, even if you have scores sent to either UVA or VDOE.
By July 1, take and pass (minimum score of 157) the Reading Praxis Series Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE):  Elementary and Special Education Teachers Assessment.  Print a copy of your test results for your personal records.  You will need this when you apply for licensure.

 

Summer

By July 1, take and pass the Praxis Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects exam offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Print a copy of your test results for your personal records. If taken on 7/1/2015 or later, register for #5001.  (Score reports for individuals who took the Praxis Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (#0014 or #5014) prior to July 1, 2014, will be accepted provided the candidate met the passing score effective at the time the test was taken.)

By August 1, provide documentation of Red Cross (or equivalent) training in First Aid/CPR/AED. Submit a copy of the certificate needed for licensure to the Teacher Ed Office. For more information view the VDOE FAQ.


Summer Session (only if accelerating the program):

EDIS 7991: Field Project (3 cr.)--a portion of the course will be completed in the fall.
EDIS 7100: Contemporary Educational Issues (3 cr.)

 

2nd YEAR

Fall Semester: (No courses, other than those listed below, may be taken during the term.)

If graduating in December, apply for graduation by October 1.  Submit your paper Graduation/Licensure application (make sure to list primary and secondary endorsements, if relevant) to Curry's Teacher Education Office (326 Bavaro Hall). 

If planning to enroll as part-time (6 or fewer credits) during the spring, complete a Change of Status form and submit it to the Teacher Education Office by October 15.

EDIS 5871: Seminar: Teaching Internship – Elementary (3 credits)
EDIS 5881: Teaching Internship – Elementary (12 credits)
 

By October 1, complete 2 CPP-R units in the Curry Participant Pool.

 

Spring Semester:

If graduating in May, apply for graduation by February 1.  Submit your paper Graduation/Licensure application (make sure to list primary and secondary endorsements, if relevant) to Curry's Teacher Education Office  (326 Bavaro Hall). 

EDIS 7991: Field Project in Elementary Education (3 credits)
EDIS 7100: Contemporary Educational Issues (3 credits)

Complete outstanding course requirements
 

When the Teacher Education Office receives word from the Registrar that degrees have been conferred, personnel will sign your College Verification Form and mail your application packet along next steps instructions to you, so you can obtain licensure.

Sample Jobs After Graduation

Elementary School Teacher in grades PK-6.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php

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