Master of Teaching—Foreign Language

Do you want to be a Spanish, French, German, or Latin teacher in elementary, middle, or high school?

The Curry School of Education is proud to offer a Master of Teaching (MT) degree with licensure and endorsement in Foreign Language or Latin 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 Foreign Language or Latin Education (Five-year Program for Undergraduates)

In this program, you have the opportunity to earn a Baccalaureate degree from the College of Arts and Sciences (B.A. or B.S.) 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 Foreign Language Education or Latin Education, grades preK-12.


PG/MT Math (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 (M.T.) 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 Foreign Language Education or Latin Education, grades preK-12.
 

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.

B/MT Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

B/MT Foreign Language or Latin

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 2,3, 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 taken prior to 4/1/95—score of 1000, with at least 450 verbal and 510 math; if taken after 4/1/95—score of 1100, with at least 530 verbal, 530 math, 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. 

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
  • Non-Western Studies (3 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

7.  Have taken at least one foreign language course above the 2300 level in the area on which you intend to focus while at Curry.

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, performance in area schools (field work),  and performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

PGMT Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

PG/MT Foreign Language or Latin

1. Possess an undergraduate degree in the target language (or be able to earn an advanced proficiency score on the American Council on Teaching Foreign Language in both oral and writing). Courses in the major must reflect a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
2.  If interested in French, German or Spanish, you must have spent at least six weeks abroad in a country where the target language is spoken.
3.  Meet (or be prepared to meet) general studies requirements: 12 hours mathematics 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.
4. 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 with applications, but will need to provide official transcripts before they can matriculate.) Test scores include GREs that meet targets--at or above 450/150 (verbal), 530/145 (quantitative), 4.0 (analytical writing).  Applicants must also submit test scores on ONE of the following (official scores should be sent to the University of Virginia; the institutional code is 5820):

  • SATs taken prior to 4/1/95—score of 1000, with at least 450 verbal and 510 math; if taken after 4/1/95—score of 1100, with at least 530 verbal, 530 math, 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

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 College and Curry 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 5883 – 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 College of Arts and Sciences.

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

Prospective teachers must also complete the following:

French, German, Spanish:

1. Spend a minimum of six weeks abroad, taking approved university courses in a country where the target language is spoken. A semester abroad is preferred. For B/MT students, that experience must take place your 2nd or 3rd year at UVA. If you study abroad during the summer, you must do so before your 3rd or 4th year to help with oral proficiency and Praxis II exams.
2. Demonstrate proficiency at the Advanced Level in oral portions of the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) tests. Take the exam after study abroad. A passing score is required for advancement to graduate status. You may register for the test through the Curry second language program advisor.
3. Develop a solid overview of the civilization and culture in the target language countries through College courses that use the target language for communication.
4. Take at least one graduate course in your target language.

Latin:
The main methods course for the programs is EDIS 5480. However, a special class on methods of teaching Latin (LATI 7010) is sometimes offered in the summer. Please contact your Curry School advisor for more information regarding Latin teacher preparation.


All program completers must submit applications for graduation to the College of Arts and Sciences AND to the Curry School (Teacher Education Office : 326 Bavaro Hall).

As noted in the sample course outline, 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 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.

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 by the start of the semester

EDLF 5011: Adolescent Learning & Development (3 cr.)
EDIS 3882: Field Experience: Secondary Education (1 cr.)
EDIS 3450: Teaching with Technology (3 cr.) --fall or spring (humanities section)

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

Spend a minimum of six weeks abroad, taking approved university courses in a country where the target language is spoken. A semester abroad is preferred; that experience must take place during your 2nd or 3rd year at UVA. If you study abroad during the summer, you must do so before your 3rd or 4th year to help with oral proficiency and Praxis II exams.


Spring Semester:

EDIS 3882: Field Experience: Secondary Education (1 cr.)
EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner (3 cr.)--spring or summer
EDIS 5210: Language Development  - spring or summer OR LNGS 5000: Applied Linguistics for Teachers of Foreign Language (3 cr.)

By April 15, complete 3 CPP-R credits in the Curry Participant Pool.

By May 1, take and pass the Virginia Communications & Literacy Assessment (VCLA). Print out a copy of the test results for the Teacher Education office.  Keep a copy of your test results for your personal records. You will need these when applying for licensure at the end of the program.


Summer

Sign up to take GREs prior to September 1, so you can retake the exam if your scores do not meet Curry minimums of at or above 150 (verbal), 145 (quantitative), 4.0 (analytical writing). Submit official test scores through ETS.  The University's institutional code is 5820; there is no school code, but ensure that you indicate that this is for a “Graduate Institution, as opposed to “Undergraduate;” ETS will not send GRE scores to an undergraduate institution.

 

4th YEAR

 

Fall Semester:

EDIS 5020: Instruction and Assessment (3 cr.)
EDIS 5480: Second Language Acquisition and Modern Language Teaching Methods (3 cr.) Latin majors -- A special class on methods of teaching Latin (LATI 7010) is offered in the summer -- typically late July or the beginning of August during alternate years. If summer is not an option, take the EDIS 5480 course this fall.
EDIS 4883: Field Experience: Foreign Language Education (1 cr.)
EDIS 5710: Content Area Reading (3 cr.)--fall or spring or summer (>50% online)

By December 1 submit the Teaching Associateship Application (a form on which you request a student teaching placement) to the Office of Teacher Education.

By December 1, turn in the Advancement to Graduate Status Application (available in 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, a cumulative GPA of 2.7, and satisfactory performance on GREs.

By December 15 demonstrate proficiency at the Advanced Level in oral portions of the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) tests. Take the exam after study abroad. A passing score is required for advancement to graduate status. You may register for the test through the Curry second language program advisor. Not required for those seeking the Latin endorsement.


Spring Semester:

EDIS 5030: Curriculum and Management (3 cr.)
EDIS 5490: Planning and Assessment for Language Instruction (3 cr.)
EDIS 4883: Field Experience: Foreign Language Education (1 cr.)

Complete the online module Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding for Educators. Print out the certificate of completion and submit one copy for the Office of Teacher Education. Keep the original with your personal records.

Meet General Requirements listed above in "Prerequisites and Admission Requirements."

By April 15, complete 3 CPP-R credits in the Curry Participant Pool.


Summer

By August 1, take and pass the Praxis II: World Language exam (French 5174, German 5183, Spanish 5195) offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Print a copy of your test results for your personal records. Not required for those seeking the Latin endorsement.

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 (if accelerating the program)

Register for coursework on the Summer Session website.

Enroll in EDIS 7991 Field Project (3 cr.)--a portion of the course will be completed in the fall.

Complete 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 in the College and in Curry by October 1. Submit your Curry application (make sure to list primary and additional endorsements, if applicable) to Curry's Teacher Education Office (326 Bavaro Hall). Attach the following materials, using a paperclip: copies of test scores and the "College Verification Form" and "Application for Initial Licensure" found in the online pdf document "Application for a Virginia License". Make sure the address you list on your licensure paperwork is the location where you will be receiving mail between December and February.

If planning to enroll as part-time (fewer than 12 cr.) during the spring, complete a Change of Status form and submit it to the Teacher Education Office by October 15.

EDIS 5883: Teaching Associateship--Foreign Language (12 cr.).
EDIS 5873: Seminar: Teaching Associateship--Foreign Language (3 cr.)


Spring Semester:

If graduating in May, apply for graduation both in the College and in Curry no later than February 1. On the Curry form, be sure to list primary and additional endorsements (if relevant). Take your education application to Curry's Teacher Education Office (326 Bavaro Hall). Use a paperclip to attach copies of test scores, and the "College Verification Form" and "Application for Initial Licensure" documents found in the online pdf "Application for a Virginia License". Make sure the address you list on the licensure application is the one where you will be receiving mail between May and August.

By April 15, complete 3 CPP-R credits in the Curry Participant Pool.

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 off on your application for licensure and mail all materials to you, so you can work directly with the VDOE to 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) and Content Studies Review (CSR) with your advisor and submit the signed forms to the Teacher Education Office (326 Bavaro) indicating any additional requirements needed for licensure.

EDLF 5011: Adolescent Learning & Development (3 cr.)
EDIS 3882: Field Experience (1 cr.)
EDIS 5020: Instruction & Assessment (3 cr.)
EDIS 3450: Teaching with Technology (3 cr.) -- fall or spring semester (humanities section)
EDIS 4883: Field Experience (1 cr.)
EDIS 5480: Second Language Acquisition & Modern Language Methods (3 cr.) Latin majors -- A special class on methods of teaching Latin (LATI 7010) is offered in the summer -- typically late July or the beginning of August during alternate years. If summer is not an option, take the EDIS 5480 course this fall.
EDIS 5710: Content Area Reading (3 cr.) -- fall or spring or summer semester (>50% online)

By December 1, submit the Teaching Associateship Application (a form on which you request a student teaching placement) to the Office of Teacher Education.

By December 15 demonstrate proficiency at the Advanced Level in oral portions of the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) tests. Take the exam after study abroad. A passing score is required for advancement to graduate status. You may register for the test through the Curry second language program advisor.  Not required for those seeking the Latin endorsement.


Spring Semester: 

EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner (3 cr.)—fall or spring or summer session
EDIS 5030: Curriculum & Management (3 cr.)
EDIS 3882: Field Experience (1 cr.)
EDIS 4883: Field Experience (1 cr.)
EDIS 5210 Language Development (3 cr.) – spring or summer OR LNGS 5000: Linguistics for Foreign Language Teachers --may be taken spring of second year
EDIS 5490: Planning and Assessment for Language Teaching (3 cr.)

Complete the online module Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding for EducatorsPrint out the certificate of completion and make one copy for the Office of Teacher Education.  Keep the original for your personal records.

By April 15, complete 3 CPP-R credits in the Curry Participant Pool.

By May 1, take and pass the reading and writing portions of the Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment(VCLA).  Print a copy of your scores for your personal records.  You will need this document when you apply for licensure at the end of the program.
 

Summer

By August 1, take and pass the Praxis II:  World Language exam (French 5174, German 5183, Spanish 5195) offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Print a copy of your test results for your personal records. Not required for those seeking the Latin endorsement.

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 (if accelerating the program or adding an endorsement):

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.)
 

2nd YEAR
 

Fall Semester--only the classes listed below may be taken during student teaching

If graduating in December, apply for graduation no later than October 1.  On the Curry form, be sure to list primary and additional endorsements (if relevant). Take your application to Curry's Teacher Education Office (326 Bavaro Hall). Use a paperclip to attach copies of required licensure materials (e.g., test scores, College Verification Form, Request for Initial Licensure). Licensure documents can be found in on the VDOE website under "Application for a Virginia License". Make sure the address you list on licensure materials is the one where you will be receiving mail between December and February.

If planning to enroll as part-time (fewer than 12 cr.) during the spring, complete a Change of Status form and submit it to the Teacher Education Office by October 15.

EDIS 5873: Seminar: Teaching Associateship (3 cr.)
EDIS 5883: Teaching Associateship: Foreign Language Education (12 cr.)
 

Spring Semester:

If graduating in May, apply for graduation no later than February 1.  On the Curry form, be sure to list primary and additional endorsements (if relevant). Take your application to Curry's Teacher Education Office (326 Bavaro Hall). Use a paperclip to attach copies of required licensure materials (e.g., test scores, College Verification Form, Request for Initial Licensure). Licensure documents can be found on the VDOE website under "Application for a Virginia License". Make sure the address you list on licensure materials is the one where you will be receiving mail between May and August.

By April 15, complete 3 CPP-R credits in the Curry Participant Pool.

EDIS 7991: Field Project (3 cr.)
EDIS 7100: Contemporary Educational Issues (3 cr.)
Other coursework needed for degree/licensure

Sample Jobs After Graduation

Elementary, Middle, or High School teacher of French, German, Spanish, or Latin

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