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Master of Teaching—Science

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until June 1.

We hope you will consider applying to be a part of the Teacher Ed community and the #9 secondary education program in the country!

The Curry School is offering SCHOLARSHIPS for those wishing to earn a Master's of Teaching degree in secondary science teaching of high school science or engineering.

Scholarship Info:
The Curry School has received a multi-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation Noyce Scholarship Program. The grant provides scholarships to science and engineering undergraduate and graduate students, and scientists and engineers in industry, who wish to become certified high school science teachers. There is a critical need for high school STEM teachers in this country, so employment is guaranteed. Each scholarship recipient will teach in a high-needs school for a period of 1-4 years (depending on scholarship level) at any location of their choosing in the U.S. 

Noyce Scholars will receive $10,000 per year toward the Curry School’s Master of Teaching degree programs. All admissions and other requirements for the scholarship program are the same as those for the Science Education Master's Degree program listed below. For information on the Noyce Scholarship Program, contact Dr. Frackson Mumba at fm4v@virginia.edu, or 434-243-3651, or attend our upcoming webinar.

 

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), and these scholarships support students who wish to pursue either degree.

B/MT Science (Five-year Program for Undergraduates)

In this program, you have the opportunity to earn a Baccalaureate degree in a Science from the College of Arts and Sciences (BA or BS) or in Engineering Science (BS) from the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) 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 Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics Education, grades 6-12.

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

In this program, prospective graduate students who have an undergraduate degree in a science 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 Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics Education.

 

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 Science

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, and 7 (although courses need not be taken at UVA)  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 or the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS);
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, 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.)  *teacher licensure requires 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. ) *teacher licensure requires 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. At least two science courses, taken through the college of Arts and Sciences, in the specific area of endorsement you wish to seek (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics.)

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, and performance in area schools (field work).

PGMT Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

PG/MT Science

To be granted permission to enter the PG/MT program, you must:

1. Possess a B.A. or B.S. degree prior to matriculation in the specific area of endorsement you wish to seek (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics) and/or a minimum of 32 semester hours of coursework covering*:

  • Biology: zoology, genetics, botany (typically offered at UVA in fall only, so good idea to take this in advance), ecology, evolution, physiology, microbiology, cell biology/biochemistry at the 2000 level or above.
  • Chemistry: inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, and physical chemistry. 
  • Earth and Space Sciences: astronomy, geology, meteorology, and oceanography. (Astronomy majors must complete a minimum of 18 credits in environmental science, with an emphasis in geology courses.) 
  • Physics: classical mechanics, electricity & magnetism, heat & thermodynamics, relativity, waves and optics, atomic and nuclear physics, and quantum physics.

*Courses in the major or minimum 32 hours of coursework must reflect a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.  Minor deficiencies in any subject may be completed while in the PGMT program.

2. Meet (or be prepared to meet) content studies requirements of history of science and 20 hours of supporting coursework with at least one course in each of the following*:

  • Biology: physics, chemistry, earth/space science, and mathematics (calculus).
  • Chemistry: biology, earth and space science, mathematics (calculus), and physics.
  • Earth and Space Sciences: biology, chemistry, mathematics (calculus), and physics.
  • Physics: biology, earth & space science, chemistry, and mathematics (calculus).

* Ideally, science courses should include labs. Deficiencies in any content studies coursework may be completed while in the PGMT program.

3. 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].

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 and test scores with applications, but will need to provide official transcripts showing degree conferral and official 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):

  • 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 College/SEAS 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 5885 – 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.

Prospective teachers must also complete the following:

  • a B.A. or B.S. degree in the specific area of endorsement you wish to seek (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics) and/or a minimum of 32 semester hours of coursework covering these content studies:
    • Biology: zoology, genetics, botany (typically offered at UVA in fall only, so good idea to take this in advance), ecology, evolution, physiology, microbiology, cell biology/biochemistry at the 2000 level or above.
    • Chemistry: inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, and physical chemistry. 
    • Earth and Space Sciences: astronomy, geology, meteorology, and oceanography. (Astronomy majors must complete a minimum of 18 credits in environmental science, with an emphasis in geology courses.) 
    • Physics: classical mechanics, electricity & magnetism, heat & thermodynamics, relativity, waves and optics, atomic and nuclear physics, and quantum physics.
  • 20 hours of supporting coursework with at least one course in each of the following (ideally, with coinciding labs) for each specific endorsement area:
    • Biology: physics, chemistry, earth/space science, and mathematics (calculus).
    • Chemistry: biology, earth and space science, mathematics (calculus), and physics.
    • Earth and Space Sciences: biology, chemistry, mathematics (calculus), and physics.
    • Physics: biology, earth & space science, chemistry, and mathematics (calculus).
  • at least one History of Science course

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 or School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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

Funding Opportunities

For information on the Noyce Scholarship Program (see above), contact Dr. Frackson Mumba at fm4v@virginia.edu, or 434-243-3651.

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).

Check with your advisor to learn of other funds available to students majoring in science.

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/SEAS 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 or SEAS courses required for your major and licensure. SEAS students should review the proposed plans of study with their advisor prior to applying to the program.

B/MT

3rd YEAR

Fall Semester:

Declare a major in the College/SEAS by the start of the semester

EDLF 5011: Adolescent Learning & Development (3 cr.)
EDIS 3882: Field experience (1 cr.)

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

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

 

Spring Semester:

EDIS 3882: Field Experience (1 cr.)
EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner (3 cr.) – fall, spring, or summer

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 5020:  Instruction and Assessment  (3 cr.)
EDIS 5050: Teaching Science in Secondary Schools I (3 cr.)
EDIS 4885: Field Experience (1 cr.)
EDIS 5710: Content Area Reading  (3 cr.)—fall, spring, or summer semester (>50% online)

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

By January 5 submit the Teaching Internship Application (a form on which you request a student teaching placement) sent to you by the Field Placement Coordinator.

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.


Spring Semester:

EDIS 5030: Curriculum and Management (3 cr.)
EDIS 5051: Teaching Science in the Secondary School II (3 cr.)
EDIS 4885: Field Experience (1 cr.)
EDIS 5070: Designing Technology Enhanced Solutions (1 cr.) (beginning Spring 2018)

Complete the online module Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding for Educators Print out the certificate of completion and make one copy for 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.) 

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


Summer

By July 1, take and pass the Praxis II: Content Knowledge exam in the specific area of endorsement you wish to seek (i.e. Biology #5235, Chemistry #5245, Earth Science #5571, or Physics #5265) offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Print a copy of your test results for your personal records. You will need this report why you apply for licensure.

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.

EDIS 7991: Field Project (3 cr.) -- a portion of the course will be completed in the fall.
EDIS 7100: Contemporary 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/SEAS and in Curry 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 credits or fewer) during the spring, complete a Change of Status form and submit it to the Teacher Education Office by October 15.

EDIS 5885: Teaching Internship -- Science Education (12 cr.). 
EDIS 5875: Seminar: Teaching Internship -- Science Education  (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 in the College/SEAS and in Curry no later than 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/SEAS 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

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 4885: Field Experience (1 cr.)
EDIS 5050: Teaching Science in Secondary Schools I (3 cr.)
EDIS 5710: Content Area Reading (3 cr.)--fall or spring or summer semester (>50% online)

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

By January 5, submit the 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 cr.)—fall or spring or summer session
EDIS 5030: Curriculum & Management (3 cr.)
EDIS 3882: Field Experience (1 cr.)
EDIS 4885: Field Experience (1 cr.)
EDIS 5070: Designing Technology Enhanced Solutions (1 cr.)
EDIS 5051: Teaching Science in Secondary School II (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.

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.) 


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.  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.

 

Summer

By July 1, take and pass the Praxis II: Content Knowledge exam in the specific area of endorsement you wish to seek (i.e. Biology #5235, Chemistry #5245, Earth Science #5571, or Physics #5265)  offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Print a copy of your test results for your personal records. You will need a copy of the score report when you apply for licensure.

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.

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 below can be taken during the semester

If graduating in December, apply for graduation no later than 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 (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 5875: Seminar: Teaching Internship – Science (3 cr.)
EDIS 5885: Teaching Internship – Science (12 cr.)

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

 

Spring Semester:

If graduating in May, apply for graduation no later than 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 (3 credits)
EDIS 7100: Contemporary Educational Issues (3 credits)
Other coursework needed for degree/licensure

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

Middle or High School Science Teacher

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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