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Master of Teaching—Special Education

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 #4 special education program in the country!

Teaching special education is truly a rewarding an important career, and one that is in high demand. The Curry School of Education is proud to offer a Master of Teaching (MT) degree with licensure and endorsement in Special Education-General Curriculum (K-12).  Please note: This endorsement is only for those who will work with students with mild to moderate disabilities.  It differs from the Special Education-Adapted Curriculum endorsement, which Curry does not offer.

If you are a licensed teacher interested in learning more about working with students with disabilities in your classroom, we offer a range of non-degree graduate-level courses. More information can be on our course series webpage.

NOTE: The information below is specifically for the on-Grounds, full-time programs. If you are interested in the part-time post-graduate (PGMT) program offered at our Falls Church campus, please visit the SPED - NOVA Center page.

We offer two programs on Grounds: 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 in Special 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 (BA or BS) or from the Curry School of Education with a Communication Sciences Disorders major and a Master of Teaching (MT) degree from Curry. Degrees are awarded simultaneously at the end of the five-year program of studies. You earn licensure with an endorsement in Special Education General Curriculum (K-12).

PG/MT Special 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 full-time study, though it is possible to accelerate the program, completing requirements in 1.5 years, allows you to earn licensure with an endorsement in Special Education General Curriculum (K-12).

Both the B/MT and PG/MT programs allow for the addition of a second area of endorsement (e.g. ESOL, Gifted, Elementary Education Pk-6) to your program of studies. If interested in this option, seek permission from your advisor and the Office of Teacher Education. Completing more than one endorsement 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 Special Education

Off-Grounds Transfer Students:  Apply for admission to UVA through the University's Office of Undergraduate Admissioncomplete the Permission to Enroll application for transfer students, and meet criteria 3, 5, and 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 your 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 credits in:

  • Natural Sciences and Math (12 hrs.) a combination of science and math, with at least 3 hrs in each (MATH 1150 and 1160 are highly recommended) 
  • 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.) 3 credits of American History (HIUS 2001 or 2002)
  • Social Sciences (6 hrs.) Psychology/Sociology/Anthropology/Linguistics/Economics
  • Foreign Language (0-14 hrs.) same as the College of Arts & Sciences


NOTEPermission 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 Special Education

Applicants to the PG/MT Special Education program must:

1. Possess an undergraduate degree prior to matriculation, preferably with coursework in child learning and development. Courses in the major should reflect a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or better.
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 official test scores before they can matriculate.) Test scores on ONE of the following (official scores should be sent to the University of Virginia; the institutional code is 5820) are required by VDOE for entry into a state-approved teacher preparation program :

  • 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 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 588x and EDIS 5887 – 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.

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.  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 Communication Science Disorders courses required for your major and licensure.

For those completing the previously required dual endorsement, please visit one of the following pages for an appropriate course overview:

B/MT

3rd YEAR
Fall Semester:

Declare a major in the College or transfer to the Communication Science Disorders program in Curry by the start of the semester

EDLF 5010: Childhood Learning & Development OR EDLF 5011: Adolescent Learning & Development (3 cr.)
EDIS 3881: Field experience: Elementary (1 cr.)
EDIS 5221: Reading Development (3 cr)
EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner (3 cr) -- fall or summer

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 5100: Characteristics of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (1 cr.) -- fall, spring, or summer; online
EDIS 5110: Characteristics of Learning Disabilities (1 cr.) -- fall, spring, or summer; online
EDIS 5120: Characteristics of Intellectual Disabilities (1 cr.) -- fall, spring or summer; online
EDIS 3887: Field Experience:  Special Ed. (1 cr.)
EDIS 5041: Behavior Management (3 cr.)

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 (3 cr.)
EDIS 5141: IEP and Transition Planning (1 cr.)
EDIS 4887: Field Experience - Special Education (1 cr.)
EDIS 5040: Psychoeducational Assessment (3 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 4887: Field Experience - Special Ed. (1 cr.)
EDIS 5060: Math Instruction for Special and Elementary Education (3 cr.)
EDIS 5140: Methods of Instruction & Collaboration in SpEd (3 cr.)
EDIS 5230: Reading Diagnosis & Remediation for Reading Instruction (3 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.)


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 (#5306). Print a copy of your test results for your personal records. You will need this 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 (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 in the College 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 5887: Teaching Internship--SPED (12 cr.)
EDIS 5877: Seminar: Teaching Internship--Special 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 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 or Communication Science Disorders 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.

For those completing the previously required dual endorsement, please visit one of the following pages for an appropriate course overview:

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 OR EDLF 5011: Adolescent Learning & Development (3 cr.)
EDIS 5221: Reading Development  (3 cr.)
EDIS 3881: Field Experience: Elementary Education (1 cr.)
EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner (3 cr.) – fall or spring or summer
EDIS 5010: Curriculum & Instruction (3 cr.)
EDIS 5040: Psycho-educational Assessment (3 cr.)
EDIS 4887: Field Experience - Special Education (1 cr.)
EDIS 5141: IEP & Transition Planning (1 cr.) – fall or spring; online

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

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

 

Spring Semester:

EDIS 5100: Characteristics of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (1 cr.) -- fall or spring or summer; online
EDIS 5110: Characteristics of Learning Disabilities (1 cr.) -- fall or spring or summer; online
EDIS 5120: Characteristics of Intellectual Disabilities (1 cr.) -- fall or spring or summer; online
EDIS 5041: Behavior Management (3 cr.)
EDIS 3887: Field Experience: Special Education (1 cr.)
EDIS 5230: Reading Diagnosis & Remediation for Reading Instruction (3 cr.)
EDIS 5060: Math Instruction for Special and Elementary Education (3 cr.)
EDIS 5140: Methods of Instruction & Collaboration in Sped (3 cr.)
EDIS 4887: Field Experience: Special Education (1 cr.)
EDIS 5070: Designing Technology Enhanced Solutions (1 cr.)

Complete the online module Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding for EducatorsEnsure that a copy of the certificate of completion is delivered to 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 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 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 classes other than those listed below can be taken during the semester

If graduating in December, apply for graduation 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 5877: Seminar: Teaching Internship –Special Education (3 cr.)
EDIS 5887: Teaching Internship – Special Education (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 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.)

Remaining courses 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

Special education teacher in general curriculum settings in elementary, middle, or high school.

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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