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Master of Teaching—Special Education (Northern Virginia Center)

The Curry School of Education is proud to offer a Master of Teaching (MT) degree with licensure and endorsement in Special Education-General Curriculum (i.e. mild to moderate disabilities) for those in the Northern Virginia area.  We offer a part-time program designed specifically for those who work during the school day and have already completed an undergraduate degree -- hence, we call this our PG/MT (post-graduate/master of teaching) program.

Who can benefit from this program?

We believe this is an ideal option for:

  • Paraprofessionals in general curriculum SPED classrooms who want to earn their professional teaching licenses
  • Teachers in general curriculum SPED classrooms with a provisional license who need to convert to a professional license and want to earn a master's degree while doing so
  • Recent college graduates who have determined that working in a Special Education classroom is the right career move
  • Currently licensed teachers in a non-SPED endorsement area, who wish to add both the SPED general curriculum endorsement and a master's degree to their credentials.

The Curry School K-12 tuition discount applies to those currently working in K-12 education. Tuition Information

See the NOVA PGMT Student Handbook for program policies and procedures.  For more information about teacher licensure and the Curry School, please visit our Licensure page.

(For those interested in the full-time, on-grounds program, please follow the Teacher Education link to the right)

Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

PG/MT Special Education

Applicants to the PG/MT Special Education program must:

1. Possess an undergraduate degree, 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: 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.
3. Complete the online application for admission and submit supporting materials, including official transcripts and test scores by February 1 (for summer entry) or June 1 (for fall entry). (NOTE: applicants may upload unofficial transcripts and test scores with applications, but will need to provide official transcripts 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

-Fall entry: February 1 first deadline, July 1 second deadline as space available
-Spring entry: December 1
-Summer entry: February 1


Degree Requirements

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

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 5887 – are not included.)  There is no restriction on which department or school at the University of Virginia those graduate level courses are to be taken.  Additional coursework may be needed to meet licensure requirements.

All program completers must submit applications for graduation to the Curry School (

As noted in the Course Overview, materials required for Curry include an application for licensure.  Curry will work closely with employers to expedite licensure for those who have provisional or add-on endorsements.

Funding Opportunities

Most part-time study is not eligible for financial aid; however, Curry does offer a reduced tuition to eligible preK-12 educators. Review the application for details of eligibility. 

Typical Length of Study

With careful planning, including summer work, the program can be completed in three years.  Students enrolled in a master’s degree program have five years to complete their studies, however.

Semester of Entry:

Fall, Spring, or Summer

Full or Part Time:


Course Overview

  • (30) academic credits at 5000 level or above for the Master’s degree
  • 2 CPP-R participation units 1st and last year
  • Other licensure requirements:
  • Additional coursework listed (or equivalent on any official college transcript)
  • General Studies Review (GSR form) - showing evidence of broad-based liberal arts background
  • Evidence of training in 1st Aid/CPR/AED
  • Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention online module certificate
  • Teaching with Technology online module certificate
  • Dyslexia Training online module certificate (beginning 7/1/2017)
  • Passing scores on RVE (we recommend you sit for this exam after taking your Reading Foundations course)
  • Passing scores on VCLA (we must have a passing score on this exam before you are eligible for the student teaching internship)


Recommended 3 YEAR PLAN OF STUDY

Year 1

  • (3) EDIS 5000 The Exceptional Learner - online
  • (3) EDLF 5010/5011 Childhood/Adolescent Learning & Development  [SUMMER ONLY – online]


  • (3) EDIS 7700 Foundations of Reading Instruction - online OR (3) EDIS 5221 Reading Development [FALL ONLY]
  • (3) EDIS 5010 Curriculum & Instruction for Elementary and Special Education [FALL & SUMMER]


  • (1) EDIS 5100 Characteristics of EBD - online
  • (1) EDIS 5110 Characteristics of LD - online
  • (1) EDIS 5120 Characteristics of ID - online

Year 2

  • (3) EDIS 5041 Behavior Management [SUMMER ONLY]
  • (3) EDIS 5230 Reading Diagnosis & Remediation for Reading Instruction [SUMMER ONLY] - prereq:  EDIS 7700


  • (3) EDIS 5060 Math Methods for SPED & ELED  [FALL ONLY – take w/EDIS 4887] - prereq: EDIS 5010
  • (1) EDIS 4887 Fieldwork in Special Education  [take w/EDIS 5060]


  • (3) EDIS 5140 Methods of SPED & Collaboration [SPRING ONLY – take w/EDIS 4887] - prereq: EDIS 5010
  • (1) EDIS 4887 Fieldwork in Special Education [take w/EDIS 5140]

Year 3

  • (3) EDIS 5040 Psychoeducational Assessment [SUMMER ONLY]
  • (1) EDIS 5141 IEP and Transition Planning - online [Spring & Summer]


  • (3) EDIS 5887 Teaching Internship: Special Education  [take with EDIS 5870/5877]* - must apply 6 mos. in advance
  • (3) EDIS 5870/5877 Seminar: Teaching Internship: Special Education  [take with EDIS 5887]*
    *for those who will not have 1-year of full-time teaching experience in SPED (i.e. provisional license)

Spring or previous summer

  • (3) EDIS 7991 Field Project [SPRING & SUMMER]
  • (3) EDLF 7601 Social Foundations of Education


For those who may need additional electives to meet 30 credit hour requirement (i.e. have previously met licensure coursework), we recommend the following courses (in no particular order):

  • (3) EDIS 5422 Education Across Cultures - online
  • (3) EDIS 7220 Intro to the Gifted - online
  • (3) EDIS 7720 Word Study: Language Structures and Phonics - online
  • (3) EDIS 5435 Writing Across the Curriculum - online
  • (3) EDIS 7000 Introduction to Instructional Design - online
  • (3) EDLF 7390 Differentiating Instruction - online

Sample Jobs After Graduation

Special Education teacher in an 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

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