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Professional Studies Course Series

The University of Virginia Curry School of Education offers a series of online graduate professional development courses in education designed to assist individuals in meeting the Professional Studies Requirements for the alternate route to licensure available to individuals in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

This course series meets the Professional Studies requirements that can lead to alternative licensure in the endorsement content areas of secondary grades 6-12, Adult Education, and preK-12 endorsements in Art, Dance, ESL, Foreign Language, Health and Physical Education, Library Media, Music Education (instrumental), Music Education (choral), and Theater Arts. These licensure areas require an undergraduate degree or state sanctioned equivalent in the specific content area, fifteen credit hours of Professional Studies coursework, completion of licensing tests, and supervised clinical practice. The course series below addresses the professional studies aspect of these requirements. Students enrolled in this series will be given guidance on how to individually pursue the alternative license.

Who Should Enroll
Individuals with a minimum of an undergraduate degree who are interested in establishing credentials for teaching at one of the following levels:
1) specific preK-12 endorsement areas (art, dance, ESL, foreign language, health and PE, library media, music, and theater arts);
2) secondary level endorsements (grades 6-12); or
3) adult education.

Note: Individuals seeking endorsement in any of the preK-12 endorsement areas listed above will need content area specific methods courses.


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Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

Students interested in taking courses in this series must fill out a Permission to Enroll form; no application is needed.

Application Due Date

Students should fill out the Permission to Enroll form at least a week before the start of the desired term. Early submission is recommended to secure spots in desired classes.

Degree Requirements

Students may take courses at their leisure. Once they have completed the requirements set forth by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), they may apply to the VDOE.

Funding Opportunities

Students are eligible for the K-12 educator discount tuition rate for the first six credits taken each semester (three credits max prior to spring 2014).

Typical Length of Study

Semester of Entry:


Full or Part Time:


Course Overview

Course Overview - ALL ONLINE

State requirements and corresponding University of Virginia offerings:
1) Human Growth and Development (3 cr.) - EDLF 5160: Lifespan Development
2) Curriculum and Instructional Procedures (3 cr.) - EDIS 5025: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
3) Classroom and Behavior Management (3 cr.) - EDIS 5041: Behavior and Classroom Management (hybrid - combination online and face-to-face in Charlottesville or Falls Church Center. WILL CHANGE TO COMPLETELY ONLINE BY FALL 2017)
4) Foundations of Education (3 cr.) - EDLF 7601: Social Foundations of Education
5) Reading (3 cr.) - EDIS 7710: Reading in the Content Areas

Our current course offerings can be found in the Student Information System (SIS) or the Curry course database.

Sample Jobs After Graduation


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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