This program allows you to earn a Master of Teaching (MT) degree with licensure and endorsement in Elementary Education, grades preK-6. You may add a second area of endorsement (e.g., ESOL, Algebra I, Special 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.
For detailed information about policies and procedures, view the Teacher Education Student Handbook.
Prerequisites and Admission Requirements
To be eligible for admission, you must:
1. Possess an undergraduate degree.
2. Meet general studies requirements: 12 hours mathematics and science, 6 hours in English/composition/literature, 6 hours of historical studies across American history and world history or western civilization, 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 15. (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:
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—score of 1100, with at least 450 verbal, 510 math; if taken after 4/1/95—composite score of 24, with at least 22 in math, 46 English Plus Reading score, OR
PRAXIS I: 178 math, 178 reading, 175 writing or 532 composite score, OR
VCLA: Reading and Writing as an optional assessment for the PRAXIS I reading and writing tests-- writing subtest of 235, reading subtest of 235, composite score of 470--in combination with qualifying math scores from SATs and ACTs.
Note that at least 2 recommendations are also required; these documents should be solicited through the online application.
Application Due Date
All Master of Teaching students are required to complete 5 credits in the Curry Participant Pool in each year of their program.
Students should complete the Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment (VCLA) – 2 subtests—reading & writing—by the end of the 1st year (http://www.va.nesinc.com).
By December 1, students must submit the Teaching Associateship application to the Teacher Education Office (326C Bavaro Hall):
Note: The following education classes must be taken in the designated semester, unless the Curry advisor approves a change.
Students must take the Praxis II content area endorsement test for Virginia offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Special Education and Elementary Education students must also take the Praxis Series Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE), PRAXIS II).
Teacher Licensure and Endorsement:
All students are required to apply for Virginia licensure and endorsement by February 1. When you apply for graduation, be sure to include on your application both your primary and secondary (if relevant) areas of endorsement. Clip licensure materials to this document. When the Office of Admissions receives word from the Registrar that degrees have been conferred, Joanne McNergney will sign off on your application for licensure and route all materials to you via snail mail so you can work directly with the VDOE to obtain licensure. The Curry Admissions Office will record your areas of endorsement on the enrolled student screen. That way, if you move to another location, she can use that information when you request a college verification form for another state. Information about the licensure application will be sent to you from the Curry Admissions Office.
In addition to federal loans, grants, scholarships and work study, possible sources of funding include Curry Foundation Scholarships. Foundation awards are made mid-year; several are earmarked for TED students. Check with the Office of Financial Aid for other funding sources, including the federal TEACH grant.
Typical Length of Study
Two years. If you wish to accelerate the program, meet with your advisor early on to discuss this option.
Semester of Entry:
Full or Part Time:
___EDLF 5010: Childhood Learning & Development (3 credits)
___EDIS 3881: Field Experience (1 credit)
___EDIS 5010: Curriculum & Instruction (3 credits)
___EDIS 5300: Language Block I (3 credits)
___EDIS 3450: Teaching with Technology (2 credits)--offered fall and spring semesters
___EDIS 4881: Field Experience (1 credit)
___EDIS 5221: Reading Development (3 credits)
___EDIS 5330: Science in the Elementary Schools (3 credits)
___EDIS 5340: Social Studies in the Elementary Schools (3 credits)--offered fall and spring semesters
___By December 1, submit your Teaching Associateship Application (a form on which you request a student teaching placement), available in the Office of Teacher Education.
___EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner (3 credits)--offered spring and summer semesters
___EDIS 5020:Instruction & Assessment (3 credits)
___EDIS 3881: Field Experience (1 credit)
___EDIS 5310: Language Skills Block II (3 credits)
___EDIS 4881: Field Experience (1 credit)
___EDIS 5320: Mathematics in Elementary Schools (3 credits)--offered fall and spring semesters
___Complete the online module Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding for Virginia Educators. Print out the certificate of completion and make one copy for the Office of TED. Keep the original with your personal records. You will need this when you apply for licensure.
___By April 15, complete 5 credits in the Curry Participant Pool.
___By May 1, take and pass the Virginia Communications & Literacy Assessment (VCLA). Print a copy of you test results for your personal records. You will need these when applying for licensure at the conclusion of your program of studies.
___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 may need this when you apply for licensure.
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.)
___EDIS 5871: Seminar: Teaching Associateship – Elementary (3 credits)
___EDIS 5881: Teaching Associateship – Elementary (12 credits)
___By August 1, take and pass the Praxis II Content Exam offered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). Print a copy of your test results for your personal records.
___If graduating in December, apply for graduation by October 1. Submit your Curry application (make sure to list primary and secondary endorsements, if relevant) to Curry's Office of Admission (106 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 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 a 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 7991: Field Project in Elementary Education (3 credits)
___EDIS 7100: Contemporary Educational Issues (3 credits)
___By April 15, complete 5 credits (3 credits if graduating in December) in the Curry Participant Pool.
___Complete outstanding course requirements
___If graduating in May, apply for graduation by February 1. Submit your Curry application (make sure to list primary and secondary endorsements, if relevant) to Curry's Office of Admission (106 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 Virginia License." Make sure the address you list on your licensure paperwork is the location where you will be receiving mail between May and August..
Sample Jobs After Graduation
Elementary School Teacher