The Special Education –General Curriculum/Elementary Education Program prepares candidates for teaching as both special education (with an emphasis on inclusive placements) in K-12 classrooms and as elementary teachers (preK-6 grades). Prospective teachers complete a curriculum that leads to a Post-graduate Professional license and endorsement in both Special Education-General Curriculum and Elementary Education.
See the Teacher Education Student Handbook for TED policies and procedures.
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.
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 must complete coursework, practica, and assessments required for licensure by the dates listed in the Course Outline that follows. To earn the MT, students must complete at least 30 graduate credits (course numbers above 5000), not counting Teaching Associateship credits.
In addition, students will be required to apply for licensure and appropriate endorsements in Virginia. These applications should be completed at the same time as the application for graduation and submitted through Curry's Office of Admissions. Virginia's Department of Education will require that students have successfully completed the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)–2 subtests: reading and writing—by the end of their first year (http://www.va.nesinc.com). Students must also pass the Praxis II content area endorsement test for Virginia offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Praxis Series Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE).
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
Semester of Entry:
Full or Part Time:
Students studying for the PGMT are full-time students.
Use the outline below to map your coursework in Curry:
___EDLF 5010: Childhood Learning & Development (3 cr.)
___EDIS 5010: Curriculum & Instruction (3 cr.)
___EDIS 3450: Teaching with Technology (2 cr.)--fall or spring
___EDIS 51X0: Characteristics of EBD/LD/ID (1 cr. each)--online fall and spring
___EDIS 5060: Math Instruction for Elementary & Sped (3 cr.)
___EDIS 5330: Science in the Elementary School (3 cr.)
___EDIS 5041: Behavior Management (3 cr.)
___EDIS 5222: Reading Development for Special Populations (3 cr.)
___EDIS 4881: Field Experience (Elementary) (1 cr.)
___By December 1, submit the Teaching Associateship Application (a form on which you request a student teaching placement) to the Office of Teacher Education.
___EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner (3 cr.)--spring or summer
___EDIS 5230: Reading Diagnosis & Remediation for Reading Instruction (3 cr.)
___EDIS 5231: Reading Diagnosis & Remediation for Reading Instruction Lab (1 cr.)
___EDIS 5040: Psycho-educational Assessment (3 cr.)
___EDIS 5140: Methods of Instruction & Collaboration in Sped (3 cr.)
___EDIS 5141: IEP & Transition Planning (1 cr.)
___EDIS 5340: Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School (3 cr.)
___EDIS 4887: Field Experience (sped) (1 cr.)
___EDIS 51X0: Characteristics of EBD/LD/ID (1 cr.)--online, spring and fall semesters
___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 for your personal records.
___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 your test results for your personal records. You will need these when you apply for licensure at the end of your studies.
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 7199 Contemporary Issues (3 cr.)
Fall Semester--no classes other than those listed below can be taken during the semester
___By August 1, take and pass the Praxis II Content Exam in Elementary Education offered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). (There is no exam for Special Education at this time.) Print a copy of your test results for your personal records. You will need this when you apply for licensure.
___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 5877: Seminar: Teaching Associateship –Special Education (3 credits)
___EDIS 5881: Teaching Associateship –Elementary (6 credits)
___EDIS 5887: Teaching Associateship – Special Education (6 credits)
___If graduating in May, apply for graduation no later than February 1. On the Curry form, be sure list primary and secondary endorsements (elementary/special education). Take your application to Curry's Office of Admission (106 Bavaro Hall). Use a paperclip to attach copies of required licensure materials (e.g., test scores, College Verification Form, Request for Initial Licensure). Licensure documents can be found on the VDOE website under "Application for a Virginia License." Make sure the address you list on licensure materials is the one where you will be receiving mail between May and August.
___By April 15, complete 5 credits (3 credits if graduating in December) in the Curry Participant Pool.
___EDIS 7991: Field Project (3 credits)
___EDIS 7100: Contemporary Educational Issues (3 credits)
___Remaining courses needed for degree/licensure
Sample Jobs After Graduation
Special Education or Elementary Education teacher.