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Teacher Education

Want to become a teacher? Congratulations! We think teaching is one of the most exciting and rewarding careers. All kids deserve great teachers, and our programs are designed to prepare you to meet the challenges of today's schools. Explore our teacher preparation options by age and needs here or by program of study below.


Elementary Education

Candidates in the ELED program work towards licensure with an Elementary Education PK-6 endorsement.

English Education

Part of our Secondary group, the English Education program prepares candidates for licensure with an English 6-12 endorsement.

Foreign Language Education

Candidates seeking to teach Chinese, French, Spanish, German or Latin apply to this program, leading to licensure and endorsement in Foreign Language preK-12.

Health & Physical Education

Requiring a strong background in Kinesiology, this program is ideal for candidates seeking licensure and endorsement in Health & Physical Education preK-12.

Math Education

Part of our Secondary group, the Math Education program prepares candidates for licensure with a Mathematics 6-12 endorsement.

Science Education

Part of our Secondary group, the Science Education program prepares candidates for licensure with a Science-Biology, Science-Chemistry, Science-Earth Science, or Science-Physics endorsement, all geared toward grades 6-12.

Social Studies Education

Part of our Secondary group, the Social Studies Education program prepares candidates for licensure with a History and Social Sciences 6-12 endorsement.

Special Education

We prepare candidates to assist students with learning and behavioral disabilities enrolled in the general education curriculum. Graduates will be eligible for a teaching license with an endorsement in Special Ed- General Curriculum K-12.

Add-On Endorsement Areas

After selecting a program area, there may be an opportunity to add-on one or more additional endorsement areas: Gifted Education, Mathematics - Algebra I, and English as a Second Language (ESL).


The Curry MT program aims to prepare teachers who exemplify best practices in connecting content, practice and research to foster academic, social, and emotional development in students with diverse backgrounds and diverse needs.  Our graduates use data and reflection in their instructional decision-making so that their impact on student learning is meaningful and measurable.  It is awarded TEAC accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, from April, 2015 and April, 2022.  The accreditation does not include individual education courses that the EPP offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.
The Virginia Department of Education ( lists the University of Virginia as an approved educator preparation program in the above endorsement areas.

Quick Data Snapshot (Class of 2015)

Average incoming GPA B/MTs: 3.50 (required 2.7)
Average incoming GPA PGMTs: 3.39 (required 2.7)
Average SAT Verbal score: 637 (required 530)
Average SAT Math score: 633 (required 530)
Average VCLA composite score: 555 (required 470)

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