"I feel like Curry gave me the preparation, experience, knowledge, practice, and encouragement to become a great teacher. I am so grateful for such informative classes, knowledgeable and approachable professors, and inspiring peers."
Alice Ricks, Master of Teaching-Elementary Education '12
The Curry School of Education’s teacher education programs lead to a master’s degree and licensure/endorsement. Areas of concentration include:
- Early Childhood Special Education (birth through age 5);
- Elementary Education (preK-6);
- Special Education (K-12) with a concurrent endorsement in either Elementary Education, a Secondary Education content area, or ESOL;
- Health and Physical Education (preK-12);
- Secondary Education (grades 6-12) in English, mathematics, science, or social studies, and
- Foreign Language Education (preK-12).
All secondary areas require an undergraduate major in the content in which the student is seeking endorsement. Applications are due February 1.
B/MT (Five-year Program for Undergraduates)
Students at the University of Virginia apply for "permission to enroll" second semester of their second year in the College of Arts and Sciences. (Transfer students apply both through the Office of Undergraduate Admission for admission to the University and to Curry's MT program through a Permission to Enroll application for transfer students.) Students earn a B.A. or B.S. degree from the College and an M.T. from the Curry School of Education; degrees are awarded simultaneously at the end of the program. Students majoring in Health and Physical Education earn both their BSEd and MT degrees through the Curry School.
To view prerequisites and program descriptions, click on B/MT links on the right side of this screen. And if you still have questions, plan to attend an information session in 116 Bavaro Hall (the schedule for 2014 will be posted soon.)
In the meantime, if you are interested in joining the B/MT program, please contact email@example.com
Three Plus One B/MT Option (3+1 Program)
Do you have advanced standing in the College? You may be able to earn your bachelor’s degree and master's degree in four years.
Sample 3+1 Program Sequence for BA/MT or BS/MT:
- Admission to U.Va. with a minimum of 15 hours of advanced credit
- Fall First year: begin to plan course of study with your Arts and Sciences advisor and discuss the B.A. or B.S./M.T. admission process with the Curry School
- Spring or summer of first year: Complete prerequisite classes in Curry (EDIS 2010 [3 credits] and EDIS 2880 [1 credit])
- Spring first year: Apply by February 1 for permission to enroll in the B/MT program
- Second Year: Begin dual enrollment in the College and the Curry School of Education
- Third year: Complete undergraduate courses and continue taking Curry classes/practica
- Fall Fourth Year: Teaching Associateship (student teaching)
- Spring Fourth Year: complete coursework and graduate with a B/MT
PG/MT (post-graduate program for those who have already completed an undergraduate degree)
Prospective graduate students who have an undergraduate degree in a field other than education apply to the Postgraduate Master of Teaching (PGMT) program. Once enrolled, it may be possible to add at least one additional area of endorsement (e.g., gifted education, ESOL, Algebra I) during a two-year program of study. If focusing on only one area of study, it is possible to accelerate the program, completing requirements in 1.5 years. To exercise either option, students work closely with their Curry advisors to plan their curriculum. Click on PGMT links on the right side of the screen for specific information about prerequisites, semester-by-semester requirements, and criteria for graduation.
Application deadline: February 1
Please note that you must submit both official GRE scores and qualifying scores on one of the following:
- 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
- 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 – 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
- 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.
Have questions? Contact Cheryl Gittens at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Teacher Education program at Curry currently enrolls approximately 350 students in all MT degrees/areas of concentration. For the Class of 2013, the average academic performance was
- Average GPA in major: 3.42
- Average GRE scores: Quantitative: 152, Verbal: 156, Analytic Writing: 4.42
The University of Virginia Curry School of Education’s Teacher Education Master of Teaching Program, which is designed to produce teachers who are competent in teaching skills; caring human beings who are committed to children, youth and their families; and qualified to teach under the Commonwealth of Virginia’s regulations for teacher licensure, as well as prepared to continue their professional development through self-learning and reflection and through mentoring practices is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of seven years from December 2007 to December 2014. (http://www.teac.org)
The Virginia Department of Education (http://www.doe.virginia.gov) lists the University of Virginia as an approved educator preparation program.
For more information, check our resources pages:
Teacher Education Resources - Applications
Teacher Education Resources - Handbooks
Teacher Education Resources - Forms
Teacher Education Resources - Other