Becoming a Teacher
Want to become a teacher? Congratulations! We think teaching is one of the most exciting and rewarding careers.
At the Curry School, we offer a wide range of ways to prepare you to teach the age and subject area that best suits you. Read more about our options for each age group below. Our specific offerings are listed below these three age group options.
Teacher Education Programs of Study
Candidates in the ELED program work towards licensure with an Elementary Education PK-6 endorsement. This program is the only one that allows the Add-On endorsement of Early Childhood for Three- and Four-Year-Olds.
Part of our Secondary group, the English Education program prepares candidates for licensure with an English 6-12 endorsement.
Foreign Language & Latin Education
Candidates seeking to teach French, Spanish, German or Latin (and soon, Chinese) 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.
Part of our Secondary group, the Math Education program prepares candidates for licensure with a Mathematics 6-12 endorsement.
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. Candidates choose a primary science area based on their undergraduate coursework.
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.
At Curry, the Special Education program leading to initial licensure is approved at the general curriculum level, meaning it prepares teachers to provide instruction and behavior supports to assist students with learning and behavioral disabilities who are enrolled in the general education curriculum (as opposed to those with moderate to severe disabilities whose needs cannot be met in the general classroom). Candidates in this program will be eligible for a teaching license with an endorsement in Special Education- General Curriculum K-12, as well as a dual endorsement in ELED, a Secondary field, or English as a Second Language (ESL).
SPED + ELED
SPED + Secondary
SPED + ESL
Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
Candidates in the ECSE program work towards licensure with an endorsement in Special Education Early Childhood (Birth through age 5). This is the only initial licensure program with field experiences that may be home-based, school-based, or community-based.
Other Add-On Endorsement program areas:
Once a candidate has selected one of the above programs, there may be an opportunity to add-on additional endorsement areas. Curry is approved for Gifted Education, Mathematics - Algebra I, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Early Childhood for Three- and Four-Year-Olds.
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.