Becoming a Teacher
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 meet the challenges of today's schools.
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. Check the program of study sites for entrance requirements, degree requirements, typical course sequences, as well as contacts for more information.
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.
Candidates seeking to teach Chinese, French, Spanish, German or Latin apply to this program, leading to licensure and endorsement in Foreign Language preK-12.
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.
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 (choose either Elementary or Secondary as the dual program of study).
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.
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 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) [N.B. The Teacher Education program hosted its TEAC auditing team in Nov. 2014 for renewal of accreditation.]
The Virginia Department of Education (http://www.doe.virginia.gov) lists the University of Virginia as an approved educator preparation program.