Master of Teaching - Elementary Education
Do you want to be an elementary school teacher working with students grades preK-6? Our top-ranked program for elementary education prepares teachers to support the academic and social-emotional growth of young learners.
In this graduate-level program, you have the opportunity to earn a Master of Teaching (M.T.) degree and teacher licensure with an endorsement in Elementary Education (grades preK-6). This program is converting to a one-year structure beginning in summer 2020. The first cohort will run June 2020 through May 2021.
*Application fees have been waived for summer 2020 applicants**
Curry Elementary Teachers Are:
- Knowledgeable about:
- Children and their developmental trajectories across the elementary years
- The range of subject areas included in the elementary school day
- Evidence-based pedagogical methods in different subject areas
- Formative and summative assessment practices to monitor and support student learning
- Committed to teaching all children and working in collaboration with their families and guardians
- Reflective about their teaching and engaged in continuous professional development and instructional improvement
- Collaborative with colleagues, in service of children, schools, communities, and the profession
- Dedicated to advocating for equity and social justice in their classrooms, schools, and communities
Applicants to this program should attend to this mission statement when writing the required goal statement.
Check out our Elementary Education Advising Guide for a comprehensive list of program offerings, requirements, and resources.
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The Curry School offers a unique fellowship opportunity through Frederick County Public Schools, Goochland County Public Schools, and Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Through this partnership, candidates may apply to complete the last year of the program as a year-long residency that incorporates both the traditional fall student teaching semester and the following spring semester. See the Teaching Fellows webpage for more information.
African American Teaching Fellows
African American Teaching Fellows (AATF) works to recruit, support, and retain African American teachers to serve the public schools of Charlottesville City and Albemarle County. Fellows become part of a network of African-American educators in the region, participate in a teacher-leader summer institute, receive mentorship and support from local teachers and administrators, and receive $5,000 toward the cost of tuition. Fellows commit to teaching in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area for several years after graduation.
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Undergraduate students at UVA may apply early to the Master of Teaching program during the 2nd or 3rd year.
Students can apply early through Curry's undergraduate application. Students admitted to the program will be guaranteed admission to the PGMT program as long as they meet all program prerequisites outlined in the PGMT Admissions Requirements above. These include:
- Completing all general studies coursework
- Completing a course in child development
- Providing required test scores
- Maintaining cumulative and major GPAs as noted above
Questions about early admissions, general studies, and test scores: contact Jillian McGraw, Director of Teacher Education
Questions about the elementary education program: contact Lysandra Cook, Elementary Education Program Coordinator
- Orientation: first week of June (dates based on summer session schedule)
- Classes run: June through August
- EDLF 5010: Childhood Learning and Development*
- EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner**
- EDIS 5800: Understanding Educational Contexts
- EDIS 5010: Curriculum and Instruction for Elementary and Special Education
- EDIS 5221: Reading Development
*UVA undergrads applying to the program are encouraged to take EDLF 5010 during the fall of 3rd or 4th year if their schedules allow. UVA students may substitute EDLF 3150 (Introduction to Child Growth and Development) or PSYC 2700 (Child Psychology). Students from other undergraduate institutions may be able to substitute learning and development coursework for this requirement. Contact Jillian McGraw to verify course substitutions.
**UVA undergrads applying to the program are encouraged to take EDIS 5000 during 3rd or 4th year if their schedules allow. UVA students may substitute EDIS 3020 (Exceptional Learner). Students from other undergraduate institutions may be able to substitute introductory special education coursework for this requirement. Contact Jillian McGraw to verify course substitutions.
Additional Requirements: (send copies of certificates and score reports to TeacherEd@virginia.edu)
- Pass the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment
- Pass the Praxis Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects
- Complete the Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding for Educators module
- Complete the VDOE Dyslexia Awareness module
- Complete the Virginia State and Local Civic Education Module
- Provide evidence of hands-on training in CPR, AED, and First Aid
- Complete the Instructional Technology modules (information will be provided during the program)
- School Placements Begin: mid-August
- EDIS 5011: Classroom Management and Behavioral Assessment
- EDIS 5XXX: Reading Methods II
- EDIS 5320: Mathematics in the Elementary School
- EDIS 5330: Science in the Elementary School
- EDIS 5851: Content Area Seminar in Elementary Education
- EDIS 5861: Clinical Experience in Elementary Education (6 credits)
- School Placements Begin: early January
- EDIS 5XXX: Language Arts and Social Studies Methods (2 credits)
- EDIS 5871: Seminar: Teaching Internship - Elementary Education
- EDIS 5881: Teaching Internship - Elementary Education (8 credits)
- EDIS 6XXX: Professional Field Project - Elementary (2 credits)
Student and Alumni Profiles
- Class of 2018: Cameron Fleming
- UVA Sets Record with 16 Fulbright Recipients
- Alumni Profile: Vina Nguyen
- Alumni Profile: Deanna Isley
- The Power of Place: Future Social Studies Teachers Learn from Montpelier
- Digital Kids Test Classroom Management Skills of Teachers-in-Training
Faculty Contributions and Research
- UVA Professor Promotes Equity in Mathematics in New Leadership Role
- Curry Professor Elected President of National Organization
- Curry Team Aims to Pinpoint the Preparation that Makes the Best Teachers
- Study: Academic Growth of African-American Students Fostered Best by High Expectations
- Culturally Relevant Math
- "Eyeballs in the Fridge" Needed to Entice Early Interest in Science, Study Finds
- Curry Prof. Berry Earns All-University Teaching Award
- Prof. Cohen Named to Emerging Education Policy Scholars Program
The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.