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**


Mission Statement

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. 


Getting Started

Check out our Elementary Education Advising Guide for a comprehensive list of program offerings, requirements, and resources. 

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Fellowship Opportunity

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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Program Details


  • Admissions Requirements

    Applicants to the Elementary Education program must:

    1. Possess an undergraduate degree prior to matriculation. Applicants are expected to have a minimum GPA of 2.7 with a 3.0 GPA in the major, though applicants not meeting this requirement will be considered. Faculty review applications holistically and will consider academic record, goals, relevant experience, and letters of recommendation.

    2. Meet (or be prepared to meet) general studies requirements: 

    • 6 credits of mathematics
    • 6 credits of natural science in two different disciplines (astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics)
    • 6 credits of composition/writing (includes courses in any subject area that require at least two writing assignments in English totaling 4,000 words (20 pages) or more)
    • 3 credits of United State history or government
    • 3 credits of humanities
    • 3 credits of social sciences

    4. Meet the Virginia Department of Education test score requirements. Please refer to the linked chart for more information.

    5. Complete the online application for admission and submit supporting materials, including transcripts and test scores by April 1. Admissions are rolling, and decisions will be returned approximately 6 weeks after the application is submitted. Prospective students are encouraged to submit their applications by February 1. Applications reviewed after February 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.

    *We highly encourage applicants to spend time in elementary schools prior to applying.

  • Early Admission for UVA Undergraduate Students

    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

  • Funding Opportunities

    Teacher Education students may be eligible for federal loans, grants, scholarships, work study and other categories of need-based financial aid. Funding opportunities can be found within Financial Information section of the Resources for Admitted Teacher Education Students.

  • B/MT Course Overview (Classes of 2020 and 2021)

    3rd Year - Fall Semester

    Take the following courses:

    • EDLF 5010: Childhood Learning & Development (3 cr.) 
      • Students in the College of Arts and Sciences are strongly encouraged to take two psychology courses to replace this requirement. This will help you reach the required 102 College credits needed for your undergraduate degree. You need one development course (PSYC 2700: Introduction to Child Psychology preferred) and one cognition course (PSYC 2100: Introduction to Learning and PSYC 2150: Introduction to Cognition preferred).
      • Students in the Youth and Social Innovation major can replace this requirement by taking EDLF 3150: Introduction to Child Growth and Development and EDHS 2895: Minding the Mind: Engaging Youth in Learning.
    • EDIS 3881: Field experience: Elementary Education (1 cr.)

    Additional requirements:

    • Complete two Curry Participants Pool surveys, which will be emailed to you at the start of the semester

    3rd Year - Spring Semester

    Take the following courses:

    • EDIS 3881: Field Experience: Elementary Education (1 cr.)
    • EDIS 5221: Reading Development (3 cr.) - students must take the in-person version of this course (note: although EDIS 5221 is offered in the fall, B/MT students must take this course in the spring; students who anticipate a spring course conflict should reach out to Dr. Hayes to request an exception to take this course in the fall)
    • EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner (3 cr.) - offered online fall, spring, and summer (note: students who previously took EDIS 3020: Exceptional Learner should email Jillian McGraw to have that course counted toward this requirement; beginning spring 2019, all MT students should register for EDIS 5000)

    Additional requirements:

    4th Year - Fall Semester

    Take the following courses:

    • EDIS 5010: Curriculum and Instruction for Elementary and Special Education (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 5310: Differentiating Reading Instruction (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 5330: Science in the Elementary School (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 4881: Field Experience: Elementary Education (1 cr.)

    Additional requirements:

    • Complete two Curry Participants Pool surveys, which will be emailed to you at the start of the semester
    • During winter break:
      • Submit your Teaching Internship Application by the date specified by the director of clinical experiences
      • Submit your Advance to Graduate Status application (sent to you by the director of teacher education)

    4th Year - Spring Semester

    Take the following courses:

    • EDIS 5011: Classroom Management and Behavioral Assessment (3 cr)
    • EDIS 5300: Language Arts Methods (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 4881: Field Experience: Elementary Education (1 cr.)
    • EDIS 5070: Designing Technology Enhanced Solutions (1 cr.) 
    • EDIS 5340: Social Studies in the Elementary School (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 5320: Mathematics in the Elementary School (3 cr.)

    Note: 4th-year students may not take EDIS 5175 (formerly 7100) and 7991 (the summer session / 5th year classes) during the fourth year. The spring sections of these courses are reserved for students who have already completed the teaching internship.

    Additional requirements:

    NOTE: BMT students are not eligible for graduation after the 4th year, even if all undergraduate requirements have been met. Students may receive a cap and gown in order to walk the lawn with their classmates, but they will not receive lawn tickets.

     

    Summer Session (if accelerating the program)

    Register for the following courses on the Summer Session website:

    • EDIS 7991: Field Project (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 5175: Issues in K-12 Education (3 cr.) - students must take the in-person version of this course; the online version is only for off-grounds, part-time students

     

    5th Year - Fall Semester

    Take the following courses:

    • EDIS 5881: Teaching Internship: Elementary (12 cr.) - make sure you set the credits to 12 when registering
    • EDIS 5871: Seminar: Teaching Associateship - Elementary (3 cr.) - if you are completing your internship in another city, you may be instructed to register for a different seminar

    Note: You may not take any additional coursework during the internship semester.

    Additional Requirements:

    • If graduating in December:
      • Apply or graduation in SIS by October 1
      • Submit your licensure packet to the Teacher Education Office by October 1
      • Complete an end-of-program survey, which will be sent to you by the Teacher Education Office
    • If changing to part-time status in the spring, complete a Change of Status form and submit it to the Teacher Education Office by October 15

    5th Year - Spring Semester

    Take the following courses:

    • EDIS 7991: Field Project (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 5175: Issues in K-12 Education (3 cr.) - students must take the in-person version of this course; the online version is only for off-grounds, part-time students

    Additional Requirements:

    • If graduating in May:
      • Apply for graduation in SIS by February1
      • Submit your licensure packet to the Teacher Education Office by February 1
      • Complete an end-of-program survey, which will be sent to you by the Teacher Education Office
  • B/MT Course Overview (Class of 2022)

    *This plan of study will be updated as courses are finalized.

    3rd Year

    Take the following courses:

    • EDIS 5800: Understanding Educational Contexts (fall only)
    • EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner (fall or spring; online)
    • EDIS 3881: Field experience: Elementary Education (1 cr.) - section 2 (fall only; course is integrated with EDIS 5800 and does not have a separate meeting time)
    • Two psychology courses: a development course and a cognition course
      • Students in the College should take courses in the psychology department. PSYC 2700 (development) and PSYC 2100/2150 (cognition) are recommended.
      • Students in YSI will fulfill this requirement through YSI coursework. Make sure you are on track with your major requirements.

    Additional requirements:

     

    4th Year

    Take the following courses:

    • EDIS 5010: Curriculum and Instruction for Elementary and Special Education (fall only)
    • EDIS 5320: Mathematics Methods I (spring only)
    • EDIS 5XXX: reading course #1 (number and title will be listed when available)
    • EDIS 4881: Field Experience: Elementary Education

    Additional requirements:

    • Complete two Curry Participants Pool surveys, which will be emailed to you at the start of the semester
    • During winter break:
      • Submit your Teaching Internship Application by the date specified by the director of clinical experiences
      • Submit your Advance to Graduate Status application (sent to you by the director of teacher education)
    • Complete any outstanding licensure requirements (child abuse recognition, dyslexia, civics, CPR/AED/1st Aid). Refer to the information above.
    • By July 1, submit full score reports showing you have passed all three licensure exams:

    NOTE: BMT students are not eligible for graduation after the 4th year, even if all undergraduate requirements have been met. Students may receive a cap and gown in order to walk the lawn with their classmates, but they will not receive lawn tickets.

     

    5th Year - Fall Semester

    The course sequence will be posted when approved. The fall semester will consistent of an intensive clinical experience (several days per week in schools) and methods coursework. This will be a full-time plan of study, so students are expected to have their undergraduate requirements completed prior to the fall semester.

    5th Year - Spring Semester

    Take the following courses:

    • EDIS 5881: Teaching Internship: Elementary (12 cr.)
    • EDIS 5871: Seminar: Teaching Internship: Elementary
    • 1-2 additional courses will be listed when approved

    Additional Requirements:

    • Apply for graduation in SIS by February 1
    • Submit your licensure packet to the Teacher Education Office by February 1
    • Complete a beginning-of-internship survey, which will be sent to you by the Teacher Education Office
    • Complete two end-of-program surveys, which will be sent to you by the Teacher Education Office
  • PGMT Course Overview (2-Year Students Admitted for Fall 2018 and 2019)

    1st  YEAR

    Fall Semester:

    Take the following courses:

    • EDLF 5010: Childhood Learning & Development (3 credits) - email Jillian McGraw if you took learning and development coursework as an undergrad
    • EDIS 3881: Field Experience: Elementary Education (1 credit)
    • EDIS 5010: Curriculum & Instruction for Elementary and Special Education (3 credits)
    • EDIS 4881: Field Experience: Elementary Education (1 credit)
    • EDIS 5221: Reading Development (3 credits)
    • EDIS 5330: Science in the Elementary Schools (3 credits)
    • EDIS 5340: Social Studies in the Elementary Schools (3 credits)

    Students who are able to waive EDLF 5010 (Childhood Learning and Development) should take EDIS 5000 (Exceptional Learner) in the fall. This is an online course. Taking it in the fall will give you a more balanced schedule fall to spring.

    Additional Requirements:

    • Complete two Curry Participants Pool surveys, which will be emailed to you at the start of the semester
    • Complete the instructional technology requirements; information will be provided at the start of the school year
    • During winter break, submit your Teaching Internship Application by the date specified by the director of clinical experiences

     

    Spring Semester:
     

    Take the following courses:

    • EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner (3 credits) - email Jillian McGraw if you took an Intro to Special Education course as an undergrad
    • EDIS 5011: Classroom Management and Behavioral Assessment  (3 credits)
    • EDIS 3881: Field Experience: Elementary Education (1 credit)
    • EDIS 5300: Language Arts Methods (3 credits)
    • EDIS 5310: Differentiating Reading Instruction (3 credits)
    • EDIS 4881: Field Experience (1 credit)
    • EDIS 5070: Designing Technology Enhanced Solutions (1 credit)
    • EDIS 5320: Mathematics in Elementary Schools (3 credits)

    Note: 1st-year PGMT students may not take EDIS 5175 and 7991 (the summer session / 2nd year classes) during the first year. The spring sections of these courses are reserved for students who have already completed the teaching internship.

    Additional Requirements:

    Summer Session (only if accelerating the program):

    Register for the following courses on the Summer Session website:

    • EDIS 7991: Field Project (3 cr.) 
    • EDIS 5175: Issues in K-12 Education (3 cr.) - students must take the in-person version of this course; the online version is only for off-grounds, part-time students

     

    2nd YEAR

    Fall Semester: (No courses, other than those listed below, may be taken during the term.)

    Take the following courses:

    • EDIS 5881: Teaching Internship: Elementary (12 cr.) - make sure you set the credits to 12 when registering
    • EDIS 5871: Seminar: Teaching Associateship - Elementary (3 cr.) - if you are completing your internship in another city, you may be instructed to register for a different seminar

    Note: You may not take any additional coursework during the internship semester.

    Additional Requirements:

    • If graduating in December:
      • Apply or graduation in SIS by October 1
      • Submit your licensure packet to the Teacher Education Office by October 1
      • Complete an end-of-program survey, which will be sent to you by the Teacher Education Office
    • If changing to part-time status in the spring, complete a Change of Status form and submit it to the Teacher Education Office by October 15

     

    Spring Semester:

    Take the following courses:

    • EDIS 7991: Field Project (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 5175: Issues in K-12 Education (3 cr.) - students must take the in-person version of this course; the online version is only for off-grounds, part-time students

    Additional Requirements:

    • If graduating in May:
      • Apply for graduation in SIS by February1
      • Submit your licensure packet to the Teacher Education Office by February 1
      • Complete an end-of-program survey, which will be sent to you by the Teacher Education Office
  • PGMT Course Overview (1-Year Students Admitted for Summer 2020)

    Summer

    • Orientation: first week of June (dates based on summer session schedule)
    • Classes run: June through August

    Coursework:

    • Foundations courses covering topics such as curriculum and instruction, working with diverse learners, and issues in education

    Additional Requirements: (send copies of certificates and score reports to TeacherEd@virginia.edu


    Fall

    • School Placements Begin: mid-August

    Coursework:

    • Methods coursework including classroom management and content-specific methods (reading, mathematics, science, etc.)

    Additional Requirements:


    Spring

    • School Placements Begin: early January

    Coursework:

    • Courses to support the full-time internship, include an internship seminar and capstone project
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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.