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. 

Attend a Curry information session.

Subscribe to our pre-teacher education list serv.

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.

U.S. News & World Report

6 th

Best Elementary Education Program in the U.S.

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Program Details

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