Master of Teaching - English

Do you want to be an English teacher in middle or high school, teaching reading comprehension, grammar, literature, and writing? Our top-ranked English Education program prepares teachers to cultivate student success from day one.

The Curry School of Education and Human Development is proud to offer a Master of Teaching (M.T.) degree and teacher licensure with an endorsement in English (grades 6-12). This is a post-graduate program for those who have already completed an undergraduate degree.

(PLEASE NOTE: This program is not appropriate for candidates who solely wish to teach English as a Second Language, especially abroad. Students interested in this endorsement should consider the Master of Teaching in English as a Second Language.)

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Program Details

  • Admission Requirements

    1. Possess a bachelor's degree in English prior to matriculation or a minimum of 30 credits of English coursework. Coursework should reflect an overall GPA of 2.7 with a major GPA of 3.0. 

    2. Meet (or be prepared to meet) the following content studies requirements:

    • Advanced writing (beyond UVA's second writing requirement course)
    • American Literature
    • English and Commonwealth/Colonial Literature
    • Non-Anglophone Literature in Translation or Global Anglophone Literature (not including U.S., English, or Commonwealth/Colonial)
    • Literary Theory and/or Criticism
    • Media Studies (such as journalism, dramatics, debate, forensics, radio, television, film, and other media production)

    UVA Undergraduate Students: Effective Fall 2019, the English department has renumbered its courses, which can help with your course selection. Information about the new system can be found here.

    3. Provide test scores per the guidelines listed here.

  • Application Due Date

    Prospective students must complete the online application for admission and submit supporting materials, including official 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. 

     **All application fees have been waived for PGMT students applying to start in Summer 2021.**

  • 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 should wait to apply until they have taken at least two courses toward the content studies requirements for that program.

    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 content studies coursework
    • Providing VDOE-specified test scores
    • Maintaining cumulative and major GPAs as noted above

    Questions about early admissions and test scores: contact Jillian McGraw, Director of Teacher Education

    Questions about English content studies: contact Natasha Heny, English Ed Program Advisor

  • Course Overview

    The summer 2021 cohort will begin June 3, 2021. Mandatory orientation will take place June 3-4. Classes begin June 7.

    Summer (early June through August)

    • Orientation: June 5, 2020
    • Classes Run: June 8, 2020 - August 7, 2020


    • EDIS 5800: Understanding Educational Contexts
    • EDLF 5011: Adolescent Learning and Development*
    • EDIS 5020: Foundations of Learning and Teaching
    • EDIS 5400: Teaching English in Secondary Schools I
    • EDIS 5830: Languages and Literacies Across Disciplines
    • EDIS 5840: Clinical Experience in Adolescent Education

    *UVA undergrads applying to the program are encouraged to take EDLF 5011 during the fall of 3rd or 4th year if their schedules allow. Students from other undergraduate institutions may be able to substitute learning and development coursework for this requirement. Contact Jillian McGraw to verify course substitutions.

    Additional Requirements: (send copies of certificates and score reports to

    Fall (August through December)

    • School Placements Begin: August 10, 2020


    • EDIS 5030: Designing Effective Learning Experiences and Environments
    • EDIS 5820: Assessment of and for Learning
    • EDIS 5070: Designing Technologies for Teaching
    • EDIS 5401: Teaching English in Secondary Schools II
    • EDIS 5852: Content Area Seminar: English
    • EDIS 5862: Clinical Experience in English Education

    Spring (January through May)

    • School Placements Begin: The first day schools are back in session in January (based on individual school division calendars)


    • EDIS 5000: The Exceptional Learner**
    • EDIS 5872: Content Area Seminar: English
    • EDIS 5882: Teaching Internship: English
    • EDIS 6991: Professional Field Project

    **UVA undergrads applying to the program are encouraged to take EDIS 5000 during 3rd or 4th year if their schedules allow. Students from other undergraduate institutions may be able to substitute introductory special education coursework for this requirement. Contact Jillian McGraw to verify course substitutions.

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  • Public Professional Licensure Disclosures

    As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement, the University of Virginia (UVA) is authorized to provide curriculum in a distance learning environment to students located in all states in the United States except for California. (34 CFR 668.43(a)(6)& 34 CFR 668.72(n)).

    Upon completion of the Master of Teaching program at the UVA School of Education and Human Development, graduates may be eligible for initial professional licensure in another U.S. state by applying to the licensing board or agency in that state. Please visit the University’s state authorization web pages to make an informed decision regarding which states’ educational requirements for initial licensure are met by this program. (668.43(a)(5) (v)(A) - (C))

    Enrolled students who change their current (or mailing) address to a state other than Virginia should update this information immediately in the Student Information System as it may impact their ability to complete internship, practicum, or clinical hours, use Title IV funds, or meet licensure or certification requirements in the new state. (34 CFR 668.402).

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