Master of Teaching – English as a Second Language (on-Grounds)
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The Curry School of Education and Human Development is proud to offer a Master of Teaching (MT) degree with licensure and endorsement in English as a Second Language (prek-12). This is a post-graduate program for those who have already completed an undergraduate degree.
In this program, prospective graduate students who have an undergraduate degree have the opportunity to earn a Master of Teaching (MT) degree from the Curry School of Education and Human Development. This one-year program of study allows you to earn licensure with endorsement in English as a Second Language (prek-12).
Students interested in part-time study who are not seeking licensure should explore the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. Students can choose ESL as an area of emphasis in this program.
Students interested in taking coursework toward the ESL endorsement – but who are not seeking a master’s degree – should consult the online ESL course series website.
Applicants to the PGMT English as a Second Language program must:
1. Possess an undergraduate degree prior to matriculation.
2. Demonstrate (or be prepared to demonstrate) proficiency in a foreign language. Proficiency can be demonstrated through:
- Coursework: 6 credit hours in the target language
- AP Test: college credit must have been awarded on the undergraduate transcript
- ACTFL: a score at the intermediate level
- Praxis Content Knowledge test in the target language
- CLEP: passing score on the Level II test in the target language
3. Meet (or be prepared to meet) general studies requirements:
- 3 hours mathematics
- 3 hours natural science (astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics)
- 6 hours in 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 hours of American studies (American history, American economics, or American politics/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 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.
(NOTE: applicants may upload unofficial transcripts with applications, but will need to provide official transcripts showing degree conferral before they can matriculate.)
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.
**Exciting announcement: All application fees have been waived for PGMT students applying to start in Summer 2019.**
Undergraduate students at UVA may apply early to the Master of Teaching program during the 2nd or 3rd year. Students should be on track to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through coursework or testing as noted in the admissions requirements above.
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 all content studies coursework
- Providing VDOE-specified 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 ESL program requirements: contact Ruth Ferree, ESL Education Program Coordinator
The university's graduate record contains a listing of core coursework, endorsement-specific coursework, and program requirements.
Teacher Education students may be eligible for federal loans, grants, scholarships, work study and other categories of need-based financial aid. Once admitted, we encourage you to review the Student Financial Services website and submit your application for financial aid early so the Office of Financial Aid can provide you with an estimate of your eligibility for the upcoming summer and academic year.
Summer (early June through August)
- Orientation: June 7, 2018 and June 8, 2018 (Class of 2020: orientation will run June 4, 2019 - June 6, 2019)
- Classes Start: June 11, 2018
- EDIS 5800: Understanding Educational Contexts
- EDLF 5011: Adolescent Learning and Development
- EDIS 5423: English Linguistics
- EDIS 5000: The Exceptional Learner
- EDIS 5020: Foundations of Learning and Teaching
- EDIS 5840: Clinical Experience in Adolescent Education
Additional Requirements: (send copies of certificates and score reports to TeacherEd@virginia.edu)
- Pass the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment
- Complete the Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding for Educators module
- Complete the VDOE Dyslexia Awareness 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)
Fall (August through December)
- EDIS 5030: Designing Effective Learning Experiences and Environments
- EDIS 5820: Assessment of and for Learning
- EDIS 5830: Languages and Literacies Across Disciplines
- EDIS 5070: Designing Technologies for Teaching
- EDIS 5480: Second Language Acquisition and Modern Language Teaching Methods
- EDIS 5858: Content Area Seminar: ESL
- EDIS 5868: Clinical Experience in ESL Education
Additional Requirements: (send a copy of the score report to TeacherEd@virginia.edu)
- By December 15, pass the Praxis: English to Speakers of Other Languages (5362)
Spring (January through May)
- EDIS 5470: ESL Assessment and Curriculum Design
- EDIS 5878: Content Area Seminar: ESL
- EDIS 5888: Teaching Internship: ESL
- EDIS 6991: Professional Field Project
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.