Master of Teaching – English as a Second Language (on-Grounds)

Interested in working with English Learners in preK-12 schools? Join Curry’s top-ranked teacher education program!

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 as a Second Language (grades PreK-12). This is a post-graduate program for those who have already completed an undergraduate degree but do not yet hold a teaching license. A full list of ESL programs can be found here.

**Application fees have been waived for summer 2020 applicants**

Getting Started

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

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Fellowship Opportunity

The Curry School of Education and Charlottesville City Schools are excited to announce the launch of a new teacher residency program. The Charlottesville City Teacher Residency is a selective graduate teacher residency program that prepares future teachers to have a positive impact on the lives of Charlottesville students and families. This clinically rich program ties theory to practice through a year-long residency and integrated school-university mentoring model. During the Master of Teaching program, fellows will receive financial support to cover tuition, fees, and student health insurance, as well as a monthly stipend to support living expenses. At the end of the year-long fellowship, teachers continue their commitment by teaching in Charlottesville City Schools for three years. Read more about this opportunity on our fellowship page.

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.

Program Details

  • Admissions Requirements

    1. Possess an undergraduate degree prior to matriculation. Coursework should reflect an overall GPA of 2.7 with a major GPA of 3.0.

    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. 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 2020.**

  • Early Admissions 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 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:

    • Demonstrating proficiency in a foreign language 
    • 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 ESL program requirements: contact Chris Chang-Bacon, ESL Education Program Advisor

  • Funding Opportunities

    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.

    Additional financial aid information can be found on Curry's Financial Aid webpage and on the Financial Resources for Teacher Ed Students page.

  • Course Overview

    Dates for the 2020-2021 year will be posted when available. 


    • Orientation: June 4, 2019 - June 6, 2019
    • Classes Run: June 6, 2019 - August 2, 2019


    • EDIS 5800: Understanding Educational Contexts
    • EDLF 5011: Adolescent Learning and Development*
    • EDIS 5423: English Linguistics
    • EDIS 5020: Foundations of Learning and Teaching
    • 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


    • School Placements Begin: August 12, 2019


    • EDIS 5030: Designing Effective Learning Experiences and Environments
    • EDIS 5070: Designing Technologies for Teaching
    • EDIS 5270: Teaching Reading and Writing to ELLs
    • EDIS 5424: Second Language Acquisition
    • EDIS 5428: ESL Methods
    • EDIS 5858: Content Area Seminar: ESL
    • EDIS 5868: Clinical Experience in ESL Education

    Additional Requirements: (send a copy of the score report to


    • 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 5470: ESL Assessment and Curriculum Design
    • EDIS 5878: Content Area Seminar: ESL
    • EDIS 5888: Teaching Internship: ESL
    • 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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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