Master of Teaching - Science


Do you want to be a science teacher in middle or high school? Apply now to join the Curry School's Teacher Ed community, ranked #9 among the best secondary education programs in the country.

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

TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS - The Curry School has received a multi-million-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide scholarships to students in our science degree programs. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity!

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 Science Education (6-12). Candidates choose an area of emphasis: biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics.

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The Curry School is offering SCHOLARSHIPS for those wishing to earn a Master of Teaching degree in high school science or engineering.

The Curry School has received a multi-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation Noyce Scholarship Program. The grant provides scholarships to science and engineering undergraduate and graduate students, and scientists and engineers in industry, who wish to become certified high school science teachers. There is a critical need for high school STEM teachers in this country, so employment is guaranteed. Each scholarship recipient will teach in a high-needs school for a period of 1-4 years (depending on scholarship level) at any location of their choosing in the U.S.

Noyce Scholars will receive $10,000 per year toward the Curry School’s Master of Teaching degree programs. All admissions and other requirements for the scholarship program are the same as those for the Science Education Master's Degree program listed below. For information on the Noyce Scholarship Program, contact Dr. Frackson Mumba at fm4v@virginia.edu, or 434-243-3651.

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  • PGMT Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

    Applicants to the PG/MT science program must:

    1. Possess a B.A. or B.S. degree prior to matriculation in the specific area of endorsement you wish to seek (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, or Physics) and/or a minimum of 32 semester hours of coursework covering the following content studies requirements. Courses should be at the 2000-level or above and should reflect a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.

    • Biology endorsement:
      • Genetics
      • Biochemistry/Molecular biology
      • Cell biology
      • Botany
      • Zoology
      • Anatomy/Physiology
      • Ecology
      • Evolutionary biology
    • Chemistry endorsement:
      • Inorganic chemistry
      • Organic chemistry
      • Analytical chemistry
      • Biochemistry
      • Physical chemistry
    • Earth and Space Sciences endorsement: 
      • Structural geology
      • Petrology
      • Paleontology
      • Oceanography
      • Meteorology
      • Astronomy/space science
    • Physics endorsement:
      • Mechanics
      • Electricity & Magnetism
      • Optics
      • Modern Physics

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

    • Biology endorsement: 
      • History of Science
      • Mathematics/Statistics
      • Earth Science
      • Intro Chemistry/Organic Chemistry
      • Physics
    • Chemistry endorsement:
      • History of Science
      • Biology
      • Earth Science
      • Mathematics/Statistics/Calculus
      • Physics
    • Earth and Space Sciences:
      • History of Science
      • Biology
      • Intro Chemistry/Organic Chemistry
      • Mathematics
      • Physics
    • Physics endorsement:
      • History of Science
      • Biology
      • Earth Science
      • Intro Chemistry/Organic Chemistry
      • Mathematics/Statistics/Calculus

    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.) 

  • 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. 

     **Exciting announcement: All application fees have been waived for PGMT students applying to start in Summer 2019.**

  • 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. A full listing of content requirements can be found here. Science candidates will need to choose one area of emphasis for the program: biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics. During the program, candidates can take an additional Praxis content knowledge exam to add a second endorsement area to their teaching license.

    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 Science content studies: contact Frackson Mumba, Science Education Program Coordinator

  • Degree Requirements

    The university's graduate record contains a listing of core coursework, endorsement-specific coursework, and program requirements. 

    Note: Students in the five-year program must meet the requirements for their undergraduate school as well as the Curry M.T. requirements to graduate with the dual degree.

  • 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 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.

    For information on the Noyce Scholarship Program, contact Dr. Frackson Mumba at fm4v@virginia.edu, or 434-243-3651.

  • B/MT Course Overview (Not Admitting New Students)

    3rd YEAR

    Fall Semester:

    Declare a major in the College/SEAS by the start of the semester

    EDLF 5011: Adolescent Learning & Development (3 cr.)
    EDIS 3882: Field experience (1 cr.)

    By October 1, complete 2 CPP-R units in the Curry Participant Pool.

     

    Spring Semester:

    EDIS 3882: Field Experience (1 cr.)
    EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner (3 cr.) – fall, spring, or summer

    By May 1, we recommend you take and pass the Virginia Communications & Literacy Assessment (VCLA).  Print a copy of your test results for your personal records.  Forward a copy of the test score report to TeacherEd@virginia.edu. You will need a score report when applying for licensure at the conclusion of your program of studies, even if you have scores sent to either UVA or VDOE.

     

    4th YEAR

    Fall Semester:

    EDIS 5020: Foundations of Learning and Teaching  (3 cr.)
    EDIS 5050: Teaching Science in Secondary Schools I (3 cr.)
    EDIS 4885: Field Experience (1 cr.)
    EDIS 5710: Content Area Reading  (3 cr.) *this course will only be offered in the fall this year

    By October 1, complete 2 CPP-R units in the Curry Participant Pool.

    During winter break, submit your Teaching Internship Application by the date specified by the Director of Clinical Practice and Partnerships.

    Spring Semester:

    EDIS 5030: Designing Effective Learning Experiences and Environments (3 cr.)
    EDIS 5051: Teaching Science in the Secondary School II (3 cr.)
    EDIS 4885: Field Experience (1 cr.)
    EDIS 5070: Designing Technology Enhanced Solutions (1 cr.) (beginning Spring 2018)

    Note: 4th-year students may not take EDIS 5175 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.

    Complete the online module Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding for Educators Print out the certificate of completion and make one copy for the Office of Teacher Education. Keep the original with your personal records.

    Complete the online module Dyslexia Awareness Training Module. Ensure that a copy of the certificate of completion is delivered to the Office of Teacher Education. Keep the original with your personal records. 

    Meet General and Content Requirements listed above in "Prerequisites and Admission Requirements" and "Degree 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

    By July 1, take and pass the Praxis II: Content Knowledge exam in the specific area of endorsement you wish to seek (i.e. Biology #5235, Chemistry #5245, Earth Science #5571, or Physics #5265) offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Print a copy of your test results for your personal records. You will need this report why you apply for licensure.

    By August 1, provide documentation of Red Cross (or equivalent) training in First Aid/CPR/AED. Training must include a hands-on component. Submit a copy of the certificate needed for licensure to the Teacher Ed Office. 

     

    Summer Session (if accelerating the program)

    Register for coursework 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: (No courses, other than those listed below, may be taken during the term.)

    If graduating in December, apply for graduation both in the College/SEAS and in Curry by October 1.  Submit your paper licensure application to Curry's Teacher Education Office (326 Bavaro Hall).

    If planning to enroll as part-time (6 credits or fewer) during the spring, complete a Change of Status form and submit it to the Teacher Education Office by October 15.

    EDIS 5885: Teaching Internship -- Science Education (12 cr.). 
    EDIS 5875: Seminar: Teaching Internship -- Science Education  (3 cr.)

    Spring Semester:

    If graduating in Mayapply for graduation both in the College/SEAS and in Curry no later than February 1.  Submit your paper licensure application to Curry's Teacher Education Office (326 Bavaro Hall).

    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

  • PGMT Course Overview: 2-year Program (Not Admitting New Students)

    1st YEAR

    Fall Semester:

    Review the General Studies Review (GSR) and Content Studies Review (CSR) with your advisor and submit the signed forms to the Teacher Education Office (326 Bavaro) indicating any additional requirements needed for licensure.

    EDLF 5011: Adolescent Learning & Development (3 cr.)
    EDIS 3882: Field Experience (1 cr.)
    EDIS 5020: Instruction & Assessment (3 cr.)
    EDIS 4885: Field Experience (1 cr.)
    EDIS 5050: Teaching Science in Secondary Schools I (3 cr.)
    EDIS 5710: Content Area Reading (3 cr.)--fall or spring or summer semester (>50% online)

    By October 1, complete 2 CPP-R units in the Curry Participant Pool.

    During winter break, submit your Teaching Internship Application by the date specified by the field placement coordinator.

     

    Spring Semester:

    EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner (3 cr.)—fall or spring or summer session
    EDIS 5030: Curriculum & Management (3 cr.)
    EDIS 3882: Field Experience (1 cr.)
    EDIS 4885: Field Experience (1 cr.)
    EDIS 5070: Designing Technology Enhanced Solutions (1 cr.)
    EDIS 5051: Teaching Science in Secondary School II (3 cr.)
     

    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.

    Complete the online module Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding for EducatorsPrint out the certificate of completion and make one copy for the Office of Teacher Education.  Keep the original for your personal records.

    Complete the online module Dyslexia Awareness Training Module. Ensure that a copy of the certificate of completion is delivered to the Office of Teacher Education. Keep the original with your personal records. 

    By May 1, take and pass the reading and writing portions of the Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment (VCLA).  Print a copy of your scores for your personal records.  Forward a copy of the test score report to TeacherEd@virginia.edu. You will need a score report when applying for licensure at the conclusion of your program of studies, even if you have scores sent to either UVA or VDOE.

     

    Summer

    By July 1, take and pass the Praxis II: Content Knowledge exam in the specific area of endorsement you wish to seek (i.e. Biology #5235, Chemistry #5245, Earth Science #5571, or Physics #5265)  offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Print a copy of your test results for your personal records. You will need a copy of the score report when you apply for licensure.

    By August 1, provide documentation of Red Cross (or equivalent) training in First Aid/CPR/AED. Training must include a hands-on component. Submit a copy of the certificate needed for licensure to the Teacher Ed Office. 

     

    Summer Session (if accelerating the program):

    Register for coursework 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 Semesteronly the classes below can be taken during the semester

    If graduating in Decemberapply for graduation no later than October 1.  Submit your paper licensure application to Curry's Teacher Education Office (326 Bavaro Hall). 

    If planning to enroll as part-time (fewer than 12 cr.) during the spring, complete a Change of Status form and submit it to the Teacher Education Office by October 15.

    EDIS 5875: Seminar: Teaching Internship – Science (3 cr.)
    EDIS 5885: Teaching Internship – Science (12 cr.)

    By October 1, complete 2 CPP-R units in the Curry Participant Pool.

     

    Spring Semester:

    If graduating in May, apply for graduation no later than February 1.  Submit your paper licensure application to Curry's Teacher Education Office (326 Bavaro Hall). 
     

    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

  • PGMT Course Overview: 1-year Program

    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 Run: June 11, 2018 - August 10, 2018

    Coursework:

    • EDIS 5800: Understanding Educational Contexts
    • EDLF 5011: Adolescent Learning and Development
    • EDIS 5810: Instructional Methods for Teaching Multilingual Students in Secondary Content-Area Classrooms
    • 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

    Fall (August through December)

    • School Placements Begin: August 13, 2018

    Coursework:

    • 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 5050: Teaching Science in Secondary Schools I
    • EDIS 5855: Content Area Seminar: Science
    • EDIS 5865: Clinical Experience in Science Education

    Spring (January through May)

    Coursework:

    • EDIS 5051: Teaching Science in Secondary Schools II
    • EDIS 5875: Content Area Seminar: Science
    • EDIS 5885: Teaching Internship: Science
    • EDIS 6991: Professional Field 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.