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 (M.T.) degree and teacher licensure with an endorsement in Science (grades 6-12). Candidates choose an area of emphasis: biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics. This is a post-graduate program for those who have already completed an undergraduate degree.


Getting Started

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

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Noyce Scholarship Opportunity

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. After graduation, each scholarship recipient will teach in a high-needs school for a period of 2-4 years (depending on scholarship level) at any location in the U.S.

Noyce Scholars will receive up to $20,000 toward the Curry School’s Master of Teaching degree programs. All requirements for the scholarship program are the same as those for the Science Education Master of Teaching program. For information on the Noyce Scholarship Program, contact Dr. Frackson Mumba.


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.

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Program Details


  • Admission Requirements

    1. Possess a B.A. or B.S. degree prior to matriculation in the area of endorsement (Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, or Physics) and/or a minimum of 32 semester hours of coursework covering the following content studies requirements. Content courses should be at the 2000-level or above. Coursework should reflect an overall GPA of 2.7 with a major GPA of 3.0. 

    • 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. 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 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. Science candidates must 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 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 Science content studies: contact Frackson Mumba, Science 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 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.

  • Course Overview

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

    Summer (early June through August)

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

    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 5020: Foundations of Learning and Teaching
    • EDIS 5840: Clinical Experience in Adolescent Education
    • Students needing a History of Science class will also take EDIS 5049: History of Science for Teachers

    *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 TeacherEd@virginia.edu

    Fall (August through December)

    • School Placements Begin: August 12, 2019

    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)

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

    Coursework:

    • EDIS 5000: The Exceptional Learner**
    • EDIS 5051: Teaching Science in Secondary Schools II
    • EDIS 5875: Content Area Seminar: Science
    • EDIS 5885: Teaching Internship: Science
    • 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 http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.