Master of Teaching - Social Studies


Do you want to be a Social Studies teacher in middle or high school, teaching history, civics, economics, and/or geography? 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 History and Social Sciences. 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 History and Social Science (6-12)

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Program Details


  • PGMT Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

    Applicants to the PG/MT Social Studies program must:

    1. Possess a B.A. or B.S. degree prior to matriculation in a social science (e.g. history, politics, foreign affairs, economics, or psychology) with courses in the major reflecting a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.

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

    • American History I & II
    • Western Civilization I & II or World Cultures I & II or World History I & II
    • Microeconomics
    • American Politics
    • Physical Geography or Environmental Studies
    • Cultural Geography (UVA students are encouraged to take EDIS 5650 - email Jillian McGraw for help registering for this course)

    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.

    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 Social Studies content studies: contact Stephanie van Hover, Social Studies 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.

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

    3rd Year - Fall Semester

    Take the following courses:

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

    Additional Requirements:

    • Complete Curry Participant Pool surveys sent to you at the start of the semester

    3rd Year - Spring Semester

    Take the following courses:

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

    Additional Requirements:

     

    4th Year - Fall Semester

    Take the following courses:

    • EDIS 5020: Foundations of Learning and Teaching (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 5600: Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools I (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 5650: Cultural Geography (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 4886: Field Experience (1 cr.)
    • EDIS 5710: Content Area Reading (3 cr.) *this course will only be offered in the fall this year

    Additional Requirements:

    • Complete technology workshops and modules (information will be provided at the start of the semester)
    • Complete Curry Participant Pool surveys sent to you at the start of the semester
    • During winter break, submit your Teaching Internship Application by the date specified by the field placement coordinator

    4th Year - Spring Semester

    Take the following courses:

    • EDIS 5030: Designing Effective Learning Experiences and Environments (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 5601: Teaching Social Studies in the Secondary School II (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 4886: 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.

    Additional Requirements

    • Complete any outstanding licensure requirements (child abuse recognition, dyslexia, civics, CPR/AED/1st Aid). Refer to the information above.
    • By July 1, submit full score reports showing you have passed all three licensure exams:

    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.

    4th Year - Summer (if accelerating the program)

    Register for the following courses; information is 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

    Take the following courses:

    • EDIS 5886: Teaching Internship -- Social Studies (12 cr.)
    • EDIS 5876: Seminar: Teaching Internship -- Social Studies (3 cr.)

    No additional courses can be taken during this term.

    If planning to enroll part-time in the spring (8 credits or fewer), complete a Change of Status form and submit it to the Teacher Education Office by October 15.

    If graduating in December:

    • Apply for graduation on SIS by October 1
    • Submit your licensure application to the Teacher Education Office by October 1
    • Complete Curry Participant Pool / end of surveys sent to you in December.

    5th Year - Spring Semester

    Take the following courses:

    • 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

    If graduating in December:

    • Apply for graduation on SIS by February 1
    • Submit your licensure application to the Teacher Education Office by February 1
    • Complete Curry Participant Pool / end of surveys sent to you in April/May
  • 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 4886: Field Experience (1 cr.)
    EDIS 5600: Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools I (3 cr.)
    EDIS 5650: Cultural Geography (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, spring or summer session
    EDIS 5030: Curriculum & Management (3 cr.)
    EDIS 3882: Field Experience (1 cr.)
    EDIS 4886: Field Experience (1 cr.)
    EDIS 5070: Designing Technology Enhanced Solutions (1 cr.)
    EDIS 5601: Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools 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 Educators Print 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 Social Studies: Content Knowledge exam (#5081) offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Print a copy of your test results for your personal records. You will need a copy of this report for your license application.

    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 Semester(No courses, other than those listed below, may be taken during the term.)

    If graduating in Decemberapply for graduation no later than October 1.  Submit your paper Graduation/Licensure application (make sure to list primary and additional endorsements, if applicable) 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 5876: Seminar: Teaching Associateship: Social Studies (3 cr.)
    EDIS 5886: Teaching Associateship: Social Studies (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 Graduation/Licensure application (make sure to list primary and additional endorsements, if applicable) 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 5600: Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools I
    • EDIS 5856: Content Area Seminar: Social Studies
    • EDIS 5866: Clinical Experience in Social Studies Education

    Spring (January through May)

    Coursework:

    • EDIS 5601: Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools II
    • EDIS 5872: Content Area Seminar: Social Studies
    • EDIS 5882: Teaching Internship: Social Studies
    • 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.