Master of Teaching - Social Studies
Do you want to be a Social Studies teacher in middle or high school, teaching history, civics, economics, and geography? Apply now to join the Curry School's Teacher Ed community, ranked #6 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 History and Social Sciences (grades 6-12). This is a post-graduate program for those who have already completed an undergraduate degree.
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1. Possess a bachelor's degree in a social science prior to matriculation. Coursework should reflect an overall GPA of 2.7 with a major GPA of 3.0.
2. Meet (or be prepared to meet) content studies requirements:
- American History I & II
- Western Civilization I & II or World History I & II
- American Politics
- Physical Geography (UVA students should take EDIS 5640, offered each spring - email Jillian McGraw to register for this course)
- Cultural Geography (UVA students should take EDIS 5650, offered each fall - email Jillian McGraw to register for this course)
3. Provide test scores per the guidelines listed here.
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 and 2021.**
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.
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 Social Studies content studies: contact Stephanie van Hover, Social Studies Education Program Advisor
Summer (early June through August)
- Mandatory Orientation: June 5, 2020
- Classes Run: June 8, 2020 - August 7, 2020
- EDIS 5800: Understanding Educational Contexts
- EDLF 5011: Adolescent Learning and Development*
- EDIS 5020: Foundations of Learning and Teaching
- EDIS 5600: Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools I
- EDIS 5830: Languages and Literacies Across Disciplines
- EDIS 5840: Clinical Experience in Adolescent Education
- Students needing a Cultural Geography course will also take EDIS 5650: Cultural Geography
*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)
- Pass the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment
- Pass the Praxis Social Studies: Content Knowledge (5081)
- Complete the Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding for Educators module
- Complete the VDOE Dyslexia Awareness module
- Complete the Virginia State and Local Civic Education module
- Provide evidence of hands-on training in CPR, AED, and First Aid
Fall (August through December)
- School Placements Begin: August 10, 2020
- EDIS 5030: Designing Effective Learning Experiences and Environments
- EDIS 5820: Assessment of and for Learning
- EDIS 5070: Designing Technologies for Teaching
- EDIS 5601: Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools II
- EDIS 5856: Content Area Seminar: Social Studies
- EDIS 5866: Clinical Experience in Social Studies Education
Spring (January through May)
- 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 5872: Content Area Seminar: Social Studies
- EDIS 5882: Teaching Internship: Social Studies
- 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.