Master of Teaching - Special Education


Do you want to be teacher for children with mild to moderate disabilities? Join Curry's top-ranked program for a path to a truly rewarding and important career—and one that is in high demand.

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 Special Education - General Curriculum (grades K-12). The general curriculum endorsement is appropriate for teachers who will work with students with mild to moderate disabilities. It differs from the Special Education - Adapted Curriculum endorsement, which Curry does not offer. This is a post-graduate program for those who have already completed an undergraduate degree.


Getting Started

Check out our Special Education Advising Guide for a comprehensive list of program offerings, requirements, and resources. (revised 3/19/20)

Attend a Curry information session.

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Special Education Fellowship Opportunity: Project VIDEO

The Curry School is offering $12,000 fellowships to well-qualified individuals seeking to become special education teachers who plan to work in P-12 schools. The purpose of Project VIDEO (Virginia Intensification for Individuals with Dyslexia who need Explicitness and Ongoing Tiered Supports) is to prepare special education teachers alongside speech-language pathologists as they learn to support students with learning disabilities, including dyslexia. Scholars who accept funding from the federal government are expected to work with students with disabilities in schools for two years for every one year they accept funding. See the Project VIDEO webpage for more information.


Fellowship Opportunities

The Curry School offers a range of fellowship and scholarship opportunities. Review the complete list here.


Other Special Education Pathways at Curry

Students interested in our part-time special education program in Northern Virginia should visit our Special Education - Northern Virginia program page.

Teachers who hold a professional license and wish to add the special education endorsement can do so by taking our Special Education - General Curriculum Add-on course series. This course series can also be applied toward a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.

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Program Details


  • Public Professional Licensure Disclosures

    As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement, the University of Virginia (UVA) is authorized to provide curriculum in a distance learning environment to students located in all states in the United States except for California. (34 CFR 668.43(a)(6)& 34 CFR 668.72(n)).

    Upon completion of the Master of Teaching program at the UVA School of Education and Human Development, graduates may be eligible for initial professional licensure in another U.S. state by applying to the licensing board or agency in that state. Please visit the University’s state authorization web pages to make an informed decision regarding which states’ educational requirements for initial licensure are met by this program. (668.43(a)(5) (v)(A) - (C))

    Enrolled students who change their current (or mailing) address to a state other than Virginia should update this information immediately in the Student Information System as it may impact their ability to complete internship, practicum, or clinical hours, use Title IV funds, or meet licensure or certification requirements in the new state. (34 CFR 668.402).

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.