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.

In this graduate-level program, you have the opportunity to earn a Master of Teaching (M.T.) degree and teacher licensure with an endorsement in Special Education - General Curriculum (grades K-12). This program is converting to a one-year structure beginning in summer 2020. The first cohort will run June 2020 through May 2021.

*Application fees have been waived for summer 2020 applicants**

This endorsement is only for those who will work with students with mild to moderate disabilities. It differs from the Special Education-Adapted Curriculum endorsement, which Curry does not offer.


Getting Started

Check out our Special Education On-Grounds Advising Guide for a comprehensive list of program offerings, requirements, and resources.

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 Opportunity

The Curry School offers a unique fellowship opportunity through Frederick County Public Schools, Goochland County Public Schools, and Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Through this partnerships, candidates may apply to complete the last year of the program as a year-long residency that incorporates both the traditional fall student teaching semester and the following spring semester. See the Teaching Fellows webpage for more information. 


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.


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


  • Admission Requirements

    1. Possess an undergraduate degree prior to matriculation. Applicants are expected to have a minimum GPA of 2.7 with a 3.0 GPA in the major, though applicants not meeting this requirement will be considered. Faculty review applications holistically and will consider academic record, goals, relevant experience, and letters of recommendation.

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

    • 3 credits of mathematics
    • 3 credits of natural science (astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics)
    • 6 credits of 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 credits of United States history or government
    • 3 credits of humanities
    • 3 credits of social sciences

    3. Provide test scores per the guidelines listed here.

  • 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 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 a course in child development
    • Providing required 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 the special education program: contact Michael Kennedy, Special Education Program Coordinator

  • Funding Opportunities

    Teacher Education students may be eligible for federal loans, grants, scholarships, work study and other categories of need-based financial aid. Funding opportunities can be found within Financial Information section of the Resources for Admitted Teacher Education Students.

  • B/MT Course Overview (Classes of 2020 and 2021)

    3rd Year - Fall Semester

    Take the following courses:

    • EDLF 5010: Childhood Learning & Development (3 cr.) - or two approved psychology courses
    • EDIS 5221: Reading Development (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 3881: Field experience: Elementary (1 cr.)

    Additional Requirements:

    • Complete two Curry Participants Pool surveys, which will be emailed to you at the start of the semester

    3rd Year - Spring Semester

    Take the following courses:

    • EDIS 5041: Behavior Management (3 cr) -- spring or summer
    • EDIS 5100: Characteristics of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (1 cr.) -- fall, spring, or summer; online
    • EDIS 5110: Characteristics of Learning Disabilities (1 cr.) -- fall, spring, or summer; online
    • EDIS 5120: Characteristics of Intellectual Disabilities (1 cr.) -- fall, spring or summer; online
    • EDIS 3887: Field Experience:  Special Ed. (1 cr.)

    Additional requirements:

    4th Year - Fall Semester

    Take the following courses:

    • EDIS 5040: Psychoeducational Assessment (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 5010: Curriculum and Instruction (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 4887: Field Experience - Special Education (1 cr.) - this course meets with EDIS 4881 (elementary) in the fall

    Additional requirements:

    • Complete two Curry Participants Pool surveys, which will be emailed 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
      • Submit your Advance to Graduate Status application (sent to you by the director of teacher education)

    4th Year - Spring Semester

    • EDIS 5230: Reading and Writing Instruction for Special Education (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 4887: Field Experience - Special Ed. (1 cr.)
    • EDIS 5060: Math Instruction for Special and Elementary Education (3 cr.) or EDIS 5320: Mathematics in the Elementary School
    • EDIS 5140: Methods of Instruction & Collaboration in SpEd (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 5141: IEP and Transition Planning (1 cr.)
    • EDIS 5070: Designing Technology Enhanced Solutions (1 cr.) (beginning Spring 2018)

    Note: 4th-year students may not take EDIS 5175 (the summer session / 5th year class) during the fourth year. The spring sections of these courses are reserved for students who have already completed the teaching internship.

    Additional 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 Session (if accelerating the program)

    Register for the following course:

    • EDIS 5800: Understanding Educational Contexts

     

    5th Year - Fall Semester

    Take the following courses:

    • EDIS 5887: Teaching Internship: Special Education (12 cr.) - make sure you set the credits to 12 when registering
    • EDIS 5877: Seminar: Teaching Associateship - Special Education (3 cr.) - if you are completing your internship in another city, you may be instructed to register for a different seminar

    Note: You may not take any additional coursework during the internship semester.

    Additional Requirements:

    • If graduating in December:
      • Apply or graduation in SIS by October 1
      • Submit your licensure packet to the Teacher Education Office by October 1
      • Complete an end-of-program survey, which will be sent to you by the Teacher Education Office
    • If changing to part-time status in the spring, complete a Change of Status form and submit it to the Teacher Education Office by October 15

    5th Year - Spring Semester
     

    Take the following course:

    • EDIS 5800: Understanding Educational Contexts

    Additional Requirements:

    • If graduating in May:
      • Apply for graduation in SIS by February 1
      • Submit your licensure packet to the Teacher Education Office by February 1
      • Complete an end-of-program survey, which will be sent to you by the Teacher Education Office
  • B/MT Course Overview (Class of 2022)

    *This plan of study will be updated as courses are finalized.

    3RD YEAR

    Take the following courses:

    • EDIS 5800: Understanding Educational Contexts (fall only)
    • EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner (fall or spring: online)
    • EDIS 3881: Field experience: Elementary (1 cr.) - section 2 (fall only; course is integrated with EDIS 5800 and does not have a separate meeting time)
    • Two psychology courses: a development course and a cognition course
      • Students in the College should take courses in the psychology department. PSYC 2700 (development) and PSYC 2100/2150 (cognition) are recommended.
      • Students in YSI will fulfill this requirement through YSI coursework. Make sure you are on track with your major requirements.

    Additional requirements:

    4TH YEAR

    Coursework: The course sequence will be posted when approved. Students will take several teacher education classes and complete a clinical experience. 

    Additional requirements:

    • Complete two Curry Participants Pool surveys, which will be emailed to you at the start of the semester
    • During winter break:
      • Submit your Teaching Internship Application by the date specified by the director of clinical experiences
      • Submit your Advance to Graduate Status application (sent to you by the director of teacher education)
    • 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 both 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.

    5TH YEAR - FALL SEMESTER

    The course sequence will be posted when approved. The fall semester will consistent of an intensive clinical experience (several days per week in schools) and methods coursework. This will be a full-time plan of study, so students are expected to have their undergraduate requirements completed prior to the fall semester.

    5TH YEAR - SPRING SEMESTER

    Take the following courses:

    • EDIS 5887: Teaching Internship: Special Education (12 cr.)
    • EDIS 5877: Seminar: Teaching Internship: Special Education
    • 1-2 additional courses will be listed when approved

    Additional Requirements:

    • Apply for graduation in SIS by February 1
    • Submit your licensure packet to the Teacher Education Office by February 1
    • Complete a beginning-of-internship survey, which will be sent to you by the Teacher Education Office
    • Complete two end-of-program surveys, which will be sent to you by the Teacher Education Office
  • PGMT Course Overview (2-Year Students Admitted for Fall 2018)

    1st Year

    Fall Semester:

    Take the following courses:

    • EDLF 5010: Childhood Learning & Development (3 credits) - email Jillian McGraw if you took learning and development coursework as an undergrad
    • EDIS 3881: Field Experience: Elementary Education (1 credit)
    • EDIS 5010: Curriculum & Instruction for Elementary and Special Education (3 credits)
    • EDIS 4887: Field Experience: Special Education (1 credit)
    • EDIS 5221: Reading Development (3 credits)
    • EDIS 5040: Psychoeducational Assessment (3 credits)
    • EDIS 5100: Characteristics of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (1 credit) -- fall or spring or summer; online; runs for approximately 5 weeks
    • EDIS 5110: Characteristics of Learning Disabilities (1 credit) -- fall or spring or summer; online; runs for approximately 5 weeks
    • EDIS 5120: Characteristics of Intellectual Disabilities (1 credit) -- fall or spring or summer; online; runs for approximately 5 weeks

    Additional Requirements:

    • Complete two Curry Participants Pool surveys, which will be emailed to you at the start of the semester
    • During winter break, submit your Teaching Internship Application by the date specified by the director of clinical practice and partnerships
    • Begin working on the online modules and exams listed below; they will be due in the summer

     

    Spring Semester:

    Take the following courses:

    • EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner (3 credits)--offered fall or spring or summer; online - email Jillian McGraw if you took an Intro to Special Education course as an undergrad
    • EDIS 5041: Behavior and Classroom Management (3 credits)
    • EDIS 5140: Methods of Instruction and Collaboration in Special Education (3 credits)
    • EDIS 4887: Field Experience: Special Education (1 credit)
    • EDIS 3887: Field Experience: Special Education (1 credit)
    • EDIS 5060: Math Instruction for Special and Elementary Education (3 credits)
    • EDIS 5230: Reading Diagnosis and Remediation for Reading Instruction (3 credits)
    • EDIS 5070: Designing Technology Enhanced Solutions (1 credit)
    • EDIS 5141: IEP and Transition Planning (1 credit) – fall or spring or summer; online

    Additional Requirements:

     

    SUMMER SESSION (ONLY IF ACCELERATING THE PROGRAM):

    Register for the following course:

    • EDIS 5800: Understanding Educational Contexts

     

    2nd  YEAR

    Fall Semester--no classes other than those listed below can be taken during the semester
    EDIS 5877: Seminar: Teaching Internship – Special Education (3 cr.) - if you are completing your internship in another city, you may be instructed to register for a different seminar
    EDIS 5887: Teaching Internship – Special Education (12 cr.)

    Additional Requirements:

    • If graduating in December:
      • Apply or graduation in SIS by October 1
      • Submit your licensure packet to the Teacher Education Office by October 1
      • Complete an end-of-program survey, which will be sent to you by the Teacher Education Office
    • If changing to part-time status in the spring, complete a Change of Status form and submit it to the Teacher Education Office by October 15

     

    Spring Semester: 
     

    Take the following courses:

    • EDIS 5800: Understanding Educational Contexts

    Additional Requirements:

    • If graduating in May:
      • Apply for graduation in SIS by February1
      • Submit your licensure packet to the Teacher Education Office by February 1
      • Complete an end-of-program survey, which will be sent to you by the Teacher Education Office
  • PGMT Course Overview (2-Year Students Admitted for Fall 2019)

    1st Year

    Fall Semester:

    Take the following courses: (all courses must be taken in person with the exceptional of Exceptional Learner, which can be taken online)

    • EDLF 5010: Childhood Learning & Development (3 credits) - email Jillian McGraw if you took learning and development coursework as an undergrad
    • EDIS 3881: Field Experience: Elementary Education (1 credit)
    • EDIS 5010: Curriculum & Instruction for Elementary and Special Education (3 credits)
    • EDIS 4887: Field Experience: Special Education (1 credit)
    • EDIS 5221: Reading Development (3 credits) 
    • EDIS 5040: Psychoeducational Assessment (3 credits) 
    • EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner (3 credits) - email Jillian McGraw if you took an Intro to Special Education course as an undergrad
    • EDIS 5141: IEP and Transition Planning (1 credit) – fall or spring or summer; online

    Students who waive EDLF 5010 and/or EDIS 5000 are also encouraged to take EDIS 5141 IEP and Transition Planning in the fall. This is the only course that can be moved from spring to fall. Doing so will ensure a more balanced schedule from fall to spring.

    Additional Requirements:

    • Complete two Curry Participants Pool surveys, which will be emailed to you at the start of the semester
    • During winter break, submit your Teaching Internship Application by the date specified by the director of clinical practice and partnerships
    • Begin working on the online modules and exams listed below; they will be due in the summer

     

    Spring Semester:

    Take the following courses: (all courses must be taken in person)

    • EDIS 5041: Behavior and Classroom Management (3 credits)
    • EDIS 5140: Methods of Instruction and Collaboration in Special Education (3 credits)
    • EDIS 4887: Field Experience: Special Education (1 credit)
    • EDIS 3887: Field Experience: Special Education (1 credit)
    • EDIS 5060: Math Instruction for Special and Elementary Education (3 credits)
    • EDIS 5230: Reading Diagnosis and Remediation for Reading Instruction (3 credits)
    • EDIS 5070: Designing Technology Enhanced Solutions (1 credit)

    Note: 1st-year PGMT students may not take EDIS 5175 (the summer session / 2nd year class) during the first year. The spring sections of this course are reserved for students who have already completed the teaching internship.

    Additional Requirements:

     

    SUMMER SESSION (ONLY IF ACCELERATING THE PROGRAM):

    Register for the following course:

    • EDIS 5800: Understanding Educational Contexts

     

    2nd  YEAR

    Fall Semester--no classes other than those listed below can be taken during the semester
    EDIS 5877: Seminar: Teaching Internship – Special Education (3 cr.) - if you are completing your internship in another city, you may be instructed to register for a different seminar
    EDIS 5887: Teaching Internship – Special Education (12 cr.)

    Additional Requirements:

    • If graduating in December:
      • Apply or graduation in SIS by October 1
      • Submit your licensure packet to the Teacher Education Office by October 1
      • Complete an end-of-program survey, which will be sent to you by the Teacher Education Office
    • If changing to part-time status in the spring, complete a Change of Status form and submit it to the Teacher Education Office by October 15

     

    Spring Semester: 
     

    Take the following courses:

    • EDIS 5800: Understanding Educational Contexts

    Additional Requirements:

    • If graduating in May:
      • Apply for graduation in SIS by February 1
      • Submit your licensure packet to the Teacher Education Office by February 1
      • Complete an end-of-program survey, which will be sent to you by the Teacher Education Office
  • PGMT Course Overview (1-Year Students Admitted for Summer 2020)

    Summer

    • Orientation: first week of June (dates based on summer session schedule)
    • Classes run: June through August

    Coursework:

    • EDLF 5010: Childhood Learning and Development*
    • EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner**
    • EDIS 5800: Understanding Educational Contexts
    • EDIS 5140: Methods of Instruction and Collaboration in Special Education
    • EDIS 5221: Reading Development
    • EDIS 5141: IEP and Transition Planning (1 credit)

    *UVA undergrads applying to the program are encouraged to take EDLF 5010 during the fall of 3rd or 4th year if their schedules allow. UVA students may substitute EDLF 3150 (Introduction to Child Growth and Development) or PSYC 2700 (Child Psychology). Students from other undergraduate institutions may be able to substitute learning and development coursework for this requirement. Contact Jillian McGraw to verify course substitutions.

    **UVA undergrads applying to the program are encouraged to take EDIS 5000 during 3rd or 4th year if their schedules allow. UVA students may substitute EDIS 3020 (Exceptional Learner). Students from other undergraduate institutions may be able to substitute introductory special education 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

    • School Placements Begin: mid-August

    Coursework:

    • EDIS 5011: Classroom Management and Behavioral Assessment
    • EDIS 5060: Mathematics Instruction for Special Education
    • EDIS 5730: Diagnosis and Remediation: Word Level Skill
    • EDIS 4020: Clinical Phonetics - cross-listed with the Speech Language Pathology program
    • EDIS 5851: Content Area Seminar in Special Education
    • EDIS 5861: Clinical Experience in Special Education (6 credits)

    Additional Requirements:


    Spring

    • School Placements Begin: early January

    Coursework:

    • EDIS 5XXX: Special Education Technology (1 credit)
    • EDIS 5877: Seminar: Teaching Internship - Special Education
    • EDIS 5871: Teaching Internship - Special Education (8 credits)
    • EDIS 6XXX: Professional Field Project - Special Education (2 credits)
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