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.
Check out our Special Education Advising Guide for a comprehensive list of program offerings, requirements, and resources. (revised 3/19/20)
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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.
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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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. 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 2021.**
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:
- Providing required 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 the special education program: contact Michael Kennedy, Special Education Program Coordinator
The summer 2021 cohort will begin June 3, 2021. Mandatory orientation will take placement June 3-4. Classes begin June 7.
Summer (early June through August)
- Mandatory Orientation: June 5, 2020
- Classes Run: June 8, 2020 - August 7, 2020
- 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 Foundations
- 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)
- Pass the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment
- Complete the Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding for Educators module
- Complete the VDOE Dyslexia Awareness module
- Provide evidence of hands-on training in CPR, AED, and First Aid
- School Placements Begin: August 10, 2020
- EDIS 5011: Classroom Management and Behavioral Assessment
- EDIS 5060: Mathematics Instruction for Special Education
- EDIS 5730: Diagnosis and Remediation I: Grades PreK-2
- EDHS 5010: Clinical Phonetics
- EDIS 5857: Content Area Seminar in Special Education
- EDIS 5867: Clinical Experience in Special Education (6 credits)
- Pass the Reading for Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special Education Exam
- School Placements Begin: The first day schools are back in session in January (based on individual school division calendars)
- EDIS 5XXX: Special Education Technology (1 credit)
- EDIS 5877: Seminar: Teaching Internship - Special Education
- EDIS 5877: Teaching Internship - Special Education (8 credits)
- EDIS 6XXX: Professional Field Project - Special Education (2 credits)
- Digital Kids Test Classroom Management Skills of Teachers-in-Training
- Future Teachers Respond Better to Multimedia Lessons than Text
Faculty Contributions and Research
- Curry School Professors Contribute to Legal Victory for Flint Students
- Professor Kennedy Launches Free Video Series to Support Teachers
- Person-Centered and Community-Based: An Autism Awareness Month Conversation
- Unlocking The Mysteries of Autism: It Takes a Village
- UVA's Kennedy Wins $400K Early Career Award to Boost Teachers' Students' Performance in Spec. Ed.
- Two Senior Faculty Named Co-Editors of No. 1 Special Ed Journal
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.