Master of Teaching - Special Education


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The Curry School of Education and Human Development is proud to offer a Master of Teaching (MT) degree with licensure and endorsement in Special Education-General Curriculum (K-12). Please note: 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.

If you are a licensed teacher interested in learning more about working with students with disabilities in your classroom, we offer a range of non-degree graduate-level courses. More information can be on our course series webpage.

NOTE: The information below is specifically for the on-Grounds, full-time programs. If you are interested in the part-time post-graduate (PGMT) program offered at our Falls Church campus, please visit the SPED - NOVA Center page.

 

B/MT in Special Education

(Five-year program for undergraduates)

In this program, you have the opportunity to earn a Baccalaureate degree from the College of Arts and Sciences (B.A. or B.S.) or from Curry (B.S.Ed. in YSI or Speech Communication Disorders) and a Master of Teaching (M.T.) degree from the Curry School of Education and Human Development. Degrees are awarded simultaneously at the end of the five-year program of studies. You earn licensure with endorsement in Special Education - General Curriculum (grades K-12).

 

PG/MT Special Education

(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 two-year program of full-time study, though it is possible to accelerate the program, completing requirements in 1.5 years, allows you to earn licensure with an endorsement in Special Education General Curriculum (K-12).

 

Getting Started

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

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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 partnership, 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.

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Program Details


  • B/MT Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

    On-Grounds Students:

    Applicants to the B/MT program in special education must:

    1. Be enrolled as a second-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences or the Curry School of Education and Human Development. Students who brought in at least 25 credits (AP, dual enrollment, etc.) may be eligible to apply in the first year.

    2. Have completed EDIS 2010 and 2880 (or VCCS equivalent coursework)

    3. Demonstrate academic success (cumulative GPA of 2.7 with a major GPA of 3.0)

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

    • 3 credits of mathematics
    • 3 credits of natural science (astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental science, or physics)
    • 6 credits of composition/writing (students meeting UVA's first and second writing requirement automatically fulfill this requirement)
    • 3 credits of American history (HIUS 2001 or 2002 recommended) or American government (PLAP 1010 recommended)
    • 3 credits of social sciences
    • 3 credits of humanities

    5. Meet the Virginia Department of Education test score requirements. Please refer to the linked chart for more information.

    6. Submit the undergraduate application. Admissions are rolling. We encourage you to apply by February 1.

    NOTE: The undergraduate application allows you to sign up for licensure classes offered through the Curry School of Education and Human Development. You do not "transfer" to Curry until the final year. Formal admission to the program (advancement to graduate status) occurs midway through one's fourth year at UVA. Advancement is based on academic performance in College and Curry classes, as well as performance in area schools (field work). Students who are successfully advanced to graduate status will transfer to the Curry school for the final (fifth) year of the program.

     

    Off-Grounds Transfer Students:  Transfer students may not directly transfer to the Curry School for the teacher education program because it is a master's-level program. Students must apply for admission to UVA through the University's Office of Undergraduate Admission, complete the paper application for transfer students, and meet criteria 3, 4, and 5 listed above. We encourage transfer students to apply by March 1 but will accept applications after that time if space is available in the program.

  • PGMT Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

    Applicants to the PG/MT Special Education program must:

    1. Possess an undergraduate degree prior to matriculation. Courses in the major should reflect a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. The overall GPA should be no lower than 2.7.

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

    • 3 credits mathematics
    • 3 credits 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 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 May 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

    Admissions are rolling. All on-grounds special education programs begin in the fall. We encourage you to apply by February 1 prior to the fall in which you plan to start. The final deadline for applications is May 1 prior to the semester of entry.

    **Exciting announcement: All application fees have been waived for PGMT students applying to start in Fall 2019. Apply today!**

  • 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. Funding opportunities can be found within Financial Information section of the Resources for Admitted Teacher Education Students.

  • B/MT Course Overview (note: course sequence will change beginning fall 2019)

    *This plan of study will be modified for students beginning Fall 2019 or later.

    3rd Year - Fall Semester

    Take the following courses:

    • EDLF 5010: Childhood Learning & Development (3 cr.)
      • Students in the College of Arts and Sciences are strongly encouraged to take two psychology courses to replace this requirement. This will help you reach the required 102 College credits needed for your undergraduate degree. You need one development course (PSYC 2700: Introduction to Child Psychology preferred) and one cognition course (PSYC 2100: Introduction to Learning and PSYC 2150: Introduction to Cognition preferred).
      • Students in the Youth and Social Innovation major can replace this requirement by taking EDLF 3150: Introduction to Child Growth and Development and EDHS 2895: Minding the Mind: Engaging Youth in Learning.
    • EDIS 5221: Reading Development (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner (3 cr.) -- fall, spring, or summer; online (note: students who previously took EDIS 3020: Exceptional Learner should email Jillian McGraw to have that course counted toward this requirement; beginning spring 2019, all MT students should register for EDIS 5000)
    • 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 Diagnosis & Remediation for Reading Instruction (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 on the Summer Session website:

    • 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 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 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

    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 (note: program will convert to 1-year structure in summer 2020)

    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 4881: Field Experience (1 credit)
    • EDIS 5070: Designing Technology Enhanced Solutions (1 credit)
    • EDIS 5141: IEP and Transition Planning (1 credit) – fall or spring or summer; online

    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 on the Summer Session website:

    • 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 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 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

    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
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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.