Master of Teaching - Special Ed & Elementary Ed


Do you want to be a special education and/or an elementary school teacher? Join Curry's top-ranked Teacher Ed community and graduate with the degree to do both.

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) Elementary Education (prek-6)

 

PG/MT Special Education / Elementary 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 study allows you to earn licensure with endorsements in Elementary Education (preK-6) and Special Education General Curriculum (K-12).

 

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Program Details


  • PGMT Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

    Applicants to the PG/MT Special Education - Elementary 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 hours mathematics
    • 3 hours natural science (astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics)
    • 6 hours in 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 hours 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 (Not Admitting New Students)

    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 3881: Field experience: Elementary (1 cr.)
    • EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner (3 cr.) – offered fall, spring, and summer (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)

    Additional requirements:

    • Complete 2 Curry Participant Pool surveys, which will be sent to you at the start of the semester.

    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:

    • This summer, we recommend you take and pass the Virginia Communications & Literacy Assessment (VCLA). Print a copy of your test results for your personal records. Forward a copy of the test score report to TeacherEd@virginia.edu. You will need a score report when applying for licensure at the conclusion of your program of studies, even if you have scores sent to either UVA or VDOE.

     
    4th YEAR

    Fall Semester

    Take the follow courses:

    • EDIS 5040: Psychoeducational Assessment (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 5010: Curriculum and Instruction (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 5330: Science in the Elementary School (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 4881: Field Experience - Elementary (1 cr.)

    Additional requirements:

    • Complete 1 Curry Participant Pool survey, which will be sent 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. This application will be emailed to you.
    • In November, submit your Advancement to Graduate Status Application (sent to you by the Office of Teacher Education). Criteria for advancement are satisfactory performance in all field experiences and Curry classes, a 3.0 GPA in content major in the College, and a cumulative GPA of 2.7. This application will be emailed to you.

    Spring Semester

    Take the following courses:

    • 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 5340: Social Studies in the Elementary Schools (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 5070: Designing Technology Enhanced Solutions (1 cr.) (beginning Spring 2018)

    Additional Requirements:

    • Complete the online module Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding for Educators. Print out the certificate of completion and make one copy for the Office of Teacher Education. Keep the original with your personal records.
    • Complete the online module Dyslexia Awareness Training Module. Ensure that a copy of the certificate of completion is delivered to the Office of Teacher Education. Keep the original with your personal records. 
    • Complete the online Virginia State and Local Civic Education Module. Ensure that a copy of the certificate of completion is delivered to the Office of Teacher Education. Keep the original with your personal records.
    • By July 1, submit passing VCLA scores if you have not previously done so.
    • By July 1, take and pass (minimum score of 157) the Reading Praxis Series Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE): Elementary and Special Education Teachers Assessment (#5306). Print a copy of your test results for your personal records. You will need this when you apply for licensure.
    • By July 1, take and pass the Praxis Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects  exam offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Print a copy of your test results for your personal records. If taken on 7/1/2015 or later, register for #5001.  (Score reports for individuals who took the Praxis Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (#0014 or #5014) prior to July 1, 2014, will be accepted provided the candidate met the passing score effective at the time the test was taken.)
    • By August 1, provide documentation of Red Cross (or equivalent) training in First Aid/CPR/AED. Training must include a hands-on component. Submit a copy of the certificate needed for licensure to the Teacher Ed Office. 

    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

    Take the following courses: (no other courses are allowed)

    • EDIS 5871: Seminar: Teaching Internship – Elementary Education (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 5881: Teaching Internship – Elementary (12 cr.)

     

    Spring Semester

    Take the following courses: (no other courses are allowed)

    • EDIS 5877: Seminar: Teaching Internship – Special Education (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 5887: Teaching Internship – Special Education (12 cr.)
    • EDIS 5175: Issues in K-12 Education (3 cr.) - dual-endorsement students should take the online version of this course

    Apply for graduation no later than February 1. Submit your paper graduation / licensure application to the Teacher Education Office.

  • PGMT Course Overview

    1st  YEAR
    Fall Semester: 
     

    EDLF 5010: Childhood Learning & Development (3 cr.)
    EDIS 3881: Field experience: Elementary (1 cr.)
    EDIS 5010: Curriculum & Instruction (3 cr.)
    EDIS 5040: Psycho-educational Assessment (3 cr.)
    EDIS 5100: Characteristics of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (1 cr.) -- fall or spring or summer; online
    EDIS 5110: Characteristics of Learning Disabilities (1 cr.) -- fall or spring or summer; online
    EDIS 5120: Characteristics of Intellectual Disabilities (1 cr.) -- fall or spring or summer; online
    EDIS 5330: Science in the Elementary School (3 cr.)
    EDIS 5221: Reading Development  (3 cr.)
    EDIS 4881: Field Experience (Elementary) (1 cr.)

    By October 1, complete 2 CPP-R units in the Curry Participant Pool.

    During winter break, submit your Teaching Internship Application by the date specified by the director of clinical practice and partnerships.

    Spring Semester:

    EDIS 3887: Field Experience (1 cr.)

    EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner (3 cr.) – fall or spring or summer; online
    EDIS 5230: Reading Diagnosis & Remediation for Reading Instruction (3 cr.)
    EDIS 5041: Behavior Management (3 cr.) – spring or summer
    EDIS 5060: Math Instruction for Special and Elementary Education (3 cr.) or EDIS 5320: Mathematics in Elementary Schools
    EDIS 5140: Methods of Instruction & Collaboration in Sped (3 cr.)
    EDIS 5141: IEP & Transition Planning (1 cr.) – fall or spring or summer; online
    EDIS 5340: Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School (3 cr.) – fall or spring
    EDIS 4887: Field Experience: Special Education (1 cr.)
    EDIS 5070: Designing Technology Enhanced Solutions (1 cr.)

    Complete the online module Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding for EducatorsEnsure that a copy of the certificate of completion is delivered to the Office of Teacher Education.  Keep the original for your personal records.

    Complete the online module Dyslexia Awareness Training Module. Ensure that a copy of the certificate of completion is delivered to the Office of Teacher Education. Keep the original with your personal records. 

    Complete the online Virginia State and Local Civic Education Module. Ensure that a copy of the certificate of completion is delivered to the Office of Teacher Education. Keep the original with your personal records.

    By May 1, take and pass the Virginia Communications & Literacy Assessment (VCLA).  Print a copy of your test results for your personal records.  Forward a copy of the test score report to TeacherEd@virginia.edu. You will need a score report when applying for licensure at the conclusion of your program of studies, even if you have scores sent to either UVA or VDOE.

    By July 1, take and pass (minimum score of 157) the Reading Praxis Series Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE): Elementary and Special Education Teachers Assessment. Print a copy of your test results for your personal records. You will need this when you apply for licensure.

     

    Summer

    By July 1, take and pass the Praxis Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects  exam offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Print a copy of your test results for your personal records. If taken on 7/1/2015 or later, register for #5001.  (Score reports for individuals who took the Praxis Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (#0014 or #5014) prior to July 1, 2014, will be accepted provided the candidate met the passing score effective at the time the test was taken.)

    By August 1, provide documentation of Red Cross (or equivalent) training in First Aid/CPR/AED. Training must include a hands-on component. Submit a copy of the certificate needed for licensure to the Teacher Ed Office. 

     

    2nd  YEAR

    Fall Semester

     

    Take the following courses: (no other courses are allowed)

    • EDIS 5871: Seminar: Teaching Internship – Elementary Education (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 5881: Teaching Internship – Elementary (12 cr.)

    Spring Semester

    Take the following courses: (no other courses are allowed)

    • EDIS 5877: Seminar: Teaching Internship – Special Education (3 cr.)
    • EDIS 5887: Teaching Internship – Special Education (12 cr.)
    • EDIS 5175: Issues in K-12 Education (3 cr.) - dual-endorsement students should take the online version of this course

    Apply for graduation no later than February 1. Submit your paper graduation / licensure application to the Teacher Education Office.

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