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.
Other Special Education Pathways at Curry
Students interested in our on-grounds program in Charlottesville should visit our Special Education program page.
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.
Take the following courses: (All courses must be taken in person with the exception of Exceptional Learner, which can be taken online)
- EDLF 5010: Childhood Learning & Development (3 cr.) - email Jillian McGraw if you took learning and development coursework as an undergrad
- EDIS 3881: Field experience: Elementary (1 cr.)
- EDIS 5010: Curriculum & Instruction (3 cr.)
- EDIS 5040: Psycho-educational Assessment (3 cr.)
- EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner (3 cr.) - online - email Jillian McGraw if you took an intro to special education course as an undergrad
- EDIS 5330: Science in the Elementary School (3 cr.)
- EDIS 5221: Reading Development (3 cr.)
- EDIS 5141: IEP & Transition Planning (1 cr.) - fall or spring
- EDIS 4881: Field Experience (Elementary) (1 cr.)
Students who waive EDLF 5010 and/or EDIS 5000 are also encouraged to take EDIS 5340: Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School 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.
- 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
Take the following courses: (all courses must be taken in person)
- EDIS 3887: Field Experience (1 cr.)
- EDIS 5230: Reading Diagnosis & Remediation for Reading Instruction (3 cr.)
- EDIS 5041: Behavior Management (3 cr.)
- EDIS 5060: Math Instruction for Special Education (3 cr.)
- EDIS 5140: Methods of Instruction & Collaboration in Sped (3 cr.)
- EDIS 5340: Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School (3 cr.) - if not taken in fall
- EDIS 4887: Field Experience: Special Education (1 cr.)
- EDIS 5070: Designing Technology Enhanced Solutions (1 cr.)
- By July 1, submit full score reports showing you have passed all three licensure exams:
- Complete the following licensure requirements and send a copy of each certificate of completion to TeacherEd@virginia.edu.
- Online module: Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding for Educators
- Online module: Dyslexia Awareness Training Module
- Hands-on training in CPR, AED, and 1st Aid - if you were trained within the last few years, you can send that certificate/card. It does not need to be a current certification.
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.)
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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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.