Master of Teaching—Special Education (Northern Virginia Center)

Designed specifically for teachers in Northern Virginia schools, this part-time program based in Falls Church helps you earn a Special Education master's degree while working full-time.

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 (i.e. mild to moderate disabilities) for those in the Northern Virginia area. We offer a part-time program online certificates.jpgdesigned specifically for those who work during the school day and have already completed an undergraduate degree. This is an initial licensure program. 

Who can benefit from this program?

We believe this is an ideal option for:

  • Paraprofessionals in general curriculum SPED classrooms who want to earn their professional teaching licenses
  • Teachers in general curriculum SPED classrooms with a provisional license who need to convert to a professional license and want to earn a master's degree while doing so
  • Recent college graduates who have determined that working in a Special Education classroom is the right career move

The Curry School K-12 tuition discount applies to those currently working in K-12 education. Tuition Information

Getting Started

Check out our Special Education Northern Virginia Advising Guide for a comprehensive list of program offerings, requirements, and resources. 

See the Student Handbook for specific program policies and procedures. Review the Curry Clinical Experiences FAQ document for more information about clinical experiences.  For more information about teacher licensure and the Curry School, please visit our Licensure page.

Other Special Education Pathways at Curry

Students interested in our Charlottesville-based program should visit our Special Education on-grounds 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 American studies (American history, American economics, or American politics/government)
    • 3 credits of humanities
    • 3 credits of social sciences

    3. Provide test scores per the guidelines listed here.

  • Application Due Date

    Admissions are rolling with deadlines as follows:

    • Fall entry: May 1
    • Spring entry: November 1
    • Summer entry: April 1
  • 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.

  • Course Overview

    Program requirements:

    • General Studies Review - evidence of general studies coursework as listed in the Pre-requisites and Admissions Requirements
    • Evidence of hands-on training in CPR, First Aid, and AED
    • Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention online module certificate
    • Teaching with Technology online module certificate
    • Dyslexia Training online module certificate 
    • Passing scores on RVE (we recommend you sit for this exam after taking your Reading courses)
    • Passing scores on VCLA (we must have a passing score on this exam before you are eligible for the student teaching internship)
    • 30 academic credits at 5000 level or above for the Master’s degree
    • Participation in required surveys (sent by the Teacher Education Office) as part of the Curry Participant Pool 


    Recommended 3 YEAR PLAN OF STUDY (For applicants after Summer 2018)

    Year 1

    • (3) EDIS 5000 The Exceptional Learner - online
    • (3) EDLF 5010/5011 Childhood/Adolescent Learning & Development  [SUMMER ONLY – online]


    • (3) EDIS 5221 Reading Foundations [FALL ONLY – online]
    • (3) EDIS 5025 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment - online


    for students admitted prior to January 1, 2019

    • (1) EDIS 5100 Characteristics of EBD - online
    • (1) EDIS 5110 Characteristics of LD - online
    • (1) EDIS 5120 Characteristics of ID - online

    for students admitted January 1, 2019 or later​

    • (3) EDIS 5175 Issues in K-12 Education or EDLF 7601 Social Foundations of Education

    Year 2

    • (3) EDIS 5041 Behavior Management [FALL ONLY  – online]
    • (3) EDIS 5230 Reading Diagnosis & Remediation for Reading Instruction [SUMMER ONLY] - prereq:  EDIS 5221


    • (3) EDIS 5060 Math Methods for SPED & ELED  [FALL ONLY – take w/EDIS 4887] - prereq: EDIS 5025
    • (1) EDIS 4887 Fieldwork in Special Education  [take w/EDIS 5060]


    • (3) EDIS 5140 Methods of SPED & Collaboration [SPRING ONLY – take w/EDIS 4887] - prereq: EDIS 5025
    • (1) EDIS 4887 Fieldwork in Special Education [take w/EDIS 5140]

    Year 3

    • (3) EDIS 5040 Psychoeducational Assessment [SUMMER ONLY]
    • (1) EDIS 5141 IEP and Transition Planning - online [Spring & Summer]


    • (3) EDIS 5887 Teaching Internship: Special Education  [take with EDIS 5870/5877]* - must apply 6 mos. in advance
    • (3) EDIS 5870/5877 Seminar: Teaching Internship: Special Education  [take with EDIS 5887]*
      *for those who will not have 1-year of full-time teaching experience in SPED (i.e. provisional license)

    Spring or previous summer 

    for students admitted prior to January 1, 2019

    • (3) EDIS 5175 Issues in K-12 Education or EDLF 7601 Social Foundations of Education

    For those who may need additional electives to meet 30 credit hour requirement, we recommend the following courses (in no particular order):

    • (3) EDIS 5422 Education Across Cultures - online
    • (3) EDIS 7220 Intro to the Gifted - online
    • (3) EDIS 7720 Word Study: Language Structures and Phonics - online
    • (3) EDIS 5435 Writing Across the Curriculum - online
    • (3) EDIS 7000 Introduction to Instructional Design - online
    • (3) EDLF 7390 Differentiating Instruction - online
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