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 designed 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
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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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 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. Meet the Virginia Department of Education test score requirements. Please refer to the linked chart for more information.
4. Complete the online application for admission and submit supporting materials, including official transcripts and test scores.
NOTE: Applicants may upload unofficial transcripts and test scores with applications, but will need to provide official transcripts and official test scores before they can matriculate.
Admissions are rolling with deadlines as follows:
- Fall entry: May 1
- Spring entry: November 1
- Summer entry: April 1
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.
- 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
- (3) EDIS 5000 The Exceptional Learner - online
- (3) EDLF 5010/5011 Childhood/Adolescent Learning & Development [SUMMER ONLY – online]
- (3) EDIS 5221 Reading Development [FALL ONLY – online]
- (3) EDIS 5025 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment - online
- (1) EDIS 5100 Characteristics of EBD - online
- (1) EDIS 5110 Characteristics of LD - online
- (1) EDIS 5120 Characteristics of ID - online
- (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]
- (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
- (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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Faculty Contributions and Research
- Curry School Professors Contribute to Legal Victory for Flint Students
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- 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
- Curry Team of Authors Receive 2013 Outstanding Publication of the Year Award
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.