Professional Learner


Whether you wish to take programs or courses online, at our regional centers in Virginia, or on-Grounds at UVA in Charlottesville, you will find a wide range of offerings for our working students here.

At the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Human Development, we respect your desire to expand your knowledge while maintaining your professional and personal obligations. You’ll enjoy a convenient learning structure, share the experience with other professionals, and be taught by our nationally renowned faculty.

The Curry School of Education grants reduced tuition rates to eligible preK-12 educators who meet specific eligibility guidelines. Reduced tuition is applicable to credit-bearing courses and can be applied to up to six credits of coursework per semester. Read more about the educator discount here

Ready to Get Started?

Open enrollment for the spring semester begins November 30, 2018. Registration information can be found here

Professional Development Offerings


  • Part-time Degree Programs

    If you earned an undergraduate degree and now want to earn a post-graduate degree, we offer learners like you the opportunity to choose from several part-time, post-graduate degrees. These are the same as our full-time degree programs but taught with a flexible schedule to support you in achieving your goal.

    The locations where these learning opportunities are offered follow the course name: Charlottesville (CVL), Northern Virginia (NOVA), Richmond (RIC), and online (ONL).

    Master of Teaching (M.T.) 

    Special Education (leads to licensure): NOVA

    Master of Education (M.Ed.)
    Administration & Supervision: CVL, NOVA, RIC
    Curriculum & Instruction (C&I): CVL
    Curriculum & Instruction (C&I): ONL
    Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) - Reading Education: CVL, NOVA, RIC, ONL
    Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) - Instructional Technology: CVL
    Educational Psychology - Applied Developmental Science: CVL
    Educational Psychology - Social Foundations: CVL, NOVA
    Higher Education: CVL
    Kinesiology - Pedagogy: CVL

    Education Specialist (Ed.S.)
    Curriculum & Instruction (C&I): CVL, ONL
    Curriculum & Instruction (C&I): Reading Education: CVL, NOVA, RIC, ONL

    Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.)
    Administration & Supervision: NOVA
    Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) - Reading Education: CVL

  • Certificates and Course Series for Endorsement and Licensure

    You don’t need to make the commitment of a full-time degree program to enhance your knowledge and gain a competitive advantage. You can add an endorsement to your teaching license, earn a professional certificate, or choose from a range of online and in-person open-enrollment courses to expand your skill set and earn recertification points.

    Registering for the following study opportunities only requires you to establish a student record at the University. An application for admission and supporting documents are not necessary. The locations where these learning opportunities are offered follow the course name: Charlottesville (CVL), Northern Virginia (NOVA), Richmond (RIC), Wise at Abingdon (WISE), and online (ONL).

    Course Series for Alternative Route to Teacher Licensure:

    • Professional Studies: NOVA, ONL
    • Find more information about Curry's support for alternative routes to licensure here

    Course Series for Endorsement:

    Professional Certificate Programs:

  • Workshops, Institutes & Conferences

    We also offer numerous workshops, institutes, and conferences throughout the school year and summer. These events are a great way to learn something new and meet other professionals in your field. 

    Applied Measurement with jMetrick Workshop
    Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn from the developer of jMetrik to become proficient using it to analyze your test data.

    Annual Art & Science of Sports Medicine Conference
    Explore the newest strategic areas and challenges in the field of sports medicine. You can even earn academic credit for attending.

    Central Virginia Writing Project (CVWP)
    Help students enhance their writing abilities by learning best instructional practices.

    Curry Leadership Academy: Coaching for Change
    This three-day workshop supports principals, assistant principals, instructional coaches and school and central office teacher leaders who want to improve their coaching skills and cultivate more professionally stimulating work environments for adult learning in their schools.

    Institutes on Academic Diversity
    Discover what creates an optimal learning environment for diverse learners.

    Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education
    Become an empowered education leader. Our nationally renowned partnership with U.Va.’s Darden School of Business is the most established school turnaround program in the country.

    Reading @ Curry Workshops and Academy
    Take practical activities from our workshops and immediately apply them in your classroom. The Reading Academy provides insights and strategies to mentor struggling readers.

    SCOPE 13 (Statewide Communities of Practice for Excellence 13) | 2018–2019
    As a school administrator, you can further develop your leadership skills in this two-year program.

    SCOPE 14 (Statewide Communities of Practice for Excellence 14) | 2019–2020
    As a school administrator, you can further develop your leadership skills in this two-year program.

  • Non-degree Courses

    You don’t need to make the commitment of a full-time degree program to enhance your knowledge and gain a competitive advantage. You can take courses for recertification and professional development, choosing from a myriad of online and in-person open-enrollment courses to expand your skill set and keep your teaching license current. Consult the Virginia Department of Education licensure website for specific information regarding licenseure renewal. 

    Registering for the following courses only requires you to establish a student record at the University. An application for admission and supporting documents are not necessary. The locations where these learning opportunities are offered follow the course name: Charlottesville (CVL), Northern Virginia (NOVA), Richmond (RIC), Wise at Abingdon (WISE), and online (ONL).

    Courses - Open Enrollment:

  • Featured 1-Credit Courses

    Our 1-credit offerings are a great way to learn more about a specific topic while earning licensure renewal points! All of our offerings are online. Some courses run for just a few weeks while others are spread out over an entire semester.

    EDIS 3460: Introduction to English Learners

    This new one-credit, online course is geared toward those who are teaching in various content areas and grade levels (PK-12) who do not have a background in ESL but would like to know more about the English learners in their classrooms. The course is  online with asynchronous discussions, so no set meeting times are required. Because this course is at the undergraduate level, teachers should confirm with their school division whether it can be applied toward a salary step increase. Contact April Salerno (aprilsalerno@virginia.edu) for more information.

    Spring 2019 dates: February 11 - March 22

    EDIS 5100: Characteristics of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

    This course presents the characteristics of children and adolescents with emotional and behavior disorders within the context of special education services. On completion of this course, students will have (1) knowledge of the origins and characteristics of the primary behavioral disorders, (2) procedures for identification and assessment, and (3) approaches of programming and instruction for ED/BD, autism and other related disabilities.

    Spring 2019 dates: February 21 - April 3

    EDIS 5110: Characteristics of Learning Disabilities

    This course presents the meaning and concepts associated with the field of learning disabilities and the diverse characteristics of individuals with these disabilities. It includes the nature, causes, assessment, and treatment of learning disabilities and related disabilities such as ADHD, ADD, traumatic brain injury, and others. 

    Spring 2019 dates: April 4 - May 7

    EDIS 5120: Characteristics of Intellectual Disabilities

    Students in this course will explore basic concepts/issues pertaining to persons with significant limitations in intelligence and adaptive behavior. The psychological, historical, and medical implications of intellectual disabilites are examined.

    Spring 2019 dates: January 17 - February 20

    EDIS 5141: IEP and Transition Planning

    This class will focus on the development of legally appropriate IEPs and their application to instructional planning. The course will also address transition planning and the strategies for assisting students in sped to move across the grades & from school to post-secondary placements. This on-line class will include readings, cases, hands-on activities, & video analysis.

    Spring 2019 dates: January 14 - April 30

    EDIS 5235: Dyslexia in the Classroom

    This one-credit course is designed to acquaint classroom teachers with the current research on reading development and dyslexia, the occurrence of dyslexia in classrooms, and the teaching needed to support reading development in all readers including those who may exhibit the symptoms of dyslexia/reading disability. This course is offered online each semester fall/spring over a 5 week period of time. The summer schedule is modified to 3 weeks.

    Spring 2019 dates: February 4 - March 15

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    Best Graduate School of Education in the Country, U.S. News & World Report

  • 7

    Academic Programs Ranked in the Top 20 Nationally, U.S. News & World Report

  • 42 %

    of All Superintendents in the Commonwealth of Virginia Are Curry Graduates