Teacher Education


Remember the teachers who made a difference in your life? Educating and inspiring students empowers them to continue making new discoveries that will improve their quality of life and the lives of those they touch.

The Curry Impact

Our nationally recognized programs are designed to prepare you to meet the challenges of today’s elementary, middle and high schools.

At Curry, you can:

  • Learn from nationally renowned faculty who teach innovative and proven-effective classroom methods
  • Participate in ample field experience to be ready and confident for your teaching position
  • Progress your career and expand your options by adding a specialized degree or endorsement

**Exciting announcement: All application fees have been waived for students applying to start in Spring 2018, Summer 2018, or Fall 2018. Apply today!**

Teaching Careers

Graduates from the Curry School's MT programs enjoy an excellent job placement rate. There is a teacher shortage in Virginia and across the country, so your options are many upon graduation and in the future. There is an even higher demand in Special Education, STEM and ESL, so teachers with these credentials are normally offered premium salaries.

Education Careers

Many teachers choose to use their classroom experience and skills and apply them to education leadership positions, curriculum development, move into higher ed, or a myriad of other education related fields. Starting your career as a teacher opens many interesting doors.

Future Careers

Teaching in the classroom provides excellent experience, and builds specific skills that are directly transferable to many other fields if you wish to change your career track in the future. All kinds of employers need employees with skills that teachers build such as critical thinking, problem solving, technical proficiency, verbal and written communication strengths, patience and good listening skills. Many of our alumni have gone on to enjoy jobs in business, the non-profit sector and more, one is even a NASA engineer.

Explore Our Degrees

The Curry School of Education offers Commonwealth-approved programs resulting in an MT degree, licensure, and an optional specialized endorsement.

Choosing the right degree within our program is important to ensuring that you achieve an outcome that supports your career goals. Consider the types of students you may want to teach (young children, adolescents, students with unique needs), then let us help guide you through your choices.

  • Degree Type Options


    B/MT Elementary Education or Special Education (Five-year program for undergraduates)

    In this program, you will earn a Baccalaureate degree (BA or BS) from the College of Arts and Sciences or from the Curry School and a Master of Teaching (MT) degree from the Curry School of Education. Degrees are awarded simultaneously at the end of the five-year program of studies. You earn licensure with endorsement in Elementary Education (grades preK-6) or Special Education – General Curriculum (K-12). With careful planning, students may be eligible to complete both programs and earn a dual endorsement in elementary and special education.

    PGMT Secondary Education (One-year program for graduates)

    Starting May 2018 the Curry School Teacher Education program is pleased to announce the conversion of its secondary education program to a one-year Post-Graduate Master of Teaching (PGMT). The one-year program will offer an intensive, field-based curriculum centered on high-leverage teaching practices. The PGMT is open to all students with an earned Bachelor's Degree.

    PGMT Elementary Education or Special Education (Two-year program for graduates)

    In this full-time, two-year program, you will earn a Master of Teaching (MT) degree from the Curry School of Education. You earn licensure with endorsement in Elementary Education (grades preK-6) or Special Education – General Curriculum (K-12). With careful planning, students may be eligible to complete both programs and earn a dual endorsement in elementary and special education. PGMTs also have the option to accelerate their program and complete the requirements in 1.5 years.

  • Teaching Young Children


    Teaching young children is an exciting opportunity with ample responsibility. You get to see their excitement and unbridled enthusiasm to learn. You guide the first steps of their education journey. Additionally, making your class a good experience will inspire self-confidence and foster a lifelong love of learning. Curry’s Master of Teaching programs below will license you to teach young children.

    MT - Elementary Education (preK-6)
    MT - Special Education - Elementary Education (preK-6)
    MT - Foreign Language (K-12)
    MT - English as a Second Language (preK-12)
  • Teaching Adolescents


    Teaching adolescents enables you to specialize in an area of interest, share your excitement about it, and create new ways to convey important concepts. For students new to your subject, the way you teach it may affect their career choices. Help students appreciate why your subject is of interest and importance and teach them to love it like you do. Students grow and mature during these years and many of the values and insights they form can shape the adult they will become. As a teacher, you are also a role model and a source of inspiration now. Understanding students’ goals and instilling useful skills to attain those goals becomes paramount. Secondary teachers look toward the future and provide opportunities for students to become successful both in and out of school. Curry’s Master of Teaching programs below will license you to teach adolescents.

    MT - Foreign Language (K-12)
    MT - English Education (6-12)
    MT - Mathematics Education (6-12)
    MT - Science Education (6-12)
    MT - Social Studies Education (6-12)
    MT - English as a Second Language (preK-12)
  • Teaching Students with Unique Needs


    Those who want to teach are often curious people who enjoy learning and helping others. Many students have unique needs as learners: learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, language barriers, unique challenges through a gifted program, etc. In addition to being a fantastic coach and having the desire to help, teaching these students requires extraordinary knowledge about optimally effective teaching methods and superior communication skills. Curry’s combination of intensive classroom study and hands-on field work prepares you to succeed by using evidence-based, proven-effective approaches. Help someone do what they thought they never could. At Curry, our Special Education program is recognized as the 4th best in the country!

    MT - Special Education (K-12)
    MT - Special Education - Elementary Education (preK-12)
    MT - Special Education - Northern Virginia Center (K-12)

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UVA’s Curry School of Education by the Numbers


  • 4 th

    Best Special Education Program in the Country, U.S. News & World Report

  • 6 th

    Best Elementary Education Program in the Country, U.S. News & World Report

  • 9 th

    Best Secondary Education Program in the Country, U.S. News & World Report

Program Details


Choose one of our nationally renowned Master of Teaching programs. You can earn a specialized master’s degree from one of the top teaching universities in the country!

Accreditation Information

The Curry MT program aims to prepare teachers who exemplify best practices in connecting content, practice and research to foster academic, social, and emotional development in students with diverse backgrounds and diverse needs.  Our graduates use data and reflection in their instructional decision-making so that their impact on student learning is meaningful and measurable.  It is awarded TEAC accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, from April, 2015 and April, 2022.  The accreditation does not include individual education courses that the EPP offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.
 
The Virginia Department of Education (http://www.doe.virginia.gov) lists the University of Virginia as an approved educator preparation program in the above endorsement areas.