Our nationally recognized teaching degree programs are designed to prepare you to meet the challenges of today’s elementary, middle and high schools.
At the Curry School, you can learn from nationally renowned faculty, and participate in a range of clinical experience to be ready and confident for your teaching position.
Graduates from the Curry School's degree programs enjoy an excellent job placement rate and quickly become teacher leaders in their schools and school divisions.
BSED - Early Childhood Education
For undergraduate students, we are proud to offer three new majors beginning in fall 2020. These four-year programs will lead to initial licensure and a Bachelor of Science in Education degree, and students can apply during their first or second year of study. In this more affordable path to licensure, our teacher candidates will combine a strong foundation in principles of teaching and learning with significant time spent applying their knowledge in real classrooms.
BSED - Elementary Education
BSED - Special Education
Full-Time, On-Grounds Master's Programs
MT - Elementary Education (preK-6)
Our full-time Master of Teaching programs include an intensive course of study tied to clinical practice. These programs lead to initial licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We strive to provide teacher candidates with a strong foundation in principles of teaching and learning and the opportunity to apply those concepts in authentic classrooms. Through this work, we encourage candidates to be attentive to the needs of a wide spectrum of unique learners who are situated within diverse classroom contexts. UVA undergraduates are eligible for early admission to our master’s programs.
MT - English Education (6-12)
MT - English as a Second Language (preK-12)
MT - Foreign Language (preK-12)
MT - Mathematics Education (6-12)
MT - Science Education (6-12)
MT - Social Studies Education (6-12)
MT - Special Education - General Curriculum (K-12)
MT - Special Education (K-12) and Elementary Education (preK-6)
Part-Time, Off-Grounds Master's Programs
MT - English as a Second Language (preK-12) - Online
Our part-time Master of Teaching programs offer a flexible pathway for working professionals looking for high-quality teacher preparation leading to initial licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We strive to provide teachers with a strong foundation in principles of teaching and learning, which they can immediately apply in their own classrooms. Through this work, we encourage candidates to be attentive to the needs of a wide spectrum of unique learners who are situated within diverse classroom contexts.
MT - Special Education - General Curriculum (K-12) - Northern Virginia Center
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Students interested in adding an endorsement through testing should refer to VDOE's list of approved tests. Students should take the relevant Praxis exam and send a .pdf of the score report to Jillian McGraw at least a week prior to graduation. Note that several endorsements (including elementary education and special education) have exams on this list but cannot be added by testing per the VDOE regulations linked above.
It is possible to add an endorsement using content coursework taken during your undergraduate program. Review the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel for a detailed list of requirements. In recent years, Curry students have added music (instrumental or vocal), computer science, and visual arts through undergraduate coursework. Contact Jillian McGraw if you are interested in pursuing this route.
Students interested in gifted education must complete a series of courses and a practicum, all of which are offered at the Curry School. Read more about the gifted add-on here.
Christina M. Amspaugh Assistant Professor of Education, Gifted Education Focus Area CoordinatorRobert Q. Berry, III Professor of EducationBarbara Ann Boyce Associate ProfessorJennifer Chiu Associate Professor of EducationJoe Garofalo Associate Professor of Education, Co-Director, Center for Technology and Teacher EducationPatrice Preston Grimes Associate Professor of EducationLatisha Hayes Associate Professor of Education, Director, McGuffey Reading CenterJillian McGraw Director of Teacher EducationJudy Paulick Assistant Professor of EducationStephen P. Plaskon Associate Professor of Education, Director of Studies, Brown Residential CollegeRobert H. Tai Associate ProfessorStanley C. Trent Associate Professor of EducationStephanie D. van Hover Professor of Education, Dept. Chair, Curriculum, Instruction and Special EducationEleanor V. Wilson Associate Professor of Education
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.