We are a place that trains the best teachers. But we also address the full gamut of the human experience: from human movement, language and hearing, and innovations for youth both in and out of the classroom.
While at the Curry School you study under some of the most respected faculty in their fields. But your time in the classroom is just the beginning. For us, the real goal is about making an impact out in the world. Undergraduates at the Curry School connect in-classroom studies with relevant research and hands-on experiences in the field, all the while receiving a high level of support.
This combination of rigorous studies and real-world application creates ample opportunities upon graduation, whether you wish to enter the workforce directly or apply for advanced degrees.
You may be surprised at some of the majors we offer, such as Communication Disorders, Kinesiology, and Youth & Social Innovation, and of course Teacher Ed. We also have minors in Global Studies in Education and Health & Well-Being. Our programming reflects our focus on the overall improvement of the human experience. We are excited to show you more about the possibilities at Curry for an impactful and exciting career.
If you would like to learn more about our undergraduate programs, please visit us at one of our many in-person information sessions this fall.
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Best Public University in the Country, U.S. News & World Report
Best Education School in the Country, U.S. News & World Report
Undergraduate Programs (4 Majors and 2 Minors)
Our majors, minors and courses
There is one consistent thread throughout all of our majors and minors: hands-on learning.
Teaching is a rewarding and exciting career. It also lets you take part in shaping the next generation. The demand for good teachers is high across the country and Curry graduates enjoy a 100% job placement rate.
The five-year Bachelor / Master of Teaching program is open to rising third year students from UVA and transfering into UVA from other institutions. Admitted students meet Virginia licensure requirements while earning their bachelors and masters degrees. Areas of study include Elementary Education (prek-6) and Special Education (K-12). The Teacher Education program is a master's program, so students must still choose an undergraduate major outside of teacher education.
Students interested in teaching English, English as a Second Language, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies are eligible to apply to the Post-Graduate Master of Teaching program. Early admission is offered for UVA undergraduate students.Learn More
As a Youth & Social Innovation (YSI) major, you will develop the skills needed to create and enact social innovations for youth. As a student in the Youth & Social Innovation major, you'll engage in coursework that integrates theory and research on youth development, programming, and policy with hands-on application through community service. You'll learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of existing social innovations for youth and collaborate with a team to design new ones. With this B.S.Ed. degree, your career options are many:
- Child welfare/family service/social services
- Colleges/universities/K-12 schools
- Community centers
- Educational corporations
- Government agencies
- Physical & mental health organizations
- Policy organizations
- Think tanks
- Youth agencies and associations
Kinesiology refers to the study of movement and is a multifaceted field of study in which movement or physical activity is the intellectual focus. Physical activity includes exercising for improvement of health and fitness, learning movement skills, and engaging in activities of daily living, work, sport, dance, and play. It involves the general population as well as special groups such as children and older adults, people with disabilities, injuries, or disease, and athletes.
The Kinesiology major is a direct-admit program. Students from high school apply directly to Kinesiology through the University's Office of Undergraduate Admission. Once enrolled, students take courses both in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Curry School of Education and Human Development. The Kinesiology major leads to a B.S.Ed. degree. The Curry School also offers several Kinesiology graduate degrees.
Career paths include:
- fitness-related industries
- health-related fields like medicine, public health, and physical or occupational therapy
The undergraduate major in Speech Communication Disorders introduces students to the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology. It provides pre-professional learning experiences to prepare students for graduate studies in either profession by emphasizing math, biological and behavioral sciences, basic human communication sciences, and critical thinking. This major leads to a Bachelor of Science in Education in Speech Communication Disorders.
In order to be admitted to the Speech Communication Disorders major, you must be a full-time UVA student as a rising third year.
This pre-professional program prepares you to choose from three career paths at the graduate level:
- Speech-language pathology
- Speech and hearing science
The Global Studies in Education Minor provides an interdisciplinary view of social theories and comparative frameworks that stretch beyond traditional definitions of teachers and school administrators. It delves into concepts of school and society, history, philosophy, and culture,as well as educational policy, theory, and practice. This minor is excellent if you’re considering a career or further education in:
- Domestic and international NGO work
- Education leadership and social entrepreneurship
- Government positions in education
- Non-profit work
- The Peace Corps
- Teaching, including Teach for America or teacher certification programs
The Health & Wellbeing Minor features courses that are designed to assist students in obtaining scientific knowledge to promote intelligent decision-making in the health or mental health professions and in public policy positions related to health and well-being.
Six schools across the University of Virginia have joined forces to create this minor that helps view this topic from a wide spectrum. Enrolled students have unprecedented access to classes in the following schools:
- Curry School of Education and Human Development
- College of Arts & Sciences
- School of Medicine
- School of Nursing
- School of Architecture
- Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
The Curry School is pleased to offer many courses open to all UVA undergraduates. This is a great way to learn something new and interesting, fill an elective credit, and get a feel for the education field. In addition, Curry offers a range of course topics including multiculturalism, health & well-being, development, teacher education, and much more.
Below is the list of courses offered summer and fall 2018.
EDHS: Department of Human Services
Found of Community Engagement
Stress and Anxiety Management
Keeping Children Safe
Intro Communication Disorders
Child Protection Emergencies
Fostering Ldshp Teenage Boys
Issues Facing Adolescent Girls
Engaging Youth in Learning
Practice in Youth Engagement
Peer Health Education
Intro to Counseling
Tech Apps Special Populations
Introduction to Audiology
Psycholinguistics & Communictn
Women, Work, and Wellness
Peer Support Programs
EDIS: Department of Curriculum, Instruction & Special Education
Teaching as a Profession
Foundations of Early Child Edu
Mindfulness & Development
The Exceptional Learner
Designing Games for Learning
Field Experience: Sec Educ
Characteristics of Individuals with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities
Characteristics of Individuals with Learning Disabilities
Characteristics of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
EDLF: Department of Leadership, Foundations & Policy
What the Innovators Do
Fundamentals of Statistics
Research for Youth Development
Intro Chld Growth & Developmnt
Intro to Educ Psychology
Introduction to Adolescence
Educ in MulticulturalSocieties
Intro Citizenship & Activism
U.S. Education Policy
Human Rights Activism & Educ
Child Learning & Development
Adolescent Learning & Develop
Life Span Development
KINE: Department of Kinesiology
Introduction to Mindfulness
Kines Individuals Disabilities
Contemporary Health Issues
Clinical Sports Medicine
Emergency Medical Care
Prof Dev & Team Dynamics