Undergraduate


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.

Undergraduate Information Sessions

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.

OUR STRENGTH IN NUMBERS


  • 3 rd

    Best Public University in the Country, U.S. News & World Report

  • 16 th

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

  • 6

    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.

  • Teacher Education (B/MT)

    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. 

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  • Youth & Social Innovation (YSI) Major

    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
    Youth & Social Innovation (YSI) Major
  • Kinesiology Major

    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
    • teaching
    • coaching
    • health-related fields like medicine, public health, and physical or occupational therapy
    Kinesiology Major
  • Speech Communication Disorders Major

    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:

    • Audiology
    • Speech-language pathology
    • Speech and hearing science
    Speech Communication Disorders Major
  • Global Studies in Education Minor

    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:

    • Business
    • Domestic and international NGO work
    • Education leadership and social entrepreneurship
    • Government positions in education
    • Law
    • Non-profit work
    • The Peace Corps
    • Policymaking
    • Teaching, including Teach for America or teacher certification programs
    Global Studies in Education Minor
  • Health & Well-Being Minor

    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
    Health & Wellbeing Minor
  • Courses open to all UVA Undergrads

    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

    EDHS

    1120

    Found of Community Engagement

    EDHS

    2240

    Substance Abuse

    EDHS

    2250

    Stress and Anxiety Management

    EDHS

    2260

    Keeping Children Safe

    EDHS

    2450

    Intro Communication Disorders

    EDHS

    2860

    Child Protection Emergencies

    EDHS

    2889

    Fostering Ldshp Teenage Boys

    EDHS

    2890

    Personal Development

    EDHS

    2891

    Issues Facing Adolescent Girls

    EDHS

    2895

    Engaging Youth in Learning

    EDHS

    2900

    Practice in Youth Engagement

    EDHS

    3120

    Abnormal Psychology

    EDHS

    3240

    Peer Health Education

    EDHS

    3850

    Intro to Counseling

    EDHS

    3895

    Peer Counseling

    EDHS

    4010

    Tech Apps Special Populations

    EDHS

    4020

    Clinical Phonetics

    EDHS

    4050

    Introduction to Audiology

    EDHS

    4300

    Psycholinguistics & Communictn

    EDHS

    4810

    Personal Adjustment

    EDHS

    5230

    Women, Work, and Wellness

    EDHS

    5241

    Peer Support Programs

     

    EDIS: Department of Curriculum, Instruction & Special Education

    EDIS

    2010

    Teaching as a Profession

    EDIS

    2012

    Foundations of Early Child Edu

    EDIS

    3012

    Mindfulness & Development

    EDIS

    3020

    The Exceptional Learner

    EDIS

    3452

    Designing Games for Learning

    EDIS

    3882

    Field Experience: Sec Educ

    EDIS

    4100

    Characteristics of Individuals with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities

    EDIS

    4110

    Characteristics of Individuals with Learning Disabilities

    EDIS

    4120

    Characteristics of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

     

    EDLF: Department of Leadership, Foundations & Policy

    EDLF

    2050

    What the Innovators Do

    EDLF

    2080

    Fundamentals of Statistics

    EDLF

    3000

    Research for Youth Development

    EDLF

    3150

    Intro Chld Growth & Developmnt

    EDLF

    3160

    Intro to Educ Psychology

    EDLF

    3170

    Introduction to Adolescence

    EDLF

    3240

    Educ in MulticulturalSocieties

    EDLF

    3250

    Intro Citizenship & Activism

    EDLF

    4020

    Helping Skills

    EDLF

    4080

    U.S. Education Policy

    EDLF

    4620

    Human Rights Activism & Educ

    EDLF

    5010

    Child Learning & Development

    EDLF

    5011

    Adolescent Learning & Develop

    EDLF

    5160

    Life Span Development

     

    KINE: Department of Kinesiology

    KINE

    1000

    Introduction to Mindfulness

    KINE

    3210

    Kines Individuals Disabilities

    KINE

    3400

    Nutrition

    KINE

    3420

    Contemporary Health Issues

    KINE

    3600

    Musculoskeletal Anatomy

    KINE

    3615

    Clinical Sports Medicine

    KINE

    3630

    Emergency Medical Care

    EDHS

    3250

    Prof Dev & Team Dynamics

Natalie Eichner

"My long-term career goal is to better educate the medical community how they can effectively use exercise as a form of medicine." Kinesiology student Natalie Eichner