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
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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 undergraduate UVA students and rising third-year non-UVA transfer students. Admitted students meet Virginia licensure requirements while earning their bachelors and masters degrees. Areas of study include Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, and Secondary Education (focus areas: English; Foreign Language; Math; Science; Social Studies).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. 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
- 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 spring 2018.
EDHS: Department of Human Services
DHS 1120 Foundations of Community Engagement EDHS 2230 Drug Awareness EDHS 2240 Substance Abuse EDHS 2250 Stress and Anxiety Management EDHS 2900 Practice in Youth Engagement EDHS 2950 Advocating for Youth EDHS 3055 Prevention of Youth Violence EDHS 3100 Media and Black Adolescents EDHS 3110 Understanding Autism EDHS 3200 Intro Counsel Student Athletes EDHS 3250 Prof Dev & Team Dynamics EDHS 3895 Peer Counseling EDHS 4030 Speech and Hearing Science EDHS 4040 Anat & Phys of Speech & Hear EDHS 4810 Personal Adjustment EDHS 5241 Peer Support Programs
EDIS: Department of Curriculum, Instruction & Special Education
EDIS 2010 Teaching as a Profession EDIS 2920 Debunking Classroom Myths EDIS 3012 Mindfulness & Development EDIS 3020 The Exceptional Learner EDIS 5011 Classroom Management EDIS 5022 Early Child Assessment & Instr EDIS 5041 Behav & Classroom Management EDIS 5070 Designing Technologies EDIS 5140 Instruct & Collab Special Ed EDIS 5210 Intro to Language Development EDIS 5440 Applied Teaching w Technology
EDLF: Department of Leadership, Foundations & Policy
EDLF 1200 Examing Effects Social Innovation EDLF 2080 Fundamentals of Statistics EDLF 3150 Intro to Child Growth & Developmnt EDLF 3160 Intro to Educ Psychology EDLF 3170 Introduction to Adolescence EDLF 3180 Lifespan Development EDLF 3220 What is Education For? EDLF 3240 Multicultural Societies EDLF 3250 Intro Citizenship & Activism EDLF 3440 Psyc Sport & Physical Activity EDLF 3460 Race, Identity, Development EDLF 3610 Immigrant Youth & Families EDLF 4620 Human Rights Activism & Educ EDLF 5260 Cognitive Psyc and Education EDLF 5270 Adult Development and Aging EDLF 5330 Quan Methods & Data Analysis I EDLF 5700 Race, Ethnicity and Diversity EDLF 5711 Global, Childhood & Culture
KINE: Department of Kinesiology
KINE 1000 Introduction to Mindfulness KINE 2200 Motor Development KINE 2420 Intro to Personal Training KINE 2850 Medical Terminology KINE 3400 Nutrition KINE 3420 Contemporary Health Issues KINE 3450 Exercise & Nutrition Medicine KINE 3615 Clinical Sports Medicine KINE 3620 Biomechanics/Motor Control KINE 3630 Emergency Medical Care KINE 3660 Neuroscience of Exercise KINE 4130 Teaching School Health KINE 4600 Athletic Injuries KINE 4601 Athletic Injuries Lab KINE 5250 Kine Child Severe Disabilities KINE 5260 APE:Phys & Sensory Impaired KINE 5470 Metabolic Adap to Exercise KINE 5760 Principles of Strength & Conditioning