Bachelor of Science in Education - Early Childhood Education
Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of students? Early childhood teachers have the opportunity to guide preK-3rd grade students during one of the most critical periods of their development.
The Curry School's new four-year bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education offers a more affordable pathway to becoming a teacher in Virginia. Our top-ranked early childhood program combines in-depth instruction on principles of teaching and learning with significant time spent in real classrooms applying your knowledge. In four years, you'll earn your teaching license and graduate prepared to lead your own Prek-3rd grade classroom.
- Check out our Advising Guide for a comprehensive list of program offerings, requirements, and resources (revised 11/11/19)
- Attend a Curry information session
- Subscribe to our pre-teacher education listserv
- External Transfers: register for UVA's transfer open house on November 15, 2019
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Step 1: Attend an Information Session
The Curry School hosts information sessions for prospective students throughout the year. A list of upcoming sessions can be found here.
Step 2: Review your Transcript
Teacher Education applicants must be on track to complete the Teacher Education general studies requirements, which are a bit more specific than the general studies requirements from the College or Curry. Although you do not need to have all requirements done in advance, it is recommended you are nearly finished with:
- 6 credits of English/composition
- 6 credits of mathematics (one course must be a 2000-level statistics course)
- 6 credits of natural science (courses must be from two different departments; options include astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental science, and physics)
- 6 credits of humanities
- 3 credits of United States history
- 3 credits of child development (PSYC 2700: Child Development, EDLF 3150: Introduction to Child Growth and Development, or EDIS 3040: Foundations of Early Childhood Development and Education)
- 3 additional credits of social science
- 3 credits of cultural literacy; options include:
- EDLF 3240: Education in Multicultural Societies
- EDLF 3460: Race and Identity in Youth Development
- EDLF 4610: Civil Rights Movement and Education
- Any course designated by the College as fulfilling the nonwestern perspective requirement: https://college.as.virginia.edu/area
- A study abroad program completed while enrolled at UVA
AP credit can be applied toward these requirements if the credit appears on your UVA transcript.
Step 3: Apply by February 1 of your first or second year
Complete the internal transfer application. You must declare a major (early childhood education, elementary education, or special education) when applying.
Step 1: Review the Admissions Requirements
Review the Curry School of Education transfer requirements.
Step 2: Apply through the Common Application
Apply to UVA through the Common Application. Be sure to adhere to application deadlines. The Teacher Education program only admits students for fall entry. You must indicate the Curry School of Education and Human Development as your school choice. You must also declare a major (early childhood education, elementary education, or special education) when applying.
Students at PVCC may wish to pursue the Education-UVA track: https://www.pvcc.edu/programs/education-uva-track. This track is designed for pre-teacher education students interested in transfer to the Curry School to pursue a baccalaureate degree program in early childhood, elementary, or special education and enter the teaching field.
Current UVA undergraduate students must apply by February 1 at 11:59pm.
External transfer students must adhere to the deadlines list on the Office of Undergraduate Admissions transfer website.
A semester-by-semester course sequence and course mnemonics will be posted when available.
- EDIS 3040: Foundations of Early Childhood Development and Education*
- EDIS 3020: Exceptional Learner*
- EDIS XXXX: Understanding Educational Contexts
- EDIS XXXX: Reading Methods I
- EDIS XXXX: Introduction to Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
- EDIS XXXX: Classroom and Behavior Management
*Students are encouraged to take these courses first or second year.
Early Childhood Major Coursework
- EDIS 4340: Early Language Development Theory, Science, and Practice
- EDIS XXXX: Mathematics Methods PreK-3
- EDIS XXXX: Science Methods
- EDIS XXXX: Teaching Humanities: Social Studies and Language Arts Methods
- Early clinical experiences: 3rd year fall and spring
- Candidates complete early clinical experiences including individualized reading intervention and small group instruction in local schools.
- Part-time internship + internship seminar: 4th year fall
- Candidates complete a half-time internship in a local school. Under the guidance of a mentor teacher and a university coach, candidates teach and co-teach lessons for individual students, small groups, and whole groups.
- Full-time internship + internship seminar: 4th year spring
- Candidates complete their full-time internship in a local school. They transition into full responsibility for planning, instructional delivery, and assessment under the guidance of a mentor teacher and a university coach.
Throughout the program, candidates fulfill state-mandated licensure exams and trainings. Upon successful completion of the spring teaching internship, candidates are eligible for a collegiate professional license in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Additional Requirements: (send copies of certificates and score reports to TeacherEd@virginia.edu)
- Pass the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment
- Pass the Praxis Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects
- Pass the Reading for Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special Education
- Complete the Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding for Educators module
- Complete the VDOE Dyslexia Awareness module
- Complete the Virginia State and Local Civic Education Module
- Provide evidence of hands-on training in CPR, AED, and First Aid
The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.