Bachelor of Science in Education - Special Education
Teaching special education is a truly rewarding career that is in high demand. Our top-ranked special education program prepares you to be the knowledgeable, compassionate classroom advocate that students with disabilities need.
The Curry School's new four-year undergraduate degree is a more affordable option to becoming a special education teacher. Our clinically based program prepares you to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities in grades K-12, combining intensive classroom study with significant time spent applying your knowledge in real classrooms. For UVA graduates who wish to further specialize their training, the Curry School also offers early admission to our one-year master's degree programs.
- Download our Bachelor of Science in Education Advising Guide for a comprehensive list of program offerings, requirements, and resources
- Attend a Curry information session
- Subscribe to our pre-teacher education listserv
Transfer Students: download our Transfer Guide for detailed information about transferring to UVA's Teacher Education program.
African American Teaching Fellows
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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
Download the UVA Teacher Education Transfer Guide for detailed information about transferring to UVA's Teacher Education program from another institution.
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 Germanna are encouraged to pursue the Education AA&S or Education Specialization K-8 AA&S. These tracks prepare students to meet the general studies requirements for Curry’s teacher education majors in early childhood, elementary, and special education. Students intending to transfer to the Curry School should seek approval to take science courses in two different disciplines to meet the state licensure requirements.
Students at John Tyler Community College are encouraged to pursue the Teacher Education Associate of Science. The coursework in this track aligns with the general studies requirements for UVA's teacher education majors in early chilhood, elementary, and special education. At UVA, the requirements for special education majors are the same as the requirements for the early childhood and elementary majors. Therefore, this John Tyler track will meet the special education requirements at UVA.
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.
Download our Advising Guide for a comprehensive list of program requirements and courses (revised 3/7/20)
Additional Requirements: (send copies of certificates and score reports to TeacherEd@virginia.edu)
- Pass the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment
- 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
- 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.