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.

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Program Details

  • Admissions Requirements for UVA Students

    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

    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.

  • Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

    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.

  • Application Due Date

    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.

  • Course Overview and Degree Requirements

    A final course sequence will be posted when available.

    During the second and third year, candidates take foundational education courses including:

    • Issues in Education
    • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
    • Reading Methods I

    Candidates complete early clinical experiences including individualized reading tutoring and small group instruction in local schools.

    During the fall of the fourth year, candidates complete a half-time internship in a local school. They teach and co-teach lessons for individual students, small groups, and whole groups. While completing the internship, candidates take methods courses including:

    • Classroom and Behavior Management
    • Mathematics Methods
    • IEP and Transition Planning
    • Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education

    During the spring of the fourth year, students complete their full-time internship in a local school. They transition into full responsibility for instruction planning, instructional delivery, and assessment under the guidance of a mentor teacher.

    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.

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