Resources for Admitted Teacher Education Students
Welcome to the Master of Teaching program! Please consult the resources below for information to help your transition to Charlottesville. Questions about your specific program of study should be directed to your faculty advisor. General questions can be directed to Jillian McGraw (on-grounds) or Courtney Sullivan (off-grounds).
Get Your Student ID
The UVa Student Identification (ID) Card combines many important features all on one card:
- Library Circulation Privileges
- Building Access
- Meal Plans & Plus Dollars
- Cavalier Advantage (adding money to your card to spend on campus)
- Access to University Services
- Student Health Facilities
- Access to Recreational Facilities
- Admission to Athletic Events
- University Transit
To obtain a UVa Student ID Card, go to the University ID Card Office located in the lower level of the Observatory Hill Dining Hall, on the corner of Alderman and McCormick Roads. Meter parking is available in front of the building, on McCormick Road. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The University ID Card Office can be contacted at (434) 924-4508.
All information about the teacher education program will be sent to your UVA email account.
- Set up your UVa email: http://www.itc.virginia.edu/accounts/createacct.html
- Register your email account, visit: http://its.virginia.edu/email/accounts.html
Information Technology & Communication (ITC) provides and maintains the network infrastructure to allow on-grounds' computer users access to UVa resources and the Internet. For detailed configuration information for connecting your computer to the UVa network while on Grounds, visit: http://www.itc.virginia.edu/network/ongrounds.html
The University Library databases as well as other resources can be accessed from off-grounds. For information regarding remote access to the UVa network, visit: http://its.virginia.edu/services/offgrounds.html
Provide Proof of Health Insurance
Under the health insurance hard waiver program, UVa requires students who pay the comprehensive Health Fee to (1) carry health insurance that meets specific coverage requirements and (2) provide proof of this insurance on an annual basis. If proof of comparable coverage is not submitted, the student will be responsible for the full cost for single coverage under the University-endorsed Aetna Student Health Insurance plan. For more information, visit student health services.
2019-20 Academic Year
B/MT students will attend two mandatory orientation sessions:
- March 29, 2019: 10:30am - 11:30am in Ruffner 237 (focus: course advising and registration)
- August 26, 2019: time and location TBA (focus: general orientation to the Curry School)
On-grounds PGMT students in English, English as a Second Language, Foreign Language, Math, Science, and Social Studies Education will attend orientation from June 4- 6, 2019. More information will be provided this spring.
On-grounds PGMT students in Elementary and Special Education will attend a full-day orientation on Friday, August 23, 2019. More information will be provided this summer.
Off-grounds PGMT students in the Special Education program will be contacted by Courtney Sullivan to develop an individual plan of study.
Most Curry students live off-grounds, and like many universities, UVa suffers from a lack of on-grounds parking. A good rule of thumb for parking on-Grounds is if you do not have a permit, have not fed a parking meter, or are not parked in a garage, then you are probably illegally parked. With the exception of the lot next to the Dells, which is an open lot after 5:00 p.m. M-F & all day Saturday and Sunday, all parking lots surrounding Curry are restricted 24 hours. Most Curry students park at University Hall, the Emmet/Ivy Garage, or Scott Stadium and either catch a shuttle or walk to Bavaro and Ruffner.
How to obtain a Parking Permit.
The most convenient way to plan travel around Grounds and the UVa community is through the reliable mobile apps offered by University Transportation Services (UTS) and Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT). The UTS offers stops very close to Curry on the Inner Loop, Outer Loop and Green Line. The CAT Free Trolley offers convenient stops just behind Curry on McCormick Road. The UTS, CAT, and Free Trolley are no charge to UVa students with ID.
- List of UTS bus routes and schedules
- UTS Mobile App: http://uva.transloc.com/info/mobile#app
- CAT Mobile App: http://www.charlottesville.org/index.aspx?page=661
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Effective Monday, February 5, 2018 the parking rates are as follows:
Payment is by credit card only. Cash is not accepted. If the University parking lot is full, please use the Metro parking lot across the street. A SmarTrip Card is needed to exit the Metro lot. To purchase a SmarTrip Card, visit www.wmata.com/fares/smartrip/
Take the Orange Line to the West Falls Church Station. Walk approximately 200 yards from the Metro lobby, across the parking lot. For route and fare information, visit www.wmata.com.
MetroBus and the Fairfax Connector make stops at the West Falls Church Metro Station. Route information may be obtained from Metro at 202.637.700 or the Fairfax Connector at 703.339.7200.
Students interested in on-campus housing should reach out directly to Housing and Residence Life. Because most on-campus housing becomes available in July and August, on-campus housing is limited in the summer.
Many post-graduate students choose to live off campus, and there are many apartments near campus that offer deals for UVA students. Additional housing resources include:
If looking at apartments that offer shuttle service to campus, be sure to check the hours of that shuttle service. Some shuttles do not run often and/or do run early in the morning.
Students may apply for federal financial aid and work study opportunities through the Office of Student Financial Services.
Information about tuition and fees can be found on the Curry website. Teacher Education students may be eligible for federal loans, grants, scholarships, work study and other categories of need-based financial aid. General information about financial aid can be found on the Student Financial Services website. We encourage you to submit your application for financial aid early so the Office of Financial Aid can provide you with an estimate of your eligibility for the upcoming academic year. There is no firm timeline for graduate students to submit the FAFSA like there is for undergraduates, which is why no deadline is published on the SFS website. For students planning to enroll in any summer classes, SFS recommends submitting the FAFSA by early April to allow time for the FAFSA to process, for you to complete the University Financial Aid Application, and for aid to be awarded before classes start.
A note on summer aid: SFS typically awards only summer aid before the start of the summer term. Fall and spring aid are awarded at a later date (typically mid-summer). Don't be alarmed if you see only summer aid initially.
B/MT Students: All B/MT students become graduate students in the summer prior to the 5th year. If you are taking summer classes before your final year, you will be charged the Curry graduate tuition rate. When applying for graduate aid for your 5th year, you do not need to complete a CSS Profile. That form is only for undergraduate aid. You should complete the 2019-20 FAFSA. Once SFS receives the FAFSA, you will see the University Financial Aid Application (UFAA) appear on your "to do" list in SIS. If you are enrolling in classes for summer 2019, be sure to indicate on the UFAA that you would like to be considered for summer federal aid. Keep in mind that graduate aid typically takes the form of loans, which is different than undergraduate aid. If you have questions about graduate aid, be sure to reach out to SFS.
Departmental aid is given out based on program applications, so a separate application is not required. Recipients of departmental aid will be notified via email.
Prek-12 educators may be eligible for the Virginia PreK-12 Educator Tuition Rate. A separate application must be completed here.
Additional Funding Opportunities
- Curry's Financial Aid webpage
- TEACH Grant
- African-American Teaching Fellows
- Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program
- Financial Resources for Teacher Ed Students
- Additional Resources for UVA Students
Student Employment opportunities can be found through UVA's job search portal: Handshake.
Curry-Based Work Opportunities
The Saturday and Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) seeks to offer gifted and/or high ability students a rich and rewarding learning experience. Modeling best practices in curriculum and instruction, the SEP staff works as a community to maximize potential in each student and foster a passion for lifelong learning. SEP hosts two programs throughout the year. The Saturday program serves students in kindergarten through fifth grade and the Summer residential program hosts students in rising fifth through eleventh grade. UVA students can apply to be teaching assistants, teachers, or counselors.
America Reads is a federally funded work-study program that places college and university students in the community to tutor elementary through high school students in literacy and math. Only full-time University of Virginia students who have been awarded federal work-study can be hired as America Reads tutors in the University of Virginia’s America Reads program. Hiring occurs in the first few weeks of the fall and spring semesters.
Charlottesville Students: You may receive general information about course registration from the Curry school. Disregard these emails. The Director of Teacher Education will send specific information about course registration for each cohort for the first semester. General information - including dates and procedures for registration - can be found on the university registrar's website.
- Secondary Education: The Teacher Education staff will register you for your summer classes in late April and early May. Reach out to Jillian McGraw (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions about your individual registration.
- Elementary and Special Education: You will register for classes the summer prior to entry. The Director of Teacher Education will send directions prior to the registration date.
Northern Virginia Students: You will receive emails from the Curry School and Courtney Sullivan throughout the year regarding registration. Please register early to ensure a spot in your required classes. This is particularly important for any course including an EDIS 4887 field component; we need to hire a supervisor to support your work in the field. Contact Courtney if you have any questions.
Students are responsible for scheduling their licensure exams. It is important to schedule these early because UVA is not a testing center. The closest testing center is an hour away and has limited availability. Students often find it easier to schedule these exams at home during a break between semesters.
Students in the one-year program are highly encouraged to take their licensure exams (VCLA and Praxis) before starting the program. The summer curriculum is very busy, and it can be difficult to fit the exam into your schedule, especially when you have to take it at a distance.
Students who already hold a professional teaching license (typically students in our off-grounds program who are already licensed in another endorsement area) may be exempt from certain licensure exams. Please contact Courtney Sullivan to discuss your individual requirements.
For more information about testing requirements and resources, visit the Teacher Education Testing Information page.
Curry Education Council
The Education Council represents the student body of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. The Education Council serves to satisfy the needs of Curry students by providing a voice to the Curry administration and faculty, as well as the general public. The mission of the Education Council is to improve the experience of Curry students through initiatives that enrich the intellectual, social, and cultural aspects of their lives. In so doing, we hope to develop a stronger community within Curry.
Student Virginia Education Association
The Student Virginia Education Association (SVEA) is the largest professional organization for pre-service educators in the state. We are the student branch of the Virginia Education Association, which is an affiliate of the larger National Education Association. The UVA chapter of the SVEA seeks to provide teacher-candidates with resourceful tools and meaningful opportunities to become involved on and off campus. Our chapter hopes to participate in numerous community service opportunities and also provide workshops that prepare future teachers to become effective teachers.
- All organizations at UVA: https://atuva.student.virginia.edu/organizations
- Madison House (student volunteer organization): http://www.madisonhouse.org/
- Service Learning at UVA (you can sign up for their newsletter): http://publicservice.virginia.edu/
- Multicultural Student Services: http://multicultural.virginia.edu/
- Office of African American Affairs (you can sign up for their newsletter): https://oaaa.virginia.edu/
During your final semester, the Director of Teacher Education will work with you to assemble your packet for Virginia licensure. If you're interested in teaching in another state, you can contact the director to get additional information about reciprocity. Your Virginia license will make you eligible to teach in other states, though some states have additional requirements that must be completed before or during your first year of teaching.
The university also has a range of career services you can access as a student or alum:
- UVA Career Center: explore a range of advising options, including individual meetings, workshops, and online materials
- Curry Career Services: receive education-specific career advising, including resume development and interview prep
- Alumni Career Services: connect with fellow alumni, learn about graduate and professional opportunities, and get career advice
All teacher education students are invited to attend the annual Educators' Expo held in February. Recruiters from public and private school divisions will be in attendance to meet prospective teachers and conduct pre-screening interviews. Current students who are not yet ready to interview (those not yet in the final year) are welcome to volunteer at the event if they prefer.