Teacher Education Degree Programs
Students wishing to pursue an academic program leading to teacher licensure are required to complete a five-year curriculum leading to
the simultaneous awarding of both a bachelor's and master's degree. This program, sponsored cooperatively by the College of Arts and
Sciences and the Curry School of Education, provides an extensive liberal arts foundation, content area preparation, and professional
study in education.
The bachelor's degree provides a comprehensive background in the chosen liberal arts discipline, culminating in a B.A. or B.S. degree
from the College. (Academic training comparable to the liberal arts degree is provided for physical/health education teachers through the
Curry School, culminating in a B.S.Ed. degree.) These bachelor's degree experiences are integrated with professional training in subject
matter specialities, pedagogical aspects of education, and clinical/school-based experiences.
The five-year Teacher Education Program offered by the Curry School is recognized nationally for its strong foundation in the liberal
arts and its advanced professional training aspects. The program requires that:
- students complete all requirements for the bachelor's degree (B.A., B.S., or B.S.Ed.) while also completing requirements for
licensure and the Master of Teaching degree;
- students complete a full major in the College and at least 102 credits of College- approved courses for the B.A. or B.S. degree; or
120 credits for the B.S.Ed. degree;
- students are involved in the practical aspects of teaching during each year of the program, beginning with their second year at the
- students are permitted to experience professional study early and continuously throughout a five-year period.
Enrollment Procedures for the Five-Year Teacher Education Program Students who are in the College of Arts and Sciences should
apply for permission to enroll in the Teacher Education Program during the second semester of their first year of study, (application
deadline is March 1). Students, including transfers from other institutions, may also apply to the program during their second year of
study (prior to March 1) but must attend summer school in Charlottesville in order to complete the professional course work before the
start of their third year. Students in science, math, or world languages may apply by March 1 of their third year.
Permission to enroll requires that the applicant be in good standing, in the College of Arts and Sciences, provide adequate SAT
scores, and complete a permission to enroll application with statements describing his or her (1) commitment to continued learning and
intellectual growth; (2) interest in teaching children and youth; and (3) previous experience working with children and youth. After
enrollment, students are expected to demonstrate competence in quantitative skills, verbal skills (oral and written), and computer
literacy. Students must remediate any identified deficiencies prior to graduation. All teacher education students must have a primary
major in the College of Arts and Sciences (or in the Curry School for health/physical education majors).
Advancement to Graduate Study By December 1 of the fourth year, students apply to the Master of Teaching degree program in the
Curry School of Education. By the December 1 application date, students must take the Graduate Record Examination and submit a letter of
recommendation and academic transcripts attesting to outstanding academic performance. Criteria for advancement to graduate study
include: (1) demonstrated competence in basic skills (verbal, quantitative, and computer skills); (2) an outstanding grade point
average (2.75 overall/3.0 in academic major); (3) one letter of recommendation addressing current or potential teaching skills; (4)
satisfactory performance in all field experiences; (5) demonstrated proficiency in public speaking; and (6) satisfactory performance
on the GRE and Praxis I.
Satisfactory Academic Performance in Teacher Education Courses required for the B.A./B.S. degree taken at the 400 level or
below may be successfully completed with a passing grade of D- or better. Courses in the major must reflect a cumulative grade point
average of 3.0 or better.
Courses taken at the 500 level or above in the major and in professional studies require a minimum grade of B- or better. 500-level
courses taken before the fourth year in which a student has performed below the level of B- may be petitioned, with advisor and dean's
office approval, to have the grade standard waived.
Professional studies courses at the 500 level in which a student has received a failing grade (less than a B-) must be retaken, or a
substitute professional course must be taken to replace the deficiency. Course substitution or retaking a course must be approved by the
advisor and the Office of Teacher Education. Program deficiencies may require that the student be suspended from the program.
Graduation Requirement in Teacher Education All students in a teacher education program must take the Praxis I and Praxis II
examinations as a part of their graduation requirements. Applications for graduation are due by February 1.
Accelerated BAMT Program Option Students in the teacher education areas may graduate with both the BA and MT degrees in 4.5
years. The student must meet all requirements for both degrees and attend a 3 week summer session.
Licensure Requirements Students are required to submit paperwork and the appropriate Virginia state fee to the Admissions Office
(Ruffner 104) no later than February 1 of the fifth year. All course work must be completed and Praxis I and Praxis II exams must be
passed in order to be recommended for licensure.
Accelerated BAMT Program Option Students in the teacher education areas may graduate with both the BA and MT degrees in 4.5
years. The student must meet all requirements for both degrees and attend a 3 week summer session.
Licensure Requirements Students are required to submit paperwork and the appropriate Virginia state fee to the Admissions
Office (Ruffner 104) no later than February 1 of the fifth year. All course work must be completed and Praxis I and Praxis II exams must
be passed in order to be recommended for licensure.
Financial Aid for Fifth-Year Students During their fifth year, teacher education students are classified as graduate students
by the Office of Financial Aid. Thus they qualify for the normal graduate scholarship and loan programs, not undergraduate grants.
All students in the B.A./B.S.-M.T. program must complete the general education requirements specified by the College of Arts
and Sciences and the Curry School of Education or, in the case of B.S.Ed. candidates, those requirements specified exclusively
by the Curry School of Education. Candidates for the B.A./B.S. degree must have completed a total of 102 credits from the College
of Arts and Sciences.
In order to meet licensure requirements, specific courses within the general education core vary by teacher education program area.
Detailed information can be obtained from the Teacher Education Office (221 Ruffner Hall).
Echols Scholars For Echols scholars in the B.A./B.S.-M.T. program, the general studies component should be a well-planned
sequence of courses and experiences that must include theoretical and practical knowledge gained from studies in mathematics, natural
science, social science, U.S./American history, English communication, literature, and other humanities.
Professional Education Courses
Students in teacher education pursue advanced course work in a specific discipline as well as professional education
experiences. Prospective teachers begin professional studies during the second year through an exploration of teaching as a
profession in a course called Teaching as a Profession (EDIS 201) and in field-based experiences in schools (EDIS 288). Students
declare a specific content major and continue to take courses in the teacher education program. Students are assigned two
advisors, one representing the major in the College and one representing professional education (health/physical education majors
have only one advisor). Students must meet with each advisor each semester.
Professional courses continue throughout the third, fourth, and fifth year, and include the following courses:
||Learning and Development
||Introduction to Educational Technology
||The Exceptional Learner
||Curriculum and Instruction (Elem. and Special Ed.)
|Instruction and Assessment (Elem. only) OR
Secondary Instruction and Assessment (secondary ed. only)
||Field Experience (associated with EDIS 501-502, 503)
||Teaching Associateship (student teaching)
||Classroom Management and Conflict Resolution (Secondary only)
||Contemporary Educ. Issues
*Note: Elementary and special education students who are psychology majors may substitute EDIS 705: Behavior Management
for EDLF 501.
The requirements for each teaching specialization are largely determined by the kind of teaching position for which the
student is preparing. The teacher education requirements are in addition to the courses required in general education and are in
compliance with state licensure guidelines.
All those completing M.T. programs for initial licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia must qualify by passing the Praxis I and
Speciality Area Examinations (Praxis II). Students should contact their advisor in the Curry School of Education or the Office of
Admissions for further information. Praxis I exams must be taken in the third year and Praxis II in the fifth year. Taking and passing
the Praxis exams and appropriate specialty tests are graduation requirements. Course sequences for all teacher education programs may be
obtained from the Office of Teacher Education (221 Ruffner Hall), or from the Teacher Education website
Elementary Education Programs The elementary education program leads to licensure and endorsement for teaching in pre k-6
classrooms. Prospective elementary teachers may complete a major from any discipline in the arts and sciencesIn addition to the general
education courses, endorsement requirements include specialized studies.
Secondary Education Programs The University of Virginia offers a wide choice of academic majors, with many majors leading
directly to an endorsement to teach in the secondary school. The following descriptions are for endorsement programs approved by the
Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education.
Note: The credits required for a major at the University of Virginia generally exceed the credits required for an endorsement
in a particular field. Introductory courses that may not be counted for a major in the College may be counted for endorsement purposes.
Students majoring in fields for endorsement at the secondary level must complete the regular professional education sequence plus at
least three specific courses related to the academic discipline and EDIS 587 (Seminar in Subject Area Teaching).
When completing a second endorsement, the specific pedagogy courses for each of the requested endorsement areas are required.
English The curriculum for prospective teachers of English fulfills the guidelines of the National Council of Teachers of
English plus all requirements of the Commonwealth of Virginia for teaching grades 6-12. Minimum requirements include:
3 credits in English composition (ENWR 110) or equivalent
32 credits in upper-division English courses, including:
- 6 credits in history of English literature
- 6 credits in literature before 1800
- 1 course in Shakespeare
- 1 course in American literature (pre-1900)
- 1 course in American literature (post 1900)
- 1 course in the novel
- 1 course in poetry
- 1 course in creative or non-fiction writing
- 1 course in teaching composition
- 1 course in language, literacy, and culture
- 1 course in literature for adolescents
- 2 courses in American/English literature at the graduate level
Course work should include the history of the English language. Courses dealing with women and minority American writers and providing a working knowledge of theatrical and cinematic aesthetics are recommended.
Foreign Language Education Endorsement programs for prek-12 are available in French, German, Latin, and Spanish. Students must
complete a 30-hour major at the 300-level and above, plus two graduate-level courses in the appropriate foreign language and literature
department. Course work must be related to advanced grammar and composition, advanced conversation, culture and civilization, literature,
and applied linguistics, with a minimum of the following credits in the specific language.
French: 36 credits at the 300-level and above
German: 30 credits at the 300-level and above
Spanish: 36 credits at the 300-level and above
Students majoring in a foreign language are required to take a speaking and writing proficiency test in their target language. Final
admission to the Teacher Education Program will be contingent upon the results of these tests. An exit proficiency test in both skills
will be required for licensure as a teacher of foreign languages.
Latin Students seeking endorsement as a Latin teacher must complete 18 credits (above LATI 103) and 12 credits in related
subjects. Course experiences should include reading and comprehension of Latin; Latin phonology, morphology, and syntax; the culture and
civilization of the Roman people; and literary masterpieces. Teachers who have completed requirements for endorsement in other modern
languages may be additionally endorsed by completing 12 credits above LATI 103 and CLAS 202.
Students who have completed a major (including all endorsement requirements) in one modern foreign language or Latin may be
additionally endorsed in a second language by completing 18 credits above the 300 level. Course experiences must include advanced
grammar and composition, conversation, culture and civilization, literature, and applied linguistics.
An endorsement in English as a Second Language is available to students with majors in a modern foreign language or English.
Requirements include 9 credits in linguistics, including general linguistics; English phonology, morphology and syntax; applied
linguistics; and a course in teaching a second language.
English as a Second Language An endorsement in English as a Second Language is available to students with majors in a modern
foreign language or any education licensure/endorsement field. Requirements includecredits in linguistics, including general linguistics;
English phonology, morphology and syntax; applied linguistics; and courses in teaching and assessment of English as a second language.
Mathematics requires a major in mathematics or its equivalent, including at least 9 courses in mathematics above the calculus
sequence. The math major must include calculus; 6 credits of mathematical analysis with differential equations; 6 credits of linear and
modern algebra; 6 credits of probability and statistics; and 3 credits of geometry. At least 6 of these credits must be taken at the 500
level or above. In addition, at least 3 credits of computer science and 3 credits of educational computing must be presented. Required
professional courses include EDIS 545 (Teaching Secondary Mathematics) and EDIS 587 (Seminar in Mathematics).
Algebra Add-on Endorsement A student who has completed requirements for an endorsement in another area may be additionally
endorsed to teach general mathematics and algebra by completing a concentration of 20 credits of computer science and math, including
two courses in differential and integral calculus; one course in linear or modern algebra; two courses selected from mathematical
analysis; discrete mathematics; geometry; probability; statistics; and at least one course in computer science.
Science Teacher education students interested in science participate in programs designed to meet or exceed the standards of
National Science Teachers Association. Science education majors must complete 52 credits in science, mathematics (at least to
introductory calculus), statistics, and computer applications in order to demonstrate depth and breadth of scientific background.
Additionally science teacher education students are required to take at least 1 course in the history of science.
Biology: 32 credits in biology, with at least one course from each of the following areas: botany, cell biology/biochemistry,
ecology, genetics, physiology, zoology; plus 20 credits in a related field, including chemistry, earth/space science, mathematics
(above introductory calculus) and physics. *At least 6 of the science credits must be taken at the 500 level or above.
Chemistry: 32 credits in chemistry, with at least one course from each of the following areas: analytical chemistry,
biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry; plus 20 credits in a related field, including biology,
earth/space science, mathematics (at or above calculus), and physics. *At least 6 of the science credits must be taken at the 500 level
Earth and Space Science: 32 credits in earth and space science, with at least one course from each of the following areas:
astronomy, geology, meteorology, oceanography; plus 20 credits of supporting courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics.
*At least 6 of the science credits must be taken at the 500 level or above.
Physics: 32 credits in physics including the following areas: classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics, waves;
plus 20 credits of supporting courses in biology, chemistry, earth/space science, and mathematics through introduction to differential
equations. *At least 6 of the science credits must be taken at the 500 level or above.
Social Studies The Social Studies program is designed for teachers in grades 6-12 who wish to be prepared to teach United
States History, World History, Government, Economics, Political Science, or Geography. Students are required to successfully complete
the following courses from the College.
||American History to 1865
||American History since 1865
||Western Civilization I
||Western Civilization II
||Introduction to American Politics
|Introduction to Environmental Sciences, OR
Physical Geography, OR
*Note: at least two of these courses must be 500 level or above.
Early Childhood and Developmental Risk combining licensure requirements for early childhood special education (birth-age 5)
and primary education (prek-grade 3) this program focuses on the needs of children at-risk for failure. The program specifies courses
from both special education (severe disabilities) and elementary education. Students enrolled in this program must complete a psychology
major in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Special Education Programs meet the guidelines of the Council for Exceptional Children and prepare teachers to work in at
least two handicapping areas: behaviorally disordered, learning disabilities, and/or mental retardation. Professional preparation for
special education must include credits in the characteristics of two specific disabilities (behavioral disabilities, mental retardation,
or learning disabilities); credits in reading and reading diagnostics; principles of curriculum and instruction for exceptional
individuals, methodology for exceptional individuals, classroom management and psychoeducational assessment of exceptional individuals,
math and technology, and field experiences in teaching exceptional individuals. Endorsements in these programs are K-12.
Kinesiology (Health and Physical Education Program) The five-year program leading to endorsement in health and physical
education (with a possible add-on in athletic training) requires that all students transfer into the Curry School of Education for a
combined B.S.Ed.-M.T. degree. This health and physical education program follows the same format as the B.A.-M.T. option, but it is
located entirely in the Curry School due to the specific disciplinary course offerings related to human movement sciences (e.g., anatomy,
kinesiology, motor learning, and sport psychology).
Health and physical education majors must take BIOL 201-202 and a lab as part of the natural science requirements. Students must take
a variety of performance courses and are therefore not required to complete the foreign language courses within the humanities area
(although 12 credits of humanities are required, and those may include foreign languages).
The content major for health and physical education focuses on human movement sciences such as anatomy, health topics, kinesiology,
exercise physiology, motor learning, etc. This program qualifies individuals to meet endorsement requirements to teach physical education
and health K-12. The program is designed to meet all AAHPERD (NASPE) certification requirements.
Individuals complete 45 credits in the College of Arts and Sciences plus 25 credits in human physical development and movement
sciences including motor development, anatomy, kinesiology, exercise physiology, and motor learning; 10 credits in physical performance
areas (sports, dance, rhythms); 10 credits in adapted physical education, including developmental disorders and orthopedic/sensory
impairments; and 18 credits in health education.
Professional preparation in health and physical education includes the following courses:
||Teaching Secondary Physical Education
||Teaching Elementary Physical Education
||Elementary Physical Education Pedagogy
||Secondary Physical Education Pedagogy
||Assessment in Physical Ed.
||Teaching School Health Education
||Physical Education Seminar
All students are required to attend at least one state or national convention within the profession of physical education and to
fulfill an experience in outdoor education.
Practicum experiences in health and physical education include the regular sequence of field experiences in the five-year teacher
education program (EDIS 288, 488); instructional technology (EDLF 345); special teaching experiences in physical education (EDHS 357,
358, 377); and the K-12 teaching associateship (Student Teaching: EDHS 771, 772).
An area of concentration is available in athletic training upon completion of 13 credits in selected courses. In addition, 1,500
clock hours of practicum work in athletic training are needed to take the NATA certification examination.
The Sports Medicine Program is a four-year, pre-professional curriculum leading to a B.S.Ed. in Physical Education. Most
students electing this option will pursue a graduate degree following the receipt of the B.S.Ed. degree.
Eligibility for admission to the program is based on the admission requirements of the University of Virginia, the Curry School of
Education, and the Health and Physical Education Program Area. Generally, applicants require at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point
average and 1000 combined score on the SAT. Since the program is geared toward graduate study, a strong background in the general
sciences is recommended. Students should be career oriented in sports medicine or allied health areas. Enrollment is limited to 15
students per year.
General education requirements are 12 credits in humanities, including English composition and English literature; 12 credits in
social sciences, including one course each in introductory psychology and introductory sociology; and 12 credits in math and science.
For specific course requirements by program area, go to this website (http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/tedhandbooks/).
Sports Medicine is a specialization that leads to career opportunities in allied health professions. Students must complete 120
credits of course work emphasizing the human movement sciences and basic natural sciences (chemistry, physics, physiology) and sports
medicine. Additional requirements include attendance at a professional conference and, to qualify for the NATA certification exam, 1500
Practicum Hours of Athletic Training.
The Communication Disorders Program The B.S. Ed. degree, awarded upon completion of the four-year, 120-credit program, is not
adequate preparation for provision of clinical services to children and adults with communicative disorders, nor for professional
certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The undergraduate curriculum prepares students who wish to
choose from one of three career paths in communication disorders: audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech and hearing science.
Completion of an accredited graduate program in speech-language pathology or audiology is required for ASHA certification and state
licensure. Academic programs should not be perceived as a rigid set of requirements but, rather, as a guide for academic planning. The
advisor's permission is required for any official academic registrations, including add/drops.
General education requirements for applicants are 12 credits in humanities, including English composition and English literature
(required) with the balance from any of the following fields: foreign language, public speaking, fine arts, music, or philosophy; 12
credits in social sciences, including one class in American history (HIUS required), two classes in psychology and/or sociology, with
the balance from psychology, sociology, history, anthropology, economics, political science, or geography; 15 credits in natural
sciences and mathematics, including a course in college level mathematics (MATH 111 or above), statistics, PHYS 105 or 106, and 2 other
science courses; EDHS 450, one credit in physical activity (PHYE), and six credits in professional education (EDLF 315 or PSYC 250 and
EDLF 316). The program includes a minimum of 35 credits of approved course work in the nature, prevention, evaluation, and treatment of
speech, language, hearing, and related disorders (EDIS 521, EDIS 302, EDIS 504, EDIS 512, EDIS 510 or 511, EDHS 545, and a
psycholinguistics course). This pre-professional course work addresses issues pertaining to normal and abnormal human development and
behavior across the life span as well as issues related to culturally diverse populations.