8: Curry School of Graduate Education

General Information | Categories of Graduate Degree Status and Program/Degree Requirements
Program Descriptions | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Degree Programs | Areas of Graduate Study | Facilities and Services | Physical Education Facilities
Communication Disorders Facilities | Student Organizations
Academic Honors, Scholarships, and Honor Societies | General Academic Requirements
Other Requirements | Special Tuition and Fee Information | Summer Session

General Information

The Curry School of Education, founded with two professorships in 1905 as one of the academic schools of the University, was endowed by gifts of $100,000 from John D. Rockefeller and $50,000 from the State General Education Fund. The School was named for Dr. J.L.M. Curry, a native Georgian whose widely varied accomplishments made him a man of great renown throughout the antebellum and reconstruction South. In addition to being an ordained minister, a Harvard law graduate, a member of Congress, and a U.S. Ambassador, Dr. Curry was a historian, an author, a college professor, a promoter of education, and a strong advocate of universal education.

In 1919, the School was placed upon a professional basis similar to that of the Schools of Law, Medicine, and Engineering. In 1950, a graduate division was established, offering the degrees of Master of Education and Doctor of Education. An Education Specialist degree was approved and initiated in 1974. Additionally, the School continues to function as a department of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, offering the Master of Arts in Teaching and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

In 1968, the Curry School of Education entered a period of rapid and significant growth. By the mid 1970s, the faculty had increased to approximately 120 members, and there are now more than 20 specialized programs. The School has assumed a strong leadership role in the state through training excellent personnel, providing valuable professional experiences, and applying research findings in service to various school divisions, colleges and other educational agencies.

The Curry School of Education has two major missions. The first is to prepare personnel to work in America's educational system, pre-kindergarten through collegiate levels, and to conduct research and scholarship that address problems and issues of importance to our education system. Through partnerships with other organizations and educational institutions, the Curry School is committed to developing exemplary and innovative approaches to address those issues and problems.

The second major mission is to enhance human potential performance by preparing professionals and conducting research in such areas as psychological/emotional development, physical development and fitness, and speech/language/auditory development. These areas contribute to the betterment of the human condition, and are directly related to increased learning and successful experiences in our educational system.

The School offers graduate students extensive opportunities for experience in research and experimental activities. The University's reciprocal relationships with school divisions and other educational agencies allow for practicum experience and provide opportunities to study the implementation of change in varied institutional settings. In addition, the School's involvement in undergraduate teacher education programs allows the graduate student to be involved in and conduct research and experimental activities. One such project is Teacher-LINK, which was specifically designed to provide computer-assisted communications between students and faculty in practicum placements, and between those in practica and on-grounds faculty and students. Computer capabilities include the use of the University LAN, an IBM mainframe computer, and personal computers for students and teachers. By providing such experience, the School of Education will continue to train able educational leaders for Virginia and the nation.

Extensive information about the Curry School of Education and its programs is available through the Curry School on-line site. Access to information about admissions and academic policies may also be obtained by sending an electronic mail message to curry@virginia.edu.


Curry School of Graduate Education
405 Emmet Street
104 Ruffner Hall
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22903-2495
(804) 924-3334

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