9: Curry School of Education

General Information | Teacher Education Degree Programs | Course Descriptions | Faculty

General Education | Professional Education Courses | Teaching Fields | Elementary Education Programs
Secondary Education Programs | Special Education Programs | Health and Physical Education Program
Sports Studies: Sports Medicine Program | Communication Disorders Program | Sample Programs
Elementary | Secondary | Physical Education with Health or Athletic Training Option
B.A.-M.T. in Special Education | B.S.Ed. in Communication Disorders | B.S.Ed. in Sports Medicine | General Electives

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. degree from the College. (Academic training comparable to the liberal arts degree is provided for physical 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. Major characteristics of this program include:

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 second-year professional course work before the start of their third year.

Permission to enroll requires that the applicant be in good standing, provide adequate SAT scores, and complete an 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 of quantitative skills, verbal skills (oral and written) and computer literacy. Students must remediate any identified deficiencies prior to graduation.

Admission to Teacher Education   All teacher education students must have a primary major in the College of Arts and Sciences (or in the Curry School for physical education majors). Official admission to teacher education follows completion of second-year requirements. To be admitted, applicants must have (1) satisfactorally completed EDIS 201 and EDIS 288; (2) declared a major in the College (or in physical education); (3) demonstrated progress to remediate any skill deficiencies previously identified; and (4) exhibited an outstanding academic record.

Advancement to Graduate Study   During the fall of the fourth year, students apply to the Master of Teaching degree program in the Curry School of Education. At this time students must take the Graduate Record Examination, and submit two letters 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.

Satisfactory Academic Performance in Teacher Education   Courses required for the B.A. 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 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.

Financial Aid for Fifth-Year Students   Students in the five-year teacher education program are both undergraduate (B.A.-B.S.Ed.) and graduate students (M.T.) during their fifth year at the University. Due to federal regulations regarding financial aid, students are eligible for undergraduate grants for only four years. During the fifth year of study, students qualify for the normal graduate scholarship and loan programs, but not for undergraduate grants. (Note: tuition is charged at the undergraduate rate for all five years.)


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