9: Curry School of Education

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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. Endorsements are also possible in selected majors where job opportunities are severely limited (e.g., sociology and cultural anthropology, economics, journalism, theatre arts, and psychology). These courses tend to be taught as electives in secondary schools. Still other majors, religion for example, are not taught in the public schools.

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 is 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. Minimum requirements include:

3 credits in English composition (ENWR 101) or equivalent
32 credits in upper-division English courses which include:
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 are available in French, German, Latin, and Spanish. Students must complete a major in the appropriate language, and include course work related to advanced grammar and composition, conversation, culture and civilization, literature, and applied linguistics; with a minimum of credits in the specific language, including:

French: 30 credits at the 300 level or above
German: 27 credits at the 300 level or above
Spanish: 30 credits at the 300 level or above

Students majoring in a foreign language are required to take a speaking and writing proficiency test in his or her target language. Final admission to the TEd Program may be contingent upon the results of these tests. Also an exit proficiency test in both skills may 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 modern language by completing 18 credits above the 300 level. Course experiences must include advanced grammar and composition, conversation, French culture and civilization, French 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.

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; (including at least 6 credits 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.

Biology - 32 credits in biology, with at least one course from each of the following areas: botany, cell biology/biochemistry, ecology, evolution, genetics, microbiology, physiology, zoology, plus 20 credits in a related field, including chemistry, earth/space science, mathematics (above introductory calculus) and physics.

Chemistry - 32 credits in chemistry, with at least one course from each of the following areas: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, chemistry electives, 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.

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.

General Science - 44 credits in biology, chemistry, physics, and earth/space science, including 8 credits in each of the following: biology, chemistry, earth/space science and physics, plus mathematics courses to the pre-calculus level.

Physics - 32 credits in physics including the following areas: atomic and nuclear physics, classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, heat and thermodynamics, optics, quantum mechanics, radiation and radioactivity, relativity, waves, plus 20 credits of supporting courses in: biology, chemistry, earth/space science, and mathematics through introduction to differential equations.

Social Studies Individuals wishing to be teachers in social studies may choose from eight options, with history and government being the most commonly taught subjects in schools.

Anthropology - 30 credits including introductory principles of anthropology, ethnology and ethnography, archaeology and linguistics. (A second endorsement in anthropology can be earned with 19 credits in addition to another social studies endorsement, including introductory principles of anthropology, ethnology and ethnography, archaeology and linguistics.)

Economics - 30 credits including entry level economics, basic and intermediate studies of microeconomic and macroeconomic principles; econometrics, and international trade. (A second endorsement in economics can be earned with 18 credits in addition to another social studies endorsement, including basic and intermediate studies in microeconomics and macroeconomic principles, economic thought and international trade.)

Geography - Requires a 30-credit major in environmental science or in anthropology; 9 additional credits in the opposite social science. If the major is anthropology, 6 credits in the environmental sciences, including land use and climates of the world, and 3 credits of physical geography (EDIS 564) are required. If the major is environmental science, six credits in anthropology, including culture areas of the world, and three credits of cultural geography (EDIS 565) are required. (A second endorsement in geography for teachers of other social studies areas requires 6 credits in environmental science, including land use and climates; 6 credits in anthropology, including culture areas of the world; physical geography (EDIS 564); and cultural geography (EDIS 565).

Government (Political Science) - 30 credits above entry level including: courses in American government, political theory, comparative government, international relations, and constitutional processes; and at least one course in basic economics. (A second endorsement in government can be earned if the major is in social studies, and 18 credits are completed including American government, political theory, comparative government, international relations, and constitutional processes.)

History - 28 credits above entry level, including three fields with at least one course in African, Asian or Latin-American history; 6 credits in American history; 6 credits in the history of the West before 1600; and one course in basic economics. (A second endorsement in history can be earned if the major is social studies, and 24 credits as described above are completed.)

Psychology - 30 credits at or above the 200 level, including statistics in psychology, experimental psychology, learning and cognition, psychobiology, and social psychology. (A second endorsement in psychology can be earned if the major is in social studies, and 16 credits above the 200 level as described above are completed.)

Sociology - 31 credits including entry level sociology, plus introductory principles of sociology, social statistics, social analysis, problems in society, and research in sociology. (A second endorsement in sociology can be earned if the major is in social studies, and 18 credits in introductory principles of sociology; social statistics; social analysis; and problems in society are completed.)

Social Studies (Broad Field Option) - This option is designed for teachers in grades 9-12 who wish to be prepared for interdisciplinary curricula in middle schools: 28 credit major in history or 27 credit major in government; 18 credit minor in history if a government major or 15 credit minor in government if a history major; 6 credits in economics (12 are recommended); 6 credits in physical and cultural geography.


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