Oct 06, 2022  
Undergraduate Record 2020-2021 
    
Undergraduate Record 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

School of Education and Human Development: Academic Rules, Regulations, and Information


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Admission Requirements


All students are subject to the academic policies specified in the University Registrar’s section of the Undergraduate Record titled “University Regulations.” In addition, students must follow the policies of the School of Education and Human Development.

Application to the School of Education and Human Development

There are multiple ways that students can engage in the School of Education and Human Development. Although any student in the university community is welcome to take courses in the School of Education and Human Development, students who wish to obtain a degree should apply to one of the following programs by the end of their second year.

Teacher Education

Students applying to the Elementary Education, Special Education, or Early Childhood education majors must submit the Curry Undergraduate application for admission by February 1 of their first or second year. The School of Education and Human Development is no longer accepting application to its dual-degree B/MT program. Students interested in teaching a preK-12 or secondary content are (e.g., mathematics, English) should consult the Teacher Education website for guidelines for these graduate-level programs.  

Speech Communication Disorders

Those who wish to apply to the speech communication disorders major must submit the Curry Undergraduate application for admission by February 1 of their second year. 

Kinesiology

Students interested in the kinesiology major must apply for admission through the University’s Office of Undergraduate Admission (http://www.admission.virginia.edu/). Depending on space in the kinesiology major, students may apply for internal transfer by submitting the School of Education and Human Development Undergraduate application by February 1 of their first or second years. 

Youth and Social Innovation

Those who wish to apply to the youth and social innovation major must submit the School of Education and Human Development Undergraduate application for admission by February 1 of their first or second years. 

Residence Requirement

A recipient of a B.S.Ed. degree from the School of Education and Human Development must have completed at least 60 hours at the University of Virginia while enrolled in the School of Education and Human Development. Exceptions for emergency situations require approvals from a student’s advisor, program coordinator, and the School of Education and Human Development academic dean. The last year of candidacy must be spent at this University, and all courses offered in the major for the degree must be completed at the University unless written permission is obtained from the associate dean for academic programs.


Academic Advising


Each student is assigned an academic advisor who is a faculty member in the major. The student is required to meet with their advisor at least once per semester to schedule classes and plan their course of study. Students are also encouraged to contact their advisors for other matters related to academics, career planning, professional service, or to discuss any other matters. 


Academic Standing


Good Standing

Students are considered to be in good standing at the end of a semester if, in that semester, they have completed at least 12 credits of coursework with at least a 1.8 semester average and have no more than one grade below C-.

By the end of the fourth semester, students in a School of Education and Human Development major must have earned at least 54 credits in order to enroll in a fifth semester; passing at least 84 credits is necessary to enroll in a seventh semester. Students who fall below these criteria must make up their work during summer session or, with prior approval, at another institution, as students are allowed only 8 semesters at the University of Virginia. A minimum of 120 credits and a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher are required for graduation.

Probation, Suspension, and Reenrollment

Probation

A student will be placed on academic probation after the Fall or Spring semester in which good standing is not attained. The term “academic probation” appears only on the advising transcript. A student on probation is expected to meet with his or her advisor and program coordinator no later than the add period of the next semester. If the student does not regain good standing at the end of the next semester, the student will be suspended. Credit hour overloads are not allowed for students on probation.

Suspension

Suspended students may apply for readmission to the School of Education and Human Development or enroll in courses through the University’s Summer Session after one calendar year from the effective date of the suspension. Students who are readmitted after being suspended must achieve academic good standing or face a second academic suspension. A second academic suspension is final.

Readmission

Students should consult “University Regulations: Academic  ” in the University Regulations—Academic section of this Record for policies that govern their readmission to the University. Application must be made to the School of Education and Human Development Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at least 60 days prior to the start of classes during the semester a student wishes to matriculate. In addition to the approvals required by University policy, applications for readmission must be approved by School of Education and Human Development academic dean.  Transfer credits taken at another institution while on suspension will not be accepted. See University policy on re-enrollment.

Reenrollment

Students should consult “University Regulations: Academic  ” in the University Regulations—Academic section of this Record for policies that govern their reenrollment at the University. Students who have been on an approved leave of absence may apply for re-enrollment when returning to the School of Education and Human Development, as long as their return is within the agreed-upon time frame arranged through the School of Education and Human Development Office of Admissions and Student Services. Any student who does not maintain enrollment and does not have an approved leave of absence will be required to reapply for admission and is not guaranteed acceptance.


Appeals from Students


Grade Appeals

Students who wish to appeal a grade must first attempt to resolve the issue with the instructor of the course. Reasons for appeal include errors in calculation or transcription, an incorrect grade has been submitted, or an incomplete grade. Absent a satisfactory outcome, the student consults with the chair of the department. Students may consult with the School of Education and Human Development associate dean for academic programs and student affairs to confirm which department chair should be contacted. If this path proves unsuccessful in the resolution of the matter, the student may appeal to the dean of the School of Education and Human Development. The dean’s decision is final. At each stage of their appeal, students should provide any supporting documentation they believe is important to their appeal. Appeals must be initiated within one month of the final date by which grades are posted for the term in question.

Other Academic Grievances

Due process is guaranteed to all students. See “University Regulations: Academic   in the University Regulations section or consult the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Affairs office, 102 Ruffner Hall.


Awards for Academic Excellence


Dean’s List

Full-time Undergraduate students at the School of Education and Human Development to become eligible for the dean’s list at the end of each semester by demonstrating superior academic achievement. To be eligible, School of Education and Human Development students must take a minimum of 15 credits of graded course work and earn a GPA of 3.7 or higher. Courses taken on a credit/no-credit basis may not be counted toward the minimum credits necessary to be on the dean’s list. Any student receiving an F, NC, or NG is ineligible to be on the dean’s list.

For additional information regarding the impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic for Dean’s List please visit the University Regulations: Academic page .


Curricular and General Education Requirements


Curricular Requirements

To earn the B.S. Ed., a student must present 120 credits which satisfy the School of Education and Human Development general education curriculum and major requirements. All requirements for the B.S.Ed. must be taken on a graded basis. If a course for which AP or dual-enrollment credits have been awarded is repeated at the University, the AP credits can be petitioned to the student’s advisor and the School of Education and Human Development Associate Dean for academic programs and student affairs as general elective credits, otherwise the AP credits will be disallowed. The repeated course is posted, with its credits counting toward graduation and its grade included in the computation of the grade point average.

General Education Requirements

Competency Requirements

B.S.Ed. students should demonstrate competencies in written communication through their general education and major course requirements. Specific writing requirements must be evidenced prior to satisfying all degree requirements.

Note to Echols Scholars: The School of Education and Human Development honors the College of Arts and Sciences policy of waiving competency/area requirements for Echols Scholars.  Please be aware, however, that students are still required to take a statistics course (at the 2xxx level or higher) and satisfy pre-requisites for the declared major. 

Note for students enrolled in the College’s New Curriculum: If you are a rising second year student who has been participating in the College’s New Curriculum Engagements or Forum experiences, you will not be permitted to enroll in these in your second year if you accept admission into the School of Education and Human Development. These FORU or EGMT credits during your first year will transfer forward as general electives and will not satisfy any of Curry’s area requirements.

1st Writing (skills of writing), 3 credits
All students should take a course in the College of Arts and Sciences in English Writing (ENWR). Of note, ENWR course credits cannot be double counted with any other requirements. No AP exam or dual enrollment credits satisfy this requirement. More information on the 1st writing requirement may be found on the College of Arts & Sciences website: http://professionalwriting.as.virginia.edu/requirements.

2nd Writing, 3 credits
All students should take a second course that has intensive writing components within a content course. It is permissible to double count the second writing course with general education requirements and major requirements if it meets certain criteria as determined by the Curry Undergraduate Committee. See link to: Second Writing Requirement Form.

Cultural Literacy, 3 credits
B.S.Ed. students should demonstrate cultural literacy through a course that provides a global perspective, enhances cultural awareness, and broadens perspectives. College courses designated as Non-Western Perspective also satisfy this requirement.  Courses that meet this 3-credit requirement may include (choose one):

Data Literacy/Statistics, 3 credits
B.S.Ed. Students will demonstrate competency in data literacy and statistics by earning an AP Statistics exam score of 5, or by taking a statistics course at the 2000-level or higher such as EDLF 2080 - Fundamentals of Health and Social Sciences Statistics . In addition to a Statistics course offered at Curry, this requirement can be satisfied through any discipline-focused Stat course (e.g., Psychology, Sociology).

Area Requirements

Mathematics and Natural sciences, 9 credits
Beyond the Data Literacy/Statistics requirement, B.S.Ed. students will complete courses in mathematics and natural sciences from two different departments. Courses may include Mathematics, Statistics (2000-level or higher), Biology, Physics, Environmental Sciences, and Chemistry. Does not include the required 3 Data Literacy/Statistics credits.

  • To meet state licensure regulations, students in a Teacher Education major (early childhood, elementary, and special education) must take 3 credits of mathematics and 6 credits of natural science. Natural science courses must be taken from two different departments.

Humanities, 6 credits
Courses may include Literature, Fine Arts, Philosophy, World Languages (beyond 2000-level) and Religious Perspectives. The courses may be taken within one or more than one department and may double count with major requirements, if applicable.

Social Sciences, 9 credits
Students must take courses in History, Anthropology, Economics, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, African American Studies, Linguistics and Studies in Women and Gender to satisfy these requirements. Courses may be taken within one or more than one department.

  • To meet state licensure regulations, students in a Teacher Education major (early childhood, elementary, and special education) must take 3 credits of United States history and 3 credits of child development. Consult the Teacher Education page for specific details about these requirements. The last 3 credits of social sciences can be from any discipline listed above.

Major Requirements

A minimum of 30 credits. Unless approved by the department, all students must take the required Major Core courses at UVA. Students must choose the Major Electives from a pre-determined list of courses. See individual programs for more information.

Double Major

Undergraduate students may be accepted into no more than two majors at the University. Courses taken for the major can double count with General Education requirements (Competencies and Area requirements). Students must receive permission from both departments in order to share courses between a major and a second major.

Second Major in the College of Arts and Sciences

School of Education and Human Development B.S.Ed. candidates may earn one major in the College of Arts and Sciences. The student must obtain prior admission from the chair or director of the undergraduate program of the College program or department in which the student seeks the major. Courses may not be double counted toward the fulfillment of major requirements unless formally approved by the College of Arts & Sciences for the specific College second major.

In pursuing the above, the student will not receive two degrees from the University. The student receives a Bachelor of Science in Education from the School of Education and Human Development. The College major designation appears as degree information on the official transcript. This information does not appear on the diploma.

Students are responsible for completing the major declaration form (available in the College) and for obtaining the signature of the chair or director of the undergraduate program. Students are responsible for checking their major requirements in SIS prior to graduation to be sure all requirements show as satisfied.

School of Education and Human Development undergraduates majoring in the College are required only to satisfy the general education requirements of the School of Education and Human Development.

Second Major within Curry School of Education and Human Development

School of Education and Human DevelopmentB.S.Ed. candidates may apply to add a second major within the School of Education and Human Development. Courses from the primary School of Education and Human Development major may not be double-counted toward the fulfillment of second School of Education and Human Development major.

In pursuing the above, the student will not receive two degrees from the University. The student receives a B.S.Ed. from the School of Education and Human Development. The second major designation appears as degree information on the official transcript. This information does not appear on the diploma. Students are responsible for checking their major requirements in SIS prior to graduation to be sure all requirements show as satisfied.

Second Major in the Batten School

Only Youth and Social Innovation majors may apply to double major with the Batten School.

Minor(s)

Undergraduate students may be accepted into no more that two minors at the University. Courses taken for the minor(s) can double count for Competencies and Area requirements. Students are not permitted to double count courses to satisfy major and minor requirements.

Students are responsible for completing the minor declaration form and for obtaining the signature of the chair or director of the undergraduate program. School of Education and Human Development students must submit the declaration form to the School of Education and Human Development Registrar or Academic Coordinator to have the minor added to their record. Students are responsible for checking their minor requirements in SIS prior to graduation to be sure all requirements show as satisfied.


Public Professional Licensure Disclosure


As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement, the University of Virginia (UVA) is authorized to provide curriculum in a distance learning environment to students located in all states in the United States except for California. (34 CFR 668.43(a)(6)& 34 CFR 668.72(n)).

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education at the UVA School of Education and Human Development, graduates may be eligible for initial professional licensure in another U.S. state by applying to the licensing board or agency in that state.

Please visit the University’s state authorization web pages to make an informed decision regarding which states’ educational requirements for initial licensure are met by this program. (668.43(a)(5) (v)(A) - (C))

Enrolled students who change their current (or mailing) address to a state other than Virginia should update this information immediately in the Student Information System as it may impact their ability to complete internship, practicum, or clinical hours, use Title IV funds, or meet licensure or certification requirements in the new state. (34 CFR 668.402).


Course Rules


Accelerated Study

Accelerated study is available to students entering with AP or dual-enrollment credits. Students who wish to finish their undergraduate studies in fewer than four years must work closely with their advisors to map a program of study. At least 60 credits of coursework must be taken on Grounds at the University of Virginia. Students who complete the undergraduate course requirements in three years or less are inducted into the Order of the Orange and are provided orange stoles to wear at final exercises.

Those interested in accelerated graduate study at School of Education and Human Development in Kinesiology must apply for admission to the desired graduate program at the start of their last semester of undergraduate enrollment. All requirements (GREs, letters of recommendation, on-line application) must be submitted at that point. If admitted to the graduate program, a new advisor will be assigned. Undergraduate courses, or courses previously applied toward an undergraduate degree, are not transferable for credit toward a graduate degree.

Changes in Schedule

Changes in students’ class schedules are made via SIS. Students may add and drop courses through the deadlines stated in the current Schedule of Classes.

Course Absence Regulations

Students are expected to attend classes throughout the session, with the exception of University academic holidays, unless permission to be absent temporarily or to withdraw has been first granted by the instructor. The Department of Student Health does not furnish routine excuses for illness either to the student or to the instructor. If a student anticipates extended absences for personal, health, or family emergencies, s/he should contact the advisor and/or the academic dean who will notify course faculty, as appropriate. Upon request from the academic dean, the Department of Student Health may evaluate the effect of any illness upon a student’s attendance and academic performance. Failure to attend classes or other prescribed activities in a course may result in enforced withdrawal from the course or other penalties as determined by the instructor.

Course Load

Students must be enrolled on a full-time basis (12 credits minimum) during all semesters, except the final one. Students should obtain permission from the program coordinator, advisor and academic dean in order to take fewer than 12, or more than 18 credits during a given semester.  Reduced course loads in semesters other than the final one will only be granted in cases of extenuating medical or personal circumstances. Students will pay full-time tuition if they register for more than six credits.

Discontinuing a Course

A student may drop and void registration in a course within the official add/drop window via SIS. Permission to take fewer than 12 credits must be petitioned to, and approved by the advisor, program coordinator, and the academic dean. Exceptions can be granted only for unusual or emergency circumstances. Students may withdraw from a course after the add/drop window until the university’s official withdrawal date and will be graded as a Withdrawal (W). This notation does not affect a student’s grade point average; nor does a course with a grade of W count toward credits earned. Students may not withdraw from a course after the withdrawal date.

Independent Study and Directed Research

Students may earn a maximum of 6 credits through directed independent study or directed research credits. Students must complete an independent study contract for each  independent study or directed research course and have appropriate approvals from the faculty supervisor, faculty advisor, and the program coordinator prior to enrolling. Independent study or directed research courses are taken ungraded (S/U) and cannot serve in lieu of required general education requirements or major requirements.

Repeated Courses

If a student chooses to repeat a course for any reason (e.g., meet graduate school requirements) both grades for the repeated course remain on the transcript and the first course grade (D- and above) will be calculated in the cumulative grade point average (GPA). However, course credit for this will be counted only once. Students who fail a required course must repeat it in order to obtain credit and the two grades (F and repeated grade) are averaged for the cumulative GPA.

Students may not use an S/U course to repeat a course in which a grade has already been earned.


Degree Information


Degree Requirements

The School of Education and Human Development affirms the distinction between degree requirements and licensure requirements in its programs. While many programs contain both kinds of requirements, and major portions of the two may be synonymous, one may meet one set of requirements and not the other (i.e., receive a degree without qualifying for recommendation for licensure). Information concerning licensure requirements is provided to students through the Office of Teacher Education. To be recommended by the School of Education and Human Development for professional licensure, a student must complete a state-approved teacher education program sequence approved by the faculty of the School of Education and Human Development, meet state testing requirements, and fulfill all state-mandated licensure requirements.


Final Examinations


Final Examinations

Final examinations are an essential part of most courses. They are given during a designated period of time at the end of each semester, as they are considered part of the regular academic calendar. Absence from exams is excused only for illness, attested to by a physician’s certificate, or for other causes that the instructor, advisor, and academic dean, by special action, may approve. An unexcused absence is counted as a failure and, at the discretion of the instructor, may result in failing the course.

Examinations may only be given at the University-assigned time unless authorized by the academic dean. Students are not authorized to take final exams before the regularly scheduled time. However, under serious conditions, and with their instructor and advisor’s permission, students may be allowed to postpone the examination to a time convenient to the instructor. Students who have three exams in one day or four in a two-day period may petition to have one examination moved using the School of Education and Human Development form for final exam postponement requests. Requests must be approved prior to the last day of classes.


Grades


Course Grades

All required courses must be taken for regular, graded credit (no S/U or CR/NC), including grades of A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-. C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F. Internships, practica, and student teaching are generally graded S/U. Courses taken at or above the 5000 level may require a grade of B- or better if they are core courses or if students wish to apply said coursework toward a graduate degree program.

Student work may be graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) basis in certain courses within the School of Education and Human Development. This is typically the case with practicums/field experiences. Students should consult their advisor and program coordinator before signing up for S/U courses to ensure such courses will count toward the 120-credit hours required for graduation.

Grading Basis Changes in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic Spring 2020. To review the grading basis change information please Click Here .

Credit/No Credit Grades

A maximum of 24 credits of CR/NC courses may be used toward a degree. No more than 6 credits can be taken in a single semester, with the exception of Teacher Education major, who will take 8 credits in the student teaching semester.

Grade Changes

No grade may be changed after it has been submitted to the University Registrar without the approval of the School of Education and Human Development academic dean. The School of Education and Human Development academic dean is not authorized by the faculty to change a grade submitted to the University Registrar except when an instructor certifies that, because of errors in calculation or transcription, an incorrect grade has been submitted. All grade changes must be entered into SIS.

Incomplete Grades

B.S.Ed. students may only request an incomplete grade if the instructor indicates that the student has successfully completed at least 75% of the work for the class.  Students must complete the petition for an incomplete grade request form and have it signed by their instructor and submitted to their academic dean for final approval. An IN may not be used to allow a student to attempt to raise a grade at the end of the term. The time line to complete course work may not exceed 30 days, unless a student enters into a written contract with an instructor, specifying remaining requirements and the expected date of completion. If the student does not meet the terms of the incomplete policy, the student’s incomplete grade will be changed to an F or U.


Intra-University Transfers


Transferring into School of Education and Human Development from other University of Virginia school

Students can apply to internally transfer into School of Education and Human Development from another UVA school. See the School of Education and Human Development Undergraduate application website for deadlines, program requirements, and the application process.

External Transfer Credit for New Students in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic Spring 2020. To review the criteria that will be used to evaluate external transfer credits earned during Spring 2020 please Click Here .


Leaving and Returning to the University


Entering Students Whose Medical Circumstances Preclude Enrollment

Entering students who for significant medical reasons need to discontinue their enrollment in the School of Education and Human Development before the semester begins must return to the University via the University of Virginia Admission Office, either as a deferred admission or as a transfer student.  Students deferred by the Admission Office may enroll in courses elsewhere with the permission of the Admission Office.  Transfer students must complete at least 24 semester credits of college work prior to matriculation. 

Entering students who for significant medical reasons need to discontinue their enrollment in School of Education and Human Development after the first day of the semester must withdraw from the University.  They may return in accordance with School of Education and Human Development policy on re-admission.  Students who withdraw from the semester may take courses elsewhere with the prior permission of the student’s advisor and the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Affairs, and in accordance with existing policies on transfer credit. 

Enforced Withdrawal

Students may be forced to withdraw from the University for habitual delinquency in class, habitual idleness, or any other fault that prevents the student from fulfilling the purpose implied by enrollment at the University.

Further Information on Withdrawal 

For further information about voluntary withdrawal, medical withdrawal, and enforced withdrawal please see the University Regulations section of this Record.  Students receiving financial aid should consult Student Financial Services for additional information.  Any questions about tuition and fees for withdrawn students should be directed to Student Financial Services. 

Leave of Absence

The University expects students to register each semester and proceed to the completion of their degree programs.  However, students may request to take a leave of absence, which is valid for up to two consecutive semesters.  Students who plan to be away from the University in a subsequent semester (or semesters) should contact the Curry Associate Dean for Academic Programs & Student Affairs no later than the day before the beginning of the semester in which the student plans to be on leave.

Students who have been on an approved leave of absence apply for re-admission when returning to the University (see below).  Students who enter a degree program at another institution, however, must reapply to the University as transfer students and are not guaranteed acceptance.

Medical Withdrawal

Due to significant medical reasons, a student may need to withdraw from the semester.  A student may withdraw for medical reasons at any point in the semester, with the same conditions and restrictions applying as with a voluntary withdrawal (see below).  In addition, students who return to School of Education and Human Development after a medical withdrawal must be cleared by Student Health (see Readmission below).  In very unusual medical circumstances, documented by a health professional, a Curry student who did not withdraw during the semester has one semester in which to petition for a retroactive medical withdrawal.  If approved, all grades convert to W’s and the student is obliged to be absent for a full semester before resuming full-time study.

Readmission 

Students should consult “Leaving and Returning ” in the University Regulations-Academic section of this Record for policies that govern their readmission to the University. Application must be made to School of Education and Human Development Office of Admissions and Student Services at least 60 days prior to the start of classes during the semester a student wishes to matriculate. In addition to the approvals required by University policy, applications for readmission must be approved by School of Education and Human Development academic dean.  

Reenrollment

Students should consult “Leaving and Returning ” in the University Regulations-Academic section of this Record for policies that govern their reenrollment at the University. Students who have been on an approved leave of absence may apply for re-enrollment when returning to the  School of Education and Human Development, as long as their return is within the agreed-upon time frame arranged through School of Education and Human Development Office of Admissions and Student Services. Any student who does not maintain enrollment and does not have an approved leave of absence will be required to reapply for admission.

Voluntary Withdrawal

Students may withdraw from the University before the conclusion of a semester, specifically up to the last day of the final examination period, if they meet the conditions stated in the University Regulations section of this Record.  A grade of W will be entered for each course in which the student was registered.  However, students in the School of Education and Human Development who withdraw within 10 class days immediately preceding the final examination period are not permitted to re-enter the University for the succeeding semester nor to present transfer credit earned during the same time.  Students who have received a withdrawal notation on their transcript for two consecutive academic terms (not including Summer Session or J-Term), regardless of the lapse of time between the two terms, may not apply for readmission to the University for one year.  Students initiate the withdrawal process with the School of Education and Human Development academic dean.


Majors and Minors


Majors

The following majors and minors are offered within the School of Education and Human Development. Please see the School of Education and Human Development website for specific information.

Kinesiology

Kinesiology refers to the study of movement and is a multifaceted field of study in which movement or physical activity is the intellectual focus. Physical activity includes exercising for improvement of health and fitness; learning movement skills; and engaging in activities of daily living, work, sport, dance, and play. It involves the general population as well as special groups such as children and older adults; people with disabilities, injuries, or disease; and athletes.

Speech Communication Disorders

The undergraduate major in Speech Communication Disorders at the University of Virginia (a) introduces students to the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology and (b) provides pre-professional learning experiences to prepare students for graduate studies in either profession by emphasizing math, biological and behavioral sciences, basic human communication sciences, and critical thinking.

Teacher Education - Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education

The undergraduate majors in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education prepare students for teacher licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Students who successfully complete all requirements for these state-approved licensure programs are eligible for endorsement in one of the following area: early/primary preK-3; elementary preK-6; or special education - general curriculum K-12. During the teacher education program, students learn effective strategies for teaching diverse learners while practicing those strategies in P-12 classrooms.

Youth & Social Innovation

The undergraduate major in Youth & Social Innovation engages students in coursework that integrates theory and research on youth development, programming, and policy with hands-on application through community engagement. Students learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of existing social innovations for youth and collaborate with a team to design new ones.

Minors

Global Studies in Education

The Global Studies in Education Minor is aimed at providing students with analytical approaches to comparative and international influences on educational processes and outcomes.  The minor consists of 18 credits which include two required courses and a capstone course as determined by the School of Education and Human Development advisor.

Health and Wellbeing Pan University

The courses in this program are designed to assist students in obtaining the scientific knowledge related to health and wellbeing to promote intelligent decision-making. It also amplifies the curriculum for students who wish to work in the health or mental health professions, or hope to be engaged in public policy related to health and well-being. Nineteen credits are required.


Study Abroad


School of Education and Human Development supports numerous Study Abroad programs during which students to grow academically and professionally while gaining a global perspective. Before pursuing any international learning experience for academic credit, students are required to discuss plans with the academic advisor, and if approved, meet with the International Studies Office (208 Minor Hall).

Earning Undergraduate Credit for Study Abroad

In order to be eligible students must have completed at least one full-time semester at the University of Virginia, possess a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher, and be in good academic and disciplinary standing prior to applying to study abroad. Students are also expected to meet with the academic advisor to plan a program of study, complete the online Education Abroad Workshop,  and meet with an Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office. 

Coursework must be approved prior to enrolling in an institution outside of the U.S.  Note that credit granted for courses taken abroad cannot exceed credits awarded for comparable University courses.* If enrolling abroad during a fall or spring semester, students are expected to complete at least 12 credits of coursework.

To ensure students receive credit toward the degree, students must:

  • Review information and policies found on the School of Education and Human Development Study Abroad page;
  • Submit a completed School of Education and Human Development Study Abroad Transfer Credit Course Approval Form to 102 Ruffner Hall; and
  • Send official transcripts immediately after completing transfer coursework to Transfer Credits, P.O. Box 400261, Charlottesville, VA  22904.

Requests for transfer credit from international students returning to their home countries to study in the summer will be treated like those from U.S. students who will be studying at U.S. institutions for transfer credit. 

* UVA applies the general guidelines for awarding credit recommended by the National Council on the Evaluation of Foreign Student Credentials and the national Association for Foreign Student Affairs.  Students receive credit for courses taken at recognized foreign tertiary-level educational institutions.  Those that are chartered and authorized by their respective national governments (generally through ministries of education) are considered “recognized.”


Transfer Credit


External Transfer Credit for New Students in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic Spring 2020. To review the criteria that will be used to evaluate external transfer credits earned during Spring 2020 please Click Here .

Credits Earned Prior to Admission

A maximum of 60 credits may be earned prior to matriculation.  These may include transfer credits approved by the University, AP credits, International College-level exams, and dual enrollment coursework taken in high school.  (The University does not award credits or exemptions from requirements via the College Level Examination Program.)  After admission, if the course(s) taken are not listed in the transfer credit database, students must complete the Undergraduate Transfer Credit Form and submit to the Curry Admissions Office, 102 Ruffner Hall.

Credits Earned After Admission to the School of Education and Human Development

A School of Education and Human Development undergraduate student may take coursework at another accredited degree-granting institution of higher education in the U.S. or abroad and transfer those credits to UVA.  Students must seek permission before beginning the coursework elsewhere by submitting the Undergraduate Transfer Credit form. If the course is listed in transfer credit database, enter the course and its equivalent on the form.  If not listed, consult the School of Education and Human Development advisor for guidance.  Transfer credits are evaluated and must be approved by the Curry advisor and Academic Coordinator.  (Use separate forms for each institution)  Upon successful completion of the course(s) earning a grade of C or better students can request credits to transfer. Students should provide an official transcript to the School of Education and Human Development Office of Admissions (within 2 months).  Failure to provide official transcript(s) and doing so within this time frame will prevent the course from being added to the official transcript.

Courses passed with an S, P, or credit grading option will transfer only upon verification that they represent work equivalent to a C or better.  Such courses will be counted toward total Credit/Non-Credit courses allowed in the degree program. Quarter hours will be reduced proportionally to their semester hour equivalent.  If students previously earned credit at UVA for an equivalent course, duplicate credit will not be awarded.

No more than 60 non-UVA credits (including transfer and Advanced Standing credit) can count toward the degree at UVA.