The Curry School of Education offers professional programs designed to prepare individuals for a variety of careers related to the practice of education. The school was named for Dr. Jabez L. M. Curry, an eminent southern educator. It was endowed in 1905 by gifts from John D. Rockefeller and the General Education Fundand became a professional school in 1919. Graduate programs in education were established in 1950, and the degree programs offered now include the Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.); a five-year teacher education program leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Teaching (M.T.); the Master of Education (M.Ed.), Master of Teaching (M.T.), Educational Specialist (Ed.S.); and two doctoral degrees (Ed.D. and Ph.D.).
The School Today
The Curry School of Education has two major missions. The first is to prepare individuals 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, and to improving instruction and schooling in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As such, the Teacher Education Program has provided national leadership in the preparation of beginning teachers, as well as advanced training for experienced teachers and personnel related to teaching. The five-year Teacher Education Program is an integrated program sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Curry School of Education. It combines strong subject matter preparation with professional training that leads to teacher licensure and results in the simultaneous receipt of a bachelor’s and master’s degree after a total of five years of study at the University.
The second major mission of the Curry School is to enhance human potential and 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.
Programs leading to teacher licensure include specializations in elementary education, health and physical education, early childhood special education, and k-12 special education. For secondary teachers, specializations are available in English, foreign languages, mathematics, sciences (biology, chemistry, earth science, physics), and social studies. Students may also apply to dual programs in special education and elementary or secondary education.
Two additional program areas are designed for students interested in pursuing human service careers related to communication disorders and kinesiology. These programs require that students transfer into the Curry School. The Communication Disorders Program provides pre-professional training in speech-language pathology. The Kinesiology program is a pre-professional program for students interested in pursuing careers in medicine or allied health areas such as physical therapy, athletic training, or exercise science. These programs provide the necessary academic and practical work for the four-year B.S.Ed. degree and for application to graduate (master’s degree) programs in their relative specialties.
Programs within the Curry School are among the best professional education offerings in the country. Faculty hold offices in professional organizations, are scholars of international renown, and are numbered among the University’s finest teachers. Students score well above the national norms on the SAT examinations, and are members of such student honorary societies as Chi Sigma Iota, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Delta Kappa, Outstanding Students in America, and the Raven Society.
Extensive information about the Curry School of Education and its programs is available on the web (http: curry.edschool.virginia.edu). Access to information about admissions and academic policies may also be requested by sending an electronic mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curry School of Education
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400261
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4261
The Curry School of Education and its programs to prepare school personnel are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. Individual program specializations are accredited by such organizations as the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and the American Psychological Association.
Facilities and Services
Ruffner Hall houses the majority of the Curry School of Education’s academic facilities and offices. This facility houses laboratory space for studies in science education, instructional technology, counselor education, reading, educational psychology, and educational research. A well-equipped behavioral study area enables students and faculty to carry on advanced-level clinical observation and research, and a number of flexible meeting areas provide a supportive environment for studies in education.
The Athletic Training Clinic provides therapy for the University’s athletic teams. The clinic provides practica for both graduate and undergraduate students. It is located in the McCue Center, adjacent to University Hall.
The Center for Clinical Psychology Services is a non-profit clinic that provides psychological and educational services to the public and serves as an in-house training facility for graduate students of the Institute of Clinical Psychology and other areas within the Curry School. The center is organized into specialized clinics and offers three basic categories of services: diagnosis, intervention, and consultation.
The Communication Disorders Facilities house clinical, research, and office space. Classes are taught in the Curry School of Education’s Ruffner Hall. Program facilities include a conference room, speech and language science labs, audiological suite, rooms for individual and group client assessment and treatment, research space, and a computer lab with internet connection.
Curry Learning Commons located on the third floor of Ruffner Hall, houses a children’s literature section, education handbooks and reference materials, collaborative work stations, a study zone, and more.
The Instructional Resource Center provides students and faculty with excellent opportunities for both instruction and research. In addition to audio-visual equipment, the center houses the Audio-Visual Production Lab, both a video filming studio and a video production facility, the Special Technology Laboratory, the Apple Lab, and the interactive IBM Microcomputer Classroom.
The McGuffey Reading Center functions as a laboratory for the study of the reading process by furthering clinical and empirical research in developmental reading and preparing graduate students to serve as reading-language specialists. It also provides a remedial center for children with reading disabilities.
The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT) produces and disseminates high-quality, practical research studies relating to the identification and development of talent. The research of the center has included investigating ways to encourage talent in young, at-risk students; studying the social and emotional development of gifted students; and investigating the feasibility of high-end learning in elementary, middle and high schools.
The Personal and Career Development Center is operated by the Counselor Education Program, within the Department of Human Services. The mission of the PCDC is two-fold: to provide a training venue for graduate-level counseling students and to provide assessment and counseling service to individuals. Services are provided to UVa students, and to individuals from the surrounding community. People typically seek counseling for personal growth or development, as well as when they experience problems associated with career-life planning, interpersonal and family relationships, coping with life transitions, grief/loss, anxiety, and depression.
The Speech-Language-Hearing Center is an integral component of the Curry School’s Communication Disorders Program. The Center is a full-service, clinical facility in which service delivery is supervised by clinical faculty of the Communication Disorders Program. It provides students with opportunities to provide clinical services to individuals of all ages with a wide range of speech, language, and hearing disorders.
The Exercise and Sport Injury Laboratory conducts research in the areas of prevention, assessment, and rehabilitation of injuries associated with exercise, sport and physical activity.
The Center for Technology and Teacher Education is a cross-disciplinary institute with collaborating faculty drawn from several disciplines, including educational technology, teacher education, and policy studies. Teachers must be prepared to use the rapidly evolving technologies that are being placed in today’s classrooms in order to realize the promise that these technologies hold for the future. If we prepare the next generation of teachers, they will effectively serve as diffusion agents. One goal of the center is to identify and develop educational technologies that should be integrated into teacher education curricula. An equally important goal is to prepare the next generation of educational technology leaders. Graduate fellows affiliated with the center are expected to serve in leadership positions in school districts, state education agencies, and teacher preparation programs.
Education Council (EC) is the representative student organization for the Curry School of Education. In addition to its function as liaison between students and faculty of the School of Education, the EC participates in many service programs affecting the University and the Charlottesville community, such as tutoring underprivileged children and coaching children’s sports. The EC is open to both graduate and undergraduate students.
Council for Exceptional Children is a professional group focusing on issues related to individuals with exceptionalities. Membership is open to both faculty and students who have an interest in working with exceptional individuals. It is sponsored by the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education.
Counselor Education Student Organization (CESO) Counselor Education majors at all levels of preparation can be part of the CESO. The organization helps to coordinate student orientation to the program and the University of Virginia for fall semester, provides a peer orientation program, conducts a town hall meeting each year for students and faculty, and functions in other ways as integral members of the Counselor Education Program. Students and faculty members interact regularly throughout the year.
The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is open to all students in the Communication Disorders Program. It is a pre-professional, social, and philanthropic organization that sponsors student activities throughout the year. Membership in the national NSSLHA organization qualifies students for a variety of benefits, including special rates for journals and conventions, and initial ASHA membership. NSSLHA membership is required for access to members-only materials that support certain courses.
The Clinical and School Psychology Student Association is open to all students in the Clinical and School Psychology program. It holds an orientation for new students in the program each year, sends representatives to meetings, sponsors social gatherings, organizes and chairs an Annual Town Meeting for the entire Clinical and School Psychology community, and annually bestows the Lucile E. Michie Award in recognition of a professional in clinical psychology who has been supportive of student development.
Student Virginia Education Association membership is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Members participate in various professional activities, receive educational publications, participate in seminars and conferences, and receive liability/tort insurance.
Awards, Honors, Scholarships
Dean’s List To be placed on the Dean’s List of Distinguished Students in any given semester, an undergraduate must maintain a minimum 12-credit course load and achieve a current grade point average of 3.400 or higher without failure in any course. Courses taken on a CR/NC basis may not be counted toward the 12-credit minimum. Any student receiving an F, NC, or NG during the semester is not eligible to be on the dean’s list.
Graduation Honors Students with a grade point average of 3.600 or higher will be recognized as graduating “with honors;” students with a grade point average of 3.750 or higher will be recognized as graduating “with high honors;” and students with a grade point average of 3.900 or higher will be recognized as graduating “with highest honors.” Computation of grade point averages for the determination of honors is based on all standard letter-grade courses carried since the student has matriculated at the University. Students in the five-year Teacher Education Program may be eligible for the dean’s list through the College of Arts and Sciences or the Curry School.
Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society in education that was founded in 1911, chartered its Eta Kappa Chapter of the University of Virginia in 1951. The constitution of the society reads as follows: “The purpose of Kappa Delta Pi shall be to encourage high professional, intellectual, and personal standards to recognize outstanding contributions to education. To this end it shall invite to membership such persons as exhibit commendable personal qualities, worthy educational ideals, and sound scholarship. It shall endeavor to maintain a high degree of professional fellowship among its members and to quicken professional growth by honoring achievement in educational work.”
Academic Rules and Regulations
All students are subject to the academic policies specified in the section titled “University Regulations.” In addition, students must follow the policies of the Curry School of Education. Students in the five-year Teacher Education Program should consult the regulations in the College of Arts and Sciences section, as well as those of the Curry School of Education.
Application to the Curry School Students who wish to apply for the teacher education program in the Curry School of Education must submit a Permission to Enroll form by March 1 of their first or second year; those who wish to apply for the communication disorders or sports medicine programs must also submit a full application by March 1 of their second year. Students wishing to teach in high need areas (math, foreign languages, science) may apply as late as their third year in the College.
Additional information can be found on the Curry website.
Residence Requirement A recipient of a B.S.Ed. degree from the Curry School must have completed four semesters of full-time (12 credits) study at the University of Virginia while enrolled in the Curry School of Education. Exceptions for emergency situations may only be granted with the advisor’s and dean’s permission. In addition, all students must be full-time (12 credits minimum) during all semesters, except the final one (9 credits minimum).
Course Load Special permission of the advisor and dean’s office is required to take fewer than 12, or more than 18, credits during a given semester.
Final Examinations Final examinations are given during a designated period of time at the end of each semester. Examinations may only be given at the University-assigned time unless authorized by the dean. Students are not authorized to take final exams before the regularly scheduled time. However, under serious conditions, and with their instructor’s 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.
Attendance Students are expected to attend classes throughout the session, with the exception of University holidays, unless permission to be absent temporarily or to withdraw has been first granted by the instructor. Routine excuses for illness are not furnished by the Department of Student Health either to the student or to the instructor. If final examinations are missed for serious medical reasons, the Department of Student Health notifies the dean. On request of the 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.
Attendance During Examinations Written exams are an essential part of the work of most courses. A final examination or culminating experience is expected in all classes. The time period assigned for final exams is considered part of the regular academic semester, and classes must meet during their scheduled examination period. Absence from exams is not excused except for illness, attested to by a physician’s certificate, or for other causes that the instructor, advisor, and 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.
Course Grades All specifically 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 500 level must receive a grade of B- or better.
Student work may be graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) basis in certain courses within the Curry School. These courses or sections are approved for this grading system by the department offering the course and the associate dean for academic and student affairs. The specific S/U graded courses and the maximum number of credits that may be completed under this system and applied toward a graduate degree must be approved by the student’s major program advisor and, if a doctoral student, by the doctoral committee.
A course may not be repeated on an S/U basis to change a grade in a course previously completed on a letter-grade basis. If a course is repeated, the original grade stands, and the credits earned in the second taking of the course cannot be used for degree credit. The last day for changing to or from an S/U grade in a course is the last day for adding a course.
Students in the Curry School of Graduate Education are not permitted to take courses on a CR/NC basis.
Incomplete Grades for B.S.Ed. Students An IN is recorded when reasons known to the professor are judged adequate to justify an extension of time to complete course requirements. 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 may not extend beyond one semester after the course is taken. Students are expected to enter into a written contract with the instructor specifying the remaining requirements and agreed-upon time line. After one semester, if the student has not met the terms of the incomplete policy, the faculty member may submit a grade of F, U, or WF; if no action is taken the incomplete is administratively changed to an F.
B.A./M.T. students should consult the policies of the College of Arts and Sciences through the second semester of the fourth year. During the fifth year, B.A.-M.T. students must follow the policies of the Curry School of Education, as stated above.
Grade Changes No grade may be changed after it has been submitted to the University Registrar without the approval of the dean. The 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.
Repeating Courses A student who has received a grade of D in a required undergraduate course may be required to repeat the course as directed by his or her academic advisor or program faculty. Both grades for the repeated course remain on the transcript and are used in the computation of the grade point average. The course credit will be for only one offering. If a student’s grade is a 500 or higher level course is below a B-, the student must repeat the course or take an approved substitute in its place.
Adding a Course or Changing the Grading Option All additions to course schedules or changes in the grading option for a course must be completed by the last day to add a course. These changes are made via SIS. Any required course must be taken for a grade (not pass/fail). B.A.-M.T. students should consult the policies of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Dropping a Course With the approval of the student’s advisor, a student may drop and void registration in a course until the official drop date. Permission to take fewer than 12 credits must be petitioned to, and approved by, the advisor and the dean and can only be granted for unusual or emergency circumstances. Courses dropped after the University official drop date will be graded as W, WP, or WF. None of these notations affect the grade point average, nor does the course count toward credits earned.
Enforced Withdrawal See the University Regulations section.
Probation and Suspension An undergraduate student must maintain good standing each semester by completing at least 12 credits of graded work (or S/U work if engaged in practica), with at least a 1.800 semester average and no more than one grade below C- (or C/NC). A student will be placed on academic probation after any semester in which good standing is not attained.
Suspension involves enforced withdrawal from the Curry School of Education. A student placed on probation in any semester may be suspended if he or she does not regain good standing at the end of the next semester. A student who has been suspended may apply to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs of the Curry School of Education for readmission after one regular semester has elapsed since the date of suspension. If readmitted, the student will be on probation and will be suspended again after one semester unless the cumulative grade point average for all courses completed is above 2.000.
Students in the College must comply with all College rules, as well as Curry School policies for teacher education.
Readmission to the Curry School of Education is not automatic. After an absence of twelve months or longer, a former student must apply for readmission by submitting an application to the academic dean’s office at least sixty days before the semester begins. Failure to comply with these regulations subjects the student to suspension from the University by the vice president for student affairs.
Grievance Procedure Due process is guaranteed to all students. See “Grievance Procedures” in the University Regulations section or consult the associate dean’s office, 104 Ruffner Hall.
Licensure for Teaching The Curry School of Education 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 Admissions and Student Affairs of the Curry School of Education. To be recommended by the Curry School of Education for professional licensure, a student must complete a teacher education program sequence approved by the faculty of the Curry School of Education, meet state cut-off scores on the Praxis II examinations, the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment, and the Virginia Reading Assessment (elementary and special education only.)
State Assessments of Teacher Education Under the Commonwealth of Virginia’s approved program status for schools of education, all students enrolled in a teacher education program at the University of Virginia must take the appropriate licensing exams required by the Commonwealth of Virginia for the specific program area endorsement.A testing schedule for all required tests is provided in the Student Advising Handbook found online at: http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/files/TeacherEd/hndbk-bamt.pdf
Office of the Dean of the Curry School of Education
Robert C. Pianta, B.S., M.A., Ph.D., Dean
Daniel B. Berch, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.,Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
Joe Garofalo, B.A., M.S., M.S., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Mark C. Hampton, B.A., M.S., Ph.D. Associate Dean for Management and Finance
Rebecca D. Kneedler, B.A., M.A., Ed.D., Associate Dean for External Affairs and Partnerships
Joanne M. McNergney, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs
Stanley C. Trent, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Diversity and Equity
Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
Mary P. Abouzeid, A.B., A.M., Ph.D.
Daniel B. Berch, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Sandra B. Cohen, B.Ed., M.A., Ph.D.
Daniel P. Hallahan, B.A., Ph.D., Charles S. Robb Professor of Education
Jane Hansen, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Marcia A. Invernizzi, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D., Edmund H. Henderson Professor of Education
Rebecca D. Kneedler, B.A., M.A., Ed.D.
John W. Lloyd, B.A., M.S., Ph.D.
Michael C. McKenna, B.A., M.A., M.Ed., Ph.D., Thomas G. Jewell Professor of Education
Joanne McNergney, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Laura B. Smolkin, A.B., M.A., Ed.D., Chair
Martha E. Snell, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Randy Bell, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Margo A. Figgins, B.A., M.Ed., Ed.D.
Joe Garofalo, B.A., M.S., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Laura Justice, B.A., B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Susan Mintz, B.S., Ph.D.
Stephen P. Plaskon, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Paige C. Pullen, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Robert H. Tai, B.A., B.S., M.S., Ed.M., Ed.D.
Stanley C. Trent, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Stephanie van Hover, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D
Eleanor V. Wilson, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Robert Q. Berry III, B.S., M.A.T., Ph.D.
David F. Feldon, B.A., M.S.Ed., Ph.D.
Ruth M. Ferree, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Patrice Preston Grimes, B.S., M.A.T., Ph.D.
Tina Stanton-Chapman, B.S., M.S.Ed., Ph.D.
Department of Human Services
Martin E. Block, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Dewey G. Cornell, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Linda K. Bunker Professor of Education
Luke E. Kelly, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Virgil S. Ward Professor of Education
Edith C. Lawrence, B.A., Ph.D.
Ann B. Loper, B.S., Ph.D.
Robert C. Pianta, B.S., M.A., Ph.D., Novartis U.S. Foundation Professor of Education
Ronald E. Reeve, B.A., A.M., Ph.D.
Ethan N. Saliba, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Peter L. Sheras, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Patrick H. Tolan, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Arthur L. Weltman, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
B. Ann Boyce, B.A., M.S., Ph.D.
Harriet L. Glosoff, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Jay N. Hertel, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Sandra I. Lopez-Baez, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Randall R. Robey, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Marie F. Shoffner, B.S., M.E., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Antoinette R. Thomas, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Barbara A. Braddock, B.H.S. M.H.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Anne Gregory, B.A., Ed.M., Ph.D.
Jane C. Hilton, B.A., M.S., Ph.D.
LaVae M. Hoffman, B.A.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Filip Loncke, B.A., M.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Susan A. Saliba, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Derick Williams, B.S., M.A.T., Ph.D.
Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy
Eric R. Bredo, B.A., M.S., M.A., Ph.D.
David W. Breneman, B.A., Ph.D., Newton and Rita Meyers Professor, Economics of Education
Glen L. Bull, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Alfred R. Butler IV, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D.
Carolyn M. Callahan, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Commonwealth Professor of Education
Daniel L. Duke, B.A., Ed.D.
Xitao Fan, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Curry Memorial Professor of Education
Robert F. McNergney, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Margaret A. Miller, B.A., Ph.D.
Herbert C. Richards, B.A., M.A.T., Ph.D.
Jerry G. Short, A.B., M.A., Ph.D.
Carol A. Tomlinson, B.A., M.R.E., M.Ed., Ed.D., Chair, William Clay Parrish, Jr. Professor of Education
Sarah E. Turner, B.A., Ph.D., University Professor
James H. Wyckoff, B.A., Ph.D.
Catherine Brighton, B.A, M.Ed., Ph.D.
John B. Bunch, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Robert W. Covert, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D.
James P. Esposito, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Walter F. Heinecke, B.A., Ph.D.
Diane M. Hoffman, B.A., M.A.T., Ph.D.
Mable B. Kinzie, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Timothy R. Konold, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Tonya Moon, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Brian Pusser, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Sara Rimm-Kauffman, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Pamela D. Tucker, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D.
Diane E. Whaley, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Daphna Bassok, B.A., M.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Nancy L. Deutsch, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Sara Dexter, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D.
Cheryl Henig, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Holly Hertberg, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Joanna M. Lee, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Joseph P. Meyer, B.A., M.S., Ph.D
Natalia A. Palacios, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
James Peugh, B.A., M.A., M.Ed., M.S., Ph.D.
Carol Ann Spreen, B.A., M.Ed., M.Ph., Ph.D.
Heather D. Wathington, B.A, M.S.Ed., Ph.D.