The Master of Teaching (M.T.) degree is for individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree and wish to qualify for a teaching license. The M.T. programs require one-and- a-half to two years of full-time study, including academic course work in the specialization field and teacher education experiences leading to initial endorsement in one or more specialties. (Opportunities for applicants to correct deficiencies in liberal arts preparation may also be required based on undergraduate course work.) Contact the Office of Teacher Education for additional information.
M.T. degree programs are available in elementary education (PreK-6); special education (special education – general curriculum K-12); early childhood/special education (ages 0-5); health and physical education (K-12); foreign languages (French/German/Spanish/Latin, K-12); and secondary education (6-12), with specialization in English, mathematics, science (biology, chemistry, earth and space science, general science, physics), or social studies/history.
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. The scores on these exams and other evidence presented to the U.S. Secretary of Education, in accordance with Section 207 of the Higher Education Act (HEA) regarding the preparation of graduates who intend to work in the nation’s schools, demonstrates the high caliber of the students at the University of Virginia. During the 2007-2008 academic year, 452 students were enrolled in the Curry School’s Teacher Education Program and 160 students participated in the Teaching Associate (student teaching) semester involving 560 hours of student teaching. A total of 40 full or part-time faculty/doctoral students participated in supervision activities resulting in a supervising student/faculty ratio of 4:1.
The following report of Praxis exam pass rates is a mandated condition of the HEA and reflects the scores of University of Virginia’s teacher education program completers who took the exams from September 2006-August 2007 (state-wide pass rates are shown in parentheses). Praxis I pass rate for PPST Reading was 100% (90%). The PPST Writing pass rate was 94% (79%). The PPST Mathematics pass rate was 95% (84%).
Admission Requirements (See also Master of Education Admission Requirements.) Post-graduate Master of Teaching applicants seeking teacher licensure must have a B.A. or B.S. degree with the equivalent of an academic major in the arts and sciences (or an appropriate discipline) and an acceptable general studies component. Applicants must have passed Praxis I prior to submitting the application. High SAT scores or ACT scores may exempt individuals from this entrance requirement. Please submit SAT, ACT, or Praxis I scores report at the time of application. (See the Teacher Education webpages and application for more details.) The general studies component should be a well-planned sequence of courses and experiences that includes theoretical and practical knowledge gained from studies in mathematics, natural science, social science, U.S./American history, English, communication, literature, and other humanities. The following are examples of acceptable courses within the specified areas. Science: natural science, astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental science, and physics. Social science: anthropology, economics, government and foreign affairs, linguistics, psychology, sociology, and Western civilization. A course in some area of non-Western studies is also desirable. Humanities: English, literature, speech communications, public speaking, debate, drama, art, music, philosophy, religious studies, foreign literature in translation, and foreign language.