Language is at the heart of everything we do, and without good English-language skills students cannot succeed in school. As an English teacher, you will not only teach this important foundational communications skill, you’ll engage students in a variety of literary genres including classic texts, creative writing, poetry, web-based media, and more. The diversity of methods English teachers are able to use makes this profession especially enjoyable and fulfilling.
Make An Impact
At the UVA School of Education and Human Development, you have the opportunity to learn from renowned faculty at one of the best graduate schools in the country. We offer several avenues for you to either teach English or create the best course materials and curriculum to reach students.
Students earning a PGMT degree who intend to become middle or high school English teachers can expect to have several job opportunities. Our Curriculum & Instruction graduates also have several options. They have become instructional coordinators or curriculum specialists, gone into government to improve educational policy, pursued careers in academia and research, and joined museums. A Ph.D. will prepare you for a career as a college or university professor or as a researcher in research organizations.
Explore Our Degrees
Choosing the right degree is critical to supporting your ultimate career goals, but with so many options, the choice may not be obvious. Let us help guide you through your choices.
“Curry has engaging and knowledgeable faculty as well as cutting edge research and resources that allow students to study the most relevant issues in our field today.”– Tim Hilliard B/MT Student English Education
Master of Teaching—English
The UVA School of Education and Human Development offers a Master of Teaching degree in English Education. This degree leads to teacher licensure with an endorsement in English (grades 6-12). This one-year program offers an intensive, field-based curriculum centered on high-leverage teaching practices.
Ed.S. in Curriculum & Instruction
The School of Education and Human Development’s Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree program is a terminal graduate program designed for the professional educator. Its 30-hour (minimum) requirements can be completed either full- or part-time with a chosen emphasis on English Education.
Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction
Earning an Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction prepares you for employment as a curriculum specialist, faculty member or educational consultant to develop policies related to curriculum and the education of professionals. You would enroll in the version of this three-year, full-time degree that places an emphasis on English Education. Ed.D. students can may also complete this degree as a part-time student.
Ph.D. in Education—English Education
UVA School of Education and Human Development’s four-year, full-time Ph.D. in Education—English Education degree will prepare graduates for college or university positions in teacher education or for positions within research organizations.
By The Numbers
Best Secondary Education Program in the Country, U.S. News & World Report