Master of Teaching - Elementary Education
Do you want to be an elementary school teacher working with students grades preK-6? Our top-ranked program for elementary education prepares teachers to support the academic and social-emotional growth of young learners.
The School of Education and Human Development is proud to offer a Master of Teaching (M.T.) degree and teacher licensure with an endorsement in Elementary Education (grades preK-6). This is a post-graduate program for those who have already completed an undergraduate degree.
UVA Elementary Teachers Are:
- Knowledgeable about:
- Children and their developmental trajectories across the elementary years
- The range of subject areas included in the elementary school day
- Evidence-based pedagogical methods in different subject areas
- Formative and summative assessment practices to monitor and support student learning
- Committed to teaching all children and working in collaboration with their families and guardians
- Reflective about their teaching and engaged in continuous professional development and instructional improvement
- Collaborative with colleagues, in service of children, schools, communities, and the profession
- Dedicated to advocating for equity and social justice in their classrooms, schools, and communities
Applicants to this program should attend to this mission statement when writing the required goal statement.
- Download our 2021-22 Elementary Advising Guide
- Attend a virtual information session
- Subscribe to our pre-teacher education listserv
- Gain experience by seeking out opportunities to work with youth
The School offers a range of fellowship and scholarship opportunities.
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1. Possess an undergraduate degree prior to matriculation. Applicants are expected to have a minimum GPA of 2.7 with a 3.0 GPA in the major, though applicants not meeting this requirement will be considered. Faculty review applications holistically and will consider academic record, goals, relevant experience, and letters of recommendation.
Current UVA students who hold a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above qualify as direct admit applicants and are not required to submit reference letters. Admission is not guaranteed for direct admit applicants.
2. Meet (or be prepared to meet) general studies requirements:
- 6 credits of English
- 3 credits of United States history
- 3 additional credits of social science (child psychology/development recommended)
- 6 credits of mathematics and statistics
- 6 credits of natural science in two different disciplines (astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, geology, or physics)
*We strongly encourage applicants to spend time in elementary schools and/or work with youth prior to applying. Access a list of suggested opportunities here.
Prospective students must complete the online application and submit supporting materials by April 1. Admissions are rolling, and decisions will be returned approximately 6 weeks after the application is submitted. Prospective students are encouraged to submit their applications by February 1. Applications reviewed after February 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.
**All application fees have been waived for Post-Graduate Master of Teaching (PGMT) students applying to start in Summer 2022.**
Undergraduate students at UVA may apply early to the Master of Teaching program during the 2nd or 3rd year. Students admitted to the program will be guaranteed admission to the PGMT program as long as they meet all program prerequisites and maintain a strong academic record. Contact Jillian McGraw, Director of Teacher Education, with questions about the early admission process.
Students can apply early through the EHD undergraduate application. When applying, you will not see the correct summer start terms available to you because we share this application portal with undergraduate admissions. Choose any future start term, and we will adjust your entry term during the review process.
Refer to the Elementary Advising Guide in the Getting Started section above for a detailed list of courses and additional requirements. The 2021-22 calendar is outlined below. The 2022-23 calendar has not yet been approved. It will follow a similar structure to the current calendar, but the dates may change based on university and P-12 calendars.
- Orientation: June 3-4, 2021
- Classes Run: June 7, 2021 - August 6, 2021
- School Placements Begin: August 16, 2021
- School Placements Begin: January 3, 2021
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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 Master of Teaching program 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).
The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.