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.

Mission Statement

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. 

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U.S. News & World Report

6 th

Best Elementary Education Program in the U.S.

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Program Details

  • Public Professional Licensure Disclosures

    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