Master of Teaching – English as a Second Language (Charlottesville)

Interested in working with English Learners in preK-12 schools? Join Curry’s top-ranked teacher education program!

The UVA School of Education and Human Development is proud to offer a Master of Teaching (M.T.) degree and teacher licensure with an endorsement in English as a Second Language (grades PreK-12). This is a post-graduate program for those who have already completed an undergraduate degree but do not yet hold a teaching license. A full list of ESL programs can be found here.

(Note: This program is not appropriate for those who solely wish to teach international TESOL abroad. The program prepares teachers for licensure and to teach in preK-12 schools in the United States. Applicants solely interested in teaching abroad may find UVA's TESOL Certificate to be a better fit for their professional goals.)

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Program Details

  • Admissions Requirements

    1. Possess an undergraduate degree prior to matriculation. Coursework should reflect an overall GPA of 2.7 with a major GPA of 3.0.

    2. Demonstrate (or be prepared to demonstrate) proficiency in a foreign language. Proficiency can be demonstrated through:

    • Coursework: 6 credit hours in the target language
    • AP Test: college credit must have been awarded on the undergraduate transcript
    • ACTFL: a score at the intermediate level
    • Praxis Content Knowledge test in the target language
    • CLEP: passing score on the Level II test in the target language

    3. Provide test scores per the guidelines listed here

  • Application Due Date

    Prospective students must complete the online application for admission and submit supporting materials, including official transcripts and test scores 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 PGMT students applying to start in Summer 2021.**

  • Early Admissions for UVA Undergraduate Students

    Undergraduate students at UVA may apply early to the Master of Teaching program during the 2nd or 3rd year. Students should be on track to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through coursework or testing as noted in the admissions requirements above.

    Students can apply early through Curry's undergraduate application. Students admitted to the program will be guaranteed admission to the PGMT program as long as they meet all program prerequisites outlined in the PGMT Admissions Requirements above. These include:

    • Demonstrating proficiency in a foreign language 
    • Providing VDOE-specified test scores
    • Maintaining cumulative and major GPAs as noted above

    Questions about early admissions and test scores: contact Jillian McGraw, Director of Teacher Education

    Questions about ESL program requirements: contact Chris Chang-Bacon, ESL Education Program Advisor

  • Course Overview

    The summer 2021 cohort will begin June 3, 2021. Mandatory orientation will take place June 3-4. Classes begin June 7.


    • Orientation: June 3-4, 2021
    • Classes Run: June 7, 2021 - August 6, 2021


    • EDIS 5800: Understanding Educational Contexts
    • EDLF 5010: Childhood Learning and Development or EDLF 5011: Adolescent Learning and Development*
    • EDIS 5423: English Linguistics
    • EDIS 5424: Second Language Acquisition
    • EDIS 5020: Foundations of Learning and Teaching
    • EDIS 5840: Clinical Experience in Adolescent Education

    *UVA undergrads entering the program are encouraged to take a course in child development (PSYC 2700, EDLF 3150, or EDLF 5010), adolescent development (EDLF 3170 or EDLF 5011), or lifespan development (EDLF 3180 or EDLF 5160) as an undergraduate student if their schedules allow. Students from other undergraduate institutions may be able to substitute learning and development coursework for this requirement. Contact Jillian McGraw to verify course substitutions.

    Additional Requirements: (send copies of certificates and score reports to [email protected])


    • School Placements Begin: August 9, 2021 (pending school division calendar approval; date may change if teacher report later than August 9)


    • EDIS 5030: Designing Effective Learning Experiences and Environments
    • EDIS 5070: Designing Technologies for Teaching
    • EDIS 5428: ESL Methods
    • EDIS 5840: Assessment of and for Learning
    • EDIS 5858: Content Area Seminar: ESL
    • EDIS 5868: Clinical Experience in ESL Education

    Additional Requirements: (send a copy of the score report to [email protected]


    • School Placements Begin: The first day schools are back in session in January (based on individual school division calendars)


    • EDIS 5000: The Exceptional Learner**
    • EDIS 5470: ESL Assessment and Curriculum Design
    • EDIS 5878: Content Area Seminar: ESL
    • EDIS 5888: Teaching Internship: ESL
    • EDIS 6991: Professional Field Project

    **UVA undergrads entering the program are encouraged to take EDIS 5000 as an undergraduate student if their schedules allow. Students from other undergraduate institutions may be able to substitute introductory special education coursework for this requirement. Contact Jillian McGraw to verify course substitutions.

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  • 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