Master of Teaching - Science

Do you want to be a science teacher in middle or high school? Apply now to join our Teacher Education community, ranked #6 among the best secondary education programs in the country.

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 Science (grades 6-12). Candidates choose an area of emphasis: biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics. This is a post-graduate program for those who have already completed an undergraduate degree.

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Noyce Scholarship Opportunity

The UVA Teacher Education program has received a multi-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation Noyce Scholarship Program. The grant provides scholarships to science and engineering undergraduate and graduate students - and scientists and engineers in industry - who wish to become certified high school science teachers. There is a critical need for high school STEM teachers in this country. After graduation, each scholarship recipient will teach in a high-needs school for a period of 2-4 years (depending on scholarship level) at any location in the U.S.

Noyce Scholars will receive up to $20,000 toward the Master of Teaching program. All requirements for the scholarship program are the same as those for the Science Education Master of Teaching program. For information on the Noyce Scholarship Program, contact Dr. Frackson Mumba.

Fellowship Opportunities

The School offers a range of fellowship and scholarship opportunities. Review the complete list here.

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Program Details

  • Admission Requirements

    1. Possess a bachelor's degree prior to matriculation in the area of endorsement (Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, or Physics) and/or a minimum of 32 semester hours of coursework covering the following content studies requirements. Content courses should be at the 2000-level or above. Coursework should reflect an overall GPA of 2.7 with a major GPA of 3.0. 

    • Biology endorsement:
      • Genetics
      • Biochemistry/Molecular biology
      • Cell biology
      • Botany
      • Zoology
      • Anatomy/Physiology
      • Ecology
      • Evolutionary biology
    • Chemistry endorsement:
      • Inorganic chemistry
      • Organic chemistry
      • Analytical chemistry
      • Biochemistry
      • Physical chemistry
    • Earth and Space Sciences endorsement: 
      • Structural geology
      • Petrology
      • Paleontology
      • Oceanography
      • Meteorology
      • Astronomy/space science
    • Physics endorsement:
      • Mechanics
      • Electricity & Magnetism
      • Optics
      • Modern Physics

    2. Meet (or be prepared to meet) the following additional content studies requirements:

    • Biology endorsement: 
      • History of Science*
      • Mathematics/Statistics
      • Earth Science
      • Intro Chemistry/Organic Chemistry
      • Physics
    • Chemistry endorsement:
      • History of Science*
      • Biology
      • Earth Science
      • Mathematics/Statistics/Calculus
      • Physics
    • Earth and Space Sciences:
      • History of Science*
      • Biology
      • Intro Chemistry/Organic Chemistry
      • Mathematics
      • Physics
    • Physics endorsement:
      • History of Science*
      • Biology
      • Earth Science
      • Intro Chemistry/Organic Chemistry
      • Mathematics/Statistics/Calculus

    *The History of Science requirement will be met by all candidates during the Master of Teacher program. All candidates will enroll in EDIS 5049: History of Science for Teachers during the summer semester.

    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 Admission 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 wait to apply until they have taken at least two courses toward the content studies requirements for that program. Science candidates must choose one area of emphasis for the program: biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics. During the program, candidates can take an additional Praxis content knowledge exam to add a second endorsement area to their teaching license.

    Students can apply early through the School of Education and Human Development'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:

    • Completing all content studies coursework
    • 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 Science content studies: contact Frackson Mumba, Science 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.

    Summer (early June through August)

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


    • EDIS 5800: Understanding Educational Contexts
    • EDLF 5011: Adolescent Learning and Development*
    • EDIS 5020: Foundations of Learning and Teaching
    • EDIS 5049: History of Science for Teachers
    • EDIS 5830: Languages and Literacies Across Disciplines
    • EDIS 5840: Clinical Experience in Adolescent Education

    *UVA undergrads entering the program are encouraged to take EDLF 3170 or EDLF 5011 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]

    Fall (August through December)

    • 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 5050: Teaching Science in Secondary Schools I
    • EDIS 5070: Designing Technologies for Teaching
    • EDIS 5820: Assessment of and for Learning
    • EDIS 5855: Content Area Seminar: Science
    • EDIS 5865: Clinical Experience in Science Education

    Spring (January through May)

    • 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 5051: Teaching Science in Secondary Schools II
    • EDIS 5875: Content Area Seminar: Science
    • EDIS 5885: Teaching Internship: Science
    • 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).

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