Master of Teaching—Special Education (Online)

Designed specifically for working professional, this part-time program provides the flexibility you need to earn a master's degree while fulfilling the requirements for a professional license!

In this program, prospective graduate students who have an undergraduate degree have the opportunity to earn a Master of Teaching (MT) degree from the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development. This part-time, online program of study allows you to earn licensure with endorsement in Special Education - General Curriculum K-12. 

Who Can Benefit from this Program?

This is an ideal option for:

  • Paraprofessionals in general curriculum special education classrooms who want to earn their professional teaching licenses
  • Teachers in general curriculum special education classrooms with a provisional license who need to convert to a professional license and want to earn a master's degree while doing so
  • Recent college graduates who have determined that working in a special education setting is the right career move

The University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development PreK-12 tuition discount applies to those currently working in PreK-12 education. Tuition Information

Getting Started

Other Special Education Pathways at the School of Education and Human Development

Students seeking a full-time option may be interested in the 1-year Charlottesville-based Master of Teaching program.

The Master of Teaching is an initial licensure program. Teachers who already hold a professional license and wish to add the special education general curriculum endorsement can do so by throughou one of our other special education programs:

Students interested in Applied Behavior Analysis may be interested in the ABA certificate program. The ABA certificate includes a verified course sequence, approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Completing the certificate fulfills the coursework requirement needed to sit for either the BCBA (master's degree required) or BCaBA examination.

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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