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Science Education: M.T. - Master of Teaching

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At a Glance

Program Results

M.T. - Master of Teaching

—Science Education

Initial licensure in Virginia with an endorsement in Science - Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics 6-12.

Program Type

  • Full Time


  • In-Person

Application Deadline

  • February 1 (priority deadline)
  • April 1 (final deadline)

About This Program

Our programs reflect the depth of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as we work together with our students toward actualizing a more just society. By drawing upon the expertise of experienced educators and community partners, we prepare teacher candidates to honor and grow the assets and resources that students bring to classrooms and schools. We lead with integrity, committed to student, family, and community success and well-being. We are equity-oriented teacher educators, collaborators, and innovators.

  • Our top-ranked program blends in-depth instruction on principles of teaching and learning with clinical experiences that prepare candidates to be responsive to students’ diverse needs. 
  • The Master of Teaching program is a one-year, cohort-based program that runs from June through the following May each year.
  • Candidates complete internships under the guidance of highly qualified mentor teachers and clinical coaches. These internships are completed in different schools to give candidates diverse experiences as they prepare for their teaching career. 
  • This is a post-graduate program for applicants who have already completed an undergraduate degree. Applicants must choose an endorsement in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics. 

Program Overview

Admission Requirements

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are NOT required as part of the application process. International students must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Scores must not be more than 2 years old. Applicants who have or will have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction do not need to provide TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Additional admission requirements that apply specifically to this program are listed below

Applicants must 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.

Biology: Applicants should hold a degree in biology or a related field. They must meet or be prepared to meet the following content studies requirements:

  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry/molecular biology
  • Cell biology
  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Anatomy/physiology
  • Ecology
  • Evolutionary biology
  • 3 credits of physics
  • 3 credits of introductory chemistry/organic chemistry
  • 3 credits of earth science
  • 3 credits of mathematics/statistics

Chemistry: Applicants should hold a degree in chemistry or a related field. They must meet or be prepared to meet the following content studies requirements:

  • Biochemistry/molecular biology
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Analytical chemistry
  • 3 credits of physics
  • 3 credits of biology
  • 3 credits of earth science
  • 3 credits of mathematics/statistics

Earth Science: Applicants should hold a degree in geology, environmental science, astronomy, or a related field. They must meet or be prepared to meet the following content studies requirements:

  • Structural geology
  • Petrology
  • Paleontology
  • Oceanography
  • Meteorology
  • Astronomy/space science
  • 3 credits of physics
  • 3 credits of biology
  • 3 credits of introductory chemistry/organic chemistry
  • 3 credits of mathematics/statistics

Physics: Applicants should hold a degree in physics or a related field. They must meet or be prepared to meet the following content studies requirements:

  • Mechanics
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Optics
  • Modern physics
  • 3 credits of earth science
  • 3 credits of biology
  • 3 credits of introductory chemistry/organic chemistry
  • 3 credits of mathematics/statistics

Students may apply to the program prior to completing these content requirements. Reach out to the contact at the bottom of this page with questions about these requirements and to request a transcript review. 

Visit our Graduate Admission page for the full admission process.

Information for Current UVA Undergraduates
If you are a current UVA undergraduate, view our Information for Current UVA Undergraduates page for info on admission into this program.

Graduate Admission

Application for admission is made to the School of Education and Human Development Office of Admission & Enrollment. For more information about the graduate admission process, please visit our Graduate Admission page.

Summer Coursework

Required Coursework:

  • EDLF 5011: Adolescent Learning and Development*
  • EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner*
  • EDIS 5020: Foundations of Learning and Teaching
  • EDIS 5800: Understanding Educational Contexts
  • EDIS 5830: Languages and Literacies Across the Disciplines
  • EDIS 5049: History of Science for Teachers

*With prior approval, students may transfer coursework to meet the adolescent development and exceptional learner requirements. Students who meet these requirements prior to the program will not be required to retake these classes. 

By August 15, complete licensure training modules and take two exams: Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment and the Praxis content knowledge exam for the intended endorsement (Biology 5235, Chemistry 5245, Earth and Space Sciences 5571, or Physics 5265). 

Fall Coursework

Required Coursework:

  • EDIS 5030: Creating Effective Learning Experiences and Environments
  • EDIS 5070: Designing Technology-Enhanced Instruction
  • EDIS 5820: Assessment of and for Learning
  • EDIS 5050: Teaching Science in Secondary Schools I
  • EDIS 5855: Content Area Seminar in Science
  • EDIS 5865: Clinical Experience in Science Education

For Internship I, students are placed in a local science classroom, working alongside a mentor teacher three days per week. Placements begin in mid-August and continue through the end of November. 

Spring Coursework

Required Coursework:

  • EDIS 5051: Teaching Science in Secondary Schools II
  • EDIS 6991: Professional Field Project
  • EDIS 5875: Internship Seminar - Science
  • EDIS 5885: Teaching Internship - Science

In Internship II, also known as “student teaching,” students are placed in a new science classroom. Students attend during contract hours every day from the first week of January to the end of April. 

Additional Program Details & Resources

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program is awarded to institutions of higher education to provide scholarships, and programmatic support to recruit and prepare STEM professionals to become K-12 teachers. The program seeks to increase the number of K-12 teachers with strong STEM content knowledge who teach in high-need school districts. $18,000 will be awarded to up to 40 students in the M.T. in Science Education program for each academic year the school receives Noyce Scholarship Program funds. Visit the Noyce Scholarship page for more information.

In 2024, the UVA School of Education & Human Development is ranked #8 for best graduate schools of education in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

The school also ranked #5 in secondary teacher education for graduate schools of education.

African American Teaching Fellows

African American Teaching Fellows (AATF) works to recruit, support, and retain African American teachers to serve the public schools of Charlottesville City and Albemarle County. Fellows become part of a network of African-American educators in the region, participate in a teacher-leader summer institute, receive mentorship and support from local teachers and administrators, and receive $5,000 toward the cost of tuition. Fellows commit to teaching in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area for several years after graduation.

Read more about AATF on their website; applications are typically due in January
Learn more about Executive Director Tamara Wilkerson
Hear from AATF's Program Director, Jaime Duke-Hawkins, and two AATF fellows

Science Education News

Program Faculty

Jennifer Chiu

Jennifer Chiu

  • Associate Professor
Tonya R Moon

Tonya R. Moon

  • Professor
Frackson Mumba

Frackson Mumba

  • Associate Professor
Jennifer S Pease

Jennifer S. Pease

  • Associate Professor
Peter Youngs

Peter Youngs

  • Chair, Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education
  • Professor

Contact Us

Reach out to us with questions about the requirements for this program and to request a transcript review. 


The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Graduate Record represents the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=57&poid=7926.

As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), 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)). Although California does not participate in SARA, it allows students to enroll in out-of-state programs.

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).