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Special Education: M.T. - Master of Teaching

Do you want to be teacher for children with mild to moderate disabilities? Join UVA School of Education and Human Development's top-ranked program for a path to a truly rewarding and important career—and one that is in high demand.

At a Glance

Program Results

M.T. - Master of Teaching

—Special Education

Initial licensure in Virginia with an endorsement in Special Education - General Curriculum K-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. 
  • The general curriculum endorsement is appropriate for teachers who will work with students with mild to moderate disabilities. It differs from the Special Education - Adapted Curriculum endorsement, which the School of Education and Human Development does not offer. 

Through Project VIDEO, $12,000 fellowships to well-qualified individuals seeking to become special education teachers or speech-language pathologists who plan to work in P-12 public schools. For more information on Project VIDEO information, see the related links section on this page.

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.

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 5010: Childhood Learning and Development*
  • EDIS 5000: Exceptional Learner*
  • EDIS 5140: Methods of Instruction and Collaboration in Special Education
  • EDIS 5141: IEP and Transition Planning
  • EDIS 5221: Reading Foundations
  • EDIS 5800: Understanding Educational Contexts

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

By August 15, complete licensure training modules and take the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment.

Fall Coursework

Required Coursework:

  • EDIS 5011: Classroom Management and Behavioral Assessment
  • EDIS 5040: Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education
  • EDIS 5060: Mathematics Instruction in Special Education
  • EDIS 5230: Reading and Writing Instruction in Special Education
  • EDIS 5857: Content Area Seminar in Special Education
  • EDIS 5867: Clinical Experience in Special Education

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

By December 15, take the Praxis Teaching Reading: Elementary (5205).

Spring Coursework

Required Coursework:

  • EDIS 5071: Special Education Technology
  • EDIS 6990: Professional Capstone
  • EDIS 5877: Internship Seminar - Special Education
  • EDIS 5887: Teaching Internship - Special Education

In Internship II, also known as “student teaching,” students are placed in a new special education classroom. To meet Virginia licensing requirements, Special Education candidates must complete one internship in elementary and one in secondary, so candidates will switch levels between fall and spring. Students attend during contract hours every day from the first week of January to the end of April. 

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

Additional Program Details

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 is ranked #5 for secondary teacher education.

The school also ranked ranked #4 in special education for graduate schools of education.

Special Education News

Program Faculty

Bryan Cook

Bryan Cook

  • Professor
Lysandra Cook

Lysandra Cook

  • Professor
Michael J Kennedy

Michael J. Kennedy

  • Professor
Rachel Kunemund

Rachel Kunemund

  • Research Assistant Professor
Stephanie Morano

Stephanie Morano

  • Assistant Professor
LaRon Scott

LaRon A. Scott

  • Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Associate Professor
William J Therrien

William J. Therrien

  • Thomas G. Jewell Professor of Education

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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

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).