Guaranteed Admission for Graduate Programs


The School of Education and Human Development offers a guaranteed admission pathway for University of Virginia graduates of the undergraduate Teacher Education major to enter select graduate programs.

The School of Education and Human Development offers a guaranteed admission pathway for University of Virginia (UVA) graduates who completed the Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) program with a major in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Special Education. Program graduates who meet the eligibility requirements will receive guaranteed admission into the following programs:

  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Reading Education
  • Certificate - Instructional Design and Technology
  • Certificate - Special Education - General Curriculum
  • Certificate - Teaching English Learners in PreK-12 Education
  • Certificate - Teaching Gifted Learners in PreK-12 Education

Develop your professional skills at a top-ranked institution offering the best education available through a rigorous online environment. Program flexibility allows you to work when and where you want on a full-time or part-time basis. The School of Education and Human Development offers a lower-than-average online tuition rate, and discounted tuition is available for qualifying Virginia preK-12 educators. 

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Admissions Information


  • Eligibility Requirements

    To qualify for guaranteed admission, students must meet the following criteria:

    • Graduated from the UVA B.S.Ed. program with a major in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Special Education
    • Graduated from the UVA B.S.Ed. program within the last five years of the date of application
    • Graduated from the UVA B.S.Ed. program with a cumulative GPA of a 3.3 or higher
    • Graduated from the UVA B.S.Ed. program with eligibility for a collegiate professional license (i.e., completed all requirements for licensure, including student teaching)
  • Application Requirements

    Application requirements:

    • Goal statement
    • Unofficial transcripts

    The following application components are waived for students who qualify for guaranteed admission:

    • GRE scores or GRE alternative (writing sample, NBPTS certification, or completion of two courses with qualifying grades)
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Application fee

Program Details


  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

    This program is designed for individuals who want to make a difference in educational settings by developing more effective instructional practices and better curriculum development strategies. Students complete 30 credit hours of graduate study. Fifteen (15) credits must be earned within the core requirements from each of the four “pillars” of the program which cover curriculum, instruction, assessment, and diversity. The additional 15 credits are earned from the student's chosen area of emphasis:

    • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
    • Educational Innovation
    • English as a Second Language
    • Gifted Education
    • Instructional Technology
    • Literacy
    • Social and Emotional Learning
    • Social Foundations
    • Special Education (note: this area of emphasis is not a fit for teachers who already hold an endorsement in special education)
    • Professional Studies (note: this area of emphasis is typically not a fit for licensed teachers)

    This program does not yield licensure. Virginia teachers may have the option to add an endorsement in Gifted Education, Special Education, or English as a Second Language through this program. 

    Learn more on the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction website.

  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Reading Education

    The Master's Degree in C&I - Reading Education is designed for reading practitioners to strengthen their knowledge, instructional skills and abilities for effective teaching of reading. The program is designed to develop knowledge about the science of reading and effective and efficient reading assessment and instruction at both the elementary and secondary levels. The program also develops students as literacy leaders in their schools and districts and prepares individuals for literacy work in community colleges, industry, adult education programs, commercial education centers and private practice.

    Though it is not a graduation requirement for the M.Ed. program, many students wish to add the Commonwealth of Virginia's K12 reading specialist endorsement to their existing teaching license. Students seeking this endorsement must enroll in 3-credits of EDIS 7740, our summer reading clinic, in addition to completing the 30-hour master’s degree. The clinical course may be taken before or after graduation but must be taken within 5 years of graduation.

    Learn more on the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction - Reading Education website. 

  • Certificate - Instructional Design and Technology

    The Instructional Design & Technology Certificate is a stand-alone, graduate certificate for educational technology practitioners across a range of settings including K-12, higher education, government, corporate, and non-profit organizations. The Instructional Design & Technology certificate consists of 18 hours of coursework in required instructional design and technology areas. Our certificate curriculum is designed to help you establish foundational knowledge and skills for new jobs in instructional design and technology and build upon your previous experience and education. You’ll leave with a robust portfolio progressively built throughout the program, demonstrating your creativity, competencies, and curiosity.

    Learn more Certificate - Instructional Design and Technology website

  • Certificate - Special Education - General Curriculum

    This graduate certificate is designed to equip K-12 teachers with the knowledge and skills to address the needs of students with learning disabilities (e.g., teaching methodology, assessment practices, differentiation of core content areas, IEP and transition plan development for students with high incidence disabilities including autism, traumatic brain injury, dyslexia, specific learning disabilities, and emotional disabilities) in the general curriculum classroom. 

    Target knowledge and skills include:

    • Knowledge of the historical, ethical, and legal foundations of the field of special education
    • How to develop and implement individualized education programs (IEPs)
    • Knowledge of best practices in assessment and evaluation of students with disabilities
    • How to implement instructional strategies in reading, writing, and mathematics to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities

    Virginia teachers interested in adding a Special Education - General Curriculum endorsement to their teaching license may work with an advisor to discuss how the certificate may support this aim. Select endorsements correspond with specific pathways to add the endorsement.

    Learn more on the Certificate - Special Education - General Curriculum website.

  • Certificate - Teaching English Learners in PreK-12 Education

    The graduate certificate program helps practicing PreK-12 teachers gain the knowledge and skills needed to provide quality instruction for English learners across content areas and grade levels. The certificate consists of 18 hours of coursework designed to provide candidates with a deeper understanding of second language acquisition and to develop skills in tailoring instruction and assessment practices to English learners’ unique needs. Virginia teachers interested in adding the English as a Second Language endorsement to their teaching license may work with an advisor to discuss how the certificate may support this aim. 

    Learn more on the Certificate - Teaching English Learners in PreK-12 Education website.

     

  • Certificate - Teaching Gifted Learners in PreK-12 Education

    This certificate prepares teachers and administrators to lead the development, implementation, and supervision of gifted education curriculum and programming that equitably serves talented learners. Through the 12-credit curriculum, candidates will build specialized knowledge, from shaping instructional strategies to creating research-based program options, that encourages gifted learners to reach their full potential. Virginia teachers interested in adding the Gifted endorsement to their teaching license may work with an advisor to discuss how the certificate may support this aim. 

    Learn more on the Certificate - Teaching Gifted Learners in PreK-12 Education website.