Curry School Launches Partnership Program with the University of Melbourne

By Laura Hoxworth

The University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Human Development has announced a new international partnership program with the University of Melbourne. The unique partnership connects two online degrees into a streamlined program for aspiring educational leaders.

Offered completely online, the program is designed for a globalized world. Students first complete the Master of Education in Evidence-Based Teaching at the University of Melbourne, then progress to the Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) at the Curry School.

The partnership allows in-service teachers with classroom experience to fast track a sought-after qualification at a reduced cost by reducing the time taken to study and providing a coordinated learning experience across both degrees. Grounded in the latest research, it also offers teachers the opportunity to learn from exceptional faculty at two leading universities and build an international cohort of like-minded peers.

The program was created out of a long-standing relationship between UVA and the University of Melbourne, both ranked among the top 40 institutions in the world. In a quickly changing and increasingly connected world, leaders at both institutions recognize that teachers play a fundamental role in training productive global citizens. The new program prepares teachers with a broad range of skills to help them address diverse classrooms and student needs.

“We need highly skilled students, so there's a push to ensure that we improve the quality of our students’ learning,” said Jeana Kriewaldt, Professor at the University of Melbourne. “To do this, we need to increase teachers’ capacity to manage student learning and their ability to target their teaching to students’ needs.

“Teachers need to build a broad range of skills and set students up for ongoing learning and development across their lives. It's about building skills and competencies.”

In addition, the program is designed to cultivate teachers with the strategic expertise needed to shape education systems and policies. The Curry School’s online Ed.D. program prepares teacher-leaders to make a difference beyond their classrooms by studying deeper societal and systemic issues in education.

"The program’s overarching goals are to prepare educators to promote quality and equity in classrooms, school systems, and society more generally, and we’re delighted to welcome alumni from the University of Melbourne into the Curry School community so that we can pursue these goals together,” said Matthew Wheelock, Associate Professor of Education at the University of Virginia.

“At Curry, we believe that teachers are primary agents of social change. Because they work on the frontlines with students, teachers are in the unique position to prepare the leaders of tomorrow, engage families and communities, and, in the process, galvanize critical social change.”

The program is now open for applications. To learn more about the partnership, visit

About the Curry School

The University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Human Development, located in Charlottesville, Va., is ranked among America’s top 20 graduate schools of education. To its 2,300 undergraduate, graduate and professional students, the school offers nationally ranked degree programs in education and human development. Through several research centers, nearly 20 labs and dozens of individual projects, faculty and students at the Curry School conduct rigorous, practical research that supports both the quality of teaching, learning and clinical practices and the decision-making of district, state and national leaders.

About MGSE

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne leads the transformation of education practice within and beyond the profession; growing knowledge about the contribution that life-long learning can make to society. Its vision is to equip people to address the major educational challenges of our times.