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Endorsement Areas & Program Options

In addition to initial endorsement areas, we offer courses that may contribute to add-on endorsements. These courses may be taken as Electives in the MT or as Core Course substitutions or Electives in the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction. Review details below.

Master of Teaching (MT)

Initial endorsement area: Students in the Master of Teaching (MT) program must select an initial endorsement area (see details in tabs below):

  • Elementary (grades PK-5)
  • Secondary (grades 6-12)
  • Comprehensive (PK-12)

Add-on endorsements and program options: In addition, students in the MT program may also complete elective coursework toward add-on endorsements. Consult with your academic advisor to develop a personalized plan of study (see details in tabs below):

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Gifted Education
  • Special Education General Curriculum Elementary

M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction

Students in the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction program must complete specific education and research courses. You may also complete coursework that can lead toward an add-on endorsement. Consult with your academic advisor to develop a personalized plan of study (see details in tabs below).

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Gifted Education
  • Special Education General Curriculum Elementary
Program Options
Initial Endorsement

Teaching Endorsement Areas

Initial Endorsement Areas

Students in the MT program must select an initial endorsement area. Students may also complete coursework related to ESL, gifted education and special education toward an add-on endorsement. Consult with your academic advisor to develop a personalized plan of study.

Elementary Education (PreK-6)

Requires UR BALA or any qualifying bachelor’s degree major

Secondary Content Areas (6-12)

Requires qualifying bachelor’s degree major

  • English
  • History & Social Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Comprehensive Content Areas (PreK-12)

Requires qualifying bachelor’s degree major

  • Foreign Language: French, German, Latin, Spanish
  • Theater Arts
  • Visual Arts
Add-on Endorsements

Add-on Endorsements

Students in the Master of Teaching and M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction programs may complete coursework related to ESL, gifted education and special education toward an add-on endorsement. Consult with your academic advisor to develop a personalized plan of study, and discuss the additional Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requirements for an add-on endorsement.

Gifted Education

12 semester hours. M.Ed. students may be able to substitute courses as an alternative for a portion of Core Courses.

EDUC 555U Curriculum for Talented and Gifted Education
EDUC 562U Special Populations of Gifted Students
EDUC 563U Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted Student
EDUC 570U Talented and Gifted: Working with High Achievers

Special Education, General Curriculum Elementary

9 semester hours. M.Ed. students may be able to substitute courses as an alternative for a portion of Core Courses.

EDUC 565U Foundations and Legal Aspects of Special Education
EDUC 571U Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education
EDUC 574U Understanding and Implementing the IEP

English as a Second Language

3 semester hours. M.Ed. students may be able to substitute courses as an alternative for a portion of Core Courses.

EDUC 598U ST: Working with English Learners*

* Scheduled to become a permanent course with its own course number rather than a Selected Topics (ST) course.

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