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U.Va. schools to offer joint program in education and business

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Two schools at the University of Virginia are collaborating on a dual-degree graduate program in education and business.

The University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Darden School of Business will offer a dual master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and education (M.Ed).  University officials said the aim of the program is to create a supply of innovators in education.

The first students in the program are expected to enroll next summer.

“Never before have two schools come together to create a program with such promising impact,” Curry School of Education Dean Robert Pianta said in a statement. “The idea to train the next generation of education leaders in a full curriculum of business and education concepts has the potential to radically change how children receive their education in this country.”

The program intends to combine Darden’s focuses, such as its case-method instruction, team-building focus and entrepreneurial approach, with Curry’s work in teacher effectiveness, curriculum innovations and measurable student gains.

Students will earn credits in residency/internships in settings such as the Darden-Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education, charter schools and charter management organizations, state agencies and large urban school districts.

The 24-month degree program will total 82.5 credit hours, with 52.5 credit hours from Darden and 30 credit hours from Curry. Course work will be spread out over five modules.

Business courses will include including finance, marketing, leadership and accounting while the Curry School will offer courses in school finance, education policy and curriculum and assessment.

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