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What will I learn?

Our Master of Teaching program prepares students for initial teaching licensure eligibility in Virginia. Students can choose from concentrations in early and elementary education, or secondary education (biology, chemistry, earth science, English, history, history and social studies, mathematics, physics).

The early elementary concentration is part of our extended teacher preparation program, which allows undergraduate students to receive both their bachelor’s degree in a Liberal Studies for Early and Elementary Education as well as the M.T. degree simultaneously. In order to qualify for this program, your bachelor’s degree major must match your M.T. concentration (for example, those pursuing the biology concentration for the M.T. degree must major in biology for their undergraduate work).

The Master of Teaching degree can also be pursued as part of the RTR program, an innovative graduate teacher residency that pairs residents with an experienced mentor for our most challenged schools.

Starting in 2019, RTR has expanded and now includes the high-needs and hard-to-staff schools in the metro-Richmond school districts of Richmond, Petersburg, Chesterfield and Henrico.

Student teaching requirements

All students pursuing a secondary education endorsement within the Master of Teaching program will student teach in the spring semester. To do so, students must take and pass the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment and their subject-specific Praxis II exams before the fall semester of the academic year in which they will student teach. Please review our Teacher Preparation Application or the testing requirements for more information on both of those requirements. Interns and student teachers are typically assigned to public school teachers who have been trained as part of our Clinical Faculty Program.

Additional coursework

Some concentrations of the M.T. degree, such as the English education concentration, history/social studies education concentration, and the secondary science concentrations (biology education, chemistry education, earth science education and physics education), require extra coursework in order to teach in Virginia.


  • Earth Science Education
  • English Education
  • History / Social Studies Education
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Which department am I in?

School of Education

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 33-34 credit hours depending on concentration)

Tuition fees
$24,741.00 (18,39,968) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected August 2021


School of Education

1015 West Main Street,



23284, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must possess an earned baccalaureate degree from a recognized college or university. No particular major course of study is required. Applicants with a GPA less than 2.75 may be considered for admission on provisional status with exceptional professional experience.

For international students

Received or pursuing a bachelor’s degree with a major matching the degree concentration (or an appropriate liberal studies major for those in the early and elementary education concentration).

The university minimum TOEFL score requirement is 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based). The university minimum IELTS score requirement is 6.5. The PTE is also accepted with a minimum score of 65. Deadlines: Feb 1 for fall and summer admission, Oct 1 for spring admission.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University is a top 100 research university and number one public postgraduate arts school in the US.

  • VCU is one of the top 3 research universities in Virginia
  • 21% growth in sponsored awards in a 10-year period
  • 1,600 international students from 108 countries
  • 173-acre campus in downtown Richmond