Academic programs
Master of Teaching

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).

This degree also makes up part of our extended teacher preparation program, which allows undergraduate students to receive both their bachelor’s degree 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).

Those entering the early and elementary education concentration must enroll in VCU’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a liberal studies for early and elementary education major.

The Master of Teaching degree can also be pursued as part of the Richmond Teacher Residency program, an innovative graduate teacher residency that pairs candidates with an experienced mentor in Richmond Public Schools.

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.

Interns and student teachers are typically assigned to public school teachers who have been trained as part of our Clinical Faculty Program. For more information about this program, visit www.ctl.vcu.edu/clinical/.

Additional coursework

Some concentrations of the M.T. degree, such as the 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.

For more information about the additional requirements for these areas, please contact the concentration coordinator or select the appropriate link below:

Program concentrations

To see the degree requirements for a specific program concentration, please click the appropriate VCU Bulletins link below:

Please keep in mind, however, that the exact course requirements may vary depending on when you matriculated into the program, so please consult your adviser or the program coordinator with any additional questions.

Contact us

For more information, please contact:

For general inquiries
Julie Gorlewski, Ph.D.
Associate professor and department chair, Department of Teaching and Learning
Phone: (804) 828-1305
Email: jagorlewski@vcu.edu

For biology education, chemistry education, earth science education and physics education concentration inquiries
Jacqueline McDonnough, Ph.D.
Associate professor, Department of Teaching and Learning
Phone: (804) 828-1305
Email: jtmcdonnough@vcu.edu

For early and elementary education concentration inquiries
Laura Domalik, M.Ed.
Instructor, Department of Teaching and Learning
Phone: (804) 828-1305
Email: lsdomalik@vcu.edu

For English education concentration inquiries
Ross Collin, Ph.D.
Assistant professor, Department of Teaching and Learning
Phone: (804) 828-1305
Email: rcollin@vcu.edu

For history/social studies education concentration inquiries
Gabriel Reich, Ph.D.
Associate professor, Department of Teaching and Learning
Phone: (804) 828-1305
Email: greich@vcu.edu

For mathematics education concentration inquiries
Christine Trinter, Ph.D
Assistant professor, Department of Teaching and Learning
Phone: (804) 828-1305
Email: ctrinter@vcu.edu