M.T. Early and Elementary Concentration

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The M.T. in Teaching with a concentration in Early and Elementary Education prepares future teachers of young children in schools, grades Pre-kindergarten to six, and community preschool settings. The program focuses on providing students with a solid foundation in child development, educational psychology and the role of the family and society in education. The program prepares graduates to be reflective educators who demonstrate an in-depth understanding of balanced literacy approaches. Students will develop skills to advocate for equitable learning opportunities for all children.

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to teach in diverse classroom settings through purposefully integrated fieldwork and internship experiences.

Prerequisite Course Work

Current VCU Applicants

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.


Program Concentration


How to apply: Graduate application
Semester of entry: Spring, summer or fall
Application deadline: Feb. 1 for fall and summer admission, Oct. 1 for spring admission
This degree can also be pursued as part of the RTR program.

Resources and Checklists

M.T. Application Resource [PDF]
RTR Teacher Residency Application Checklist [PDF]


  • VCU Graduate School requirements
  • Received or pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies for Early and Elementary Education
  • Written essay addressing your career interests
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from previous academic work
  • Completion of the Teacher Preparation Application* and required testing requirements for Virginia licensure are found here.
    *VCU extended teacher preparation students have already completed the Teacher Preparation Application as part of your undergraduate program.


The School of Education (SOE) degree programs that lead to professional licensure are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for professional licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia as outlined by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). The SOE has determined that the curriculum includes applicable educational prerequisites for the following professional licensure(s) and/or certification(s) as outlined on this page of our website.

Program Concentrations

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Brandon Norris, Recruitment And Enrollment Counselor

Contact Brandon Norris with initial inquiries.

Contact Dr. McKnight for RTR program application.