M.T. Early and Elementary Concentration

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As of May 2021, the standardized testing admissions requirement (GRE) is under review. If you would like to submit a GRE waiver request, please complete this form as you are completing all the other required materials for your graduate admissions application. For questions, please email soeinfo@vcu.edu.

The M.T. in Early/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.

External to VCU Applicants

Transfer students intending to be elementary teachers are required to meet required liberal arts and education course prerequisite requirements as they prepare for their M.T. program. Please submit a transcript review request for our licensure team to evaluate all courses successfully completed to determine their transferability to the LSEE major.

Note: Exact course requirements may vary depending on when you matriculated into the program. We do not offer academic credit for life experience; you will have to take courses, or in some cases, ask that courses be transferred from another institution to VCU; we accept up to six graduate credits of courses that are equivalent to those that we offer in our program.

Major Maps

The VCU central advising and the School of Education team collaborated to put together a useful tool to help future SOE students. Please use the major map as a guide to maximize your undergraduate program in preparation for your VCU School of Education master’s program. Note: Students completing their bachelor’s program outside of VCU can also use this tool to get a sense of activities to engage in while preparing for their future graduate program at VCU.

  • M.T. with a concentration in elementary education (currently our LSEE program map) - Major Map


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.
Application Resource [PDF]


  • VCU Graduate School requirements
  • 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)
  • Written essay addressing your career interests
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from previous academic work
  • Satisfactory GRE scores
  • 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

Ready To Get Started?

Jenna Lenhardt, Ph.D.

Contact Dr. Lenhardt with initial inquiries.

Contact Dr. McKnight for RTR program application.

Contact Dr. Dabney for early and elementary education concentration inquiries.