M.T. Secondary English Concentration

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The M.T. in Secondary English Education is a program designed to train creative and thoughtful English teachers (grades 6-12). This program can be completed (a) as part of the extended teacher preparation program for current VCU students or (b) as a program for students who have completed English undergraduate programs at other institutions.

Our program trains English teachers to engage diverse learners in rich and varied ways of reading, writing, speaking and thinking.

Learn about ways to leverage cross-institutional resources and partnerships to ensure you maximize your graduate experience.

Prerequisite Course Work

Each M.T. concentration has unique prerequisite courses. Please see the link below for this concentration’s prerequisite resource. If you would like for your transcripts to be reviewed by our licensure team, please submit this transcript evaluation request. Please allow up to two weeks for a review.

VCU students who have completed the B.A. in English have the content specific prerequisite courses built into their program. Please review the for questions about education prerequisite courses.

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 secondary English - 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
  • 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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Jenna Lenhardt, Ph.D.

Contact Dr. Lenhardt with initial inquiries.

Sabrina Evans

Contact Sabrina Evans for RTR program application.

Contact Dr. Collin for English education concentration inquiries.

Beginning in Fall 2022

As of fall 2022, the M.T. in Early and Elementary Education is limited to current VCU LSEE students. For any student interested in studying early and elementary education outside of the VCU LSEE program, there are two options available:

  1. Students interested in the RTR Residency program can apply to RTR and the graduate certificate in elementary education. If interested in completing a masters, students can utilize their graduate certificate coursework toward an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.
  2. For provisionally licensed teachers and students interested in going directly into a masters program, the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction allows students to customize their program to meet their future career goals.

Note: These programs are non-licensure pathways. Please email soeinfo@vcu.edu or teachrtr@vcu.edu for questions about the M.Ed. and RTR programs.