Teacher Preparation Application Resources and Guidelines
The Teacher Preparation application for licensure in Virginia requires a variety of pre-requisite courses and tests, in-classroom experiential learning and hour requirements. The Teacher Prep program at VCU is a separate application process from your graduate Masters of Teaching (M.T.) or Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in special education or counseling concentrations.
There are many different pieces to the prerequisite course requirements that are determined based on a student’s past academic program and future licensure and graduate program interests. There are different testing requirements and in-classroom experiences that vary as well.
Spring: October 15
Fall: April 1
Note: there is no summer admission to Teacher Preparation
Step 1: Review and complete the prerequisite course(s) and testing requirements for your specific program (see below)
Step 2: Complete the Application for Admission to Teacher Preparation
Step 3: Submit all required supporting materials with your Teacher Preparation application
- Personal Statement
- Official Transcripts from all universities or colleges attended outside of VCU
Submit completed packet to: School of Education - Student Services Center, Oliver Hall - Room 1037, 1015 W. Main St., Richmond, VA 23284
Note: You can complete your School of Education graduate degree program online application at the same time as you are submitting your Teacher Preparation application materials.
- 3.0 GPA (for graduate admissions) and 2.8 GPA (for Extended Teacher Preparation students)
- EDUS 301 - Human Development and Learning at VCU or an equivalent undergraduate course with a C grade or better
- Teaching licensure prerequisites: Please refer to the M.T. degree program page for additional content specific prerequisite requirements for each of the concentration areas
- Special education licensure prerequisites: SEDP 630 - Trends in Special Education can be taken as a pre-requisite or can be completed in the first semester of your graduate program
- School counseling licensure prerequisites: No additional prerequisites are required to apply to this program
- If you are coming from a non-liberal arts program, please review the Liberal Arts Equivalency Worksheet
- Upon completion of 60 credits and completion of one semester at VCU, students may apply for our Admission to Teacher Preparation program. Degree holders must concurrently apply for admission to Teacher Preparation and VCU Graduate School
Required testing for teaching licensure is based on your past testing scores (ACT and SAT), current academic standing and your future program of interest. See this Required Tests for Teacher Licensure to guide you through the required tests you need to prepare for as you prepare your teacher preparation application. Below is an example of required tests for an incoming transfer student:
- Submit passing Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Math (150) scores AND Virginia Communication Literacy Assessment (VCLA) scores.
- OR SAT scores (acceptable score for SAT in place of Praxis is 1100 overall score, with at least a 530 in verbal and 530 in math).
- Or ACT scores (acceptable score for ACT in place of Praxis is composite score of 24, with math no less than 22, and ACT English Plus Reading score no less than 46. High school scores are acceptable.
SAT taken after April 1, 1995 and prior to March 1, 2016: a score of 1100 with at least 530 on the verbal and 530 on the mathematics tests; SAT taken after March 1, 2016: a total score of 1170 with at least 580 on Evidence-based Reading and Writing Section and 560 on the Math Section. *A new SAT test was released in March 2016.
ACT taken prior to April 1, 1995: a composite score of 21, with the ACT mathematics score no less than 21, and an ACT English Plus Reading score no less than 37. [Please note that you must have taken and met passing scores for the ACT Mathematics and English Plus Reading tests. At one time, the English Plus Reading test was not offered.] ACT taken After April 1, 1995: a composite score of 24, with the ACT mathematics score no less than 22, and an ACT English Plus Reading score no less than 46.
In Virginia, teachers must pass a Basic Skills Test requirement and also Subject Area Competence assessments related to their teaching specialty area.
Basic Skills Test
Subject Area Competence
- Praxis II: Subject Tests in your specialty area
- Praxis Series Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) required for Elementary and Special Education Certification
You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting the Praxis information page provided by Teachers Test Prep, where you can also access free online Praxis Practice Tests and Praxis Study Guides, plus a variety of paid Praxis Test Prep options for those who need additional help, including live prep classes, one-on-one tutoring and on-demand online prep.
Liberal Studies for Early and Elementary Education at VCU is an accelerated program where students take prerequisite courses for their Teacher Preparation requirements as part of their undergraduate program. Please contact your LSEE advisor to guide you through the steps in applying to Teacher Preparation as well as completing your undergraduate and M.T. programs.
We review applications from students across all majors and from any institution. Based on the institution you are transferring from will determine next steps, possible prerequisite courses and tests, and steps for a successful Teacher Prep application.
Students transferring from community college or college/university
We look forward to welcoming you to our Ram community! Our Transfer Student page will guide you through the steps of applying to a VCU undergraduate program to prepare for your future graduate program.
Students who have completed a degree (bachelors, masters, etc)
For all students who have completed a degree program and would like to complete the teacher preparation and graduate program at VCU, the first step is to identify any additional requirements for your future program. In order to understand what you may need, we need to learn about your past academic program and future intended licensure program. To have your previous program transcripts reviewed for prerequisite course requirements for our graduate licensure programs and the Teacher Preparation program, please email email@example.com with the following information:
- Unofficial copies of all past academic transcripts (these can be screenshots or PDF copies from your student portal)- if you are finishing your current program, please list when you are graduating and if there are any courses that you will be taking
- Future intended program (i.e. Masters of Teaching (M.T) with a concentration in secondary history/social studies or M.T. with a concentration in secondary biology)
- When you would like to start your graduate and Teacher Prep program (i.e. fall 2019)
- Email all to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and “Transfer Transcript Request” in the subject
All U.S. states require that teachers be licensed before they can teach in public schools.
Here at VCU, your Master of Teaching degree will incorporate the requirements for teacher licensure or certification, and you will apply for Virginia licensure credentials at the conclusion of your student teaching or internship. Many states have reciprocity agreements that make it easier for teachers licensed in one state to become certified in another. Currently, Virginia has reciprocity agreements with over 40 states.
Once all course requirements for Virginia teacher certification have been satisfied with the VCU program, candidates must apply for a license. The candidate must provide the following documents to support the application:
- Verification of completion of a bachelor’s degree and state-approved teacher preparation program.
- Proof of completed module in child abuse recognition and dyslexia.
- Proof of Emergency First Aid, CPR, and AED Training and Certification.
- Passing scores on the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) and Praxis Subject Assessments.
- Submission of completed licensure application.
- Payment of non-refundable processing fees.
The licensure application forms are available on the Virginia Department of Education’s website. Complete the form, attach the fee required by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education, and submit it to the School of Education Student Services Center (contact the Center at 804-827-2670 for details). The information is forwarded to the Virginia Department of Education, and it can take two to three months for processing.
If you are a current provisionally licensed teacher who is not interested in completing one of our Virginia initial licensure approved programs, you are welcome to take some of our courses as a non-degree seeking student which are open to all students. Your school division HR professional needs to review the courses you may need, based on your past academic experience, that we may offer in the School of Education. Please review the course listings under TEDU - Teacher Education, SEDP - Special Education and Disability Policy, and EDUS - Educational Studies, and ECSC - Early Childhood Special Education to identify courses appropriate for your specific licensure needs.
Please note that only six credits (two 3-credit courses), may be transferred into a graduate program from your non-degree seeking status. Please contact email@example.com if you have questions about applying to a future graduate program.