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.

Starting in 2018, the RTRPetersburg cohorts will begin. This additional high needs service area program will help support students and passionate teachers in Petersburg City 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

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.

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Jenna Lenhardt, Ph.D.
Recruitment specialist
(804) 827-2479

Faculty coordinators

For biology education, chemistry education, earth science education, mathematics education and physics education concentration inquiries

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Elizabeth Edmondson, Ph.D.
Principal investigator, VISTA ELIS at VCU
Teaching and Learning

For early and elementary education concentration inquiries

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Laura S. Domalik, M.Ed.
Assistant professor and elementary program chair
Teaching and Learning

For English education concentration inquiries

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Ross Collin, Ph.D.
Associate professor
Teaching and Learning

For history/social studies education concentration inquiries

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Gabriel Reich, Ph.D.
Associate professor
Teaching and Learning

For general inquiries

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Julie Gorlewski, Ph.D.
Department chair and associate professor
Teaching and Learning