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Funding & Innovative Program Opportunities for Graduate Students

At the School of Education we have various funding and innovative program opportunities for graduate students.
This page provides an overview of the programs we offer and links so you can look into applying for these great opportunities to provide funding for your career aspirations.

Higher Education Tuition Assistance Program

The Higher Education Teacher Assistance Program was established to help address the teacher shortage in Virginia by assisting undergraduate students enrolled in a K-12 teacher preparation program. LEARN MORE

Richmond Teacher Residency Program (RTR)

RTR is an intensive, school-based teacher preparation program that integrates a research-supported approach to effective urban teaching with real-world classroom placement under the mentorship of an exemplary Richmond Public School (RPS) teacher.

We start with candidates of all ages who are graduates of leading colleges and universities and who a hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in math, biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, physics, history, government, international relations, political science, or English. More than academic expertise, however, successful candidates also bring a true passion for social justice—for making a difference through education, one student at a time.

Residents make a four-year commitment that includes the residency year plus three additional years of service teaching in an RPS classroom.

Our cohorts live and learn together, completing a concentrated program of graduate study to earn a Master of Teaching (MT) degree through the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education, while also spending 4 to 5 days each week co-teaching in an RPS classroom–all under the guidance of our RTR team, RPS mentor teachers, and university faculty. LEARN MORE


Educating Secondary Science and Mathematics Teachers for High Needs Schools

VCU is excited to announce a collaborative effort between The School of Education, School of Engineering, The College of Humanities and Sciences and J. S. Reynolds Community College in partnership with area school districts including the City of Richmond, Henrico County, Chesterfield County, and the City of Hopewell. This opportunity will provide scholarships to STEM majors who are interested in a career in teaching. The Robert Noyce Scholarship, a National Science Foundation program, provides scholarship funds for talented STEM majors to become teachers in high need school districts.

  • Are you Interested in a meaningful STEM career?
  • Could you use $24,000 in scholarship money?
  • Have you considered changing lives through teaching


Project KSR: Preparing Knowledgeable, Skilled, and Responsive Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Personnel for High-Need Communities.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Project KSR was developed to prepare fully credentialed early intervention and early childhood special educators with the necessary competencies to use evidence-based practices that improve learning and developmental outcomes for infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children from high-need communities, including children with disabilities. LEARN MORE

Special Education and Disability Policy

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Special Education & Disability Policy

Where we all learn from one another.

Today, there is a shortage of special education teachers – and a growing shortage in university faculty and university level researchers in the field. That makes our Doctorate in Special Education and Disability Policy an increasingly important program – one that will shape the future of education in special needs.

Through real-world research, teaching and service, our Doctorate program prepares tomorrow’s policy developers, change agents, researchers and the developers of the next generation of special education teachers and early childhood professionals. Since our faculty members are connected nationally, students have the opportunity to be connected nationally as well, through both research and policy projects. And since every student completes an internship in special education research, policy and teaching, they graduate from the program ready to hit the ground running.

Master of Education (M. Ed.) in Severe Disabilities Special Education

A collective effort to prepare teachers to work with students with disabilities having the most significant support needs.

Although the need for well trained teachers of students with severe disabilities remains high, it is not feasible to always enroll a sufficient number of students interested in working with students with significant support needs, nor is there an adequate number of faculty throughout the state or nationwide with expertise in this area of teacher preparation. Therefore, VCU has joined with four other universities to form the Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Severe Disabilities and Autism – George Mason University, Norfolk State University, Radford University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Commonwealth University. The consortium’s primary goal is to prepare teachers across the state to be highly skilled at working with learners with severe disabilities and/or Autism. The 42 credit hour program is designed to increase the number of fully endorsed teachers by providing training to new full-time pre-service personnel and to accelerate the training for those already teaching on conditional licenses.
TUITION SUPPORT: Each semester, the Consortium provides partial tuition support to qualified applicants if funding is available. Thirty-six of the 42 credit hours required for the M.Ed. are offered at the off-campus rate, and if eligible, students can receive tuition support for these courses. This tuition support comes from a grant from the Virginia Department of Education, and to be eligible, a candidate must have a provisional license in Special Education, Adapted Curriculum K-12, or be working as an instructional assistant with students with significant disabilities.

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