Graduate admissions

Students choose from 35 different degree and certificate programs, offering everything from master’s and post-baccalaureate to Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs.

We are here to help you through your application process at VCU and for your future School of Education graduate program. Please find your application deadlines and required materials on our School of Education program page or the VCU Bulletin to confirm when your materials are due. Below is specific information about special programs or groups of our incoming students. We hope you find this information helpful as you navigate our admissions process.

Master's and certificate admissions information

Successful applicants to our master’s and post-baccalaureate programs have an average cumulative GPA of 3.0 and an average 386 on the MAT or 290 or higher on the GRE.

Applications to all VCU graduate programs are processed through the university's Graduate Admissions website. Complete applications move forward to individual department admissions review teams. Please reference the application checklist as you submit all required pieces for your application.

Ph.D. admissions information

The Ph.D. application deadline is December 15. Applications whose supplemental materials (such as transcripts and letters of recommendation) have not been received by February 15 can be requested by the student to be held for admission review the following year. Please see the VCU Graduate School admissions website for the online application.

There are critical application pieces that help our department and faculty teams determine the eligibility and future success of each applicant in our research and application focused School of Education. Please submit the following components of the application in order for us to review your full academic and professional profile for program eligibility and fit:

  1. Submit scores from the GRE exam, taken within five years of date of application. Typically that means a verbal score at or above the 50th percentile, a satisfactory combined score of at least 300, and an analytical writing score of 4. GRE’s are one component of the admissions decision. Individuals who have a composite score of 300 may not be admitted based on other components of the application packet. Alternatively, individuals who have a composite score of less than 300 can be admitted if other components are strong. If scores are low, the application may be strengthened by:
    • Retaking the GREs before submitting the application. We will use the highest scores when making admission decisions.
    • Providing an explanation in the personal statement.
  2. Submit a personal statement. Please include information related to research interests, career goals, and why the track is a good fit. Applicants should familiarize themselves with the faculty in the track to which they are applying. It is strongly recommended that applicants identify a core faculty member with similar interests. Review committees will use personal statements to determine applicant fit. More specific guidance regarding personal statements can be found on track web pages.
  3. Provide all undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Typically the last sixty hours undergraduate GPA should be at least 3.2, for applicable tracks, and a graduate GPA of at least 3.5 is expected. The rigor of coursework will be considered in the evaluation of transcripts.
  4. Have three individuals submit letters of recommendation. These letters should address the applicant's potential to complete a rigorous program of study and conduct research at the doctoral level.
  5. Submit a professional curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.
  6. A personal interview and/or a writing sample may be required.

Full-time students who would like to be considered for a graduate assistantship position must complete the School of Education's graduate assistantship application.

Provisionally licensed educators

Learn more today to impact tomorrow

Continue your learning journey with the VCU School of Education as a non-degree student.

The VCU School of Education supports lifelong learners from all backgrounds, whether you are interested in a class for professional development or you want to take a course before applying to our graduate master’s or doctoral programs.

Easy Enrollment Steps

Step 1: Complete the non-degree seeking admissions application

Step 2: Review the schedule of classes to identify the section and time that works for your schedule

Step 3: Register for your class through your new VCU eservices account

Step 4: Enjoy your class and contact if you have questions about applying to a future graduate program**

**Note: There are limits on how many non-degree courses can be transferred to a future graduate program. Please contact with questions.

Provisional licensed Virginia Educators

We are excited to support our newly provisionally licensed educators in Virginia!

For teachers who may not be able to commit to the full VCU Master of Teaching (M.T.) initial licensure program that builds in the Virginia state teaching licensure requirements, we want to give you and your Human Resource licensure specialist at your sponsoring school information on the courses you need for your specific situation.

Since the requirements vary greatly by teaching licensure type and the individual backgrounds of the provisional licensed teacher*, your licensure sponsoring school will be a critical approval partner for you to ensure you take courses that support your future license.

Teaching- Common VDOE requirements

  • Classroom and Behavior Management
  • Curriculum and Instructional Procedures
  • Foundations of Education
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Reading in the Content Areas: Education

Please review our VCU Teaching course bulletin list of courses to identify the course that fits your school’s needs

Special Education

SEDP 630 - Trends in Special Education is the required course for provisional licensure in special education (general curriculum) in Virginia school divisions

Adding Teaching Endorsements

Once a regular renewable license is obtained, individuals can add certain additional endorsements based on one of two options:

  • Content Coursework (see VCU certificates or non-degree class options)
  • Praxis II Testing

Learn more: /adding_endorsements.pdf

*Note: Please reference updated requirements and regulations on the VDOE website:

Veterans Resources

If you want to apply your service leaderships and training skills to educational roles, we are here to help.

VCU Military Student Services helps veterans, active service members, spouses and dependents who receive military benefits, successfully transition to VCU.

Troops to Teachers (TTT) Virginia Center helps military service members and veterans who want to become teachers. TTT can assist with finding a job in Virginia, connecting with other service members and teachers, and taking advantage of possible financial incentives. All of our services are offered at no cost to our participants.

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