The Master of Teaching curricula are designed to incorporate eligibility for initial teaching licensure in Virginia in early and elementary, or secondary education (biology, chemistry, earth science, English, history, history and social studies, mathematics or physics).
The approved curricula include undergraduate qualifying courses as well. Individuals pursuing the extended program are awarded undergraduate and graduate degrees simultaneously; baccalaureate degree recipients who meet the admission criteria also may pursue the Master of Teaching degree program, including the qualifying courses. The combined baccalaureate and Master of Teaching program requires a minimum of 153-154 hours, at least 33 of which must be at the graduate level.
Early and elementary education
Freshman students bound for the Master of Teaching program with a concentration in early and elementary education are required to enroll in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a liberal studies for early and elementary education major. This program offers liberal studies curriculum designed through an interdisciplinary collaboration among professors in the College of Humanities and Sciences and the School of Education in consultation with successful area teachers. It targets core knowledge across the four major subject areas represented in Virginia’s Standards of Learning (mathematics, sciences, social sciences and language arts/communication) while also providing a university-level skill set and knowledge base. Throughout the undergraduate program, contact with area schools and young learners is programmed into service and experiential learning venues.
Transfer students intending to be elementary teachers (and completing the Master of Teaching with a concentration in early and elementary education) are required to meet with advisers for the LSEE major prior to registering for courses. Advisers will evaluate all courses successfully completed outside of the LSEE major prescribed curriculum (from VCU or elsewhere) to determine their transferability to the LSEE major.
LSEE majors are encouraged to select at least one minor in order to deepen knowledge and appreciation of a subject area. Philosophy, religious studies, African American studies and international studies have relevance in their understanding of human investigation of knowledge, human behavior and world cultures. A minor in a science area such as environmental studies may be more employable because of school and societal concerns about our planet and its preservation. In selecting the humanities and sciences minor, the choice should be based on the student’s interest and perceived relevance.
Consult with the appropriate professional studies adviser for additional information regarding professional studies and liberal arts requirements.
Student teaching requirements
All students pursuing a concentration in early and elementary education within the Master of Teaching program will student teach. To do so, students must take and pass the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment and their subject-specific Praxis II exams before the fall or spring semester of the academic year in which they will student teach.
Student learning outcomes
- Learner and learning: Understand human development and learning theory appropriate to the age group they will teach and acquire an awareness of the diversity of the school-age population in cultural backgrounds and styles of learning
- Content: Demonstrate knowledge of the subjects they will teach
- Instructional practice: Demonstrate an ability to plan and implement effective teaching and measure student learning in ways that lead to sustained development and learning
- Professional responsibility: Develop an understanding of purposes for education and a defensible philosophical approach toward teaching and demonstrate professional dispositions
VCU Graduate Bulletin, VCU Graduate School and general academic policies and regulations for all graduate students in all graduate programs
The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university. These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.
It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.
Visit the academic regulations section for additional information on academic regulations for graduate students.
Degree candidacy requirements
A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.
Visit the academic regulations section for additional information on degree candidacy requirements.
As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.
Visit the academic regulations section for additional information on graduation requirements.
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In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, the following requirements represent the minimum acceptable standards for admission:
- Bachelor’s degree with an appropriate liberal arts major
- Three letters of recommendation addressing the student’s potential for graduate study in education
- Statement of intent
- Transcripts of all previous college work
- Satisfactory scores on the GRE
Additionally, there are several tests that students must pass for admission to teacher preparation, admission to student teaching and licensure in Virginia. Students should consult the Teacher Preparation page on the School of Education website for current testing requirements. Admission to clinical experiences in schools requires a background check and fingerprinting.
Please visit the School of Education website for further information.
In addition to general VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students are required to complete course work in core and elective courses.
- Credit hour requirements: Students are required to complete a minimum of 33-34 credit hours depending on concentration.
- Grade requirements: Receipt of a grade of C or below in two courses constitutes automatic dismissal from the program. Courses with a grade below C cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements.
- Student teaching requirements: Students must successfully complete approved student teaching experience. Note: Students must complete all undergraduate courses before student teaching.
- Additional testing requirement: Students must pass Praxis II, where applicable, for licensure.
Program requirements – mathematics and statistical reasoning
The general education requirement is three to six credit hours; the early childhood/elementary education program requirement is six credit hours, including three credit hours in mathematics at the college algebra level or higher and three credit hours in a statistics course typically taught by a college department of mathematics. Choosing among these courses is recommended:
|MATH 303||Investigations in Geometry||3|
|MATH 361||Numbers and Operations||3|
|MATH 362||Algebra and Functions||3|
|STAT 206||Data Analysis and Statistics for Elementary Education||3|
Program requirements – natural sciences
The general education requirement is seven to nine credit hours, with one course each from the physical sciences and the biological sciences, with at least one laboratory; the early childhood/elementary education program requirement is 12 credit hours, again with at least one course each in the physical sciences and the biological sciences and two laboratories.
|BIOL 101||Biological Concepts||3|
|or INSC 300||Experiencing Science|
|or PHYS 101||Foundations of Physics|
|CHEM 100||Introductory Chemistry||3|
|or CHEM 101||General Chemistry I|
|or CHEM 110||Chemistry and Society|
|ENVS 105||Physical Geology||3|
|or ENVS 201||Earth System Science|
|or ENVS 301||Introduction to Meteorology|
|or ENVS 310||Introduction to Oceanography|
|or URSP 204||Physical Geography|
|Science labs 1||2|
Two of the science content courses must pair with a one-credit lab for a total of two credits of laboratory course work in the degree program. Possible partner laboratory courses include BIOZ 101, PHYZ 101, CHEZ 101, CHEZ 110, ENVZ 105 and URSZ 204.
Program requirements – applied arts
Two to three credit hours in applied arts to be designated with the professional studies adviser.
Professional studies requirements
|EDUS 301||Human Development and Learning||3|
|or PSYC 301||Child Psychology|
|TEDU 310||Elementary School Practicum A (taken with TEDU 410, TEDU 414 and TEDU 426)||2|
|TEDU 313||Elementary School Practicum B (taken with TEDU 517, TEDU 522 and TEDU 591)||2|
|TEDU/ENGL 386||Children's Literature I||3|
|TEDU 390||Movement Education||3|
|TEDU/SEDP 410||Building a Community of Learners: Classroom Management||3|
|TEDU 411||Integrating the Arts in Curriculum for Young Children 1||3|
|or ARTE 301||Art for Elementary Teachers|
|TEDU 414||Curriculum and Methods for Early/Elementary Children||4|
|TEDU 426||Teaching Reading and Other Language Arts||3|
|TEDU 510||Instructional Technology in PK-12 Environments||2|
Students may choose another applied arts course.
|EDUS/PSYC 607||Advanced Educational Psychology for Elementary Teachers||3|
|EDUS 673||Democracy, Equity and Ethics in Education||3|
|SEDP 505||Theory and Practice of Educating Individuals with Special Needs||3|
|TEDU 517||Science Education in the Elementary School||3|
|TEDU 522||Teaching Mathematics for Elementary Education||3|
|TEDU 566||Diagnosis and Remediation in Reading||4|
|TEDU 591||Social Studies Education in the Elementary School||3|
|TEDU 626||Home-School Communication and Collaboration||3|
|TEDU 674||Internship II||4|
|TEDU 681||Investigations and Trends in Teaching||1|
The minimum total of graduate credit hours required for this degree is 34.
Other curricular options
Students who already possess a content major in a discipline appropriate for secondary education may pursue a post-baccalaureate certificate.
Communications and Enrollment Management
Katherine P. Dabney, Ph.D.
Associate professor and graduate program director
Program website: soe.vcu.edu/academics/masters-programs/master-of-teaching