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2019-2020

Secondary education (Advising Track)

School of Education

Concentration(s):
English concentration
Program description

This is an advising map that will prepare you to apply to a Masters in Teaching (M.T.) program. Students complete an undergraduate major (i.e. English or double major in English), and utilize this map to prepare themselves for admission into both the Teacher Prep and M.T. program. Our Master of Teaching program prepares students for initial teaching licensure eligibility in Virginia.

 

The Master of Teaching degree can also be pursued as part of the RTR program, an innovative graduate teacher residency that pairs residents with an experienced mentor for our most challenged schools. Starting in 2019, RTR has expanded and now includes the high-needs and hard-to-staff schools in the metro-Richmond school districts of Richmond, Petersburg, Chesterfield and Henrico. If this interests you, please send your unofficial transcripts directly to the program at teachRTR@vcu.edu.

Career opportunities

The Virginia Department of Education has identified secondary English as a critical need shortage area. There is a United States need for passionate, committed, and capable educators who want to inspire the next generation of citizens. There are opportunities to engage with districts in required in-classroom experiences throughout your undergraduate and graduate program as you prepare for your future teaching career. Many teachers choose to take on additional subject content areas or curriculum tasks to help continually improve the classroom learning environment for future learners. Teaching is a profession that allows students to combine their passion for social justice, equality, diversity, and their content area expertise into a meaningful career. Graduates can also find work through programs such as RTR, AmeriCorps, America Reads or The Literacy Lab.  

Change of major requirements

Students do not change into this program as this is an advising map to help prepare applications to a future graduate program. Please see the program description for admissions requirements and contact the School of Education for questions about the admissions process as you near the end of your undergraduate program.


Admissions Requirements for the M.T. and Teacher Prep program:

  • Teacher Preparation Application testing and admissions application requirements can be found on the School of Education Teacher Preparation page

The Masters of Teaching (M.T.) application, GPA and testing requirements are found on the School of Education’s M.T. program website


Bachelor-level job titles
  • *** Completion of a graduate degree may be necessary for the following job titles:
  • High School and Middle School English Teacher (drama, journalism, yearbook)
Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
    Science required
      Foreign language requirements
      Additional tuition/fees
      GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
      Department name:
      Dean's Office
      Building/room location:
      Oliver Hall, 1015 W. Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23284-2020
      Campus (where 75% of courses are taken):
      Invalid campus
      Phone:
      804-827-2670
      Email:
      soeinfo@vcu.edu

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      Explore
      MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
      GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
      BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
      GET REAL EXPERIENCE
      PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
      • Explore “What Can I Do With This Major” to learn about employers in your field of study.
      • Research local, national and international news and podcasts to stay informed.
      • Build a LinkedIn profile, connect to at least 10 people, and check out the VCU alumni page.
      • Join Students Today Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) to connect to VCU traditions, networking opportunities, and fellow Rams.
      • Access your free credit report and begin making responsible credit choices to prepare for your future.

      Experience
      MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
      • Follow your English degree requirements, emphasizing literature by and about diverse people (diversity of race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, etc.)
      • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide. Ask questions about how to use the library.
      • Schedule an appointment with your advisor and explore minors, certificates, and skills-based value added courses.  
      • Talk to your professors about research interests, picking future classes, and strategies for success in your program.
      GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
      BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
      • Attend OMSA Social Justice Conference.
      • Consider short-term, semester and year-long Study Abroad opportunities.
      • Get to know other VCU students and meet new friends from all over the world at a monthly Global Café.
      • Join a cultural or identity-related organization.
      • Participate in or attend local artistic production (drama, visual arts, poetry).
      GET REAL EXPERIENCE
      • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor.
      • Look for opportunities to tutor in local schools & community centers.
      • Gain practical experience related to career goals through internships, shadowing, part-time work, or independent skill building.
      • Create an ePortfolio to document academic/professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections.
      • Attend Career & Internship Fairs and other professional development events. 
      PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
      • Attend an SOE information session or Open House.  
      • Get plugged into VCULink to connect with students and alumni.
      • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
      • Consider who you would ask to serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.   
      • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.

      Experience
      MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
      • Complete EDUS 301- Teacher Prep required course (between years 2-3).
      • See your academic and career advisors regularly to discuss your progress towards graduation and career planning.
      • Connect with M.T. faculty in English
      • Enhance your business, software, technology and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
      • Deepen your expertise at finding information in your discipline by working with your subject expert librarian & using research guides.
      • Start preparing for the required assessments outlined on the Teacher Preparation website.
      • Enroll in upper level major courses as suggested for the M.T. additional coursework documents.
      GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
      BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
      • Apply to be a Diversity Ambassador with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
      • Attend presentations and conferences pertinent to intercultural dialogue, history and issues. Check your department for special lectures.
      • Richmond is known for hosting a wide array of festivals! Learn about new cultures, food, and music by attending one of these events.
      • Update your resume to include how you have developed your communication and interpersonal skills for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
      GET REAL EXPERIENCE
      PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
      • Attend the VCU Careers in Education Symposium.
      • Research the School of Ed's graduate programs and complete admissions exams the summer before your senior year PRAXIS, VCLA etc.)
      • Talk to advisors, faculty, and Career Services about graduate school versus a job.
      • Research graduate/professional schools at least 1 year in advance of deadlines. Study for and complete any exams the summer before senior year. 
      • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.

      Excel
      MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
      GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
      BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
      • Attend Office of Multicultural Student Affairs I Love Diversity Week.
      • Attend OMSA Tunnel of Oppression.
      • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
      • Reflect on your own cultural competency, and be prepared to answer interview questions that outline how you have worked with diverse populations.
      GET REAL EXPERIENCE
      • Explore applying to the School of Education- Substitute Teaching the VCU Way program.
      • Reflect on the experiential learning you have engaged in thus far, and discuss with current or potential mentors (peers, faculty, advisors, alumni, professionals).
      • Continue to engage in research to create more content for your ePortfolio.
      • Present your research at conference/meeting such as UROP Undergraduate Research Symposium or other conferences. 
      PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
      • Complete exams, applications, or self-marketing activities for after graduation.
      • Consider training to become an educator through programs like RTR, which prepares graduates from a variety of majors to become effective teachers in high-need schools.
      • Research prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
      • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed and do a mock interview with your Career Services office. 
      • Engage with the VCU Alumni Association at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and by joining a VCULink Industry Network and alumni chapter as you prepare to graduate.
      Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
      Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
      Major map compass icon [View Image]
      2019-2020

      Secondary education (Advising Track)

      School of Education

      Concentration(s):
      English concentration
      MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
      ExploreYear 1
      • Explore “What Can I Do With This Major” to learn about employers in your field of study.
      • Research local, national and international news and podcasts to stay informed.
      • Build a LinkedIn profile, connect to at least 10 people, and check out the VCU alumni page.
      • Join Students Today Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) to connect to VCU traditions, networking opportunities, and fellow Rams.
      • Access your free credit report and begin making responsible credit choices to prepare for your future.
      ExperienceYear 2
      • Follow your English degree requirements, emphasizing literature by and about diverse people (diversity of race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, etc.)
      • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide. Ask questions about how to use the library.
      • Schedule an appointment with your advisor and explore minors, certificates, and skills-based value added courses.  
      • Talk to your professors about research interests, picking future classes, and strategies for success in your program.
      • Attend OMSA Social Justice Conference.
      • Consider short-term, semester and year-long Study Abroad opportunities.
      • Get to know other VCU students and meet new friends from all over the world at a monthly Global Café.
      • Join a cultural or identity-related organization.
      • Participate in or attend local artistic production (drama, visual arts, poetry).
      • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor.
      • Look for opportunities to tutor in local schools & community centers.
      • Gain practical experience related to career goals through internships, shadowing, part-time work, or independent skill building.
      • Create an ePortfolio to document academic/professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections.
      • Attend Career & Internship Fairs and other professional development events. 
      • Attend an SOE information session or Open House.  
      • Get plugged into VCULink to connect with students and alumni.
      • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
      • Consider who you would ask to serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.   
      • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.
      Year 3
      • Complete EDUS 301- Teacher Prep required course (between years 2-3).
      • See your academic and career advisors regularly to discuss your progress towards graduation and career planning.
      • Connect with M.T. faculty in English
      • Enhance your business, software, technology and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
      • Deepen your expertise at finding information in your discipline by working with your subject expert librarian & using research guides.
      • Start preparing for the required assessments outlined on the Teacher Preparation website.
      • Enroll in upper level major courses as suggested for the M.T. additional coursework documents.
      • Apply to be a Diversity Ambassador with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
      • Attend presentations and conferences pertinent to intercultural dialogue, history and issues. Check your department for special lectures.
      • Richmond is known for hosting a wide array of festivals! Learn about new cultures, food, and music by attending one of these events.
      • Update your resume to include how you have developed your communication and interpersonal skills for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
      • Attend the VCU Careers in Education Symposium.
      • Research the School of Ed's graduate programs and complete admissions exams the summer before your senior year PRAXIS, VCLA etc.)
      • Talk to advisors, faculty, and Career Services about graduate school versus a job.
      • Research graduate/professional schools at least 1 year in advance of deadlines. Study for and complete any exams the summer before senior year. 
      • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.
      ExcelYear 4
      • Attend Office of Multicultural Student Affairs I Love Diversity Week.
      • Attend OMSA Tunnel of Oppression.
      • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
      • Reflect on your own cultural competency, and be prepared to answer interview questions that outline how you have worked with diverse populations.
      • Explore applying to the School of Education- Substitute Teaching the VCU Way program.
      • Reflect on the experiential learning you have engaged in thus far, and discuss with current or potential mentors (peers, faculty, advisors, alumni, professionals).
      • Continue to engage in research to create more content for your ePortfolio.
      • Present your research at conference/meeting such as UROP Undergraduate Research Symposium or other conferences. 
      • Complete exams, applications, or self-marketing activities for after graduation.
      • Consider training to become an educator through programs like RTR, which prepares graduates from a variety of majors to become effective teachers in high-need schools.
      • Research prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
      • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed and do a mock interview with your Career Services office. 
      • Engage with the VCU Alumni Association at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and by joining a VCULink Industry Network and alumni chapter as you prepare to graduate.
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