Program goal

The Master of Teaching curricula are designed to incorporate eligibility for initial teaching licensure in Virginia in early and elementary, secondary education (biology, chemistry, earth science, English, history, history and social studies, mathematics or physics) or health and physical education.

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.

Health and physical education

The Master of Teaching program with a concentration in teaching health and physical education provides advanced course work in the application of health and movement science principles to health and physical education pedagogy. Students seeking an M.T. with the teaching health and physical education concentration are required to complete the Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science. Students with an undergraduate degree in health and physical education or related degrees are encouraged to meet with an adviser prior to applying to graduate school.

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.

Student learning outcomes

Health and physical education

  1. Demonstrate content knowledge in health and physical education: Candidates demonstrate content knowledge in health and physical education as evidenced by Praxis II scores and the undergraduate transcript analysis.
  2. Demonstrate ability to plan instruction: Candidates demonstrate that they can effectively plan classroom-based instructions evidenced by the lesson plan assessment, lesson plan portion of the portfolio and the clinical evaluation continuum.
  3. Demonstrate that knowledge, skills and dispositions are applied effectively in practice as evidenced by the clinical evaluation continuum assessment during internship.
  4. Demonstrate effect on student learning: Candidates demonstrate effect on student learning as evidenced by success on the lesson plan portion of the portfolio.

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.

Graduation 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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Admission requirements

Degree: Semester(s) of entry: Deadline dates: Test requirements:
M.T. Fall Feb 1 GRE or MAT
Spring Oct 1
Summer Feb 1

In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, the following requirements represent the minimum acceptable standards for admission:

  1. Bachelor’s degree with a major, or equivalent, in the subject the student wishes to teach (for secondary) or an appropriate liberal arts major (for early/elementary) (Students in the five-year extended program must be pursuing an appropriate bachelor’s degree.)
  2. Three letters of recommendation addressing the student’s potential for graduate study in education
  3. Student’s written statement concerning career interests
  4. Transcripts of all previous college work
  5. Satisfactory scores on the GRE or MAT

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 Student Services Center section on the School of Education website for current testing requirements.

Admission to clinical experiences in schools requires a background check and fingerprinting.

Degree requirements

In addition to general VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students are required to complete course work in core and elective courses.

  1. Credit hour requirements: Students are required to complete a minimum of 33-34 credit hours depending on concentration.
  2. 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.
  3. Student teaching requirements: Students must successfully complete approved student teaching experience. Note: Students must complete all undergraduate courses before student teaching.
  4. Additional testing requirement: Students must pass Praxis II, where applicable, for licensure.

Curriculum requirements

The undergraduate program requires a minimum of 120 credit hours. To view undergraduate requirements, please see the program page for B.S. in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science with a concentration in exercise science.

Course Title Hours
EDUS/PSYC 607Advanced Educational Psychology for Elementary Teachers3
EDUS 673Seminar on Educational Issues, Ethics and Policy3
SEDP 505Theory and Practice of Educating Individuals with Special Needs3
TEDU 512Teaching Elementary Health and Physical Education3
TEDU 513Teaching Health Education3
TEDU 514Teaching Physical Education3
TEDU 562Reading Instruction in the Content Areas3
TEDU 672Internship4
TEDU 674Internship II5
TEDU 681Investigations and Trends in Teaching3
Total Hours33

Total graduate credit hours required (minimum)  33

Other curricular options

Students who already possess a content major in a discipline appropriate for secondary education may pursue a post-baccalaureate certificate.

Additional contact
Julie Gorlewski, Ph.D.
Associate professor and chair, Department of Teaching and Learning
Phone: (804) 828-1305

Program website: