The RTR application process involves several steps, detailed below.  Click here for the PDF of Cohort 13 application steps.

Step 1: Online Application

The RTR application is accessed online and is free to submit. Please note that the application link leads to a site that has branding for VCU and the School of Education. This is the RTR application! We are part of the VCU School of Education. The application contains several 0pen-ended questions about your life experiences and desire to teach. You will also need to submit your transcripts (PDFs of unofficial transcripts are fine for the RTR application) and names and email addresses of 3 professional references (a current or former supervisor, a current or former colleague, and an additional professional reference). References will then submit a form directly to RTR and will need to submit an additional letter of recommendation.

After your application is submitted, we will begin by reviewing your transcripts. You will need to have a bachelor’s degree by the time you begin the program. A 3.0 GPA overall or in your last 60 hours of coursework is required. Secondary education requires an undergraduate degree specific to the content you want to teach. For example, if you want to teach English, you need to have an English degree. Elementary education is open to many undergraduate degrees; teacher licensure in the state does have specific requirements, and your transcripts will be reviewed accordingly. All undergraduate majors are accepted into the special education pathway.

Application Deadline is March 31, 2023 for all pathways

Step 2: Submission of additional materials

Once your application is submitted, you will receive a notification detailing the two additional materials that will need to be submitted.

The first of these is the statement of intent. This is a personal statement describing your motivations for pursuing a teaching career through the RTR program.

The second of these is a 5-minute video focused on teaching dispositions – Enthusiasm, Creativity, Communication, and Belief in All Students. This video will either be a mini-lesson planned and delivered by you or a response to a teaching video shared with you.

Step 3: Interview

You will participate in an online interview held via Zoom. Interviews will be conducted by RTR and partner school division staff, and applicants will select their interview time from the available options. Every applicant is asked the same interview questions. The interviews are an opportunity for us to get to know you better, and for you to get to know us better. Interviews will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 AM and 4:00 to 5:00 PM December 1, February 2, and April 13.

Step 4: Next Steps after Acceptance

If you are accepted into the RTR program, you will need to submit an application to VCU to the appropriate program of study for your RTR pathway. The letters of recommendation and statement of intent will be used for your VCU application.

We have several pathways available


general special education

adapted special education

secondary English

secondary math

secondary science

secondary social studies

We fully cover tuition for our students

plus $5,000 stipend

plus an additional $4,000 stipend for science and math residents

plus $382/month for Petersburg residents who live in Petersburg

We are now accepting applications for Cohort 13

coursework will begin in summer 2023

the residency will take place during the 2023-24 school year

the final application deadline is March 31, 2023

If you are passionate about social justice — about teaching for change — about changing lives, communities, and student outcomes — then RTR is where you need to be.