Cohort 12 applications are available now.

Fully  Cover Tuition

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

March 3, 2022

deadline to apply

March 18, 2022

selection day

Application Process

The Application Process is designed to position you to be a strong candidate in the selection process. If you are passionate about social justice and equity education, start this journey with us.

Apply to VCU Graduate School within a week of applying to RTR. Select “STEP FIVE” to learn how to apply to VCU Graduate School. The fall deadline for Cohort 12 is March 3, 2022.

You can start an application (see below) and upload your unofficial transcripts into your application or you can send your transcripts to

To start your application, click the “Apply Now” button and create an account.

Once you are in the application, click the “Academic History” section, then the “Add institution” section, and upload your unofficial transcript (s). Once you submit your transcript(s), you will be vetted for the tracks that we offer and provided feedback by email.

If you email your transcripts to you will be provided feedback about which program options best align with your academic background. Either way, you choose, you are covered.

Start Your RTR Application

  • Start your application now.
  • The “Apply Now” button is found on every page of the website.  We operate on a “rolling” admissions basis for qualifying candidates for our Selection Day. We offer two each year, one in the fall and one in the spring.
  • Work on your application so you are ready to submit once you are vetted and have a track alignment. You will not be able to complete your application without being vetted.
  • RTR determines your track options by reviewing your transcripts for course content. Uploading all of your transcripts especially for courses taken at the community college level is key to keeping your options wide open.
  • In your reflective responses, address your track preference. This way you are processing how you see yourself as an ( . . . English teacher, or a math teacher or an elementary education teacher or a special education teacher, etc). It helps us to see you in that role, too.
  • If you are completing your application on a device or smartphone, install a spell check app to ensure you have not missed a typo. This is a common oversight.
  • Upload all transcripts to your RTR application.
  • Upload all score reports to your RTR application.
  • Invest time in your application so that your passion for RTR is clearly stated and your best self is reflected.

Register and Pass Required Track Tests

  • We will provide you with testing vouchers after you have RSVPd for Selection Day.
  • After you receive your testing vouchers, register for your required tests.
  • All tests must be passed and uploaded to your application by March 13, 2022 for fall applicants, and by April 13, 2022 for spring applicants. See threshold scores here.
  • As soon as you receive your score report, please upload to your RTR application. This will ensure that you meet the deadlines. In the spring, the form will be available for you to do so.
  • Request that test results be sent to you, VCU and the Virginia Department of Education.
  • Schedule time to study.  Studying plays a critical role in success.
  • Sign-up for RTR Study Prep Sessions.

Note: Sometimes it takes a couple of times to pass a test.  That is understandable and okay. Just build in this plan b when you are mapping out your testing schedule.  Also, look out for study groups that we sponsor. Study group information will be posted on the website when available.

References for RTR

  • Select professors, supervisors, colleagues, etc. to serve as your professional references. Please avoid friend references.
  • You just need three.
  • Once you enter this information in your application your references will be sent a RTR Reference Form to complete.  A reference letter is not needed.
  • All reference forms are needed by Selection Day.
  • As reference material is received back to us, you too, will be notified.

Apply to VCU Graduate School

  • Select that you are applying for Summer 2022 admission.
  • Fall applicants may wait to apply to VCU graduate school until after they find out if they have been accepted into RTR. Spring applicants must submit their RTR and VCU applications simultaneously.
  • Be sure to save your login information.
  • Upload unofficial transcripts of all college work, and request that official transcripts be sent directly to VCU Graduate School.
  • Send VCU your GRE score reports if your track requires it.
  • Elementary M.T. and Secondary Candidates: Apply for the Master of Teaching (M.T.) degree specifying your particular content area (elementary education or your content area –math, biology, etc.).
  • Elementary Education – Graduate Certificate in Teaching Candidates: Apply for the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Elementary Education.
  • Special Education M.Ed Candidates: Apply for the Master of Education (M. Ed.) degree in Special Education – General, in the School of Education.
  • Special Education Graduate Certificate in Teaching Candidate:  Apply for the Graduate Certificate in Special Education.
  • Middle School, Master of Education – Science: Ask the RTR Admissions Team.

Complete the Scholarship Application (optional)

  •  VCU School of Education (SOE) offers annual scholarships. Keep your eye open for this additional funding opportunity. Visit the SOE website for a list of scholarships. You must have been admitted to VCU Graduate School to apply for scholarships.
Apply to VCU Graduate School

RTR Selection Day – A Virtual Experience

  • All top candidates are invited to Selection Day. This is an opportunity for you to highlight your skills and show us why you are a good fit for RTR.
  • If you are unable to attend, please contact our Admissions Team right away at
  • Selection Day includes these elements:
    • Submitting a 5-minute mini-lesson
    • Providing a writing sample
    • Completing a personal interview
    • Hearing from current residents

You’re Invited to be a Resident – Congratulations!

  • Notarize your Service Agreement (SA) and bring it to our RTR orientation. Your SA will be emailed to you in May 2022.
  • If graduating in May 2022, request that a final college transcript be sent to VCU Graduate School and upload it to your RTR application.
  • Start the program during summer 2022!

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.