Apply to Cohort 10 of RTR.

Full Ride Scholarship

plus $5k stipend

November 6

deadline to apply

November 22

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.

Upload All Transcripts to Your RTR App and/or Send Directly to Our Admissions Team

Our email is

Apply to RTR

RTR is developing a new application which will be available in the fall. Once the application is available, we will link it to our website so that you may apply to our program.

  • Wait to finish applying to RTR until you know which track options are open to you.
  • Apply to the RTR program. The apply button is found on every page of the website. There are two deadlines: Fall and Spring. We operate on a “rolling” admissions basis for qualifying candidates for our Selection Day. Applying earlier is always better.
  • Select the track you have been pre-qualified for – Elementary (Post Bac Certification or MT), Secondary, or Special Education.
  • If you have not been pre-vetted for a track, email the Admissions Team at to find out which tracks you qualify for before you complete your application.
  • 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 test scores to your RTR application.
  • Upload all transcripts to your RTR application.
  • Upload your resume to your RTR application.
  • Double check that your responses to the reflective questions are relevant to your track choice.
  • 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

  • Starting with Cohort 10, we will be providing testing vouchers to remove the cost barrier of your exams.  Once you are invited and ATTEND Selection Day, you will be eligible to receive your testing vouchers.  At Selection Day, we will distribute your test specific codes.
  • Register for your required tests. Links to test sites are on the website and found here.
  • All tests must be passed and uploaded to your application by March 15th for fall and April 15th spring resident offers. 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.
  • Request that test results be sent to you, Virginia Department of Education, and VCU.
  • Study, study, study!
  • Sign-up for Study Prep Sessions.

Note: Sometimes it takes a couple of tries to pass a test, so plan ahead for extra time to retake, if necessary. 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, and others to serve as your professional references. Please avoid friends.
  • Once you provide your reference’s email address, the individual will be sent a reference form to complete.
  • This reference form is all that we need.
  • All reference forms are needed by selection day.

Apply to VCU Graduate School

  • Apply to VCU within the same week you apply for RTR.
  • Select that you are applying for Summer 2020 admission.
  • 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 Track Candidates: Apply for the Master of Teaching (M.T.) degree in the School of Education specifying your particular content area (elementary education or your content area –math, biology, etc.).
  • Elementary Education — Post Baccalaureate Certification Candidates: Apply for the post-baccalaureate Elementary Education certificate.
  • Special Education Track M.Ed Candidates: Apply for the Master of Education (M. Ed.) degree in Special Education – General, in the School of Education.

Complete the Scholarship Application (optional)

  • Apply for a VCU School of Education (SOE) Scholarship by January 24, 2020 (must have applied to VCU Graduate School).
Apply to VCU Graduate School

RTR Selection Days

  • All top candidates are invited to Selection Day. This is an opportunity for you to highlight your skills and show why you are a good fit for RTR.
  • Please note that an RSVP is required.
  • Only those candidates who attend Selection Day will be considered for a residency position unless there are compelling reasons for not attending (i.e. an emergency or virtual interview candidates). If you are unable to attend, it is important to contact our Admissions Team right away at
  • Selection Day includes these elements:
    • Teaching a 5-minute prepared mini-lesson before students
    • Providing a writing sample
    • Completing a personal interview
    • Interacting with current residents

You’re Invited to be a Resident – Congratulations!

  • Notarize your Service Agreement (SA) and bring it to our RTR orientation on June 1st. Your SA will be emailed to you in May.
  • If graduating in May 2020, request that a final college transcript be sent to VCU Graduate School and upload it to your RTR application.
  • Start the program May 18, 2020 with hybrid classes, and June 1, 2020 with face-to-face classes.

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.