When is the best time to apply for RTR?

It is best to apply in the fall. In the spring, we will only fill our remaining openings.

When are the application deadlines?

Fall: For fall applicants, RTR applications are due by November 6, 2019 and VCU applications are due by November 13, 2019.

Spring: For spring applicants, RTR applications are due by February 3, 2020 and VCU applications are due by February 10, 2020.

How do I receive Testing Vouchers?

You will receive your track specific testing vouchers at Selection Day.

When should I test?

As soon as you apply, consult the testing needed for your track and plan out when you will take your tests.  You will receive your testing vouchers at Selection Day so you will want to schedule your tests after that time.

That said, use this time to prep for your upcoming tests.  Study prep is the key to knocking out these tests the first time around.  You really can do this : )

Where do I find Test Prep info?

Look underneath our Application Process page for a tab at the top.  As soon as we have info to print, we will post. As soon as you submit your applications, you should schedule time for your test prep e. We offer test prep sessions online as well as face-to-face classes during the year.

When should I apply to VCU?

If you are a fall or a spring candidate, apply to VCU within the week of your RTR application.

Is admission to RTR like other graduate programs?

Not even close. We support you through the admissions process to discern your call to teach in high-needs and hard-to-staff schools. Expect to communicate with us often. We want to answer your questions and position you to be successful in this process.

What is Site Visitation Day?

Site Visitation Day is an optional opportunity to visit our school division partners. We have four: Chesterfield County Public Schools (special education residents only); Henrico County Public Schools ( special education residents only); Petersburg City Public Schools (elementary education and STEM secondary residents), and Richmond Public Schools (all tracks).

What is Selection Day?

Selection Day is a required opportunity for you to show your passion for teaching. This day consists of teaching a 5-minute prepared mini-lesson before students, providing a writing sample, completing a personal interview, and interacting with current residents.

How soon will I know whether I am offered a resident position?

You will be notified about two to three weeks after Selection Day.

What happens if I cannot pass the testing?

You will be deferred to next year’s cohort and we will continue to work with you on test preparation.

When is my stipend disbursed?

Your stipend is disbursed in late June, early September, and early January. The last two times are after the add/drop deadline of each semester.

Can I work during my residency year?

We do not encourage working during your residency year because this is a rigorous program. We want what little time you have to be spent on you — working out, sleeping, and spending time with your family and friends.

Will I receive in-state tuition even if I am not a Virginia Resident?


What courses will I need to register for and when are they offered?

Your admissions team will already have given you a heads-up about any additional courses you may need for licensure when they reviewed your transcript. Then in the early summer, you will meet with your Curriculum Coordinator to map out your full schedule.

Will I get to choose my Clinical Resident Coach (mentor teacher)?

Yes and no. During the summer, we host a matching party that will give you an opportunity to meet our Clinical Resident Coaches (CRCs). This will allow us to match you with a CRC who best suits your needs.

When will I meet my CRC and find out where I will be placed for my residency year?

We typically notify residents in July after the matching parties. That way you will know the name of your CRC and the school you will be serving.

When will be my first day as a co-teacher/teaching resident?

You will begin school on the same day as your CRC. This usually occurs the third week in August.

Other questions?

Feel free to contact our Admissions Team via email at teachrtr@vcu.edu.

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.