Application Process

Steps for Applying to RTR

RTR Online Application

  • Please be prepared to upload unofficial transcripts for all previous post-secondary (college and university) schooling, even if you did not earn a degree from the institution.
  • You will need to provide the name and email address of three professional references. These can be current/former supervisors, current/former colleagues, or current/former professors or advisors.
  • You will need to upload your statement of intent. This is a 2+ page double-spaced document describing your motivation to becoming a teacher through the RTR program. Each pathway’s specific prompt can be found by clicking here.
  • Application deadlines:
    • March 1 for summer graduate programs (This is for applicants with a Bachelor’s degree)
    • March 15th for fall undergraduate transfer programs (This is for applicants with an Associate’s degree; NEW Registered Apprenticeship Program)
    • May 1 for fall undergraduate programs (This is for current VCU BSEd students)

Transcript Review

  • Graduate Applicants
    • After your application is submitted, your transcripts will be reviewed based on your teaching interest.
    • VCU School of Education faculty will review your transcript to ensure that you have a 3.0 GPA (or a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 in the last 60 hours of your Bachelor’s) and that you have taken the prerequisite coursework needed for teacher licensure.
    • You will be notified if you need additional coursework for your program of interest or if you are not qualified to move forward due to not having the required GPA or prerequisite coursework.
  • Undergraduate Transfer Applicants
    • After your application is submitted, your transcripts will be reviewed based on your teaching interest.
    • VCU School of Education faculty will review your transcript to ensure that you have a 2.5 GPA.
    • You will be notified if you need additional coursework for your program of interest or if you are not qualified to move forward due to not having the required GPA or prerequisite coursework.
  • Undergraduate Applicants
    • After your application is submitted, your transcripts will be reviewed based on your teaching interest.
    • VCU School of Education faculty will review your transcript to ensure that you have a 3.0 GPA.
    • You will be notified if you need additional coursework for your program of interest or if you are not qualified to move forward due to not having the required GPA or prerequisite coursework.

Interview

  • If you are qualified to move forward based on the transcript review, once all of your references have been submitted, you will receive an invitation to sign up for a virtual Zoom interview with our RTR residency coordinators.
  • During the interview, you will respond to interview questions focused on your desire to teach in the high-needs setting as well as qualities you will bring to the program.
  • During the interview, you will also teach something for a total of 5 minutes. You get to choose what you would like to teach. This can be a lesson you would teach to your future students; how to knit a hat; how to make a bed; anything that you feel confident in teaching the interviewers.
  • Please note that the interview window closes within two weeks of the application deadline to provide time for accepted candidates to then apply to VCU

Things Needed for the Application

  • PDFs of all of your transcripts from colleges and universities you have attended
  • Contact information for three professional references (name, email address, organization, job title, etc.)
  • Your statement of intent
  • Your area of teaching interest (elementary, secondary, special education)
  • Information about your previous employment and academic experiences
  • Time to provide thoughtful responses to the two open-ended application questions

Transcript Review

If you would like to have your transcripts reviewed before you apply to find out if you are qualified for the program, follow this link and upload PDFs of your unofficial transcripts.

Apply Now

If you are ready to apply to join the RTR Teacher Residency program, follow this link to begin the process.