What do you want to teach?

RTR Residents

RTR is looking for individuals who have a desire to teach in a high-needs school setting. RTR residents

  • advocate for students
  • are caring
  • are committed
  • have integrity
  • are cooperative
  • are critical thinkers
  • are strong communicators
  • become reflective practitioners
  • become change agents in our partner schools
  • make a difference in the lives of students

Pathways Available

Elementary

Elementary teachers work with students in grades preK through 5 or 6. They typically teach all four major content areas (reading, math, science, and social studies) and have the same group of students in their classroom every day.

Special Education

Special Education teachers are certified to work with students from grades K through 12. They typically work in a collaborative classroom setting alongside a general education teacher, supporting students with disabilities. Special Education teachers will also work with small groups or individual students throughout the day.

Secondary

Secondary teachers are certified to teach middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12). They generally specialize in one content area and will teach multiple classes of students each day.

Elementary Graduate Certificate Pathway

To qualify for this pathway, applicants need:

  • An undergraduate degree with any major
  • A 3.0 GPA overall or in the final 60 hours of coursework
  • Previous coursework that meets the Virginia Department of Education teacher licensure requirements (click here for details)
  • Passing scores on licensure exams (during the residency year): the Praxis multi-subject elementary education test, the Praxis teaching reading test, and the Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment

 

Special Education Master of Education Pathway

To qualify for this pathway, applicants need:

  • An undergraduate degree with any major
  • 3.0 GPA overall or in the final 60 hours of coursework
  • A desire to work with students with disabilities
  • Passing scores on licensure exams (during the RTR program): the Praxis multi-subject elementary education test, the Praxis teaching reading test, and the Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment

Special Education Graduate Certificate Pathway

To qualify for this pathway, applicants need:

  • An undergraduate degree with any major
  • 3.0 GPA overall or in the final 60 hours of coursework
  • A desire to work with students with disabilities
  • Current employment as an Instructional Assistant in a high-needs school in an RTR partner school district
  • Passing scores on licensure exams (during the RTR program): the Praxis teaching reading test, and the Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment

Secondary Master of Teaching Pathway

To qualify for this pathway, applicants need:

  • An undergraduate degree in the content area they plan to teach (English, math, science, or social studies) or substantial coursework in the content area (click here for details)
  • A 3.0 GPA overall or in the final 60 hours of coursework
  • Passing scores on licensure exams (before the start of the residency year): the Praxis content knowledge test and the Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment

Early Childhood / Elementary Bachelor of Science

We now have a pathway for students currently enrolled in VCU’s Bachelor of Science in Education program. Students may apply during their junior year to participate in RTR during their final two semesters. To qualify for this pathway, applicants need:

  • To be currently enrolled in the VCU Bachelor of Science in Education for Elementary or Early Childhood
  • A 3.0 GPA in their VCU coursework
  • Passing scores on licensure exams: the Praxis multi-subject elementary education test, the Praxis teaching reading test, and the Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment

The Application Process

If you would like to learn more about how to apply, take a look at our Application Process page.

Apply Now

If you are ready to begin the application, head to our free, online application.