VCU School of Education Preferred Applicant Track
The Preferred Applicant Track for Education offers four degree programs and eight tracks that do not lead to a teaching licensure (non-licensure):
M.Ed. in Adult Learning
- Human Resource Development
- Instructional Design & Technology
- M.Ed. in Counselor Education
College Counseling & Student Affairs
- School Counseling
- Couples & Family Counseling
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
- Leadership Studies
- Culturally Responsive Leadership
- Higher Education Administration
M.Ed. in Reading
The Preferred Applicant Track for Education offers two degree programs and eight tracks that lead to a Virginia teaching license (licensure):
M.Ed. in Special Education
- Early Childhood
- General Education
- Adapted Curriculum
Masters of Teaching
- Secondary English Education
- Secondary History/Social Studies Education
- Secondary Mathematics Education
- Secondary Science (Biology, Chemistry. Earth Science, Physics) Education
All Honors College students are eligible for admission through the Preferred Applicant Track. Students who are not admitted to the Honors College prior to entering VCU must meet the requirements for admissions to the Honors College and be admitted to the Honors College at the time of application.
Yes. All Honors students are eligible for the Guaranteed Admission Program for Education.
A resume including information on exposure to the education profession, community services, extracurricular activities, and honors/awards is required for all applicants.
Applications and all supporting materials must be received in the Honors College office by January 15 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. There are no exceptions to this deadline. Interested students are encouraged to apply early in order to ensure adequate time for submission of all required materials.
An application for admission to the Honors College Preferred Applicant Track for Education will open to you during the spring semester of your sophomore year. This application must be submitted to the Honors College by the deadline.
In order to apply, a student must be in good standing in the Honors College with a 3.5 cumulative grade point average.
The following programs have recommended coursework:
Human Resource Development
- ADLT 300
- ADLT 303
- ADLT 400
Instructional Design & Technology
- INFO 160
- ADLT 304
- CLED 340
- CLED 405
- CLED 440
- CLED 504
- CLED 520
- 2 semesters of a foreign language or fluency in another language
- ENGL 309/LING 390
- EDUS 202
- EDUS 301
Courses must be completed at VCU during either the fall or spring semesters or by AP/IB/dual enrollment credit in high school. Any exception to this requires the written approval of the Director of Guaranteed Admission Programs.
There is one essay prompt for the Preferred Applicant Track for Education:
- Please provide a descriptive statement about your motivation for becoming an educator and your career goals. (5000 characters or less)
*There is one additional prompt for the M.Ed. in Reading.
- Statement outlining your experiences and career goals when working with multilingual populations and how this program will help you achieve your goals
Students accepted into the Preferred Applicant Track for Education must successfully complete the requirements of the Guaranteed Admission Program for Education.
Application packets will be reviewed by members of the Selection Committee for the Guaranteed Admission Program for the School of Education. Students selected for an interview will be notified via email. Due to the limited number of guaranteed positions, not all applicants are interviewed, even though they may be highly qualified.
You must complete the requirements of the Guaranteed Admission Program for Education. If you complete all requirements, you will be able to enter the VCU School of Education without further competition.
You will still have the opportunities and resources of an excellent education and are encouraged to apply via general admissions.
All majors can accommodate the prerequisite coursework for the School of Education non-licensure and special education tracks, although certain structured majors may require summer school to complete the prerequisites.
Masters of Teaching candidates are encouraged to major in the subject area in which they want to teach:
- Secondary English (6-12): English
- Secondary History and Social Studies (6-12): African American Studies, History, Political Science
- Secondary Science (6-12): Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, Interdisciplinary Science
- Secondary Mathematics (6-12): Mathematics, Statistics, Interdisciplinary Math
- Early and Elementary (PK-6): Any major. Students will work closely with their academic advisors to complete the Commonwealth of Virginia prerequisite courses.