Education Admissions

In addition to general admission requirements, the admissions requirements list below are apply to specific Graduate Education programs:

  • Curriculum & Instruction (Master of Education)
  • Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (Master of Education and Graduate Certificate)
  • Teaching (master’s degree & teacher licensure)
  • Curriculum & Instruction

    Admission to the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

    Students seeking admission to the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction must have the following (in addition to the admission requirements for all graduate programs):

    • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university (or international equivalent)
    • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on all college or university academic work attempted. Students who do not meet grade point average requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • A current résumé
    • Successful interview with the program director or designee

    Recommended Qualification

    In addition to the above requirements, it is recommended that applicants to the programs have a strong foundational knowledge in K-12 education demonstrated by possessing a valid teaching license or classroom teaching experience.

  • Educational Leadership

    Admission to the Graduate Program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

    Students seeking admission to the Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies must have the following (in addition to the admission requirements for all graduate programs):

    • A graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university (or international equivalent)
    • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on all college or university academic work attempted. Students who do not meet grade point average requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • Successful interview with the program director or designee
    • Written statement of your professional intent and rationale for obtaining a degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

    The three letters of recommendation should include an individual who can attest to the candidate's academic ability and potential as a graduate student and from supervisors who can attest to the candidate’s demonstrated leadership ability. The supervisor recommendation might include a school principal or school superintendent. At least one of the recommendations should derive from the K-12 perspective.

    Master of Education

    Students seeking admission to the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies must demonstrate all of the same criteria as for the Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies except they need only to have completed at least a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university (or international equivalent).

    Recommended Qualification

    In addition to the above requirements, it is recommended that applicants to the programs have a strong foundational knowledge in K-12 education demonstrated by possessing a valid teaching license or classroom teaching experience.

  • Teaching

    Admission to the Master of Teaching

    Student seeking admission to the Master of Teaching program must have the following (in addition to the admission requirements for all graduate programs):

    • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or international equivalent)
    • GPA of 2.7 or higher on all college or university academic work attempted
    • Two (2) official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended submitted directly to Education at the University of Richmond
    • Passing scores on the Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment (VCLA, see details below)
    • Brief explanation of why they want to become a teacher along with a current résumé submitted to the School
    • Two (2) professional references (MT Applicant Rating Forms)
    • Successful admissions interview with the program director or designee

    Testing Requirements for Admission

    Passing scores on the VCLA must be submitted directly to the School’s Education program, to the attention of Miriam Blackmon (mblackmo@richmond.edu). She is also available for registration support.

    Test Score Requirements

    • Reading subtest (code 091) passing score: 235
    • Writing subtest (code 092) passing score: 235
    • Combined test passing score: 470

    Candidates who have passed previous testing requirements for admission should contact Miriam Blackmon

  • Teacher Licensure

    Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Teacher Licensure Preparation (TLP)

    Students seeking admission to the Graduate Certificate in Teacher Licensure Preparation must have the following (in addition to the admission requirements for all graduate programs):

    • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university (or international equivalent)
    • A grade point average of 2.7 or higher on all college or university academic work attempted
    • Two (2) official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended submitted directly to the School
    • Passing scores on the Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment (VCLA, see details below)
    • A brief explanation of why they want to become a teacher along with a current résumé submitted to the School
    • Two (2) professional references (“TLP Applicant Rating Forms”) submitted directly to the School
    • A successful interview with the program director or designee

    Students who complete the Teacher Licensure Preparation program have two years, after completing the Teacher Licensure Preparation program, to apply to the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction degree program.

    Testing Requirements for Admission

    Passing scores on the VCLA must be submitted directly to the School’s Education program, to the attention of Miriam Blackmon (mblackmo@richmond.edu). She is also available for registration support.

    Test Score Requirements

    • Reading subtest (code 091) passing score: 235
    • Writing subtest (code 092) passing score: 235
    • Combined test passing score: 470

    Candidates who have passed previous testing requirements for admission should contact Miriam Blackmon.