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Make a career change to teaching!

Our Master of Teaching program prepares you to teach.

Pursue your passion for teaching and the ability to impact and shape young minds as a classroom teacher with our new Master of Teaching (MT) degree. Our MT is an initial teacher licensure preparation program that leads to earning a teaching license from the Virginia Department of Education as well as a graduate degree in teaching. The program is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than education but want to learn the skills to become an effective classroom teacher. 

Face-to-face, classroom-based learning experiences are valued in the program, although some classes may be offered online or as in-class/online hybrid experiences.

You’ll prepare to teach across disciplines in elementary school, or apply your undergraduate major and experience toward teaching specific subjects in middle or high school school contexts. You’ll also have the ability to help meet a need for teachers in critical shortage areas by starting coursework to meet add-on endorsement requirements in Gifted Education, Special Education or English as a Second Language.

The University of Richmond and the School of Professional & Continuing Studies have been preparing career switchers to enter the teaching profession for almost 30 years. Central Virginia school divisions recognize the quality of teachers who complete our teacher licensure program. Students often receive job offers before completing their student teaching experience. And countless graduates have been named school- and division-level teachers of the year and first-year teachers of the year.

What You’ll Learn

  • Behavioral theories, principles and strategies for managing a positive classroom environment
  • The latest learning theory and technology skills to maximize the effectiveness of instructional design
  • Theoretical underpinnings and contemporary perspective on critical issues, professional practices, and state and federal laws influencing the teaching of students with diverse learning needs 
  • Instructional strategies to foster creative thinking and problem solving
  • How to implement all you learn in a real-world setting through a 15-week field-based clinical experience



For admission to the MT program, all applicants are expected to have the following:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • GPA of 2.7 or higher on all college or university academic work attempted
  • Two (2) official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended 
  • Brief explanation of why you want to become a teacher along with a current résumé
  • Two (2) completed “MT Rating Forms”
  • Submitted Praxis Core, SAT, ACT or GRE scores (additional details below)
  • Successful admissions interview
Testing Requirements

For admission to the MT program, we require scores on Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)-approved mathematics and reading (and beginning Spring 2021, writing) tests. Applicants should submit scores taken no more than 15 years ago on one or more of the following CAEP approved national assessments.

Scores on each test will be reviewed prior to the interview. During their interview, applicants may be asked to re-take test within their first semester based upon accreditation criteria for that academic year.

Praxis Core Exam

Scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests must be submitted directly to the School (UR’s code is 5808). The required test code is listed in parentheses. Testing fees apply. Please contact Miriam Blackmon ( for Praxis Core registration support prior to registering for your exam.

  • Reading (5713)
  • Writing (5723)
  • Mathematics (5733)
  • Combined Test (5752)

ACT, SAT or GRE Scores

We accept personal copies of scores; request a copy from your high school (on your transcript) or through the College Board. Please email a copy of these scores to

Advice to Non-U.S. Citizens & International Applicants

The Virginia Department of Education requires strict adherence to its transcript and mark sheet evaluation guidelines. Review admissions requirements for International Students & Non-U.S. Citizens to review the requirements for Virginia Licensure.

Professional Studies - All Candidates

9 semester hours. All candidates must complete the following courses.

  • EDUC 517U Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 518U Diverse Learners and Human Growth and Development
  • EDUC 558U Classroom and Behavior Management
Professional Studies - Elementary Education Candidates

18 semester hours. Elementary education candidates only.

  • EDUC 507U Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Science
  • EDUC 508U Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Social Studies
  • EDUC 510U Content and Pedagogy for Elementary Math
  • EDUC 511U Assessment and Differentiation in Elementary Math
  • EDUC 524U Reading Foundations
  • EDUC 526U Assessment, Intervention and Literacy Strategies
Professional Studies - Secondary & Comprehensive Education Candidates

18 semester hours. Secondary & Comprehensive Education candidates only.

  • EDUC 538U Technology-enhanced 21st Century Teaching and Learning
  • EDUC 542U Teaching and Learning in Secondary Classrooms
  • EDUC 543U Assessment and Evaluation in Education
  • EDUC 547U Content-Specific Instruction in Secondary Classrooms
  • EDUC 550U Content Area Literacy
  • EDUC 560U Assessment, Intervention, and Literacy Strategies for Struggling Readers

3 semester hours from department-approved list. All candidates must take one elective graduate course, which may include initial coursework to meet add-on endorsement requirements in Gifted Education, Special Education or ESL.

Clinical Experience

14 semester hours

  • EDUC 575U Teaching Internship (12 sem. hrs.)
  • EDUC 585U Capstone Seminar (2 sem. hrs.)

Master of Teaching students must select an initial endorsement area with the option to also begin coursework related to ESL, gifted education and special education toward an add-on endorsement.

Elementary Education (grades PK-6)

Requires a qualifying bachelor’s degree major in an area other than education.

Secondary Content Areas (grades 6-12)

Requires qualifying bachelor’s degree major.

  • English
  • History & Social Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Comprehensive Content Areas (PreK-12)

Requires qualifying bachelor’s degree major

  • Foreign Language: French, German, Latin, Spanish
  • Theater Arts
  • Visual Arts
Add-on Endorsement Coursework

MT students may use their elective to begin coursework toward the requirements for an Add-On Endorsement in one of the following areas:

  • Gifted education
  • ESL
  • Special education
Tuition & Aid
2019-20 Tuition Rates

Our tuition for graduate programs ranks among the most competitive in the Richmond region, making the MT a great value.

  • $640 per semester hour
  • $1,920 per class
  • $6,150 student teaching internship fee (12 semester hours)
  • Estimated total program cost: $26,630
Paying for Your Studies

Degree-seeking students may qualify for financial aid and/or SPCS scholarships and should utilize the University of Richmond’s Financial Aid Office. Applicants should familiarize themselves with and adhere to financial aid timeline.

Financial resources available to qualified applicants include:

Review additional information on tuition, fees and refunds.

Program Features

  • Position yourself for a meaningful career change and greater starting salary potential with a master’s degree
  • Help meet a need for teachers in critical shortage areas by starting coursework to meet add-on endorsement requirements in Gifted Education, Special Education or English as a Second Language
  • Flexible scheduling allows students to complete the program in about two years
  • State-, regionally- and nationally-accredited
  • Part-time, evening classes to accommodate work schedules
  • Be part of a vibrant, inspiring campus community

Ready to Apply?


  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: November 30
  • Summer: April 15



At a Glance


2 years

Average time to complete degree


10 courses

Plus student teaching field experience


44 semester hours

Total required for degree


2 tracks

Elementary & secondary / comprehensive


$640/semester hour

Based on 2019-20 tuition rates


Part-time evening classes

Convenient for working professionals

Pre-Service Teacher Scholarships & Assistance

The Graduate Education program has worked with the University’s Office of Foundation, Corporate & Government Relations to identify scholarships and financial assistance opportunities specifically designed for pre-service teachers.

AAEE Janice Jones Scholarships for Prospective Teachers — AAEE (American Association for Employment in Education) and the Janice Jones Scholarship Fund offer a scholarship of $800 to qualified students enrolled in a teacher prep program for a “critical need area” at an accredited university or college (which holds an AAEE membership).

ACS-Hach Second Career Teacher Scholarship — ACS (American Chemical Society) and Hach offer a scholarship of up to $3,000 for professionals who are either pursuing a Master in Education or working towards certification in teaching chemistry/science.

AFCEA Educational Foundation STEM Teacher Scholarships — The Foundation is offering competitive based scholarships of $2,500 up to $5,000 each to students actively pursuing a graduate degree or credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) subjects at a U.S. school in grades K-12.

DAR Edward G. and Helen A. Borgens Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education Scholarships — DAR offers two one-time, preferred amount awards of up to $1,500 for students 25 years of age or older. One award is given to students studying to teach at the elementary school level, the other to students studying to teach at the secondary level. The award is based on academic merit and is not automatically renewable; however, recipients may reapply for consideration as long as they meet the eligibility requirements. DAR society membership (or relation to a member) may be required.