Admissions Requirements

To apply to the graduate program, students must submit the Virginia Tech Graduate School online application.

Early Admission
Summer I: October 15
Other Applicants
Summer I: January 31
This program is offered to State of Virginia Licensure applicants only. 

Admissions Requirements

Students who wish to enter the Elementary Education program at Virginia Tech are expected to satisfy the following requirements:

  • For M.A. Ed., applicants must possess a bachelor's degree, from an accredited college or university. No particular major or combination of minors is required. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate academic credit in order to be considered for regular admittance. Applicants holding a GPA of less than 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate academic credit will be considered for acceptance as provision students.
  • Passing scores for Praxis Core exam OR substitute SAT/ACT score (Please click here for current score requirement).
  • Applicants must submit scores on Praxis Subject Assessment (Test Code: 5001) at the time of application, however it is not necessary to pass Praxis Subject Assessment in order to be accepted.
  • Applicants must submit passing scores for the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA). Testing information is on http://www.va.nesinc.com.  
  • Elementary Education Content Check Sheet (available through PEAP office)
  • Documentation of 100 Hours Working with Children

Learn about the full Elementary Education licensure requirements.

 

What You'll Need

Official Transcripts

For current Virginia Tech students:

Include a scanned copy of your transcripts with your online Graduate School application (An official copy to be sent to School of Education at the time of licensure application).

For others:

Arrange for an official copy to be sent to Graduate Admissions  (A second official copy to be sent to School of Education at the time of licensure application).

School of Education Graduate Testing Requirements

GRE is not required for Elementary Education (PK-6) M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.

Licensure Testing Requirements

  • Passing scores for Praxis Core exam OR substitute SAT/ACT score (Please click here for current score requirement).
  • Applicants must submit scores on Praxis Subject Assessment (Test Code: 5001) at the time of application, however it is not necessary to pass Praxis Subject Assessment in order to be accepted.
  • Applicants must submit passing scores for the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA). Testing information is on http://www.va.nesinc.com.  

Elementary Education Undergraduate Content Check Sheet

This content check sheet should be submitted by potential students with the other application materials. It is used for analysis of coursework and can be used by potential applicants to check on the completion of all requirements (available through PEAP office).

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required for Elementary Education (PK-6) M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. You can include references/recommendations email addresses in your online application, and they will receive an email with instructions on how to provide an electronic reference.

Essay

Essay (3-4 double-spaced pages) is required by the School of Education.The essay prompt is: Reflecting on your experiences in working with children, what have you learned from them that will have an impact on your teaching?

Curriculum Vitae/Resume

Please submit your lastest Curriculum Vitae/Resume.

Option Commitment Form

Applicants should also submit an Option Commitment Form.

Any Additional Information/Supporting Material

Applicants are welcome to submit any additional information with application material that would be useful in evaluation of your application.

Interview with Members of Program Faculty

Qualified applicants will be asked to complete an interview with members of the Elementary Education program faculty.

Financial Matters

How much is tuition?

Tuition varies based on in-state or out-of-state status and whether or not you are a teacher. Virtual Campus students do not have to pay activity fees, only a technology fee. Graduate tuitions and fees are listed at http://www.bursar.vt.edu. Our campus is considered Virtual.

For Virginia School Personnel, please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

For questions regarding tuition and fees, please contact the Bursar's Office at bursar@vt.edu.

Completed forms for the K-12 Employee Reduced Tuition should be mailed or faxed to Graduate School at the following address:

Graduate School

Graduate Life Center

Virginia Tech (0325)

Blacksburg, VA 24061

Fax: 540-231-2039

Graduate Assistantships at Blacksburg Campus Only

A question on the application for graduate admission asks whether you want to be considered for a teaching assistantship. Check yes. Please note that Indicating that you wish to be considered for an assistantship does not mean that you will be offered one, only that you wish to be considered for one, if available.

What about financial aid?

There is a discount for in-state K-12 teachers; use this application form in order to receive the reduced costs. Otherwise, as with on-campus students, we refer you to the VT Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information on financial assistance.

Learn more about other available funding opportunities

Application Fees

Degree-seeking students must include a $75 fee with their application, though check to see if you qualify for a waiver or reduced fee.

Submission Deadlines

Early Admission
Summer I: October 15
Other Applicants
Summer I: January 31
This program is offered to State of Virginia Licensure applicants only. 

Additional Notes

  • You will be notified by the Graduate School about the action taken on your application for admission.
  • To apply to the Virginia Tech Elementary Education (PK-6) program, select "Education, Curriculum and Instructions " as your major. You will be able to select " Elementary Education Program Area" later in the online form. Choose degree option “M.A.Ed.” from the list.
  • There are two application phases, one in October, and one in January of the senior undergraduate year (or thereafter).
  • To be considered for an Early Decision, applicants should complete and submit all application materials between October 1 and October 15 of the senior year.  Early Decision candidates must have completed all requirements for the program other than coursework (to be finished in the current fall semester and the upcoming spring semester).  During the October phase, applicants will be notified of a decision by the end of November.  Students who have been accepted at this time will be asked to make a decision about commitment to the VT Elementary Education Program by December 15.
  • The second application phase is during January and application materials are due by January 31.  Applicants should have completed all requirements for the program except for coursework to be completed in the current spring semester.  Applications will be analyzed during February and candidates will be notified of a decision during the first few weeks of March.
  • At the time of application, candidates must demonstrate completion of all requirements and submit: (a) transcripts for non-VT courses, (b) three letters of reference, (c) elementary education undergraduate content checksheet, (d) documentation demonstrating a minimum of 100 hours working with children at the PK-6 level, (e) a commitment form for Option 1, 2, or 3, (f) a 3-4-page double-spaced essay. The essay prompt is: Reflecting on your experiences in working with children, what have you learned from them that will have an impact on your teaching? (g) test scores.
  • Acceptance into the elementary education program is competitive. All eligible applicants have completed the basic pre-requisite requirements (holding the Bachelor's degree or in the last semester of undergraduate study, a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework, and completion of the general studies course list). Thus, preference is given to students who have (a) earned the highest undergraduate GPA, (b) written the highest quality essays, and (c) documented the most significant teaching/advocacy-related experiences with children. Essays are judged on a rubric that assesses (a) writing organization, (b) correct writing structure (grammar, spelling, sentence and paragraph structure), and (c) quality and reflectivity in terms of responding to the prompt.  Applicants are evaluated on the three criteria using a weighted scale in which GPA accounts for 50%, the essay accounts for 30%, and the documentation of work with children accounts for 20% of the scale.

To request further information about the program or the application process, please contact Pre-Education Advising Program Coordinator.

Dawn Knight
107 War Memorial Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
peap@vt.edu

The official transcripts showing degree conferral should be sent directly from your institution(s) to Graduate Admissions and School of Education
To,
Virginia Tech Graduate Admissions
120 Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown
Mail Code 0325p 155 Otey Street NW
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

To,
Office of Academic Programs 
School of Education
226 War Memorial Gymnasium (0313)
370 Drillfield Dr
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061