Admissions Requirements

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

State of Virginia Licensure Applicants
Spring: October 15 (Target deadline. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and students are admitted after Oct 15 when space is available)
Summer I: May 1
Summer II: June 1
Fall: August 1
Other Applicants
This program is offered to State of Virginia Licensure applicants only. Other applicants including International students should apply for English Education (M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction )

Admissions Requirements

  • To be eligible for regular admission status, applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (last 60 hours of coursework) and a B.A. in English. Transcript reviews of applicants with English degrees from other colleges should provide evidence that the programs meet specific undergraduate content requirements; otherwise, candidates will need to take additional coursework as part of the licensure program.

  • Virginia Tech students should apply in the fall term of the senior year. If eligible, English majors may apply for dual status admission during the last semester of their undergraduate coursework.

  • Register for and pass the Praxis Core and Praxis II tests. The Praxis II test required for admission is English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038). Passing scores on both the Praxis Core and Praxis II are required for admission into the program. Students can pass out of the Praxis Core exam with a state-approved SAT or ACT score.

    • SAT as a Substitute for the Praxis Core Test:

    • SAT taken Prior to April 1, 1995 : a score of 1000 with at least 450 on the verbal and 510 on the mathematics tests ;

    • SAT taken After April 1, 1995 : a score of 1100 out of 1600 (not including the writing portion) with at least 530 on the verbal and 530 on the mathematics tests.

  • Register for and pass the reading and writing sections of the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA).

Accelerated BA-MA

The Accelerated Master's Degree Program is for Virginia Tech undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies at Virginia Tech. Students must be accepted into the program prior to the beginning of the semester in which they would enroll in courses to be used in the accelerated program. Please review the links and video below to learn more about the accelerated masters program.

Learn More about accelerated B.A.-M.A.

What You'll Need

Official Transcripts
Include a scanned copy of your transcripts with your online application, then arrange for an official copy to be sent to both Graduate Admissions and School of Education after you receive an offer of admission.

Department Graduate Testing Requirements
GRE is not required for English Education Licensure Program (M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instructions) 

Licensure Testing Requirements

  • Applicants must submit a passing scores for Praxis I exam OR at least 1100 on SAT with 530 for the verbal section and 530 for the math section.
  • Applicants must submit scores on Praxis II at the time of application, however it is not necessary to pass Praxis II in order to be accepted. Passing scores for Praxis II must be submitted before students are permitted to enroll in student teaching. For the english education program, the correct test is Praxis II: English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038).)
  • Applicants must submit passing scores for the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA). Testing information is on http://www.va.nesinc.com.

English 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 use by potential applicants to check on the completion of all requirements.

Letters of Recommendation
Contact Information for three references: This information is submitted via the Graduate School Application (online) for English Education Licensure Program (M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction). You can include references/recommendations email addresses in your online application, or have them send paper copies directly to department.

Essay
Please respond to one or more of the following questions below in a typed, double-spaced 2-3 page essay:

  • What characteristics and dispositions do you possess that you feel will make you a good teacher?
  • What made you want to become a teacher of the English language arts?  
  • What have you learned in past experiences when leading groups of adolescents?

Academic and Professional Goals
Applicants are asked to provide a 1 - 2 page, double-spaced personal statement which includes the following:

  • Why do you want to undertake graduate work?
  • Why do you qualify to pursue a graduate degree at Virginia Tech?
  • What do you expect to derive from your program of study?
  • If you have a concentration or area of interest in mind, briefly outline your interests in this area.
  • What do you expect to contribute as a student and subsequently as a member of the profession?
  • If you have not previously indicated in your application the names of faculty members you are interested in working with, please include that information in this statement.

Curriculum Vitae/Resume
Attach your Curriculum Vitae/Resume

Applying as an International Student
International students might be required to submit TOEFL scores, immigration documents, and other additional materials with their application. We require a minimum TOEFL score of 90 (IBT) or IELTS score of 6.5 for admission. Test scores should be sent to us using ETS institution code 5859.

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.

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. Graduate tuitions and fees are listed at http://www.bursar.vt.edu
For Virginia School Personnel, please scroll down to the bottom of 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 are not available for the MA program

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.

Supplemental Information and Admissions Checklist
Please include supplemental information and admissions checklist with Graduate School online application. 

Submission Deadlines
State of Virginia Licensure Applicants
Spring: October 15 (Target deadline. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and students are admitted after Oct 15 when space is available) Summer I: May 1
Summer II: June 1
Fall:  August 1
Other Applicants
This program is offered to State of Virginia Licensure applicants only. Other applicants including International students should apply for English Education (M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction)

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 English Education Licensure Program (M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction) program, select "Education, Curriculum and Instructions " as your major. You will be able to select " English Education " later in the online form. Choose degree option “M.A.Ed.” from the list.

To request further information about the program or the application process, please contact School of Education (SOE) Programs.

SOE Programs
soeprograms@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