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Application Checklist

  • 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 II test: English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038).
  • Praxis Core is no longer required.
  • 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.

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

  • Register for and pass the Praxis II test: English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038).
  • Praxis Core is no longer required.
  • Register for and pass the reading and writing sections of the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA).

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.

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)

 

 

Include a scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then arrange for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission.

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 0325)
155 Otey Street NW
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

and To,
Office of Academic Programs 
School of Education
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
295 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

 Send official scores to Virginia Tech Graduate School, code 5859.

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. Generally, distance learners may qualify for federal loans if they take 5 or more credit hours per semester.

Find out what loans are available as a graduate student and other opportunities.

The Graduate School sends an official offer of admission to applicants upon the recommendation of the department faculty. Admitted applicants who are offered graduate assistantships at Virginia Tech are not required to make a decision to commit to the assistantship offer until April 15. See the assistantships page for more details.

Program Inquiries

Trevor Stewart
Program Leader
1750 Kraft Drive, RM 2009 (0302)
540-231-8335
ttstew@vt.edu

Application Questions

Trevor Stewart
Program Leader
1750 Kraft Drive, RM 2009 (0302)
540-231-8335
ttstew@vt.edu

Graduate Admissions

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