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History & Social Science Education Teacher Preparation Admissions Information

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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.Ed.

GRE Scores are NOT required for application to this program.


Desired Start Term:   Deadline    
Spring or Summer Term September 20
Summer Term February 20

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Application Checklist

Program Application

In addition to completing the Virginia Tech Graduate School Online Application, applicants are expected to submit the program application as well.

The program application includes the following essay prompt: Write a 2-3 page essay in which you discuss why you want to be a history and social science teacher. Consider any experiences you have had working with young people and characteristics that you possess which would make you a good teacher.

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.

*Virginia Tech students do not need to submit undergraduate transcription. Virginia Tech transcripts automatically come with the online graduate school application.

Department Graduate Testing Requirements

GRE is not required for History and Social Science Education Licensure Program (M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction)

Licensure Testing Requirements

History and Social Science Education Undergraduate Content Check Sheet

A) Content check sheet for Virginia Tech students OR

B) Content check sheet for Non Virginia Tech students

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

Three letters of recommendation are required for History and Social Science 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.

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.

Application Fees

Degree-seeking students must include a $75 fee with their application. If this poses a financial hardship, check with the Graduate School to see if you qualify for a waiver or reduced fee. All application fees are non-refundable.

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

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

Virginia Tech students do not need to submit undergraduate transcrips with their application. Virginia Tech transcripts automatically come with the online graduate school application. If you are not a Virginia Tech student, you will be expected to submit a transcript when you apply.

The official transcripts should be sent directly from your institution(s) to Graduate Admissions and School of Education

Virginia Tech Graduate Admissions
120 Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown
Mail Code 0325, 155 Otey Street NW
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

And to:
Virginia Tech School of Education
Office of Academic Programs

1750 Kraft Drive (0302)
Suite 2000
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

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?

In-state K-12 teachers are eligible for a 25% discount! 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.

School of Education Scholarships

The Graduate School sends an official offer of admission to applicants upon the recommendation of the department faculty.

Office of Academic Programs Application Support

Casey Walker
Administrative Support Analyst
1750 Kraft Drive (0302), #2057

For Further Information, Contact the Program Leader

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David Hicks, Professor and Program Leader

Dr. David Hicks
Program Leader

1750 Kraft Drive (0302), #2016
Blacksburg, VA 24061
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