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Mathematics Education Teacher Preparation Admissions Information

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  • Bachelor's degree with 3.00 GPA for regular admission status or 2.75 GPA for provisional status is required (last 60 hours of coursework). Undergraduate majors in mathematics, mathematics education, or mathematics-related fields. For students who have not completed a basic core of undergraduate mathematics courses, a limited amount of undergraduate coursework may be completed during the graduate program.
  • Two letters of reference.
  • Undergraduate Mathematics content coursework for licensure.
  • Passing score on Praxis II test 5165, Mathematics: Content Knowledge (must be obtained prior to student teaching, required for Virginia licensure)
  • Passing score on VCLA (must be obtained prior to student teaching, required for Virginia licensure)


Dual Enrollment Status

  • Virginia Tech students may be considered for dual-enrollment status admission during the final semester of undergraduate coursework. Prospective students must have a 3.00 grade point average (GPA) for regular admission to this program. Students admitted under dual status may not receive both graduate and undergraduate credit for the same course (except under the Accelerated UG/G program).

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 link 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.

APPLICATION DEADLINES (note: applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis -- the due dates reflected are the preferred dates for applications to be received by)

Starting Semester:       Due Date
Summer / Fall February 15
Spring October 15

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Application Checklist

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 transcripts. Virginia Tech transcripts are automatically attached to the online graduate school application.

Department Graduate Testing Requirements

GRE is not required for the Mathematics Education Licensure Program (M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction)

Licensure Testing Requirements

  • 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 Mathematics Education Program, the correct test is Praxis II: Mathematics: Content Knowledge (test codes: 5165)
  • Applicants must submit passing scores for the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA). Testing information is on

Mathematics Education Undergraduate Content Check Sheet

Content Checksheet

This checksheet should be completed and 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

Two letters of recommendation are required for the Mathematics Education Licensure Program (M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction). You can include references/recommendations email addresses in your online application.


Write a 2-3 page essay in which you discuss why you want to be a mathematics teacher. Consider any experiences you have had working with young people and characteristics that you possess which would make you a good teacher.

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.

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

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

Lori Sharp
Enrollment Services Specialist
1750 Kraft Drive (0302), #2063

For Further Information, Contact the Program Leader, Teacher Preparation Program

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Bettibel Kreye, Professor of Practice

Dr. Betti Kreye
Program Leader, Secondary Mathematics Education Program

1750 Kraft Drive (0302), #2032
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8348