RTR Quick Facts

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RTR Quick Facts

We take passionate people and equip them to teach for change.

The LSEE Track (Liberal Studies Elementary Education):

  • A 13 month multifaceted curriculum grounded in urban education and taught across disciplines rather than anchored in a 3-credit-hour traditional course structure.
  • A one-year residency with a Richmond Public School master teacher called a Clinical Resident Coach (CRC) to cultivate proficiency, skill level, comfort and excellence as an elementary school classroom teacher.
  • Priority hiring as teachers in Richmond Public Schools after their first year of residency.
  • Master of Teaching (M.T.) degree earned through the nationally ranked Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Education for most content areas.

The SE Track (Special/Exceptional Education):

  • A 13 month multifaceted curriculum grounded in urban education and taught across disciplines rather than anchored in a 3-credit-hour traditional course structure.
  • A one-year residency with a Richmond Public School master teacher known as a Clinical Resident Coach (CRC) to cultivate proficiency, skill level, comfort and excellence as an exceptional education teacher.
  • Residents positioned to be hired as teachers in Richmond Public Schools after their first year of residency.
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree earned through the nationally ranked Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Education

The Middle School STEM Track:

  • A 13 month multifaceted curriculum grounded in urban education and taught across disciplines rather than anchored in a 3-credit-hour traditional course structure.
  • A one-year residency with a Richmond Public School master teacher known as a Clinical Resident Coach (CRC) to cultivate proficiency, skill level, comfort and excellence as a middle school science or math classroom teacher.
  • Priority hiring as teachers in Richmond Public Schools after their first year of residency.
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree earned through the nationally ranked Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Education

The Secondary Track:

  • A 13 month multifaceted curriculum grounded in urban education and taught across disciplines rather than anchored in a 3-credit-hour traditional course structure.
  • A one-year residency with a Richmond Public School master teacher called a Clinical Resident Coach (CRC) to cultivate proficiency, skill level, comfort and excellence as a secondary classroom teacher.
  • Priority hiring as teachers in Richmond Public Schools after their first year of residency.
  • Master of Teaching (M.T.) degree earned through the nationally ranked Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Education for most content areas.

Required qualifications for the LSEE Track:  An undergraduate degree completed at VCU in Liberal Studies for Early and Elementary Education with a 3.0 GPA (or higher) in the last 60 hours of college work, and passing scores on the GRE or MAT, VCLA, Praxis Core/math only and the Praxis Subject Tests for Elementary Education:  Math, Reading and Language, Science and Social Studies.

Required qualifications for the SE Track:  Any major, an undergraduate degree, a 3.0 GPA (or higher) in the last 60 hours of college work, and passing scores on the GRE or MAT; VCLA, and satisfaction of the Praxis Core/math only.

Required qualifications for the Middle School STEM Track:  Any major plus 21 hours in either math or the sciences in particular content areas, a 3. 0 GPA (or higher) in the last 60 hours of college level work, passing scores on either the Praxis Subject Test: Middle School Mathematics Exam or  Middle School Science Exam (not both), VCLA, and satisfaction of the Praxis Core/math only.

Required qualifications for the Secondary Track:  An undergraduate degree with a major in one of the following subject areas below, a 3.0 GPA (or higher) in the last 60 hours of college work, passing scores on the Praxis Subject Test in your content area (formally known as Praxis II Content Knowledge Exam), VCLA, and satisfaction of the Praxis Core/math only.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Political Science

Four-Year Service Commitment: A commitment to completing all requirements of the one-year residency and to teaching for a minimum of three years in Richmond Public Schools (RPS) wherever you are most needed. Each resident candidate must sign a Service Agreement upon acceptance into the program.


Residency benefits
:  During the residency year, cohort members benefit from:

  • supportive learning environment
  • year-long, in-classroom placement, co-teaching with a Richmond Public School master teacher
  • an education focused on understanding the unique challenges of urban teaching and developing cultural competencies
  • a $24K stipend your residency year; an additional $4K for math and science majors in the Secondary and MS STEM Tracks for Cohort 7
  • 
special program tuition rate for either the Master of Teaching (M.T.) or the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree
  • support to earn National Board Certification in the fourth year of teaching in RPS


Residents who successfully complete the one-year residency
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