App Process

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Application Process

*Welcome to Cohort 9 and to our expanded RTR program where we are serving high need schools in four communities -- Richmond, Petersburg, Chesterfield and Henrico. We are in the process of updating our program in light of this expansion. A new website is in the works which will feature a new logo and colors. We will update right here when our work is completed.

What you need to know:
**Our fall deadline is Friday, November 2nd at close of business, and our fall Selection Days are Thursday afternoon, November 29th and all day Friday, November 30th
**Our spring deadline is Wednesday, March 20th at close of business, and our spring Selection Days are Thursday afternoon, April 11th and all day Friday, April 12th.

Questions? Ask on. You can contact Ann Cherry at Below you will find the steps for expressing your interest in RTR.

Step One – Send RTR All Unofficial Transcripts

  • Send unofficial transcripts of all college work to
  • Wait to apply until you know which track options are open to you.

Step Two – Apply to RTR (look for Job ID 130: Cohort 9 – Resident Position)

  • Apply to the RTR program. The apply button is on every page of the website.
  • Look for Job ID 130: Cohort 9 – Resident Position.
  • Select which school districts you are willing to serve.  We have four options:  Richmond, Petersburg, Chesterfield and Henrico.  The more you select, the more options will be open to you.
  • Select which track you are applying for – Elementary, Secondary or Special Education.
  • If you are completing your application on a device or smart phone, install a spell check app to make sure you have not missed a typo.
  • Respond to your reflective questions mindful of your track choice.
  • Invest the time in this part of the process so that you feel you are known, that your passion for this program is clear, and you are satisfied that this application represents your best self.

Step Three – Test, Test, Test !!!

  • There is a $500 testing reimbursement for all residents.  This is provided in your first stipend award in the summer.
  • Register for your required tests.
  • Request that test results be sent to you, Virginia DOE and VCU.
  • Links to tests can be found under the Application Process in a tab to the right.
  • Study, Study, Study.
  • Sometimes it takes a couple of tries to pass a test, so look out for the study groups we are sponsoring, and plan ahead to take your tests.  You want extra room to re-take it if need be.  Study Group info will be posted here when available.
  • You have until June 30th to knock out the testing. But you want to knock them out early so you can receive your summer stipend.  Only those residents who satisfactorily complete their testing will receive their stipend.
  • Past June 30th, you will be withdrawn from the program but still responsible for all tuition and fees to date.
  • RTR will need copies of all of your score reports. If you send official score reports to VCU, then RTR can receive unofficial score reports.

Step Four – References

  • Select professors, supervisors, and the like as your references.
  • Once you enter your reference’s email info, they will be sent a survey form to complete.
  • This survey form is all that we need.
  • Sometimes, our reference survey’s find their way into the JUNK folder rather than the inbox.  So, track your reference completion by checking your application and following-up with your references as needed.
  • All survey forms are needed by the date of the selection day.

Step Five – Apply to VCU Graduate School Application

  • Apply to VCU in the fall only after you have been offered a resident position and in the spring at the time you apply for RTR.
  • Click here to apply to VCU Graduate School
  • Select that you are applying for admission for Summer 2019.
  • Be sure to save your login information.
  • Upload an unofficial transcript of all college work and request that official transcripts be sent directly to VCU Graduate School. RTR can operate with an unofficial copy as long as VCU receives your official copies.
  • Send VCU Official Copies of all college work, and your GRE or MAT score reports.
  • For Elementary and Secondary Track Candidates:  Apply for the Master of Teaching (M.T.) degree in the School of Education specifying your particular content area (elementary education or your content area –math, biology, etc.).
  • For Special Education Track Candidates:  Apply for the Master of Education (M. Ed.) degree in Special Education – General, in the School of Education.

Step Six –  Complete the Scholarship Application (optional)

Step Seven – RTR Selection Days

  • All top candidates will be invited to a one day selection.
  • Please RSVP that you can or cannot attend.
  • Only those candidates who attend selection will be considered for a residency position unless there are compelling reasons (for example, virtual interview candidates, or an emergency arises). If you are prevented from attending, it is important to contact Ann Cherry right away at
  • Your on-site interview will include these elements:
  1. Teaching a 5-minute prepared mini-lesson before students
  2. Providing a writing sample
  3. Completing a personal interview
  4. Mingling with residents

Final Step — You’re invited to be a Resident!

  • You will be sent an invitation to join RTR by email.
  • Your Service Agreement will be emailed to you in May.  Please have it notarized before bringing it to the first day of RTR.
  • Request that a final college transcript (if graduating in May 2019) be sent to VCU Graduate School
  • Start the program May 20, 2019