Admissions Requirements

Special Education: General Curriculum K-12

  • Complete an application to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75.
  • Submit passing scores on the Virginia Communications and Literacy Assessment (VCLA).
  • Submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Submit references from 3 individuals who can address your history of successful teaching experiences with students with or without special needs and your potential for academic and professional success in the field of special education.
  • Submit a copy of your current teaching license, if appropriate.
  • Submit an essay (typed, double-spaced, 2 pages) that addresses 1) the special education concentration you are considering and what past experiences and interests influenced your decision to apply for this program, and 2) your short- and long-term goals and career aspirations as they relate to this program.
  • Licensure seekers must also submit passing scores on the Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE), the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA), and Praxis I: Core Basic Math as a requirement for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Admissions to the M.S. in Special Education is on a rolling basis; therefore, you can apply to begin in either fall, spring or summer sessions.

Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis, but applications must be received Nov. 1, April 1 and July 1 for the following term. For those seeking initial teacher licensure, admission to Teacher Education Program is required prior to field experiences, including passing scores on VCLA and Praxis I (and RVE for certain programs).

Visual Impairment

All individuals who wish to take one or more courses in visual impairment must apply to both the VI Consortium and the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Please begin the application process as soon as possible. It often takes at least 4-6 weeks for the process and you must be accepted and have an ID number before you can be registered for classes.

  1. To learn more about the requirements and process for applying to the College of Graduate Studies and Research at Radford University:
    1. Send an email to
    2. Call (540) 831-5431 or
    3. Apply online
  2. You must also apply to the Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Visual Impairment. Application to the Consortium involves submission of the application form for participation and three essays, your updated, detailed resume, and a telephone or face-to-face interview. Please send these materials to:

    Dr. Liz Altieri, Graduate Advisor and Grant Coordinator for Adapted Curriculum and Visual Impairment
    Special Education Program Area
    School of Teacher Education and Leadership
    (540) 831-5590