Elementary Teacher PreK-6 with initial VA licensure (MSEd)

Elementary School Teaching Initial LicensureIf you have completed a non-teaching Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and wish to qualify for a Virginia teaching license with an endorsement in PreK‐6, this Master's program is for you!

This approved teacher education master’s program must be completed entirely to be recommended by Old Dominion University on the College Verification form for the Virginia teaching license.


As part of the course work in this Master of Science in Education degree program, you must complete Advance Classroom Management and Practicum, and the Teacher Candidate Internship.

Additional required course details are on the program's web page.

Admission Information

  • A non-teaching Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Passing scores (as established by the Commonwealth of Virginia) on the Praxis I Academic Skills Assessment or the SAT/ACT
  • A general undergraduate grade point average of 2.80 or better
  • Satisfactory scores on either the Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test
  • An interview with the graduate program director or his/her designee

Additional admission details are in the program sheet found on the department's web site.

For more information on becoming a teacher, please contact Teacher Education Services and Advising at 757-683-6448 or http://education.odu.edu/tes/.

Learning Environment

Courses in this program may be offered in these formats:

Online synchronous: Access course material online from any location and participate in live, regularly scheduled online class meetings.

Online Asynchronous: Access course materials online from any location. These courses require little to no synchronous (same-time) scheduled class meetings, but assignments and exams are scheduled by the instructor. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Practicum / Internship: A practicum or internship is a required part of this program.

Elementary School Teaching Careers

  • Teaching: Pre-school, Primary, Elementary
  • Administration: Principalship, Superintendency

Note for students in Washington State from the Student Achievement Council:

"Eligibility for initial education certification in Washington is based on completion of a state approved educator preparation program. This program is approved in Virginia and is authorized for field placements in Washington by the Professional Educators Standards Board. Even though you may be residing in Washington while in this program, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out-of-state application. Go to http://pathway.pesb.wa.gov/outofstate for more information. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for teacher advancement."

Calculating Cost

Graduate Distance Learning Tuition Classification Cost per credit hour
Virginia residents (with Virginia domicile) $464
Students living outside of Virginia $501
* In Virginia but without Virginia domicile $1160

Rates are effective Fall 2015 and subject to change. Please visit ODU's main Admission & Financial Aid web site for complete tuition details, including fees and deadlines.

For questions about domicile or “in-state” status as it applies to tuition rates, please click here.