Special Education (minor)

This minor is designed to complement majors in education, psychology, and speech pathology. It can be helpful if you are intended to become an elementary or primary school special education teacher or if you want to specialize in moderate to severe disabilities.

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

Declaring This Minor

To declare special education as your intended minor, you must complete the declaration process with the Graduate Program Director. Application for graduation requires completion of the Undergraduate Departmental Certification/Minor form with the Graduate Program Director.

Admission Information

This minor can only be completed as part of an undergraduate degree from ODU. You will need to be accepted into ODU as an undergraduate degree-seeking student.

All ODU undergraduate distance learning programs are degree completion programs.

Calculating Cost

Undergraduate Distance Learning Tuition Classification Cost per credit hour
Virginia residents (with Virginia domicile) $316
Students living outside of Virginia $345
* In Virginia but without Virginia domicile $874

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

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


  • SPED 313: Fundamentals of Human Growth and Development: Birth Through Adolescence
  • SPED 400: Foundations of Special Education: Legal Aspects and characteristics
  • SPED 402:Instructional Design I: Learner Characteristics and Assessment
  • SPED 411: Classroom and Behavioral Management Techniques for Students With Diverse Needs 
  • SPED 415: Instructional Design II: Curricular Procedures and Individualized Education Planning * or 
    SPED 417: Collaboration and Transitions

TLED 304 is recommended. See the department's web page for specific details.

 * SPED 415 requires 45 hour practicum and passing scores on Praxis I or equivalent as prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education

Learning Environment

Courses are offered in these technologies:

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