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Special Education - VA Licensure (MSEd)

This program prepares teachers and agency personnel to design and implement curricula for individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings.

You may choose endorsement in special education: general curriculum K-12 (mild disabilities); early childhood special education and/or special education: adapted curriculum K-12 (severe disabilities).

Curriculum

Course descriptions and requirements for each concentration can be found on the department's web site.

Admission Information

Admission to the graduate program in special education is granted by the department's graduate program director in conjunction with special education faculty. Details are 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/.

Calculating Cost

Graduate Distance Learning Tuition Classification Cost per credit hour
Virginia residents (with Virginia domicile) $437
Students living outside of Virginia $456
* In Virginia but without Virginia domicile $1089


Rates are effective Fall 2014 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.

Special Education Teaching Careers

  • Teaching: Pre-school, Primary, Elementary
  • Administration: Principalship, Superintendency 
  • Special Services: Guidance Counseling, School Psychology, School Social Work, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Audiology and Speech Pathology, Library/Information Services, Special Education, Curriculum Supervision, Subject Area Supervision

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."

Learning Environment

Courses in this program are offered in this technology:

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