Secondary Education Online (6-12) with initial Virginia licensure

  • Master of Science in Education
  • Darden College of Education & Professional Studies
  • Department of Teaching & Learning

If you have a non-teaching bachelor's degree, this secondary education online master's degree can get you started on a teaching career in Virginia.

You will choose an area of content concentration from:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Earth science
  • History/social science

You will receive training in both general teaching as well as your specific content area.

Many students have found this secondary education online program to be a good fit as an online master's program for students who are military service members and dependents.

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  • Best School in Virginia for Online Teacher Education (Subject-Specific) and #12 nationwide, 2021 -

  • Best Online Master's Degrees in Secondary Education, 2022

    • 34 credit hours minimum

    Your coursework will include professional education, a practicum, and a Teacher Candidate Internship.

    If you do not have a bachelor's degree in the content area you wish to teach, you will need to take additional courses for in your content area.

  • Participate in live, regularly scheduled online class meetings and access course materials online from any location. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

  • In-state Virginia Residents
    $599 per credit hour*
    Out-of-state Students
    $623 per credit hour

    Rates are effective Fall 2023 and subject to change.
    * In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

This program is designed for students who have a non-teaching bachelor's degree. It will prepare them to obtain a Virginia initial teaching license for grades 6-12.

If you live outside Virginia, we encourage you to check your state's teacher licensure requirements before applying to ODU. Use these links to see if we have determined whether this program meets requirements in other states.

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.

  • This program is designed for Virginia teacher licensure. You should have a non-teaching bachelor's degree in liberal arts or sciences. If your degree is in a different area, you may need to take prerequisite courses.

    You will apply to ODU as a graduate student and submit a separate application to this program in ODU's Darden College of Education.

  • You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

    Please contact us to discuss this option with an expert advisor.