Secondary Education for Licensed Teachers Online

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

Are you a licensed middle and/or secondary teacher? This online Master of Science in Education degree will help you improve and update your teaching skills.

Graduates will know how to conduct powerful educational research. This research is intended to transform the teacher's instructional practice and beliefs about teaching, which impacts their classrooms and their schools.

Upon graduation, licensed teachers may upgrade their licensure to the Postgraduate Professional level. 

Courses emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of teaching in diverse settings. You'll also examine the potential for educators to act as agents of change and engage in reflective inquiry throughout the program.

This program is cohort-based and can be completed in just over 18 months.

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    • 30 credit hours
    • You will complete a thesis as part of this program.
  • Access course materials online from any location. Some classes will have live, regular online meeting times, while others will not. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

  • In-state Virginia Residents
    $620 per credit hour*
    Out-of-state Students
    $642 per credit hour

    Rates are effective Fall 2024 and subject to change.
    * In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

  • Scholarship Opportunities

    Social Good Scholarship: We applaud and lift our students who make a positive impact on their communities, such as teachers, counselors, law enforcement, and librarians. Recipients are awarded $1,000 in the first semester of enrollment.
    Learn more about the Social Good Scholarship

This program is designed for licensed teachers in Virginia. If you hold a current teaching license and complete all requirements for this MSEd program, you will be ready to upgrade your teaching license to the Postgraduate Professional level.

Keep in mind that other states may have different requirements for professional development and continuing education for teachers.

This program is designed for licensed teachers in Virginia to upgrade their teaching license to the Postgraduate Professional level.

If you live outside Virginia, we encourage you to check with your state's requirements for teacher advancement, professional development, or continuing education.

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.

  • To apply, you must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university, and hold a Virginia Professional License or an equivalent from another state in middle or secondary education. For full application requirements, please visit ODU's Department of Teaching and Learning website.

  • 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.