Why ODU for Special Education?

Become a special education teacher who can work with other support professionals as a team member, and provide highly individualized instruction and assessment to support a child's developmental progress. In this program, you will graduate with two endorsements:

  • Early Childhood Special Education: Prepare to teach children from birth to age five who manifest disabilities or who are at risk of later school failure. You will learn how to work in both inclusion and "reverse inclusion" classrooms, and how to conduct home visits to extend the benefits of classroom intervention.
  • Special Education Adapted Curriculum: Learn how to design and implement programs for K-12 students with varying significant disabling conditions, and to work with children with severe disabilities in a classroom or inclusion setting.

** Pending approval from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, this degree will transition to a Bachelor of Science in Special Education in Fall 2019. The B.S. degree will require 120 credits total (a minimum of 30 credit hours must be earned from ODU). The curriculum includes core pedagogy, special education courses, field work, and a capstone student teaching experience. For more information, contact us with the short form on this page.

This program is intended for students in Virginia.

* Note: This program is not available in the state of Washington.

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We've partnered with the Virginia Community College System and select educational institutions to make transferring easy. The Guaranteed Admission Agreement is intended to ease the transfer process between community colleges and Old Dominion University.

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Required Courses

  • 40-41 credit hours for major content + 49 credit hours for professional education/practica
  • The practicum/internship requires a clearance background check.

Talk with our enrollment team to determine how your credits will transfer. The curriculum sheet can help you plan your course of study.

Online Learning Environment

Attend class online on a regular schedule and access course materials online from any location. This program requires a practicum or internship during normal school hours. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Careers in Special Education

Teacher Candidates endorsed to teach Early Childhood Special Education (Birth – 5) and the Adapted Curriculum (K-12) can:

  • Teach and prepare curriculum for students with severe intellectual disabilities and severe physical impairments, or with disabilities such as traumatic brain injury, severe autism, deafness/blindness, and others
  • Serve as an inclusion teacher or co-teacher
  • Teach in a self-contained classroom
  • Conduct home visits with families and children to extend the benefits of classroom intervention

This program is designed for Virginia teacher licensure.

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$356 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-State Students$407 per credit hour

Active duty military students may qualify for a discounted undergraduate tuition rate.

These tuition rates are effective Summer 2019 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

Finish your degree with us. We offer the upper division (300 and 400 level) courses you'll need. Our enrollment team will review your credits from other higher education institutions. Then you can apply them toward a degree from ODU.

For this program, you'll need to be accepted as a degree-seeking student and take the Praxis Core.

Get guaranteed admission at Old Dominion University

We've partnered with the Virginia Community College System and select educational institutions to make transferring easy. By applying, you will be assured admission at ODU for the completion of your degree.

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