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Special Education (Bachelor of Science) Sample Online Curriculum

This sample course of study is based on the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog and the General Curriculum K-12 track. It is not an official advising document. All efforts have been made to provide accurate program information. However, this information is subject to change by the department.

ODU requires a background clearance check for all teacher candidate students. This processes take a minimum of eight weeks to complete.

This is a degree completion program, which means you should already have college credits for the lower division coursework.

Our online enrollment coordinators can provide a free unofficial transfer evaluation before you apply to ODU. Official review of your student records happens when you apply to and are admitted to ODU.

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Lower Division Departmental Requirements

These courses are specific to the Special Education degree. Additional lower division general education courses are required to earn a bachelor's degree from ODU.

Old Dominion University CourseCreditsNotes
GEN ED. Written Communication3ENGL 110C English Composition
GEN ED. Written Communication II3ENGL 211C Intro to Academic Writing
GEN. ED. (DEPT) Mathematical Skills3MATH 102M/103M
GEN. ED. (DEPT) Interpreting the Past 3HIST 104H
GEN. ED. (DEPT) Nature of Science 14BIOL 105N, 106N, 110N+111N, 112N+113N, 117N+118N or 121N+122N
GEN. ED. (DEPT) Nature of Science 24OEAS 110N or PHYS 103N or 104N or OEAS 250N
GEN. ED. (DEPT) Human Behavior3PSYC 203S

Core Courses

Old Dominion University CourseCreditsNotes
FOUN 301 Learning & Development3
FOUN 302 Assessment of Learning3
TLED 315 Foundations of Education3Requires LiveText
TLED 325 Communication & Collaboration in Education Settings3
TLED 326 Socio-Cultural Perspectives in Education3
TLED 425 Creating & Managing Learning Environments3
TLED 426 Intro to Literacy Research, Theory & Practice3
TLED 430W PK-12 Instructional Technology3Satisfies GEN ED. Impact of Technology course

Major Courses

Old Dominion University CourseCreditsNotes
LIBS 110G or STEM 251G Information or Computer Literacy3Satisfies GEN ED. Information Literacy and Research requirement
SPED 400 Foundations of Special Ed: Legal Aspects and Characteristics3Requires LiveText
SPED 402 Instructional Design I3
SPED 403 Directed Field Experience2
SPED 411 Classroom and Behavioral Mgmt. Techniques3
SPED 415 Instructional Design II3
SPED 417 Collaboration and Transitions3
SPED 418 Instructional Strategies to Meet Diverse Needs3
SPED 440 Assistive Technology3Meets GEN ED. Impact of Technology requirement
SPED 483 Field Experience Seminar1
SPED 486 Teacher Candidate Internship12Passing scores on SPED exit exam, RVE and VCLA required.
TLED 408 Reading and Writing in Content Areas3

View All Special Education Course Descriptions in ODU's Undergraduate Catalog


This bachelor's degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours total.

To complete this degree at ODU as a transfer, a minimum of 30 credit hours must be earned at ODU.


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