Academic Catalog


Teacher Education

Educator Preparation

The major purpose in its teacher education programs is to prepare teachers who have knowledge of their teaching disciplines, abilities to practice state-of-the-art instruction to students of various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, and demonstrate dispositions that reflect commitment to teaching and learning as well as lifelong professional growth and development. The Darden College of Education and Professional Studies offers post-baccalaureate and master’s programs that lead to licensure in the following areas:

  • Early Childhood Education PreK-3 
  • Elementary Education PreK-6 
  • Middle Level Education (6-8) 
  • Special Education: 
    • Adapted Curriculum
    • Early Childhood
    • General Curriculum
  • Secondary Education
    • Biology
    • Career & Technical Education: Marketing Education
    • Career & Technical Education: Technology Education
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Science
    • English
    • History & Social Studies
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
  • PreK-12 Endorsements:
    • English as a Second Language 
    • Health and Physical Education 
    • Library Media 
    • Art Education       
    • World Languages (French, German, Spanish) 
  • Administration and Supervision & Personnel Support:
    • Educational Leadership 
    • Math Specialist 
    • Reading Specialist 
    • School Counseling

All licensure programs require school-based field experiences. For additional information about the clearance background check process and other requirements, contact the Office of Clinical Experiences (, which facilitates field experiences and licensure processes for all students who want to become teachers.

Professional Studies Certificate

This certificate is designed to support provisionally licensed teachers, who are employed by a school division in the Commonwealth, in meeting teacher licensure requirements.

Master’s Degree Teacher Education Programs

The master’s degree licensure programs are for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree but have not earned a Virginia teaching license. Students applying for admission into master’s with licensure programs must meet the college's requirements for admitting students into an approved teacher education program. Admission to Old Dominion University does not guarantee admission into degree and/or teacher preparation programs in the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies. Refer to the admissions, continuance, and exit requirements for each licensure area specified in the catalog sections of the appropriate departmental offices in the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies (links provided at the top of the page).