Academic Catalog


Master of Science in Education Elementary Education with a Concentration in Elementary Education Pre-K-6 - IDS (Initial Licensure) (MSEd)

General Description of Elementary Education

Elementary programs include the Master of Science in Education degree program and four post-baccalaureate licensure programs. Within the Master of Science in elementary education degree program there are a number of concentrations and emphasis area choices for both licensed teachers as well as those seeking initial licensure or endorsement. For those seeking initial licensure there are the following concentration areas:  PreK-6 and middle school 6-8. For licensed teachers seeking additional education there are the following concentration areas: math specialist PK-8. Post-baccalaureate endorsement programs are designed for individuals with a non-teaching B.S. or B.A. degree who want to obtain licensure or for those with a teaching license who want to be licensed in an additional teaching area. The three endorsement programs offered in elementary education are PreK-6, Middle School 6-8, and Mathematics Specialist PreK-8.

Master of Science in Education, Elementary Education, Pre-K-6 (Initial Licensure)

3101 Education Building

Judith Dunkerly-Bean, Graduate Program Director

The master’s program in elementary school education (PreK-6) is designed for individuals with a non-teaching BS or BA degree who want to obtain licensure as a teacher in preschool through grade six and earn a master’s degree at the same time. The Pre-K-6 initial licensure concentration offers three different emphasis areas: Interdisciplinary Studies (those getting a B.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from ODU) or Non-Interdisciplinary Studies (those with other non-teaching undergraduate degrees). 

Note to students in Washington State from the Student Achievement Council (SAC) concerning the Master of Science in Education, Elementary Education, PreK-6:  Eligibility for initial educator certification in Washington is based on completion of a state approved educator preparation program.  This program is approved in Virginia by the Virginia Department of Education and is authorized for field placements in Washington by the Professional Educators Standards Board.  Even though you may be residing in Washington while in this program, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out-of-state application. Go to for more information.  Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether or not this program may qualify for teacher advancement. This program is available on-campus and online.

Interdisciplinary Studies Teacher Preparation Emphasis Area

This program is designed for prospective who have earned the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies Teacher Preparation with a concentration in primary/elementary education offered by the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies Teacher Preparation in the College of Arts and Letters at Old Dominion University. Students must meet the required criteria for admission outlined below by passing the Virginia Board of Education prescribed assessments and earning the minimum required grade point averages (GPA).