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Teacher Candidate Performance

Average GPA for Students Admitted to Teacher Preparation*

Degree Level

Average GPA





Average GPA at Graduation for Students Completing All ODU Teacher Preparation Program Requirements





Average SAT Scores for ODU Students Admitted to Teacher Preparation Programs**

ODU Raw Score

National Average Score

Points Above National Score




ODU Pass Rates on PRAXIS II for Students Successfully Completing Teacher Preparation Program Requirements

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* Reported average GPA is for students for whom we have scores. Student transfers with associate degrees are not required to report high school scores.

**SAT combined reading and mathematics scores

Performance Benchmarks

Annual educational benchmarking data indicates that Old Dominion University Education Preparation Programs excel when compared to similar universities across the country.

Areas in which teacher candidates reported Old Dominion University performed above the mean include:

  • Preparation for success in classroom management and ability to manage behaviors of students
  • Effective use of technology in schools and active teaching methods that engaged students in the learning process
  • Students report high levels of satisfaction with their student teaching experiences
  • Students are very satisfied with the quality of cooperating teachers, the quality of university supervision, and support from teachers in schools.
  • Students report that their education courses at ODU were as challenging as their non-Education courses

Program Highlights

  • The Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University is ranked 65th among graduate schools of education in the nation in U.S. World and News Report's 2014 edition of Best Graduate Schools.
  • The Center for Educational Partnerships was awarded a $26 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the largest grant ever awarded to the Darden College of Education and one of the largest ever awarded to Old Dominion University. In 2012, the College had $33.7 million in funded research.
  • Old Dominion University is the only university in the state of Virginia implementing TLE TeachLiveTM(Teaching in Mixed-Reality Environments). This innovative technology simulates the teaching environment using computer-generated avatars that are as similar to real students as possible. The TLE TeachLiveTM Lab provides pre-service teacher candidates the opportunity to learn new skills and to craft their practice without placing "real" students at risk during the learning process. Learn more

Program Profile Information

The University prides itself on being a vibrant community, offering access to higher education to a diverse student body:

  • ODU is consistently among the universities graduating the largest number of teachers in the state of Virginia.
  • ODU is one of the largest producers of minority teachers, graduating 20.3% of the state total.
  • Transfer students make up 21.5% of all Darden College of Education students and over 50% of all College students work an average of 20 hours or more per week while attending the University.