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Elementary Education (PreK-6), Initial Licensure (M.S.Ed.)

The master’s program in elementary school education (PreK-6) is designed for individuals with a non-teaching B.S. or B.A. 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). 

The program prepares professional educators who are confident and excel in their content and pedagogy. They are committed to using effective practices innovatively, while respecting and addressing the needs of diverse student populations in PreK-6 settings.

Elementary Education (PreK-6), Initial Licensure (M.S.Ed.)


Description


What is Elementary Education with Initial Licensure at ODU like?

The master’s program in elementary school education (PreK-6) is designed for individuals with a non-teaching B.S. or B.A. 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). 

The program prepares professional educators who are confident and excel in their content and pedagogy. They are committed to using effective practices innovatively, while respecting and addressing the needs of diverse student populations in PreK-6 settings.

Program Highlights


What makes Elementary Education with Initial Licensure at ODU unique?

  • The program prepares candidates to teach in diverse settings using culturally sustaining pedagogy.

  • Faculty are world-class educators who use their own real world experiences to teach in relevant ways.

  • Courses include extensive field placements early on to provide candidates with classroom experiences throughout the program.

  • There are many opportunities to study abroad and deepen both pedagogical and cultural knowledge. 

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

$57,110

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach elemental natural and social science, personal hygiene, music, art, and literature to kindergarten students. Promote physical, mental, and social development. May be required to hold State certification.

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

$60,830

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

$33,590

MEDIAN SALARY


Instruct preschool-aged children in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth needed for primary school in preschool, day care center, or other child development facility. May be required to hold State certification.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Norfolk Public Schools, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Suffolk Public Schools, Portsmouth Public Schools, Department of Defense Schools

Courses


What are some courses offered in Elementary Education with Initial Licensure at ODU?

READ 680:
Reading to Learn Across the Curriculum


This class has an emphasis on advanced techniques in reading for classroom teachers who are not reading specialists. Students develop an understanding of the process of reading to learn across the curriculum including a wide variety of comprehension strategies and an understanding of the complex nature of reading throughout the disciplines. Lecture, demonstrations, development of materials, and practice in the techniques of reading for elementary and secondary classroom teachers and library media specialists are provided. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

TLED 679:
Advanced Classroom Management and Practicum in PreK-6


This course will examine advanced methods for educators to use in order to make their classroom teaching and management more efficient and effective. This will include supervised involvement of the student in a practicum setting where the student, instructor and classroom teacher work together closely to develop knowledge and gain expertise in teaching children in a positive and effective learning environment. A weekly seminar is required.

TLED 690:
The Child and the Family


This course will examine children in the context of the families in which they live. Family systems theory provides the basis for study, and students do an in-depth examination of their own families of origin. The stages of the family life cycle are taught; principles of healthy family functioning are emphasized to promote healthy growth for children.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Elementary Education with Initial Licensure at ODU?

Students entering the Master of Science in Education program in Elementary Education with Initial Licensure should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

An application for graduate studies and official transcripts must be submitted by the appropriate deadline for admission. Under certain circumstances, applicants who do not fully meet the requirements for regular admission to the program may be admitted on a provisional basis subject to conditions specified by the graduate program director. Requirements include:

  • A B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies degree with a concentration in teacher education, primary/elementary from the College of Arts and Letters at Old Dominion University

  • Passing scores on the Virginia Board of Education prescribed assessments

  • Passing scores on the Virginia Board of Education prescribed assessments

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Name:

Judith Dunkerly-Bean


Location:

3134 EDUCATION BUILDING, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-7079


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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