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Welcome to the website for the Interdisciplinary Studies, Teacher Preparation Program (IDS-TP) in the College of Arts and Letters at Old Dominion University.  This is the undergraduate major for those who wish to teach elementary education, special education, or early childhood education.  Our state-approved, nationally-accredited teacher licensure program provides prospective early childhood, elementary, and special education teachers with a unique, multi-disciplinary, liberal arts and sciences degree.

Our Primary/Elementary Education concentration area is a 4+1 BS/MS program, leading to graduate study in the Darden College of Education. This concentration area is the undergraduate portion of a five year program that is designed so that students seamlessly transition into a graduate program in the College of Education upon completion of their BS degree.  Your graduate work will culminate in a Master of Science degree in either Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education and licensure to teach in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Our Early Childhood Education concentration area is a 4+1 BS/MS program which will, during the +1 at the graduate level,  offer an entire academic year of student teaching Monday through Thursday, with a couple of graduate courses on Fridays each semester.   The program will be offered on main campus only, but we thought our teacher candidates at the higher education centers also might be interested in this program since many of the courses in the concentration are offered through distance learning.  Our higher education center students would need to be flexible and willing to “float” between main campus and their higher education center. .   Important points for our new ECHL concentration.

In order to meet the Commonwealth of Virginia's need for well-trained and well-qualified special education teachers, our Special Education concentration area has been revised effective fall 2009.  Teacher candidates electing this concentration area will now be eligible for Licensure to teach Special Education, K-12, General Curriculum, at the time they receive their Bachelors Degree.  Teacher candidates in the special education concentration will also be highly qualified in either elementary education or secondary English. Our newest  special education concentration effective fall 2015: Early Childhood Special Education (birth - 5) and Special Education: Adapted Curriculum K-12 (Severe Disabilities) is designed to prepare professionals to teach children from birth to age five who manifest disabilities or who are at risk of later school failure. The program in special education: adapted curriculum K-12 (severe disabilities) is designed to prepare professionals to design and implement programs for students with varying significant disabling conditions. This program is designed for prospective teachers seeking an initial endorsement in special education.Important points for our new SECA concentration.


Elizabeth Hoyes Esinhart, Esq.
Director, Interdisciplinary Studies,
Teacher Preparation Program

Important Announcements

Attention Teacher Education Candidates: Updates for admission to Approved Teacher Education Programs

If you intend to take Tled 301Tled 478Tled 479, Sped 403, Sped 415, or Sped 486 in Spring 2015, you need to start the background check process NOW if you have not done so already.  Delays in clearance will result in a delay in placement, and possibly no placement at all.  Directions for completing the background clearance process can be found at http://www.odu.edu/success/academic/teacher-education/placement/background-checks.  Questions should be directed to TES at 757-683-3348 or clearanceprocess@odu.edu.

1.        Effective January 1, 2014 all students seeking admission to approved teacher education programs must take the Praxis Core. Passing scores on Praxis I achieved by December 31, 2013 continue to be valid and accepted for admission to approved teacher education programs.

2.       Teacher candidates registering for a course that requires a field experience as part of the approved professional education program must obtain a clearance prior to starting the field experience.  This process may take up to eight weeks.  Follow the instructions for completing this process at ODU Field Experience Clearance Procedures

3.       Praxis Tests:  You may now register to take Praxis Tests at the Old Dominion University Testing Center