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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 emphasis area is a 4+1 BS/MS program, leading to graduate study in the Darden College of Education. This emphasis 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.

In order to meet the Commonwealth of Virginia's need for well-trained and well-qualified special education teachers, our Special Education emphasis area has been revised effective fall 2009.  Teacher candidates electing this emphasis 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 emphasis will also be highly qualified in either elementary education or secondary English.

Our IDS-TP curriculum reflects the academic content and professional education coursework required by the Commonwealth of Virginia teacher licensure guidelines. We recognize that it can be a challenge to maneuver successfully through all our program requirements, which include general education courses, field experiences, content specialty courses, and the development of discipline-specific skills and dispositions which reflect a commitment to teaching and learning as well as lifelong professional growth and development.  Additionally, as your undergraduate program advisors, we are here to assist you in better understanding and appreciating our multi-disciplinary curriculum and the labyrinth of licensure-driven program requirements and assessments that you must meet.  Therefore, our goal is to provide you with a supportive advising environment as you begin your journey towards becoming a teacher.

Again, welcome to our program and best wishes for a successful academic year.


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