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Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions should help you select among the programs offered by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA and should help you determine where to turn for advising information.

I want to be a teacher. What should I do?

Do you want: PreK-6? (Early Childhood/Elementary) (Go to section A below) 6-8? (Middle School) ( Go to section B below) 6-12? (Secondary Education) (Go to section C below) Library Science? (Go to section D below)

A. You want to be a teacher in grades PreK-6 (Early childhood/elementary education). Do you have a bachelor's degree?

NO:

You should go to Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Arts and Letters for the 5 year program.

YES:

You should talk to and advisor in Teacher Education Services, in Ed. 152, 757-683-3348.

You can get a license only or you can enter a master's degree program.

License only: License only program Requirements for regular admission: An undergraduate GPA of 2.8 and passing scores on the PRAXIS I

License plus masters: Licensure masters Requirements for regular admission: Either a GRE of 900 on the first two sections (should have a minimum 400 on verbal) or a Miller Analogy of 45; passing scores on the PRAXIS I; and 2.8 GPA

BUT I don't qualify (low GPA, etc.) for regular admission. What can I do?

  1. Talk to your advisor or Graduate Program Director to see if you might qualify for provisional admission.
  2. Get a second undergraduate degree
  3. See if you qualify for licensure only without the master's degree. Licensure only is a shorter program and does not require the GRE or MAT.

B. We have a licensure masters program for grades 6-8. Requirements for regular admission are:

  1. A bachelor's degree
  2. An undergraduate GPA of 2.8
  3. Either a GRE of 900 on the first two sections (should have a minimum 400 on verbal) or a Miller Analogy of 45
  4. Passing scores on the PRAXIS I

C. You want to be a secondary teacher (grades 6-12). Do you have a bachelor's degree?

NO:

You should go to the appropriate academic major department (Math, English, Biology, etc.) for the subject you wish to teach.

YES:

You should talk to an advisor in Teacher Education Services, in Ed. 152, 757-683-3348.

You can get a license only or you can enter a master's degree program.

License only: License only program

Requirements for regular admission:

An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 and passing scores onthe PRAXIS I

License plus masters: Licensure masters

Requirements for regular admission:

Either a GRE of 900 on the first two sections (shouldhave a minimum 400 on verbal) or a Miller Analogy of 45; passing scores on the PRAXIS I, and a 2.8 GPA

BUT I don't qualify (low GPA, etc.) for regular admission. What can I do?

  1. Talk to your advisor or Graduate Program Director to see if you might qualify for provisional admission.
  2. Get a second undergraduate degree
  3. See if you qualify for licensure only without themaster's degree. Licensure only is a shorter program and does not require the GRE or MAT

D. We have graduate programs for people who are already licensed as teachers

We have graduate programs for people who are already licensed as teachers and who want to add an endorsement (K-12) for library science and for individuals who do not have a teaching degree but want to become school librarians. You will need to make an appointment with Dr. Bucher (757-683-3283). If you do not have a bachelor's degree, you can talk to Dr. Bucher for suggestions.