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Old Dominion University-Teacher Immersion Residency (ODU-TIR)

Old Dominion University is pleased to announce the Old Dominion University-Teacher Immersion Residency (ODU-TIR) program, an apprenticeship-based program of study for individuals with a deep commitment to teaching in high-need schools.  This Masters of Science program in secondary education will lead to licensure in math, English, social studies, earth science, biology, chemistry or physics and as well as qualification to teach dual enrollment courses.

Program Overview:

The training program begins in August of each year and lasts for three semesters.  Each student will complete 42-semester hours of graduate study, including a yearlong school-based residency in a high-need school in either Norfolk Public Schools or Portsmouth Public Schools, and education pedagogy and content courses, including a state-of-the-art Immersion Internship.  During the Fall and Spring semesters, students will enroll in 30-graduate credit hours total, including 12-credit hours in the content field, 6-credit hours of in-school residency, and 12 credit hours of professional education courses.  During Summer Session I, students will enroll in 3-credit hours of in-school residency and 3-credit hours of professional education studies.  During Summer Session II, students will enroll in 6-credits of content immersion internship.  The ODU-TIR requires a commitment of 3 years teaching in Norfolk Public Schools or Portsmouth Public Schools after completing the program.  During that time, you will have intensive mentoring to support your development as a teacher.

ODU-TIR Project will Qualify Completers for the following:

  • Master of Science in Secondary Education from ODU with a Post-Graduate Professional License from the Virginia Department of Education in one of the high-need content disciplines
  • Instructor for dual enrollment course offerings in their major
  • Post-graduation mentoring as a new teachers in a high-need school for three years
  • Employment as a teacher in one of the high-need schools of Norfolk Public Schools and Portsmouth Public School for a period of no less than three years          

ODU-TIR Supports and Incentives for Students Accepted into the Program*

  • Tuition and fees paid for the training year
  • $25,500 stipend for the training year
  • Laptop computer with student software and wireless card for the training year
  • Professional Development funds for travel/expenses up to $1,000 per student           

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in high-need subject 
  • Undergraduate GPA in major of 3.0 or higher
  • Passing scores on Praxis I Math, or board-approved SAT/ACT scores
  • Passing scores on Praxis II in content area 
  • Passing scores on VA Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)
  • Scores of at least 297 combined (1,000 by former scoring standard) on Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Minimum passing scores of 68 on Gallup's TeacherInsightTM
  • Evidence of successful work or volunteer experience with high-need /urban youth
  • Completion of ODU online application, including supporting documentation

The application process is very selective for this program.

Please visit the Graduate School http://admissions.odu.edu/graduate.php web site to apply online.  In the online application, choose Secondary Education Teacher Immersion Residency.

For more information, email TeacherImmersionResidency@odu.edu

Information on future cohorts to be announced

*All students are required to sign an "Agreement to Serve" indicating they will serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need school for no less than three academic years immediately after residency.  Student who do not complete the agreed upon service will be required to repay the stipend, tuition, and other incentives.

The Old Dominion University-Teacher Immersion Residency program is funded in part with money from the U.S. Department of Education with 42% of the total costs of the project for Year 1 funded with Federal  money; $719,666 Federal funds support the project for Year 1; and 58% or $ 997,745 is funded by non-governmental sources for Year  1.