About this Program

This certificate program is designed to support provisionally licensed teachers, who are employed by a school division in the Commonwealth of Virginia, in meeting teacher licensure requirements. The certificate consists of four courses* (12 semester hours) that move toward meeting the professional studies competency areas described by the Virginia Department of Education and required by all fully licensed teachers. It is not a state-approved endorsement education program.

*Additional courses may be required for licensure. The Darden College of Education and Professional Studies offers many of the professional studies courses, including the area of Curriculum and Instruction Procedures, and required content courses are offered in the other colleges.

Program Highlights

  • Courses taught asynchronously online to fit a teacher’s schedule

  • A relevant curriculum taught by Ph.D. prepared faculty with classroom experience

  • Apply curricular learning to solve problems experienced in classroom and school settings

  • Up to 12 credit hours completed for the certificate can be counted toward the M.S.Ed. degree program for licensed teachers.


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Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$62,860 Median Salary

Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.


What are the requirements to apply for Secondary Education Professional Studies at ODU?
Students entering the Certificate program in Secondary Education Professional Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.
  • Students admitted to the certificate program must have an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution.

  • Students admitted to the certificate program must have evidence of employment in a Virginia public school division and a letter from the Virginia Department of Education detailing licensure requirements.

  • Non-degree-seeking students may take a maximum of 12 credit hours prior to seeking admission.

  • Those whose native language is not English must submit a minimum score of 230 on the computer-based TOEFL or 80 on TOEFL iBT.


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 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
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

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

Tuition Discounts

Teachers from qualified Virginia public school divisions can qualify for a partial tuition discount. Inquire for more information.


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