About this Program

The Licensed Teacher program with a concentration in Early Childhood Education provides early childhood educators with an advanced professional degree and qualifications beyond licensure. Course work for the degree includes a focus on scholarly research, statistical analysis, and writing for professional journals.  This degree is also suitable for early childhood teachers who wish to pursue a doctoral degree, but is also for early childhood teachers who wish to improve and update their professional competency in teaching and enrich their teaching expertise for becoming master teachers. Completion of the program requirements leads to the upgrade of the teaching license to the Postgraduate Professional level or its equivalent from another state.

Program Highlights

  • Courses taught through a mixture of face-to-face and asynchronously online instruction

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

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

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Master of Science in Education
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

$33,590 Median Salary

Instruct preschool-aged children in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth needed for primary school in preschool, day care center, or other child development facility. May be required to hold State certification.

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

$57,110 Median Salary

Teach elemental natural and social science, personal hygiene, music, art, and literature to kindergarten students. Promote physical, mental, and social development. May be required to hold State certification.


What are the requirements to apply for Early Childhood Education for Licensed Teachers at ODU?
Students entering the Master of Science in Education program in Early Childhood Education for Licensed Teachers should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.

Applicants must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university;

  • Have a general undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.80;

  • Submit an application letter of interest;

  • Submit official copies of all transcripts;

  • Submit a written essay on career goals (two pages) that demonstrates academic writing proficiency;

  • Submit two letters of professional reference for this program of study; and

  • Have an interview with the graduate program director.


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 for specific coursework. Inquire for more information.



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