About this Program

This master’s program in elementary education with a concentration in middle school education (grades 6-8) is designed for prospective teachers wanting to obtain initial middle school teaching licensure and a master’s degree at the same time. Available to students who have a non-teaching B.S. or B.A. degree, the program requires students to complete two content areas from the following: mathematics, English, science and social studies.

The program prepares professional educators who are confident and excel in their content and pedagogy. They are committed to using effective practices innovatively, while respecting and addressing the needs of diverse student populations in middle school settings.

Program Highlights

  • The program prepares candidates to teach in diverse settings using culturally sustaining pedagogy.

  • Faculty are world-class educators who use their own real world experiences to teach in relevant ways.

  • Courses include extensive field placements early on to provide candidates with classroom experiences throughout the program.

  • There are many opportunities to study abroad and deepen both pedagogical and cultural knowledge. 

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Master of Science in Education
Delivery Modes


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Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$61,040 Median Salary

Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.

Alumni Careers

Norfolk Public Schools
Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Suffolk Public Schools
Portsmouth Public Schools
Department of Defense Schools


What are the requirements to apply for Middle School Education with Initial Licensure at ODU?
Students entering the Master of Science in Education program in Middle School Education with Initial Licensure should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.

An application for graduate studies and official transcripts must be submitted by the appropriate deadline for admission. Under certain circumstances, applicants who do not fully meet the requirements for regular admission to the program may be admitted on a provisional basis subject to conditions specified by the graduate program director. Requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university in the liberal arts and sciences (or equivalent), including a minimum of 21 semester hours (which meet Virginia’s stated coursework competencies) in two content areas (English, mathematics, science, and history/social studies)

  • Passing scores on the Virginia Board of Education prescribed assessments

  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.80


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

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Associate Professor

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