About this Program

The B.S. in Early Childhood Education draws courses from across the University to prepare teacher candidates interested in working with children, ages birth to grade 3, in educational settings. Coursework spans the disciplines of English literature and composition; history; fine and performing arts; mathematics; natural sciences; social sciences; human growth and development; and educational foundations, technology, assessment, theory, and methods.

Program Highlights

  • Robust field experience

  • Small class sizes

  • VCCS transfer with Guaranteed Admission agreements

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science
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.

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

$60,830 Median Salary

Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.

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 at ODU?
Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Early Childhood Education should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.

Admittance to the early childhood education program requires that the teacher candidate:  

  • Be a declared B.S. in early childhood education student

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75

  • Have a 2.75 GPA in core and major courses

  • Have no grade below a C- in any course required in the program

  • Submit an application for admittance that is approved by the program and the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies


At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful...


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.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

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