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Office of Student Financial AidTEACH Grant

Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.

Critical Teaching Shortage Areas in Virginia
Federal High-Need Teaching Fields

TEACH Grant Policy

Students interested in accessing funds through the TEACH grant program at Old Dominion University must adhere to the following policy.

  • Be admitted into an approved teacher education program. The teacher education program must be in a critical shortage area identified either by federal regulation or in the Top 5 Critical Shortage areas for the Virginia Department of Education in the academic year the student is admitted into the approved teacher education program.
  • Have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours towards the bachelor's degree program.
  • Complete the financial aid application through the FAFSA website studentaid.gov
  • Request a TEACH grant financial aid memo from the Office of Clinical Experiences 757-683-5179.
  • Wait to receive notification for joint counseling on TEACH grant program regulations from the ODU financial aid office.
  • Complete counseling sessions online as indicated in the financial aid email.
  • Be a U. S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.

TEACH Grant

The Federal Student Aid website provides information regarding the new Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant.

To request being considered for TEACH Grant, email Valerie Taylor, oce@odu.edu, please introduce yourself and include your UIN.

The TEACH Grant information is maintained by the Office of Clinical Experiences.

ODU Programs Approved by Federal Regulations

ODU Programs Approved by Federal Regulations 2019-2020:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • English as a Second Language
  • French
  • German
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Reading Specialist
  • Spanish
  • Special Education - Adapted Curriculum
  • Special Education - Early Childhood
  • Special Education - General Curriculum
  • Special Education - Visual Impairment

TEACH Grant Federal Student Aid Information and high need fields (critical shortage areas)

Review the High-need fields secition and the link for the annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing

ODU Programs Approved by VDOE

ODU Programs Approved by VDOE 2019-2020:

  • Elementary Education Pk-6
  • Mathematics
  • Marketing Education
  • Middle Education - English
  • Middle Education - History
  • Middle Education - Math
  • Middle Education - Science
  • Special Education - Adapted Curriculum
  • Special Education - Early Childhood
  • Special Education - General Curriculum
  • Special Education - Visual Impairment
  • Technology Education