Special Education


The Special Education program at Old Dominion University is committed to serving as a catalyst to promote awareness, understanding, and acceptance of individuals with disabilities. Our degree, certificate, and endorsement programs prepare professionals to develop and implement appropriate educational programs for individuals who a manifest a range of disabling conditions.

The program combines course work, supervised field experiences, and teacher candidate internships to facilitate the integration of theory and evidence-based practice in the development of innovative interventions applicable for individuals aged infant to adult in school-based programs, clinics, hospitals, and agency settings. Teacher candidates have been placed in children's hospitals, special education classes in public and private facilities, and residential psychiatric hospitals, mental health centers, and community agencies. Program graduates serve as key members of child study teams and are prepared to address educational, emotional, and physical disabilities. They also find employment as educational therapists, psycho-educational diagnosticians, and special education teachers and administrators in public and private schools.

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Graduate Certificates

The Special Education program offers two graduate level certificate programs. Certificate courses may be completed as a stand along program or seamlessly integrated into the M.S.Ed program.


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Student Organizations

Student Council for Exceptional Children

Advisor: Dr. Lisa Morin

Membership is typically for undergraduate and graduate students in special education and speech-language pathology. The SCEC promotes future leaders in the education of children and youth with exceptionalities as well as programs designed to inform students of special education.