You don't just teach. You learn and live by example, passing down your knowledge and voice to future generations. You play a major part in raising our future children.

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What You'll Study


We offer seven different concentrations covering a wide variety of areas, and all leading to your future as a professional in education or human services in the Old Dominion.

Elementary & Middle School Mathematics

Designed for the elementary and middle school classroom teacher who wants to improve instructional skills as well as expand knowledge and skills in mathematics.

Counselor Education

Get solid grounding in the theoretical frameworks of counseling and how they translate into individual and group interventions tailored to diverse client needs.

We offer three tracks in a wide variety of settings, including k-12 schools, colleges/universities and mental health centers.

College Counseling and Student Affairs - Designed to prepare graduates for counseling and student development roles in college and university settings. Learn the theoretical frameworks of counseling and how they translate into individual and group interventions with an emphasis on evidence-based treatment strategies tailored to diverse client needs.

Mental Health Counseling - Prepare for counseling roles in community mental health agencies, human service agencies, in-home counseling agencies, outpatient counseling centers, social services, youth development services, or court services. This track also prepares you for licensure as professional counselors (LPC) through the Board of Counseling.

School Counseling - Prepare for a counseling role in an elementary, middle, or secondary school. Our curriculum emphasizes the knowledge and skills you'll need for the practical application of counseling theory and research to the diversity of developmental and systemic challenges experienced by school-age young people. School counseling students complete three semester-long placements in an (1) elementary, (2) middle, and (3) high school prior to graduation.

The program culminates in a supervised two-semester school-based internship in the remaining two school levels for a total of 600 clock hours. You'll be eligible for licensure as a school counselor through the Virginia department of education (DOE).



Health & Physical Education

Designed to better prepare graduates to become an educational leader in the profession. Course work has been carefully designed to provide the already licensed teacher with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively assess, plan, implement and evaluate health and physical education curriculum.

Special Education General Curriculum

Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) Specialist
This master's degree is for special education teachers or other licensed teachers who wish to work toward an endorsement to teach special education in the general curriculum. This concentration in special education provides strategies for effective teaching of students with special needs in the general education classroom. Graduate students learn assessment and diagnosis of students, effective instructional procedures, collaborative and transitional techniques, and behavior management strategies.

Liberal Studies Fifth- Year
You'll major in Liberal Studies and register for graduate courses in the special education program for the fifth year. Once you complete your undergraduate course and a variety of Special Education content area courses you'll get your bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies. Once you complete your fifth year you'll have a master's degree in Education with a concentration in special education general curriculum K-12.

Undergraduate Liberal Studies majors with a concentration in Special Education will complete graduate course work in education and special education, a graduate internship and your choice of a thesis, collaborative special education research or a comprehensive exam 

K-12 Initial Licensure
Designed for individuals with a baccalaureate degree who wish to meet eligibility requirements for the Virginia Postgraduate Professional License with an endorsement to teach students with special needs in the general education curriculum.

Special Education Professional Endorsement 
Designed for educators who have or are eligible for Virginia Elementary/Secondary Initial or Continuing teaching licensure.

The program provides coherent preparation in all areas of the Special Education curriculum, including field experience. Successful completion of the entire program meets current eligibility requirements for an endorsement in Special Education General Curriculum grades K-12.