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Post-Baccalaureate Endorsement Programs

The special education post-baccalaureate endorsement programs are available for those students who wish to pursue endorsement in special education and do not meet the MS degree admission requirements, or hold a provisional license in special education and wish to complete licensure requirements. The Special Education Post-Baccalaureate Endorsement Program meets Virginia Department of Education certification and endorsement requirements for any one or more of the following areas: early childhood special education; special education: general curriculum K-12 (mild disabilities); special education: adapted curriculum K-12 (severe disabilities); and visual impairments. Graduates find employment as special education teachers within the continuum of services provided for children with special needs, administrative staff members in public and private schools, educational therapists, and psycho-educational diagnosticians. Graduates from this program may also serve as key members of child study teams and are prepared to address the educational, emotional, and physical needs of students with disabilities.

Post-Baccalaureate Endorsement Program Entrance Requirements

Regular admittance requires:

1.   completion of an undergraduate degree in the arts and sciences (or equivalent), a major in interdisciplinary studies or passing scores on Praxis II (0014) Elementary Education: Content Knowledge;

2.   admission to Old Dominion University as a non-degree seeking graduate student;

3.   cumulative GPA of 2.80 for all college credit courses taken in the baccalaureate degree program from a regionally-accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution;

4.   passing Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests or equivalent assessments scores (see announcements page).

5.   an interview and recommendation for admittance from a department representative, Teacher Education Services advisor, or site director; and

6.   submission of an application for admittance into the Darden College of Education Teacher Post-Baccalaureate Endorsement Program: http://education.odu.edu/tes/pages/NEWPostBacEndorsementProgramApplication.pdf  

Provisional admittance requires:

1.   completion of an undergraduate degree in the arts and sciences (or equivalent), a major in interdisciplinary studies or passing scores on Praxis II (0014) Elementary Education: Content Knowledge;

2.   admission to Old Dominion University as a non-degree seeking graduate student;

3.   cumulative GPA of 2.50-2.79 for all college credit courses taken in the baccalaureate degree program from a regionally-accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution;

4.   passing Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests or equivalent assessment scores (see announcements page);

5.   an interview and recommendation for admittance from a department representative, Teacher Education Services advisor, or site director; and

6.   submission of an application for admittance into the Darden College of Education Teacher Post-Baccalaureate Endorsement Program:    http://education.odu.edu/tes/pages/NEWPostBacEndorsementProgramApplication.pdf    

Additional requirements: Students admitted to the special education program are expected to be able to complete the essential abilities outlined in the Technical Standards document and to exhibit the dispositions noted in the Teacher Dispositions statement. All individuals seeking admission into any Teacher Education Program at Old Dominion University, upon enrolling/registering for their first education class, are required to purchase LiveText, the web-based portfolio assessment system approved by the ODU Teacher Education Council.  In addition, any student taking a course in which the instructor requires LiveText will be required to purchase this system.  This must be purchased either from the ODU bookstore or http://www.livetext.com/.  More information on LiveText:  http://education.odu.edu/livetext/  

Post-Baccalaureate Endorsement Program Continuance Requirements and Checklists

      Continuance Requirements

1.      completion of the Pre-Task Rating Form upon acceptance;

2.      successful completion of all courses required for licensure in an endorsement area(s);

3.      maintenance of a GPA of 3.0 with a B- or better in all course work, and B or better in all practicum coursework; and

4.      computer literacy (or completion of TLED 430/530 or demonstrated evidence of proficiency in the Virginia Department of Education's technology standards for instructional personnel.)

       Checklists (files are in .pdf format. Acrobat Reader is required and may be downloaded free from this link: http://get.adobe.com/reader/):

Post-Baccalaureate Program Exit Requirements

1.      completion of the Post Task Rating Form when notified by program;

2.      passing scores on the Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE)   [exception: endorsement in early childhood special education and/or special education: adapted curriculum does not require the RVE] and Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA), prior to internship/student teaching;

3.      completion of all requirements for the program including passing scores on the Praxis II (0014) or (5014);

4.      completion of SPED 583 prior to teacher candidate internship (student teaching); and

5.      passing scores on the Special Education Exit Exam.                                             

When all program requirements have been met, the Graduate Program Director will provide a Verification of Course Work (VDOE Form DA 035) to the student. 

Please be aware that if you do not complete an approved endorsement program, you will be subject to a transcript review by the Virginia Department of Education upon your request for licensure.  

*Graduate Continuance Regulations (From 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog)

Probation and Suspension (Continuance)
The requirements and regulations set forth above are to be construed as the minimal requirements established by the University. Students also are obligated to meet all additional requirements established by the appropriate graduate program. Students who believe the probation or suspension was due to an error in a grade assigned should contact the Office of the University Registrar.

Degree Seeking Students
At the end of each semester-fall, spring, and summer- the records of students who do not maintain a 3.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA) are reviewed. Students who do not have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 will be placed on probation.

Probation/Suspension Policy
Graduate students on probation will have 12 credit hours to raise their cumulative GPA to 3.00. If they fail to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00 after completing the next 12 credit hours, they will be placed on indefinite suspension and prevented from enrolling in graduate courses. This does not affect the student's status with regard to undergraduate courses.

Reinstatement Policy
The following conditions must be satisfied before reinstatement is authorized:

1. The student is responsible for initiating each of the following aspects of the request for reinstatement to the university:
a. Developing a plan of study in concert with and approved by the appropriate Graduate Program Director (GPD) of the program that the student is seeking to either continue enrollment or to be newly admitted. The plan of study must specify the initial 12 credit hours to be taken and the steps necessary to complete the degree requirements within the six-year (Masters) and the eight year (doctoral) time period as required by University policy. This plan should recognize that all prior courses in which grades of B- or less were earned must be repeated or replaced, and, that a grade point average of at least 3.00 be achieved in the first 12 credit hours attempted after reinstatement or admission.
b. Provide to the GPD and Graduate Appeals Committee written explanations and documentation of the factors and circumstances that contributed to the failure to achieve the academic standards as well as evidence that these issues have been resolved. Students who wish to maintain confidentiality regarding special medical or psychological issues must obtain a letter from the Vice President for Student Affairs certifying their validity and contribution to the suspension and that these issues have been or will be satisfactorily resolved prior to reinstatement or admission.
c. Provide a letter from the GPD indicating the program's desire to reinstate or admit the student. The GPD must indicate the reasonableness of: i) the proposed plan of study; ii) an assessment of the potential for successful completion of the program; and, iii) the potential impact of reinstatement on departmental resources.

2. The Graduate Appeals Committee shall review these materials and the student's formal written request and decide if there is sufficient reason to reinstate based on (1) the recommendation of the GPD and department; (2) the student's statements regarding past grades as well as  documentation that there were valid extenuating circumstances that contribute to the poor performance and that these have been satisfactorily eliminated or addressed; (3) the student's credentials, and (4) the plan of study approved by the GPD.

3. If the Graduate Appeals Committee approves reinstatement, all courses with grades of B- (2.70) or below will be dropped from consideration in the calculation of the grade point average for continuance or graduation. These grades will remain on the student's transcript, but the courses will not be counted toward a degree. 4. Reinstated students must achieve a GPA of at least 3.00 in the next 12 hours of credit attempted.  Subsequent performance will be monitored by the GPD. A student may be reinstated only one time.

See page 52 of the 2009-2010 graduate catalog for more information.