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Special Education (Minor)

This minor is designed to complement majors in education, psychology, and speech pathology. It can be helpful if students intend to become special education teachers or speech language pathologists.

Special Education (Minor)


What is Special Education at ODU like?

This minor is designed to complement majors in education, psychology, and speech pathology. It can be helpful if students intend to become special education teachers or speech language pathologists.

Program Highlights

What makes Special Education at ODU unique?

  • Courses are offered in on campus, online (asynchronous), and web conferencing (synchronous) modalities.

  • The Special Education Minor program consists of five courses with an optional 45-hour practicum available


What are some courses offered in Special Education at ODU?

SPED 400:
Foundations of Special Education: Legal Aspects and Characteristics

The course provides an introduction and overview of the field of special education from the perspective that it is a subsection of general education and that the field is in transition by virtue of philosophical, legislative and programmatic changes. Legal aspects, regulatory requirements, and critical analyses of research are addressed. This course includes a broad overview of the expectations associated with the identification, characteristics, and education of students with disabilities. Prerequisites: junior standing.

SPED 402:
Instructional Design I: Learner Characteristics and Assessment

The intent of this course is to provide pre-service teachers with: |a) knowledge of the characteristics of students with mild disabilities who are accessing the general curriculum, K-12, including, but not limited to learning disabilities, emotional disabilities and intellectual disabilities and |b) the ability to develop knowledge and skill in the selection, administration, scoring and interpretation of standardized/norm-referenced assessments of exceptional learners. Administering formal and informal assessment tools and the development of an IEP are emphasized. The use of assessment data to improve instruction and student performance is discussed. Prerequisites: a grade of C- or higher in SPED 400 or a grade of B- or higher in SPED 500.

SPED 411:
Classroom and Behavioral Management Techniques for Students with Diverse Needs

This course will address classroom management techniques and individual interventions based upon behavioral, cognitive, affective, social, and ecological theory and practice. The course will focus on the field of applied behavior analysis, including best practices in the areas of data collection, program selection, program implementation, and data analysis. Positive behavior management and supports and functional behavioral assessment will be emphasized. Pre- or corequisite: a grade of C- or higher in SPED 400 or a grade of B- or higher in SPED 500.


What are the requirements to apply for Special Education at ODU?

Students entering the Minor program in Special Education should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

  • Minimum requirements for the establishment of a minor are the completion of 12 credit hours at the advanced level (300-400) in a field of study in which a baccalaureate degree is offered. 

  • For completion of a minor, a student must have a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses specified as requirement for the minor exclusive of prerequisite courses and complete a minimum of six hours in upper-level courses in the minor requirement at Old Dominion University.



Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 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.

Virginia Resident

Per Credit:

$ 374


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate

Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States

Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

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