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Our programs are designed to develop and enhance each student's personal and professional growth as an effective, reflective and resilient educator.

Leads to professional licensure in Virginia
3 concentrations
Small classes




  • Dec 2: JMU K-12 Education UnConference
  • Dec 5: Computer-Based Praxis Test
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Description of Program

The first year (the fifth year program) is a continuation of the undergraduate, pre-professional program in Special Education or Inclusive Early Childhood Education. Alternative criteria to GRE are used for admission to the 5th year M.A.T. programs. In addition, applicants must submit two letters of recommendation (from a cooperating teacher and/or professional who can attest to professional dispositions).

The second (initial licensure program) is designed for individuals who already hold a bachelor's degree and are interested in pursuing initial licensure to teach Special Education K-12, Early Childhood Special Education or Visual Impairments. Candidates excepted into the M.A.T. program must be admitted to teacher education at JMU and obtain passing scores on the Praxis I. It is your responsibility to let your adviser know when you have passed the Praxis I.

Degrees Offered

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)


General Curriculum K-12 Program
Inclusive Early Childhood Special Education

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