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Phone: (540) 568-6317
D. Herr, R. Linn, K. Santos
C. Beverly, M. Kyger, M. Landrum, S. Lopes-Murphy
S. Blatz, R. Evans
|Exceptional Education||Teaching English as a Second Language|
|Program Requirements||Licensure to Teach ESL|
|Recommended Schedule for Special Education||Non-Teaching Minor Requirements|
|Special Education Master's Level Licensure Program|
|The undergraduate, pre-professional program in special education complements a professionally oriented masterís degree program designed to prepare special education teachers. This program provides the requisite course offerings and experiences that form the foundation for admission to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree program in special education. Completion of the M.Ed. program is required for K-12 licensure in special education in the areas of emotional disturbance, learning disabilities or mental retardation and the area of early childhood special education (ECSE) birth to age five. The special education program also offers an 18 credit hour non-teaching, undergraduate minor. Teacher candidates completing the professional licensure program must meet a set of content and specific teaching area criteria that has been established by the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as most other states. In order to meet these requirements, students are advised to major in a liberal arts or science major. The Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (IDLS), a major that provides students in the pre-professional program extended breadth and integration across the content areas of English/language arts, history/social studies, mathematics and the natural sciences is recommended though other majors may be selected with the approval of the special education program. The special education pre-professional program enables one to become knowledgeable about the characteristics, diagnosis and remediation of children with developmental delays, learning and behavior problems. Study in the areas of emotional disturbance, learning disabilities and mental retardation is included and students completing the five year licensure program are prepared to serve as teachers of students with disabilities in a variety of educational placements. The licensure program is designed to prepare resilient educators who are advocates for children and youth with disabilities, are qualified for the complexity of their professional roles and are reflective problem-solvers. The program includes extensive field experiences. Students should consult with the department head or undergraduate coordinator early during the first year or as soon thereafter as possible to obtain information concerning General Education, IDLS or other liberal arts or science majors, and special education requirements as well as the requirements for admission to Teacher Education. It is important for students to understand that they must meet the requirements for a baccalaureate degree and successfully complete all undergraduate pre-professional courses and experiences prior to being fully admitted to the M.Ed. program. Students must complete the M.Ed. program satisfactorily in order to be recommended for a teaching license in special education through JMU. Students should note that prerequisites and corequisites are required for many of the courses included in the pre-professional special education program. Exceptions to meeting those requirements must be approved by the Exceptional Education department head. Students should also be aware that program requirements may change at any time reflecting changes in teacher licensure enacted by the Virginia Department of Education or other accrediting agencies after the catalog copy is approved. Therefore, it is especially important for students to confer with their advisers and the program coordinator on a regular basis.|
|Completion of the five year professional program may lead to eligibility for a Virginia teaching license for the following areas for those selecting the school age (K-12) track: emotional disturbance, learning disabilities and mental retardation.
For students choosing the early childhood special education track, the program may lead to eligibility for a teaching license to teach children with disabilities, birth through age five.
To be recommended for licensure, all students must meet the following requirements:
|Additional course work required for ECSE Track:
|Additional course work required for the K-12 Track:
|Additional course work required for ECSE Track:
|Candidates beginning the graduate portion of the program must meet all College of Graduate and Outreach Programs requirements and criteria for admission; it is expected that students will complete the admission process early in their senior year. In addition, candidates must meet all graduate level graduation requirements. See the Graduate Catalog for additional details. The following courses are included in the graduate portion of the licensure program in special education. Note that courses relate to either the K-12 track or the early childhood special education (ECSE) track.
|Recommended Schedule for Special Education (based on IDLS major)|
|Teaching as a Second Language|
|Licensure to Teach ESL|
|Through the state approved program at James Madison University, individuals who have completed requirements for an initial teaching license and for the TESL minor can complete the additional requirements to add English as a Second Language (ESL) to the license to teach in the public schools of Virginia. Candidates currently enrolled in initial teaching licensure programs may complete the TESL minor and licensure requirements in conjunction with completing their other preparation program or complete the additional teaching license requirements as post-baccalaureate students.
Individuals who complete the program are prepared to design activities to accommodate the linguistic and social needs of ESL students in PreK-12 and to serve as resource persons for classroom teachers.
The requirements for adding the ESL teaching endorsement are:
|Non-Teaching Minor Requirements|
|Special Education Non-Teaching Minor|