Education Programs at James Madison University

The College of Education does not offer majors. Individuals interested in pursuing a teacher license major in a discipline and complete a teaching area pre-professional program at the undergraduate level. The teacher licensure program is completed during the fifth year Master of Arts in Teaching program. Individuals wishing to become licensed teachers in inclusive early childhood, elementary, special or middle education major in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (IDLS) and complete a pre-professional licensure program specific to the teaching license pursued at the undergraduate level.

Inclusive Early Childhood Education Master's Level Licensure Program

Birth – Age Five

Elementary Education

PreKindergarten through Sixth Grade Master's Level Licensure Program

Middle Education
Grades Six through Eight Master's Level Licensure Program

Secondary Education

Grades Six through Twelve Master's Level Licensure Program

Exceptional Education

Early Childhood Special Education
Special Education – Kindergarten through Twelve
Gifted Education
Teaching English as a Second Language
Special Education Non-teaching minor

Teacher Education Pre-professional Licensure Programs
Students interested in teacher licensure will major in an academic field and complete all of the requirements for the teacher education program. Depending on the field of study, initial licensure is earned at the bachelor or master's level. The following chart describes the licensure areas, degree required, major field of study and academic unit.

Licensure Area Degree
Required
Major Field of Study Academic Unit
Art Education,
PreK-12
Bachelor's Art School of Art, Design and Art History

Dance Education,
PreK-12
Bachelor's Dance School of Theatre and Dance

Music Education,
PreK-12
Bachelor's Music School of Music

Physical/Health Education,
PreK-12
Master's Kinesiology Department of Kinesiology

Inclusive Early Childhood Education
Birth-Age 8
Master's IDLS with education
pre-professional licensure program
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies; Department of Early, Elementary and Reading Education;
Department of Exceptional Education

Elementary Education,
PreK-6
Master's IDLS with education
pre-professional licensure program
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies; Department of Early, Elementary and Reading Education

English as a Second Master's See program adviser for options. Department of Exceptional Education;
Department of Learning, Technology and Leadership Education

Middle Level Education,
6-8
Master's IDLS with education
pre-professional licensure program
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies;
Department of Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education

Secondary Education,
6-12
Master's Content major 1 with education pre-professional licensure program Department of Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education

Special Education,2
K-12; IECE
Master's IDLS with education
pre-professional licensure program
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies;
Department of Exceptional Education

Theatre Education
PreK-12
Bachelor's IDLS with education
pre-professional licensure program
School of Theatre and Dance


1 Biology, chemistry, English, foreign language, geology, history, mathematics, political science, physics.
2 IDLS is the recommended major.

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