Do you enjoy working with people, especially children?
Do you have a knack for explaining things in just the right way so people understand?
Do you have a passion for working with individuals with special needs?
Would you like to design learning materials using the latest technologies and related processes?
Does teaching English to speakers of other languages interest you?
Do you have a passion for learning and teaching others?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, the JMU College of Education has a program that will match your personal and professional goals.
“We constantly get calls from principals looking for teachers from JMU.”
-Dr. Kyger, Assistant Dean
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to supervise your student teachers. Your program is the best around! The JMU students are so well prepared – everyone involved notices that.”
For those who want to become inclusive early childhood, elementary, special education, middle, or secondary teachers, JMU College of Education offers pre-professional programs that lead to teaching licensure and a master’s degree in teaching.
JMU offers programs that address the 2012-13 Virginia Department of Education Top Ten Critical Shortage Teaching Endorsement Areas.
JMU offers more than 12 teacher licensure programs.
A TESOL non-licensure minor prepares graduates to travel the world and learn other customs and languages while teaching English in other countries.
Minors are offered in exceptional education (non-teaching), educational technology, and human resource development for those interested in learning more about individuals with exceptionalities, creating online resources for teachers, or developing continuing education for businesses.
The College of Education works with the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences to provide majors andteacher licensure programs in art education, dance, theatre, music education, physical and health education, and graduate level programs in school counseling, school psychology, and speech-language pathology.
“JMU places a premium on excellent teaching and our faculty work hard at being the very best teachers they can be. We use the preK-12 classrooms throughout the region as our laboratory to prepare new teachers and to support current teachers in their own professional practice.”
-Dr. Purcell, Middle, Secondary, & Mathematics Education Dept. Head
JMU College of Education also includes military science. JMU’s Duke Battalion has earned the prestigious MacArthur Award as one of the top eight ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) units in the nation four times, and as recently as 2010.
One of the best leadership courses in the country, Army ROTC provides scholarship opportunities, adventure, travel, camaraderie, pay and benefits while taking an elective four-year military science curriculum for a minor in military leadership.
ROTC commitment ranges from 10-18 hours per week while completing degree; after graduation 3-4 years of active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army; then 4-8 years of Army Reserves, Individual Ready Reserves, or National Guard.
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Early, Elementary & Reading Education Dept. 540-568-6255
Exceptional Education Dept. 540-568-6193
Learning, Technology & Leadership Education Dept. 540-568-8012
Middle, Secondary & Mathematics Education Dept. 540-568-6927
Military Science Dept. 540-568-6264
Directions to Memorial Hall and the College of Education