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Early Childhood Education: AAS to BIS

The Early Childhood Associate Degree to Bachelor of Individualized Study is designed for students who have earned their Associate Degree in Early Childhood from a Virginia Community College. Completers of this program earn a four year degree and are eligible for a Virginia teaching license in PK-3rd Grades.

More information on the AAS to BIS online program can be found through the following Canvas site:

Have Questions? Contact:

Dr. Holly McCartney

Dr. Holly McCartney
Program Coordinator 

Who is Eligible
  • VCCS graduates with an AAS degree in Early Childhood
  • VCCS graduates who have passed VCLA and Praxis Core Math before starting the program
  • Those who want to become early childhood teachers in VA (grades PK-3)
  • Students who need an online program AND Students who need the flexibility to attend full or part-time
Field Experiences
  • Typically in Public School PK-3rd grade classrooms
  • Work experience in childcare settings may count for some of the Field Experience requirements
  • Student Teach the final semester in a Public School PK-3rd grade classroom
Degree & Licensure
  • About 60 credit hours at JMU plus your AAS degree will meet the 120 credit hours required for a 4-year degree at JMU
  • For Teacher licensure in VA:
    • Praxis Core Math & Virginia Communication Literacy Assessment (VCLA) - passing scores required for admission
    • Praxis Elementary Subject Test - taken during the JMU program
    • Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) – taken during the JMU program

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